’Tis the season for parties, in all shapes and sizes, and that means a makeup arsenal to suit every and any occasion. But nobody has the inclination, back strength, or a big enough handbag to accommodate your entire prettifying kit as your +1. Plus there’s no need to cart everything around with you. All it takes is some streamlining of your regular go-to’s, clever multitaskers as well as pocket rocket sized minis that will let you get your glam on whatever event you’re going to.

From desk to disco

If you’re hitting the dancefloor after a hard day at work then chances are you’re looking at applying fresh makeup over whatever you’ve applied that morning and amping up the remnants that remain.

In the bag:

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, Dh245 – hopefully some of your foundation has lasted the day but to give your complexion instant uniformity and a glowy boost, gently buff some of this light-weight but concealing foundation into the skin. A little really does go a long way so just one pump will get your skin looking party ready, and if this doesn’t fit in your bag for the night, leave it in your desk drawer as this isn’t budging all night.

Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit, Dh312 — a Christmas party without some contour just doesn’t make sense and this handy handbag sized palette is all your cheekbone carving needs in one. Plus inside the lid is a handy mirror so if the work bathrooms are tight on space then you can use this at your desk easily. It also comes with a sloped brush, ideal for sweeping the powder under and above your cheekbones.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, Dh100 — if you have to get your glam on in the short window between clocking off and the party beginning, then you probably don’t have time for an overly complicated eye look. That’s where a classic winged liner flick comes in and this one has phenomenal staying-power. To create your perfect shape, makeup artist Nancy Sumner recommends working from the outside in. “Create the flick first as this you can do with your eye open, which makes it easier, then work from there towards the inner corner of the eye.”

Huda Beauty Demi Matte in Boy Collector, Dh105 – sticking to the beauty rule of creating either an eye or a lip, with a pared-back liner flick you can go for a full-on lip look. And surely a festive red is the only colour to wear at this wonderful time of the year.

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Girlie night out

You’ve had it planned for months, the outift was bought weeks ago and now it’s time to sort your glam. Hopefully you’ve got some time set aside to create your perfect look at home, so all you need to take with you are a few items to lock your look in place and add some extra sparkle.

In the bag:

Becca Powder Perfector, Dh183 — Not only will a translucent powder set your foundation in place without altering its colour, it is also perfect for reducing any shine. A must-have if you’re spending the night on the dancefloor. If you also find your eye shadow is creasing or slipping, then dab some of this around the area and it will help give it more grip so it can keep going as long as you do. This handy compact comes with a mirror in the lid making on-the-go touch-ups even easier.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour, Dh140 — there’s no time for doing major make-up when you’re out with your ladies but if you need a halftime pep up or you need to add extra sultriness to your eye, then this cream eye shadow pen is what you need. Easy to carry around with you – you may even want to stock up on two, 
one light and one darker, so you can go full 
smoke with them. Plus they blend in with just your finger. Genius.

Valentino Donna Hair Mist, Dh190 — it can be tricky to find your favourite perfume in a size small enough to squeeze into your party clutch so switch up to a hair mist instead. Not only will they give you that instant fragrance hit but contain hair caring ingredients too.

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector, Dh100 — with the amount of talking, drinking and eating you’re set to be doing you don’t want to be wasting time worrying about your lipstick smudging and bleeding so pop this in your bag instead. Not only is it packed with hydrating ingredients, it has a slightly balmy feel to it so your lips will stay smooth all night long. It also has an iridescent sheen, which is easy to keep reapplying without having to get a mirror out or heading to the bathrooms.

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Romantic date

Whether you’re celebrating 12 months together or 12 years, date night means bringing your makeup A-game. Hopefully you’ve managed to sneak a few minutes for some glam time before you’ve left for your soiree, but it’s always worth having your touch-up heroes in your handbag.

In the bag:

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Unicorn, Dh97 — if your night consists of dinner and drinks or something more low-key like a trip to the movie, then a nude lip is the way to go. Less likely to smudge and move plus works 
for every occasion.

NARS blusher in Amor, Dh170 — when you’re with your other half, accentuate that flush of love with a gorgeously shimmering pink blusher. Buff into the apples of your cheeks – you can even sweep it across your lids. And this one has the perfect shade name 
for your night out.

Benefit Watt’s Up!, Dh156 — And where you’ve got flush you need a little bit of shimmer. This creamy highlighter is easy to blend into the skin with your fingers and doesn’t just resign it to your cheekbones. Sweep some across your collarbones, along your brow bone and down your legs for some extra glow factor.

Le Labo Santal 33 EDP, Dh260 for 15ml — there’s no need to cart your full-sized perfume with you when perfectly formed miniatures are up for grabs. If you haven’t tried this fragrance you need to change that immediately. Its combination of musky sandalwood, cardamom, iris and hints of leather have made this a global superstar olfactory delight.

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