Contributor Jordan Reid shares her beauty and style know-how to get you prepped for those seasonal events and special occasions in which you want to put your best look forward. 

I don’t like football.

Don’t let that photo of me on the right at a game fool you: I may look pretty happy there, but I suspect that’s because it was taken shortly following attendance at a college tailgate party.

Football just isn’t my kind of thing. I don’t get it. As far as I can tell, it’s just a bunch of men crashing into each other at very low speeds. Also, none of the clocks seem to work, meaning you sit there watching the low-speed crashing for hours (hours!) more than you expected.

I do, however, like parties. And food. And beer. And wacky commercials featuring Alec Baldwin. So I can totally tolerate the Superbowl because I can more or less ignore the whole throwing-a-ball part of it in favor of indulging in adorably thematic hors d’oeuvres.

When it comes to getting ready for a Superbowl party, you don’t want to be just one of the guys. But you don’t want to look like you’re heading out for date night, either. Here is my routine for these Sunday soirees.

Makeup

A sports-centric party is no place for major makeup. Instead keep things natural by focusing on your skin.

It’s winter, so hydration is key. Try: L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Day/Night Cream, which repairs skin while you sleep. Then switch to a moisturizer with SPF (I love L’Oréal Paris Youth Code Day Lotion SPF 30) once the sun comes up.

Skip foundation and just use a concealer, like Laura Mercier Secret Concealer (one of my personal favorites), to hide any spots or undereye circles. Next add a glow to your skin with Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer, a beautifully subtle highlighter that can be mixed with moisturizer or foundation, or applied alone.

Finish with a generous application of mascara (try the award-winning YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils for a fake-lashes effect) and a tinted lip balm, like Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm in Cherry Me.

Hair

Ponytail, please! Since you’re still at a party, take it up a notch and add some pretty volume at the crown so the look is more glam than grade-school.

First blow-dry your hair using a large round brush, and apply a small amount of anti-frizz serum to smooth locks.

The next step is teasing. To add a little volume to the top of your ponytail, just take one-inch sections from the top of your head and use a fine comb to push the hair back down in the direction of your scalp. Then, leaving your bangs free, brush your hair straight back from the hairline (you don’t want a part for this look), using a paddle brush to gently smooth out the hair that covers the teased area. Finish with a light misting of flexible-hold hair spray.

Dress

This is not the time to break out the heels and minidress. Instead, go for a comfortable pair of jeans, cute sneakers and either a cozy sweater or a team jersey—but not the jersey of any team that’s not actually playing on that day. Come on, even I know that!

Photo (clockwise from upper left): Reed Krakoff contrast-sleeved sweater; Marc by Marc Jacobs Henry Dinky watch; Superga for The Row low-top sneaker; Jordan Reid at a college football game (courtesy of Reid); chips and salsa (Thinkstock)