Holiday party survival beauty guide for great tips on preparing for parties and after-party beauty care.
Starting with birthdays and office parties, including holiday
celebrations, December is a month full of parties!
Here are some simple steps to keep yourself fit and gorgeous throughout the whole holiday season.
Before the party
Prepare your complexion! If you want your skin to have that pretty glow, it needs exfoliation and moisturizing. Get a facial, that will remove all dead cells and unclog pores. If you have not enough time for a professional facial, prepare homemade facials yourself.
And before applying your foundation, use a hydrating base.
If you want your party makeup to last during the longest party nights, specialists recommend full coverage foundations, that should be applied as smooth and light. Set it with face powder that you will apply with smooth circular ascending moves.
For a more glamorous appearance, apply false eye lashes, but remember to keep makeup as natural as possible. Sometimes less is more, so you can choose some individual lashes, applied to the outer corners, to get those pretty almond shaped eyes.
As for the lipstick, you should moisturize your lips with a lip balm, apply a thin layer of foundation, then use a lip pencil as a base for the lipstick. Then simply apply the same shade of lipstick and you are ready to go.
At the party
Try to choose light drinks. Dry white wines are the only recommended drinks for your silhouette and health. Try not to mix drinks, avoid very sweet drinks and hard alcohol and try not to exceed with caffeine. In the mids of your drink, alternate with water to avoid dehydration.
Eat wisely. It is very important to eat, because the food from your stomach will slow down the alcohol absorption from your blood. But be careful not to exceed with food either. The best choices would be chicken salads, fish or cheese, but in normal quantities of course. Avoid sauces, food with high starch (rice and potatoes) and very salty foods that cause water retention.
When you get home
Before going to bed
To treat dehydration caused by alcohol, it's recommended to drink water before going to sleep. You can take a pill (aspirin), but never sleeping pills. These, in combination with alcohol can be very dangerous. Also, when you feel dizzy, you shouldn't eat pizza. Choose walnuts or hazel nuts, that are rich in healthy proteins.
Be strong and try to resist to the temptation of jumping directly into the bed. If you sleep with your makeup on, your complexion won't look good in the morning, because the makeup will clog your pores, your skin will look dull and makeup in combination with your complexion's natural oils, the sebum, can also cause irritations.
Start with a makeup remover milk, but for the eyes, use a special makeup remover formula that can also dissolve waterproof products. After removing all makeup, use a rich moisturizer, for skin cell regeneration, or if necessary, an anti-wrinkle formula.
Don't forget to leave a glass of water on your nightstand, just to have it nearby when you'll wake up thirsty in the middle of the night. Thanks to the alcohol, at the beginning, you'll sleep very deeply. But once time passes by, your sleep will get more and more fussy.
To prevent puffy eyes in the morning, dermatologists recommend to rise up your pillow and sleep with your head higher than the rest of your body.
First thing in the morning
Take care of your eyes!
Get rid of swollen, puffy eyes with cold water compresses or tee bags. Keep them for 5-10 minutes on your eyes; you can massage the area with a gel, or cream just got out from the fridge. And if your eyes are irritated because of the smoke, use eye drops.
After a party night, your skin is more sensitive and try to avoid
any exfoliating cleansers or facials.
Use you moisturizer, or any type of cream that contains silicon, to give a natural glow to your skin.
If you look pale, you can use tinted moisturizer, so you won't look pale and lifeless.
A creamy concealer will hide dark circles around your eyes, covering sings of your tiredness.
Than use your foundation and set it with loose translucent face powder.
Apply a creamy blush to the apple of your cheeks; avoid shades with blue, purple or brick-red undertones, that would only emphasize tired eyes. For the lips, a rose lipstick will add some color to your face.
Tips and tricks for the lazy
Never skip removing makeup!
Use makeup remover towels or wipes. If you're too tired to wash your face and use a toner, spray some thermal water to your face. Before going to the party, get all these ready and place them on your nightstand. If you'll have them nearby you'll have no excuse not to remove your makeup!