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Match Your Party Look to Your Dress

Typically, when a party invite lands in our inbox, it's the beginning of an all-out, non-stop search for the perfect party dress. (Read our Style Guide for this season's trends and must-have pieces.) Makeup often becomes the last priority so we've made it easy for us (and you) with three fail-proof dress-and-makeup looks from quick touch-ups to polished glam, just in time for the party season.

Quick Touch-ups for the Work Christmas Party

Err towards the conservative when dressing for the biggest work event of the year, the office Christmas party. This Subtropical Shell Top and Flute Skirt by Rebecca Vallance is a perfect desk to dance floor outfit. 

Pack your office bag with touch-up essentials like Yves Saint Laurent's iconic Touche Éclat and Lancome's Miracle Cushion Foundation. Brighten up your look with a multi-use palette like Napoleon Perdis' Love Nude eyeshadow set and a colourful lipstick like Bobbi Brown's new Luxe Lip Colour in Bright Peony.

Fun & Vibrant for a Cocktail Function

Stand out from the cocktail party crowd and swap the LBD for an LWD (read: Long White Dress). We recommend the Line Map dress by Dion Lee with its elegant, floaty design and flattering squared neckline.

Pick up the colour in your makeup, starting with creating a soft, luminous look with Laura Mercier's Candeglow Luminizing Palette. Brush on Clinique's Cheek Pop Blush for vibrant yet naturally looking cheeks, and slick on a long-wearing pink lipstick like Napoleon Perdis' Mattetastic Lipstick in Audrey. Finally, spritz on a fun, floral scent like Miu Miu Eau de Parfum.

Polished Glam for a Black Tie Event

Splurge a little for a black tie event with the beautiful silk organza Kiko dress by Rachel Gilbert. An elegant A-line dress with diamond-shaped embroidery, it's a nod to an understated glamour worthy of a '50s screen siren look.

Amp up the glam factor with a bold yet polished makeup look. Start with a luxurious feel foundation like La Prairie's Skin Caviar Concealer Foundation which will give you even coverage but with a dewy finish. Tom Ford's Eye Colour Quad has four opulent shades to create a smokey eye, and complement with a strong red lip like Estée Lauder's Le Rouge Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Lipstick. Finish with a spritz of AERIN's Rose de Grasse Parfum.