As we all know, the best way to party is in a lane at dusk with your back to a couple of businessmen.
The festive period may be over, but it's still peak party season. This trio of beauty essentials will give you plenty of after-work glamour in next to no time.
• Do the two-step lip and cheek shuffle; it's the ultimate time and space saver. Apply a lip tint using your fingertip (the skin to skin contact warms the product for easy blending) before dabbing the excess along the top of the cheekbones for a dewy glow. We like Becca Lip & Cheek Crème, $46, beccacosmetics.com.au.
• Ditch the heavy eyeliner for a shimmery crème eyeshadow - it's fast and easy and, unlike a dark powder eyeshadow, won't end up sprinkled all over your cheeks. Build the definition by wearing it wet as an eyeliner to work, before smudging it all over using your fingertip for a sultry smoky eye at night. Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Illusoire - $48, (02) 9243 1300 - is sparkly without looking over the top.
• Divide and conquer. When it comes to looking instantly polished, the classic deep side part - the little black dress of hairstyles - has you covered. Simply spritz the roots with hairspray before sectioning the hair into a deep side part and pulling it back into a sleek ponytail or bun. For a product just as big on smoothing frizz as it is adding shine, try Cedel Extra Firm Hairspray - $4, cedel.com.au.
And don't forget your brows...
The big tweeze
Always pluck your eyebrows after showering. Warm water helps to open the follicles and soften the hairs for painless removal. Using tweezers with a slanted tip also helps to minimise unwanted pinching.