Did someone say party? Whether you’re a simple-and-effortless kind of girl or you prefer full-on glamour, let the festive countdown to feeling and looking gorgeous begin…
Chances are you’re going to be running around like crazy all month long, trying to juggle work, family, cooking, shopping (all those presents!), wrapping and, oh wait, there’s a party (or three) on the horizon. Well, fear not, we’ve got it covered.
Here are a few easy-to-do day-before beauty tricks to save you time and help you to achieve maximum impact with minimal effort…
The ultimate get-ready guide for a party: Your pre-party plan
Trying to meet all those end-of-year deadlines often means late nights – and that’s on top of everything else you’ve got going on. The result? Puffy, tired eyes…
You should be using an eye cream like Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler Eye Cream, every night, but if you’ve been a bit slack, use an eye mask. We also like Sorbet Smoothing Under Eye Mask which will instantly brighten the eye area while reducing puffiness.
DIY solution: Leave two teaspoons in the freezer overnight, then in the morning, place the backs of the spoons under your eyes (as close to the inside corner as possible), then apply a little pressure and glide out to the edges to de-puff and drain any excess fluid.
Get a leg up
An end-of-year party is a perfect excuse to bring out that fab little cocktail dress you’ve been waiting to wear, but it might require you give your legs a little TLC…
To avoid red bumps and the evidence from any nicks, never shave or wax the day of a party; do any hair removal the day before (or sooner). After that, Hey Gorgeous Spicy Rose Petal Infused Body Scrub Bliss is the perfect starting point for operation ‘legs out’. Slap it on, rub it in, and rinse. Scaly skin, gone; effort levels, zero. You’ll smell rather good, too.
This is a great opportunity for last-minute tanning… from a bottle. We love Caribbean Tan products. Be sure to use a tanning mitt to help with application and avoid streaks.
When you’re wearing a slinky LBD, your upper arms have nowhere to hide – you may have a little more wobble than you did last year or you’re stuck with pesky raised bumps.
Start off with the same scrub you used on your legs to help lessen the appearance of those bumps, and get rid of any dry skin – especially on your elbows.
Finish off with Caribbean Tan Shimmer Cream. It slightly tans fair to medium skin while giving it a beautiful glow, which will detract from unevenness and make arms appear slightly slimmer and more toned.
Best foot forward
The skin on your feet is 12 times thicker than the rest of the body, so it’s no wonder they need the extra attention.
Give yourself a DIY pedicure. After soaking your feet in warm water, dry them and file with a Studio Basics Pedicure File to get rid of hard skin. Cut your cuticles and nails, and paint your toenails in a summery shade, like Morgan Taylor Professional Nail Lacquer in Pretty As A Pink-ture.
Keep your feet soft with Spalicious Fig & Pomegranate Mask. Give yourself a little foot massage with it before bedtime, then put on a pair of socks – you’ll wake up with sandal-ready feet.
Last-minute fixes every woman should know about
You may have silky smooth legs, but where on earth did that bruise come from? And don’t get us started on the odd shaving rash.
Coverderm Perfect Legs Fluid will cover up any marks, bruises, spots and scars in an instant – and it’ll last for 24 hours. As an added bonus, it also has an SPF 40 and it’s waterproof. Or you can try MAC Studio Face and Body Foundation. Just be sure to blend it out evenly to avoid tell-tale lines.
Master the mani
There’s nothing that finishes off an outfit quite like a fabulous manicure…
We recommend a trip to Tammy Taylor Nails for a gel manicure because it’s long-lasting, but if you’re short on time, paint your own nails and finish off with a hardy topcoat like Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat to safeguard against chips.
Close to your chest
Dying to show off your best assets, but worried about your décolletage area which has wrinkles and a few pesky spots?
Instant smoothness is easier than you’d think! Simply prep your skin with a primer like Revlon Youth FX Fill + Blur Primer for Face/Neck, to help iron things out.