To smell great from dawn ‘till dusk, start layering on scent in the morning by using a shower gel that matches your fragrance. It prepares your skin to hold fragrance for longer by forming an acidic protective shield. Also spritz fragrance before applying body cream. The alcohol in fragrance can destroy the skin-softening benefits of your body cream so spray it on, allowing the alcohol to fully evaporate before smoothing on your cream. The best places to fragrance for a really long-lasting scent are inside your wrists and elbows, the dip of your collarbone, nape of the neck, behind the knees, and in your navel.
Quick Pre-Party Pluck
Messy brows can really ruin a look. Pluck in good light with tweezers and a hand mirror – do this at least a couple of hours before you go out, in case of swelling or irritation around the follicle. Following the natural shape of your brows, stretch the skin and pluck any stray hairs from underneath, alternating between left and right as you go. To ‘dress’ them up for the evening, use a brow shadow to make them one shade darker. Dab a little highlighter along the base of each brow to define the arch then finish with a slick of brow gel to fix everything in place.
Some women think that if their make-up and clothes look good then their nails won’t get noticed. But after our faces, hands and nails are the most noticed parts of our bodies. If you’ve got 10 minutes to give nails a lick of paint, great (and you can always use an instant drying mist to speed things up.) If not, get rid of old polish, make them look clean and give them a trim. Consistency is the name of the game. Carry a nail file with you so all your nails are always the same shape and size.
Fast ‘dos’ For Office Locks
Super-speedy party style suggestions. Straight hair? Mist it with hairspray, backcomb it from the crown by about 5cm, smooth the surface with a comb then pull the length into a ponytail and then into a bun. Curly hair? Refresh curls with a little mousse. Just scrunch it through. Want waves? Add texture with wax. Throw your head forwards, pull sections outwards away from your head, then straighten your head back up and twist small sections for a tousled look. In a hurry? Just change the side your hair is parted on, and you’ll be surprised at how many people ask you what you’ve done differently with your hair.
Always Pack A Concealer
If you can only fit one piece of make-up into your party clutch, make it concealer. It’s an office-to-party essential, making you look like you’ve had eight hours of sleep when you’ve only had three! For your office to party preparations, look for a yellow-based concealer that matches your skin tone. Dab under the eye and don’t forget the innermost corner of your eye, which is often darkest. To look wide-awake when you’re feeling tired, and short of time, use a shimmery neutral-coloured eye shadow on the eyelids. It will add light to your eyes, and make you seem more awake than you really are.
From Office Pale To Party Glow
Days spent at your desk don’t really do much for your ‘tan’, so fake it. If you’re short of time, it’s one of the best things you can do make-up wise. Apply a light dusting of bronzer around your hairline, over both cheeks and blend well over your forehead, then follow with a pop of pink blusher on the apples of both cheeks. It’ll revive pale or partied out skin in an instant.
No Time? Focus On One Feature
The fastest way to get a glamorous party look is to go for sexy, smoky eyes. It’s bang on trend, really easy to do and suits absolutely everyone! Use Chanel Les Quatre Ombres de Chanel in Vanites. It contains the perfect neutral to wash over your eyelids, and a dark grey to build up a more dramatic party look. Finish with a few coats of your favourite mascara. Another way to look glam in an instant is to use a bright lipstick. However, if using one, don’t go too heavy on the eye make-up. One standout feature is enough.
If you don’t want to heave all your make-up around the dance floor, then invest in some mini multi-tasking make-up that will fit into your bag. The Realness Of Concealness Mini “Fake It” Kit by Benefit is good. This little box contains a brightening eye cream, lip plumper, concealer, an under-eye “de-puffer” plus a little tube of Highbeam, to brighten you up when you feel your complexion is starting to flag. And – the best news – it fits in even the tiniest of clutch bags.
The best dress for going straight from office to party is a plain wrap dress – they suit everyone, are easy to pack, don’t crease and can be dressed up or down. If you’re more of a jeans and heels girl, a wrap top is as good – they’re the perfect “take anywhere, anytime” piece. To avoid wrinkles, pack lightly but tightly. Your garment should be snug in the bag, not squashed. Lay it flat and fold the arms and skirt to make a rectangle shape. Next, roll your dress up tightly to avoid creases or fold marks, and fit snuggly into your bag.
Dress It Up With Accessories
Take a black jersey tunic or wrap dress and then you can add the ‘Wow’ factor with heels and a striking necklace. A cute clutch, some glitzy heels and an oversized ring can easily transform a simple office outfit into a sassy look ready for a party. Or try a spangly scarf for instant A-list glamour.