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Q: Can my look last past midnight?

A: Absolutely, provided you pay as much attention to your makeup base as you do your underpinnings.  
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HYDRATE WISELY

If your T-zone tends to shine, massage a dime-sized pump of Avene Mattifying Fluid fluid over cleansed, toned skin. The formula will keep skin quenched while quelling overly active oil glands.   

 
 
 
 

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Embryolisse is a staple in makeup artist’s kits for a reason. Light but nourishing, it acts as a makeup primer by creating a clingy surface for foundation. Apply a generous dollop before you apply makeup, then lightly blot any excess moisture with a single ply of tissue. 
 
 

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Charlotte calls this product “a push-up bra in a jar.” Packed with peptides, aloe, sodium hyaluronate, vitamin A, nourishing shea butter and camellia oil, it’s no wonder her supermodel friends (Kate Moss included) dubbed it the Magic Cream.  

 
 

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LIGHT LAYERS

Buff a sheer wash of cream shadow onto lids, then top with a complimentary shade of shadow for color that pops—and lasts. Laura Mercier’s Caviar Stick in Gilded Gold pairs with Dior’s velvet-texture Meteore for a sophisticated golden sheen. 
 

 

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Top your favorite cream blush with a light dusting of powder blush in a similar tone and your glow will never fade. Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Sun Touched layered under NARS Orgasm creates a peachy-pink flush that boosts any winter complexion (be sure to blend the edges for a seamless finish).   
 

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MINIMAL MAINTENANCE

Powder has the ability to counter shine, but the effect often becomes cakey and dull as the night progresses. Instead, press one of these geisha-inspired blotting sheets over skin to absorb excess oil and leave makeup intact.    

 
 
 

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The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer acts like a magic wand with its light-diffusing, buildable coverage. Keep this on stand-by for rogue redness, blemishes, and to fight any signs of fatigue in the under-eye region.   

 

 

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Tuck this mini bottle of Beauty Elixir into your evening bag for quick spritzes throughout the night to smooth, tighten, and give an instant burst of radiance. Mist on liberally and tap the glow-inducing formula onto skin with fingertips to reinvigorate and brighten.   
 
  

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THE POST-PARTY RECOVERY SET
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For those who know that great nights begin and end with great skin care. These products plump, lift, and brighten to rescue your complexion after champagne-fueled evenings under the stars.

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