Must Haves for a Big Event

I love getting ready for a big night out. From makeup to my hair, to picking out a great outfit, I love the process.

In this case, I'm preparing for College Fashion Week with Her Campus! I'm attending the NYC show on October 1 beginning at 6 pm. Her Campus is partnering with StyleWatch for this year's College Fashion Week. The (incredible) sponsors from the show include Rebecca Minkoff, Vince Camuto, DrybarFitbit, Bertha Watches, and Perfumania. How killer is that list? I was so thrilled to hear about each of these companies taking part in the show (obviously for Rebecca). I'm also excited about Drybar since I see so many people use their line + get blowouts, but I've never tried any of  their products!
With all this being said, are you going? Buy tickets here!

Before I begin anything, I love to have a great playlist to get ready to. Of course it makes the process more enjoyable, but gets me pumped for the night ahead. Here's the one I recently made. Follow me on Spotify!

I first start with a fresh clean face, and apply my favorite face mask. This one is the Clear Improvement mask from Origins. I love this one because I see results pretty much immediately. My skin looks brighter, smoother, and overall healthier. Acne redness is reduced too! I like to do this so I have a nice base for my makeup to go on top.

After I rinse that off and before I begin my makeup for the night, I have to use a primer. Usually I use just my Nivea After Shave Balm, but I like to be fully prepared when I know I have a long night. I add some of my Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer. (I have the mini one because I'm cheap, but it's worth the price for the full size) This one is great because it controls your oils and keeps your foundation looking smooth - great for a night of photos!

To finish off my makeup, I need to add waterproof mascara. I have trouble with smudging on my lower lash line, so waterproof mascara is a must. I also use this product from NYX to make any of my regular mascaras waterproof.

Now time for hair. Even if I just washed my hair, I like to add dry shampoo to give it some texture and volume. Spray at the roots, wait a bit, and rub the remaining product into your scalp.

To finish off my entire routine, I opt for my favorite perfume. As of now it's Zara's Dark Emerald. It's musky and sophisticated; perfect for a night out. What's your current favorite perfume? I love hearing suggestions!

What are your must have products for your big night routine? Don't forget to get your tickets for College Fashion Week with Her Campus! Hope to see you there. xo.

This post is sponsored by Her Campus Media and its College Fashion Week brand partners. All opinions are my own.

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