The festive season means party time! Each time you get together with loved ones across the jolly period, you’re giving everyone a chance to celebrate the season and acknowledge all the blessings that came your way this year.
Chances are, you’ve got a few events lined up – the staff Christmas party and New Year’s Eve, to name just two – and naturally, you want to look and feel your best for each one. But what do you need to know and do in order to be the very best version of yourself?
Here are five simple steps to ensure you are party-ready!
Improved skin care routine
The winter season can be relentless on our skin; the dry, cold air zaps all our natural moisture and can leave us with dull, dry and sometimes even cracked skin. These effects can become especially apparent when we apply make-up, and everyone knows that the flaky, cakey look is not a vibe!
In the run-up to your events, you should level up your skin care game to ensure your skin not only remains healthy but also looks great both with and without foundation. A few simple changes will go a long way! Swap your usual cleanser for a moisturising one and begin using products that include retinol and hyaluronic acid.
With an improved skin care routine, especially one that will actively hydrate your skin, you can look forward to flawless makeup application that will make all your pre-party efforts worthwhile! Simple yet so, so effective.
No final festive look is complete without a bronzed glow. To get party-ready this year, identify ways in which you can achieve tanned skin without the need for harmful UV rays. Of course, during wintertime, it’s near impossible to achieve a tan from the sun (what even is one of those between November and January?!), and we all know sunbeds are not the way forward. In fact, they’re the way backwards.
Ahead of your parties, experiment with simple and safe self-tanning products and find the best one for your body. As just two examples, tanning drops only require you to mix with your favourite moisturiser in order to achieve an enviable glow, and tanning water absorbs into the skin in seconds with zero transfer. With all these fantastic self-tan options at your disposal, who needs sunbeds?
‘Soft glam’ makeup
Soft glam makeup is the ‘in’ thing right now, and we are loving the looks that people are coming up with! This Christmas, forget the heavy contouring, sharp eyebrows, and overly lined lips, and instead opt for glowing skin, brushed-through brows, and a dab of rosy blusher. Include some sparkling eyeshadow and the iconic sexy red lip (it is Christmas, after all), and you’ll most certainly be the belle of the ball.
If you’re feeling stuck, look towards MUA influencers on Instagram who regularly upload makeup tutorials, as well as the latest tips and tricks, to keep you on the right path this festive season. We recommend trying any new looks on yourself a day or two before the party, so you know for sure whether it suits you.
Our fourth step is arguably the most important step – the outfits! Don’t leave things to the last minute; instead of having your entire wardrobe sprawled across your bed, throwing a strop and complaining, “I hAvE nOtHinG tO wEaR!” on the day of the event, make sure you have a decided outfit for each occasion in your Christmas social calendar.
While the specific ‘what’ may depend on the type of event you’re going to, you can’t go wrong with a classic little black dress for those fancier types of parties. If you’re going on an outdoor adventure, such as to watch the ‘Christmas lights switch on’ or to a Winter Wonderland-esqe environment, you could opt for leggings, a big woolly jumper, a gilet, and chunky boots.
Give yourself the gift of show-stopping hair this Christmas. Maybe this is a sign to finally take the plunge and brave a completely new style at the salon, or perhaps treat yourself to some new heated tools to achieve that sought-after ‘salon blowout’ look from the comfort of your home. Whatever a ‘good hair day’ means to you, now is the time to make sure it happens.
There’s a reason why rollers have been flooding Instagram and TikTok recently. Big, voluminous curls are so on trend right now, and that’s because they look absolutely stunning! Remington, John Frieda, and Conair are just three brands currently smashing the hair roller devices, so maybe opt for one of those, to begin with.
You deserve to feel confident this Christmas
The Christmas period is about letting our hair down and having fun! If looking your best makes you feel confident and, therefore, better able to enjoy yourself, follow these simple steps to ensure your face, hair, and body are to your satisfaction. But remember, don’t spend too long fussing about this and that; this special occasion is about spending time with loved ones and having a ball! Merry Christmas to you all.