We’ve learned time and time again that the key to an excellent makeup look is healthy skin underneath — so before you reach for your palettes and brushes this New Year's Eve, we recommend prepping your skin with the four hacks ahead. They’re guaranteed to keep your makeup lasting through midnight into the early hours of 2018.

Clean it Up

Now, you might assume we’re referring to giving your face a good wash. And while it’s important to start with a pristine palette, it’s also vital to tidy up your mug in other ways. A perfectly dolled-up face involves more than just your skin. Your brows and lips should also be taken into consideration. Clean up those brows, and get rid of any stray hairs that can get in the way of your perfect arches. While you’re at it, consider removing peach fuzz, too — especially if you’re going with a bold lipstick option. Nothing can get in the way of your party makeup.


Make sure you have the sleekest, smoothest complexion by giving it a good scrub before applying moisturizer. Grab an exfoliator designed to slough away any dryness that can get in the way of perfect makeup application. Just don’t exfoliate too hard — red, raw skin won’t look cute on New Year’s Eve! We love the Kiehl’s Corrective Brightening Exfoliator or the Amore Pacific Treatment Cleansing Foam for this step.



Some cleansing products and scrubs tend to dry out skin, which can be troublesome when it comes time to blend in that foundation. Dried-out complexions are a common cause of patchy, uneven makeup. Avoid catastrophe by throwing on a moisturizer that will get your skin supple and makeup-ready. And don’t forget to let it settle for a minute or two. The formula should fully absorb into the skin prior to foundation and other makeup products. We recommend Kiehl’s Ultra Face Cream or some classic Skinceuticals Daily Moisture to achieve this.




It’s almost go time. Before reaching for that foundation, you want to ensure your complexion is as smooth and flawless as possible. Nothing accomplishes this quite like a good primer. Primer is especially beneficial to those with oily skin types as it is perfect for keeping shine under control and keeping makeup in place all day and night. If you’re looking for that lock-in matte power, we recommend L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte Primer, but if your skin is naturally lacking some glow, try its counterpart: L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Glow Primer.


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