I talked all things fashion party essentials here yesterday but as a Styling You reader, you know that your party planning does not stop at the frock, shoes and accessories, don’t you? No Siree. If there was any time of the year when your primping and preening routines need to be in check, it’s this one.
Copious amounts of champagne do not make for glowing skin and luscious hair but if you play it semi-carefully, choose products wisely and down jugs of filtered water all day, you may make it through to January 2 unscathed.
Don’t head out to your first party without getting on board with these four tips.
1. Let’s start with your hair. Have you booked an appointment for a colour/style update? If not, stop reading and pick up the phone. NOW. Hair stylists book out very quickly at this time of year and no amount of styling iron work will save you if your re-growth needed addressing three months ago. If you have a particularly fancy do on the party schedule then book in for a blow-dry and style. I do this when it’s really, really important that my hair look fabbo. If not, I take the one tip that stylists have told me … pack it full of mousse. Not chocolate mousse, silly. Voluminising mousse. And not just a dob on your hand. When they say PACK it full, they mean PACK it full.
ghd Hair Director Alan White says fun, quirky, uncontrived hair with a youthful almost childlike styling is the way to wear hair this summer. “A mixture of hair textures clashing; dry mixed with shine or smooth mixed with curl. Clean and shiny centre parted hair can be pulled up and back into a pony, which is dry braided and dishevelled. Wrap the braid up and around the head pinning into place, leaving the end of the tail poking out in an offbeat way. This will show both different textures and leave the do quirky,” he said.
So here’s the mousse he uses (remember, pack it in!):
And then spray as you go and keep this in your bag for late night adjustments and a hold that will beat any humidity that summer dishes out:
2. Next let’s get working on the face. You need a flawless canvas to create a great party makeup look. Make a makeup primer, like Nars Skin Smoothing Face Prep ($59), your bestie. It will minimise fine lines and reduce pore size in one easy move and give you a glow on like Olivia Wilde has here:
Once the flawless face is in place, you want a foundation that will go the distance. Try MAC Pro Longwear (which I reviewed here) or Clarins Everlasting Foundation SPF15 $65. This foundation has an invisible microfilm that ensures even coverage and 15 hours of flawless hold.
3. Finishing touches. This IS the party season … time to get your shimmy (or should that be shimmery?) on. Shimmery nails, Shimmery limbs, Shimmery lashes and a lick of gloss. Here’s what you need. Pronto.
4. Minimising the after-effects. The party season does take its toll. And sometimes, let’s face it, a night on the couch watching re-runs of Mad Men, can seem more appealing than heading out AGAIN. When that feeling threatens to burst my party bubble, I reach for some help in the form of Twenty8’s Celebrate and Uplift organic aromatherpy oil blend $32.95. The combination of Clary Sage, Sweet Orange, Rosewood, Ylang Ylang and Grapefruit ensure this “happy” blend will have you slipping on the heels again quicker than someone can call you a cab.
Confession time: When I’ve been out late and had too many Mango Daiquiris, I can’t be bothered cleansing my face the usual way. That’s why I keep a pack of WotNot Naturally Nuturing facial wipes ($11.95) on hand. They’re 100% biodegradable and compostable and include Australian certified organic aloe vera to lubricate and repair, certified organic sweet almond oil to restore lost moisture and calm itch and inflammation, and certified organic rosehip oil for skin regeneration and moisture re-balancing. Skincare laziness was never solved so easily.
And sometimes despite all this inebriated cleansing, my skin just says, ENOUGH. (Well, by saying ENOUGH, I mean it says redness, irritation, dehydration and puffiness. It doesn’t actually talk to me.). That’s when I reach for this little bottle of goodness – Trilogy Very Gentle Calming Fluid $43. Thanks to extracts of Chamomile and Calendula, as well as pure moisture-repairing plant oils of Avocado and Olive it restores my skin to party perfect by the following morning. And I’m ready to go again. Just.
So Styling You readers, what are you party beauty tricks. How do you help your skin go the distance? Let me know below.