Your Christmas night out – be it with work mates, family or close friends – is the one night of the year that sparkles, dramatic make up and over-the-top accessories are totally fashionable.
But some tip top advice will make you feel dazzling on the most anticipated social night of the year without having all of the pressure to drop a dress size…
Believe it or not, the preparation starts a whole week before your Christmas night out!
But for those of you who are about to turn over after thinking ‘I’ve no time for that!’ it is simple prep that will take minutes.
Start by exfoliating your entire body to start smoothing out the skin.
Use exfoliator gloves to work the scrub in – we strongly advise to do this in the shower – dry scrub in the bathtub is a nightmare to clean!
Scrub the face with a lighter exfoliator and only do this once the week before and once a couple of nights before your night out.
Up your skincare routine if you aren’t maintaining a good routine already.
It’s so important to remove all make up before bed and to apply the creams or serums that are suitable for your skin type – it will ensure make up will be applied better and will last for much longer!
Cleansing and moisturising are everyday musts.
A fake tan done correctly can be the difference from pasty and grey versus glowing and healthy!
It is great for complimenting make up, as well making you feel slimmer and more toned.
Go for your tan (or D.I.Y) one or two days before your night out – and don’t forget the number one rule before tanning is EXFOLIATE!
Paint your toenails 1-2 days before your night out for it to settle – painting them on the day is pretty risky as smudging can easily happen even hours after application if you put shoes on.
Gel nails or French tips are the way to go for your hands for the Christmas look.
Unfortunately nail polish isn’t as long lasting as we’d like on our busy hands; this is why the gel nails concept was introduced – they are so durable and look fantastic with the added extension.
The French manicure can get a bad name from looking too ‘natural’ and not jazzy enough for an event – having a glitter undercoat added to the nail bed will lift the look and make it totally glam!
Hair control is an important one to take heed of before your Christmas night out.
If you’re a regular with waxing then try and have waxing done 2-3 days before the night out – to ensure any redness dies down and that skin is prepped and ready for any tanning you may be doing.
For shaving and tweezing the day before is sufficient, but at all costs avoid shaving over an area that you’ve had a fake tan done on, as it will streak and possibly ruin it!
Try and go for something different for your hair – like I said before, it’s the one night of the year that different is very much IN!
If you want to go for a more rugged look then wash your hair the day before but leave out the conditioner.
Try not to frazzle your hair with straighteners as this will make it harder to work with on the night.
If you want curls then hair spray is your best friend – not just a quick zap at the end of the session but blasting it throughout will keep the curls tight for the rest of the night!
Relax and ensure you have plenty time to get ready – rushing will make you feel harassed and agitated.
Have your outfit well and truly organised so that there’s no frustrated cries of ‘NOTHING FITS ME – I have NO clothes that I can wear tonight!’
Apply a shimmery body lotion around your collar bone and down the arms to add an extra element of glamour.
Take good time doing your make up – having a thorough look after each section of makeup.
Try to focus on one area that you’d like to emphasise i.e. lips or eyes and make it stand out.
Accessorise with bold costume jewellery or eye catching gold’s/silvers.
Don’t be afraid to wear those elaborate earrings you bought months ago but haven’t had the guts to wear yet!
Try and match your hand bag as best you can as this can make or break a look.
You’re now ready for your Christmas night out – have a good one!