It’s party season! This party survival guide will help you stay beautiful and confident no matter what life throws at you.
The season of party glamour and family celebration has arrived! But all the parties can sometimes result in beauty disasters – from lipstick on the teeth to bad hair days. Luckily, a little bit of preparation can go a long way towards preventing beauty mishaps! Try these before, during, and after-party beauty tips to keep you looking your best throughout the festive season.
Before the party: Pack your beauty bag
This season, try preparing a mini “party emergency kit” that you can leave in your car or handbag in case you need it. By preparing a kit ahead of time, you can be confident that you’ll be able to face any potential beauty disasters. My personal party emergency kit contains:
- Mini deodorant - We’ve all forgotten deodorant at one point or another. It’s not an experience I like repeating, so I keep this with me in my party kit!
- Travel toothbrush and toothpaste – For when gum or mints just won’t do.
- Pain reliever – You can’t dance the night away with a headache! Pain reliever lets you focus on the fun at hand!
- Hand cream – All the hugging and hand shaking at parties means we wash our hands more than usual. I keep my hands soft by reapplying hand cream as often as possible.
- Travel perfume – A handbag-sized perfume is ideal for refreshing your fragrance!
Before the party: Streamline for success
When you’re trying to rush out the door to get to a party, the last thing you want to do is add unnecessary steps to your beauty routine. Here are three easy tips that will get you party-ready in no time:
Face: Prevent lipstick on the teeth by applying extra lip balm to the center of your lips (towards the inside). This will add just enough slipperiness that lipstick won’t be able to adhere to the surface of teeth.
Body: Add a little oil to your moisturiser for smooth, radiant legs. Adding just a little drop of olive oil to your normal lotion will help add a subtle sheen to legs, reflecting light and distracting from any potential blemishes, stretch marks, or veins.
Hair: Wait until hair is dry before styling and using any products (excluding products meant to be used on wet hair, e.g. leave-in conditioner), as most hair products don’t work effectively on damp hair.
At the party: Get creative
Sometimes, beauty emergencies pop up that even your party emergency kit can’t handle. Here are a few of my favorite creative tips to solving unpredictable beauty problems:
Calm wild hair with hand lotion. Apply a small amount of hand lotion then run your hands through your hair. The weight of the lotion will smooth any wild hairs - just be sure to not use too much!
Smooth jagged nails with a matchbox. The striking surface of a matchbox is a good alternative for a nail file.
Prevent bad breath with a slice of lemon. If you’ve been snacking on party food and want to freshen your breath, if you don’t have a toothbrush or mints, try sucking on a slice of lemon – the citrus aids in saliva production, which will help quell bad breath.
After the party: Control the aftermath
You might have followed all of my tips to stay fresh and beautiful at a party, but sometimes, you need a little help to look your best the day after. (Remember, getting enough sleep is a key component of beauty!) Here are some ways to help reduce the beauty effects of a late night out:
Puffy eyes: Lie down and put cold used teabags over your eyes for 10 minutes. If you don’t have any teabags, you can put spoons in the fridge the night before and put them on your eyes. The coolness will help reduce swelling and will help drain any accumulated fluids.
Dark circles: Use a creamy concealer to cover dark circles. Make sure the concealer you choose is moisturising and goes on smoothly - the skin under your eyes doesn’t produce as much oil as the skin on the rest of your face.
Pale skin: Fake a healthy glow by applying a light layer of bronzer where the sun would hit naturally, such as the tops of your cheekbones, forehead, temples, sides of the nose, and chin. Then, add a rosy blusher over the top.
Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at Herbalife.