If you're going to be in the New York area during the insane party that is Fashion's Night Out (Sept. 10 — mark your calendars), you'll have a ton of parties and events to choose from. But how's a makeup maven to know how to get the most fun out of the evening, especially since there are parties all over town and you can't possibly hit all of them? We've taken the guesswork out for you, and put together the top 10 beauty events for maximum freebies, brushes with celebrities, and general fun. To find out where you should go, just keep reading.
Sephora: Sure-fire fun for almost everybody. Each city store has something going on, from a Benefit benefit to a YSL launch with champagne and truffles. But if you hit the Fifth Avenue location, you'll get to see Michelle Phan record a YouTube tutorial live, meet Josie Maran and Kat Von D, have your hair done, and get your skin care questions answered by dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross.
MAC: If you like comedy and cosmetics together, MAC's the party for you. Sarah Silverman will be doing live standup, and the Fabulous Felines color collection is debuting.
Chanel: Score a free manicure with the latest limited-edition nail polish line, Les Khakis.
Frederic Fekkai at Henri Bendel: If you don't mind spending $75, Fekkai and Marchesa have teamed up to do "NYC Chic to Hollywood Glam." Stylists will re-create your favorite celebrity look on you, and then the crew from Marchesa will outfit and accessorize you for a photo shoot.
Korres: On the hunt for swag? Everyone who comes to the Wooster Street store is leaving with a big ol' gift bag.
Space NK: Space NK is having a fashion show, lip readings by Poppy King, free hair and makeup from Bumble and Bumble/Nars, and a sweet gift bag.
Kiehl's: Kiehl's is always a good bet if you're out for a serious party, and this year it's hosting a Karaoke Karnival where the cocktails, prizes, and snacks will be in abundance. Karaoke seems to be a thing this year, because the Olsen twins and Proenza Schouler are also judging some karaoke of their own at Barneys. Who new fashion types loved to sing so much?
Maria Bonita Salon & Spa: Want the whole spa experience gratis? This place is offering free facials, manicures, aromatherapy, hairstyling, and drinks, along with a gift bag.
Jo Malone: So refined and genteel! Expect personalized bouquets and macaroons with flavors inspired by the line's most popular scents.
Patricia Field Boutique: Looking for celebrities? This is the official Vogue event, and it's sure to be full of famous faces. Plus, they're doing free makeovers at their eyelash bar and staying open 'til one in the morning, so you can hit the party late.