Anya Hindmarch Remedies Makeup Bag ($31.50) // NARS Pro Prime ($32) // Benefit Erase Paste ($26) // Urban Decay Eyeshadow Potion ($20) // Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush ($25) // Bobbi Brown Intensifying Long-Wear Mascara ($24)
Whether you’re headed to Charlotte for the Democratic Convention or to Tampa for the Republican Convention, you’re going to be combating the heat and humidity. You’re also going to be logging a lot of 16-18 hour days. So not only do you need to prepare your wardrobe, you need to prepare your makeup bag.
First order of business, primer. Primer will hold your makeup in place during long days, through any kind of weather. I am partial to NARS Pro Prime in Oil Free because it provides a strong, matte surface for the makeup to adhere to. If you’re looking for something a bit less expensive and/or something with SPF, I also like Clinique City Block ($21).
Once your face makeup is glued in place, you need to think about your eye makeup, because nothing’s more attractive than thick creases in your eyeshadow. Several of my friends and readers swear by Urban Decay Potion for long-lasting hold. Personally, I’m all about NARS Eyeshadow Base.
Under-eye circles are unavoidable when two cocktails turns into ten, and an early night turns into four hours of sleep, so be prepared to conceal your indiscretions. Benefit Erase Paste and a strong application of translucent powder gets me through the day, but if you need something cheaper, a number of commenters love Maybelline Age Rewind ($9).
During a long night out, the first thing that seems to fade from my face is my blush. I don’t know what it is about cheek color, but it seems to break down after a stretch leaving my skin slightly ruddy looking. Luckily, one of my Birchbox’s contained a sample of this Amazonian clay blush and I love it for long days. It’s perfectly pink color also brightens my face and helps me fake that well-rested look.
Lastly, we need to talk about mascara. Nothing makes you look like you’ve spent too many hours socializing like the “raccoon eyes” generated when your mascara wilts. But this formula, from Bobbi Brown, hold on strong for all-day lashes. She also makes an eyeliner for those of us who need a bit more oomph.
And if I could offer one more piece of advice for conventioneers? Hydrate. Pack a refillable water bottle and drink like a camel lost in the Sahara. Between the A/C, long days and alcohol consumption, your body needs the water.
Need more tips on combating humidity? Check out this post.
P.S. If you think you’re in for a lot of late nights, it doesn’t hurt to put together a travel-sized makeup bag for your purse. I usually fill mine with samples from my Birchbox. I pack Bobbi Brown’s concealer/powder duo, a retractable brush, a convertible lip color/blush, some oil blotting sheets and a roll on perfume. But you should tailor yours to suit your needs.