Why you should care

Smudge- and party-proof eyeliner, lipstick, eyeshadow, and more.

School’s out! Time to tear up the parties with makeup that won’t wear.

When it comes to party makeup, daytime rules just don’t apply.  The first and second rules of a party look is long-wear and pigment because ‘subtle’, ‘dewy’, and ‘natural’ read as ‘invisible’, ‘oily’, and ‘naked’ under flashing neon lights.

So without further ado, here are makeup products that will bring you from dinner at 7pm to town-red-painting at 3am.


Benefit Cosmetics the POREfessional Face Primer

Benefit pore primer

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Bragging rights: This oil-free fan favourite promises smaller pores and longer lasting makeup, and boy, does it deliver! Topped with a smooth and lightweight finish, it’s simply POREfection.

Where to get it: Sephora and Benefit stores.

Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-hr Perfecting Primer

Tarte poreless primer

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Bragging rights: In the quest for long-wearing makeup, the words ‘waterpoof’ and ‘mattifying’ should be your bread and butter. This primer delivers on these fronts, as well as “fills in” fine lines, pores, and certain acne scars while keeping your makeup intact for long hours.

Where to get it: Sephora stores.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Urban Decay Eye Primer

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Bragging rights: With YouTube beauty gurus gushing over it, this eyeshadow primer is practically legendary. Its paraben- and crease-free formula claims 24-hour wear so it keeps your eye makeup on and in place all night.

Where to get it: Urban Decay and Sephora stores.


Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation

Make up for ever hd foundation

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Bragging rights: Fake a flawless complexion even through the harshest camera lenses with this long-wear foundation. Its camera-ready capability makes it the perfect foundation for birthday parties and any party where you’ll be expecting to take tons of pictures. 

Where to get it: Make Up For Ever and Sephora stores.

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Longwear Cushion Foundation SPF 50

Lancome cushion

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Bragging rights: Specially designed to last, this cushion foundation boasts easy application and blendability with buildable matte coverage. Plus, its handy cushion compact design means that it’s easy to bring along for touch-ups. Also, SPF 50 *drops mic*.

Where to get it: Lancome and Sephora stores.


Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place High Cover Concealer SPF 35

Estee lauder compact concealer

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Bragging rights: The brand’s highest coverage concealer covers even the darkest imperfections like scars, yet feels lightweight on the skin. It also controls oil and is water-, crease-, and sweat-resistant!

Where to get it: Estée Lauder and Sephora stores.

Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer

Make Up For Ever Concealer

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Bragging rights: Especially great for those with dark spots, acne, and acne scars, this super high coverage concealer is oil-free and ultra long lasting with a matte finish. 

Where to get it: Make Up For Ever and Sephora stores.


NARS Dual Blush

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Bragging rights: A long-wearing, nutrient-rich blush with oil-control and hydrating properties. Users claim easy application and good colour pay-off to boot.

Where to get it: NARS and Sephora stores.

Eyebrow Pencil

Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil


Bobbi Brown Brow Pencil

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Bragging rights: This waterproof pencil claims budge-proof 16-hour wear so you won’t have to worry about a missing brow by the end of those wild nights.

Where to get it: Bobbi Brown stores.

Kat Von D Tattoo Brow

Kat Von D Brow pencil

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Bragging rights: Its unique pen tip allows you to draw individual brow hairs to create natural-looking brows that are smudge-resistant and long-wearing.

Where to get it: Sephora stores.

Eyeliner & Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

Kat Von D Tattoo eyeLiner

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Bragging rights: True to its name, this tattoo liner has an intense pigment that is water- smudge-, and crack-proof. Plus, its super fine tip will give you that precise winged look.

Where to get it: Sephora stores.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil

Make Up For Ever waterproof Eyeliner

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Bragging rights: If you’re after a smoky liner look or a budge-proof pencil for your waterline, then this is it. Its creaminess gives it an easy application, yet stays in place for long hours.

Where to get it: Make Up For Ever and Sephora stores.

Urban Decay Moon Dust

Urban Decay Moon Dust palette

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Bragging rights: There’s no better time for sparkly lids than at a party. This highly pigmented palette is long-lasting and applies and wears with minimal fallout. We also love how refined and pretty its micro glitters are!


LANCÔME Hypnôse Star Mascara Waterproof


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Bragging rights: Loved for its dual-sided brush, this mascara will deliver fully coated and brilliantly curled lashes with a waterproof formula for long-wear. 

Where to get it: LANCÔME and Sephora stores

MAC Extended Play Lash

Mac extended play lash

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Bragging rights: For a mascara that lifts, defines, and wears for up to 16 hours, this gem sure has a lightweight formula. Oh ,and did we mention that it’s also sweat-, flake-, smudge-, and clump-free?

Where to get it: MAC stores.

Lip Colour

Tarte Tarteist Creamy Lip Paint

Tarte Tarteist lipstick

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Bragging rights: Can’t get enough of matte liquid lipstick? Try this one for a moussey texture that applies smoothly, yet dries to a non-drying matte finish that will stay with you all night!

Where to get it: Sephora stores.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Lip Pencil

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Bragging rights: Lip pencils are forgiving when it comes to application, and this one is a stellar representative of its kind, with a matte and creamy finish that easily glides on. Trust this award-winner to deliver rich and long-wearing colour.

Where to get it: NARS and Sephora stores.

Setting Spray

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

Urban Decay Setting Spray

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Bragging rights: This lightweight makeup setting spray is well loved by the online beauty community, and why not? It keeps makeup in place and prevents it from melting, fading, cracking, or settling into fine lines. If you don’t get any other product in this list, then this is THE ONE. 

Where to get it: Urban Decay and Sephora stores.

Cover image from YouTube user dentelleetfleurs.com.

Why you should care

Smudge- and party-proof eyeliner, lipstick, eyeshadow, and more.

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