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Summer Gala Style: Getting Ready in the Heat

Stylisted, Summer Gala Hair and Makeup

With summer gala season underway, we wanted to help ease the pain of your prep (as we always like to do). To keep you away from hot tools and hours applying sticky false lashes only to have everything fall apart halfway through the night, we’ve put together a roundup of our favorite up-dos and long-wearing makeup picks. Still not interested in breaking a sweat on your big night out? We’ve got you covered there, too. Book a Stylisted stylist and stay cool all night long without having to worry about your look coming undone.


Stylisted, Gala Hair, Short Hair Updo, French Twist

We love this take on a timeless French twist that works just as well for shorter haired ladies.

Stylisted, Twisted Bun, Gala Hair

Try a pretty twisted bun with lots of volume to keep the pulled back look from appearing too slick.

Stylisted, Summer Gala, Short Hair Updo

Keep it casual in an elegant, yet slightly undone up-do, perfect for both long and short hair.


Stylisted, Gala Makeup, Long-wearing makeup

For long-lasting makeup, our #1 tip is waterproof, waterproof, waterproof. Luckily, you can get every single makeup product you could ever dream of these days in a waterproof formula. When it comes to gala makeup we need something that lasts all night through dancing, dining, and drinking. These rockstar products won’t let you down:

For base – We recommend a full, yet natural coverage. The Kevin Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer does just that, while adding a bit of moisture to keep your skin fresh (don’t worry, not too much that the oily skin ladies can’t handle it!). Top it off with a very light application of Make Up Forever Full Cover Concealer (this stuff is so pigmented – you need only the tiniest amount!) under the eyes, around the noise, and anywhere else you tend to get red. Apply a bit of Make Up Forever HD Pressed Powder (not the loose one – it gets everywhere & leaves a white cast in photos!) to keep everything in place all night. This Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Matte Bronzer is the best for bronzing and light contouring, if desired.

For eyes  We love nothing better than a winged cat eye and lots of lashes. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner is the best and easiest to apply liquid liner we’ve ever used, while the Dior Diorshow Waterproof Mascara holds a curl, adds volume, and creates length like nothing we’ve ever tried.

For lips – This Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick is an insanely pigmented, yet still wearable lip product that will.not.budge. We recommend buying one in every color because they’re really that good.


Need an occasion to put all these tips to good use? One of our favorite places in Chicago, the Shedd Aquarium, is celebrating a special new exhibit, Amphibians!, on Saturday, July 25.  Help raise funds for the Shedd while enjoying a tasting of some of Chicago’s best in food & drink, aquarium exhibits, lakeside dancing, and even fireworks. Get your tickets, grab a gown, and don’t forget to #getstylisted!

 Purchase tickets to the Shedd Aquarium’s Frog Wild here.

Book your Stylisted hair and makeup here.

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