How to get the basics right
Whether we like it or not, we’ve arrived at the tail end of the year. It almost feels like yesterday that we were dealing with new year’s resolutions and trying to remember to write the correct year, and now suddenly it’s time to take out the tinsel from storage, make a dent in Christmas shopping, and, best of all, get ready for three months of balmy nights, summer cocktails, and more parties than you have pairs of shoes.
And while we’re more than happy to share with you all the hair and make-up how-tos you need to ensure your party look is nothing short of absolutely fabulous, we feel it’s our job, nay, our duty, to ensure that you’re doing the necessary prep work to look flawless all night long.
Party prep step#1: scrub-a-dub-dub
Here’s the scenario: you’ve got a big Christmas party to go to, your pins are looking a bit on the transparent side, and you reach for your fake tan. Well, let us stop you right there. Have you exfoliated yet? No? Shame on you! Exfoliating your skin is one of the most important steps to a successful fake tan. If you don’t, the tan will adhere to the dead skin cells, leaving you looking patchy. For a gentle exfoliation, use Palmolive Coconut Butter Shower Scrub, and if you’re looking for a more intense scrub, try Eco Tools Ramie Bath & Shower Mitt.
Note: Not fake tanning? That’s okay, but we still really recommend a good body exfoliation. It’ll leave your skin smooth, soft, and more radiant.
Party prep step #2: protect those pits
What’s the point of looking as pretty as a flower when you go out, but smelling like a barnyard animal and looking like you’ve taken a dip in the Pacific by night’s end? Warm summer nights can easily turn hot and stuffy when you’re indoors, so make sure your pits are fully prepared to withstand the heat. Dove Clinical Protection Anti-Perspirant Deodorant will keep sweat at bay (yay, no sweat stains on your party dress!) while leaving you smelling as fresh as a daisy – even after 48 hours!
Party prep step #3: laying the pre-foundations
There’s no make-up step we could stress you need to do more than applying primer. Firstly, it’ll help even out and smooth your skin, meaning you’ve got the perfect canvas for your make-up application, and secondly, it’ll keep that foundation of yours in place for hours and hours – an absolute must for those long, warm nights out. Dermalogica AGE Smart SkinPerfect Primer SPF30 will do just the trick in smoothing and conditioning your skin, giving your make-up that luminous kick it needs.
Party prep step #4: care for your hair
Hot party looks = hair tools galore. Whether you’re drying, straightening, or curling your hair, there’s no doubt the party season means you’re putting a bit of extra stress on your locks. So, in order to keep your hair looking shiny, healthy, and full of life, you’ll want to use a heat protector before using any hot hair tool. Try Cedel Blow Dry Faster Heat Protector – not only will the spray protect your hair from the heat, but it’ll also help reduce blow-drying time, meaning that you’ll be out the door and on that dance floor in no time at all.
Party prep step #5: make sure those boots were made for walking
How many times have you bought a new pair of shoes and the first time you’ve worn them is just before you head out the door for a big night? That usually ends up with you either: a) pushing on through the pain of blisters and raw skin, or b) walking down the street barefoot. Our advice? Give those shoes a bit of a test drive before you wear them out. Walk around the house in them, cook dinner in them, even feed the dog in them. Stretch them out and soften them up so that you don’t suffer while you’re out. And if you can feel they might still be rubbing an area of your feet, pop on a Compeed Blister Patch. It’ll help protect your skin without you even knowing it’s there.
Tip: Take a patch or two in your bag in case you need to change it. And as extra back up, take Hollywood Fashion Secret Gel Cushions with you to help relieve any pressure on the ball of your foot.
What’s your can’t-miss party prep step? Do you have any tips for looking fabulous all night long?
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