From what to drink to who’s wearing what (plus a pop quiz to test your knowledge of the art and science of fragrance), our definitive guide to this year’s FiFi Awards.

Don Loftus' Top Five Tips on How to Accept a FiFi

Here, Donald J. Loft us, the Procter & Gamble Prestige leader who also happens to be an accomplished writer, reveals his stage-winning strategies for a witty acceptance speech.

1. Get Up There... Fast!: When your award is announced, get up on that stage as fast as possible. It’s already been a long night. You can kiss everyone you know once you are off the stage.

2. Don't Act Surprised: No one is buying it. You know you expected to win. We all know you expected to win.

3. Keep It Brief: It’s already been a long night. Don’t thank everyone you’ve ever known by name. Group them together. For example: “Thank you everyone I’ve ever known.” That should cover it.

4. Thank Those Who Will Be Voting Next Time: You should be covered with Step 3, but know that if you miss someone, they will probably vote for someone else the next time.

5. Mention Don Loftus: If you could include me in your list of “thank yous,” I will also vote for you next year.

A Makeup Primer

Melissa Silver is the go-to makeup artist for industry execs like Lynne Greene and Gina Drosos. She’s already booked for the big event, but agreed to share her top tips for award-winning makeup.

● Warm up your complexion, while staying harmonious with the rest of your coloring, so that you don’t look washed out under the stage lights or in pictures. Bronzer is key.
● Eyes are always a focus. False lashes are very important. I use individual clusters as they really emphasize the eyes without looking heavy.
● I’m very big on layering—powder shadow over cream shadow, powder or pencil over cream liner, powder blush over cream blush—anything to give extra staying power.
● Contouring and highlighting the cheeks, nose and jaw really does make a difference, particularly in photos.
● Waterproof mascara is an absolute must. (It holds a curl better, too).
● Don’t forget the body—arms, elbows, hands and legs should be moisturized (nothing high shine), and any little marks discreetly covered.

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