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Stay-Put Makeup for a Big Night Out

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Whether you're stepping out with your special someone on February 14 or primping for an Oscars party, these no-budge, can't-fail makeup finds will keep you looking flawless into the wee hours.

First thing's first: Create a stay-put palette for foundation. There are gobs of primers on the market, but none as lightweight and silky as Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer SPF 15 ($18-52). It also absorbs without leaving that dreaded, dull film behind. 

Layer a pink or ruby cream blush under a powder blush in the same color family for a lit-from-within glow that won't fade. Bobbi Brown limited-edition Sheer Color Cheek Tints ($26) blend easily and melt into skin for a more natural looking flush. 
Colour-rich and long-wearing, BECCA's just-launched Ultimate Creme Eyeliners ($20) go on with the precision of a liquid liner, ease of soft pencil, and staying power of a kajal. If you're feeling extra daring, smudge the emerald green or plum on lids for a romantic smokey-eye effect. 

There's a reason why editors and makeup artists alike swear by MAC Pro Longwear Lipcolor ($23). It's glides on like a dream, feels creamy not cakey, and isn't going anywhere anytime soon—including on your champagne glass or date's lips. 
You can set your makeup and forget it with the just-launched Nars Light Reflecting Powder ($34). Unlike most translucent powders that leave a flour-like trace, this one disappears on all skintones. The finish is matte yet give skin a subtle luminosity thanks to a fancy light-reflecting complex. 


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