Ready for the Party

There’s no time like the festive season to add sparkle to your look. Whether prepping for a party or adding glamour to your day, here are our expert tips.

Glitter is a firm favourite come festive season, but if you’re not game enough for a bold, out-there sparkly make-up look, there are subtle ways to embrace the trend to enhance your best assets. Events specialist for YSL New Zealand, Luna Oliveira, suggests switching out your go-to highlighter for a fun, festive alternative such as YSL Couture Hologram Light Reflecting Powder ($56).

“Placing this pigment on the same areas you would a normal highlighter will accentuate your features but in a super fun, different way,” Oliveira explains. “Dab a hint on the top of your cheekbones, inner corner of your eyes, cupid’s bow and a little down your nose.” Transforming your go-to lip colour into a glitzy shade suitable for festivities is easy too: just do as Oliveira suggests and place a touch of pigment over the top of your usual lipstick. Nails are a great canvas for having fun with glitter while playing it safe: light up your digits with YSL La Laque Couture N91 Red Lights ($49).

Panda Peng, national make-up director for Shu Uemura Australia, is also favouring everything shimmery. If you want to take a bolder approach to glitter but don’t want to look like a Christmas decoration, pick one focal point such as your eyes. NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Debauched ($57, from Mecca Cosmetica) is the perfect lustrous shade of plum.


Getting your foundation to stay put when you hit the dance floor can be a challenge. Keep your hands and phone away from your face and focus on your canvas. “Your base is the most important part of your whole makeup look, so, in order to ensure it stays flawless throughout the whole night, we need to start off with skincare,” says Oliveira. Using a good primer will give you a headstart. Try Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primer ($76) for a glowy, dewy complexion, and then opt for a foundation with real staying power, such as Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation ($73). Clinique All About Shadow Primer for Eyes ($38) ensures your eye make-up lasts the distance.

Consider having your brows professionally shaped and tinted at the beginning of the festive season. “This will make all your event brow styling much faster. You’ll have no strays to wrangle with and a tinted base to guide you,” says Benefit brow artist Hannah Mutze. Keep a fibrous brow gel like Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Eyebrow Gel ($39) on hand to easily and quickly add colour, fullness and definition to brows.


Rushing from office to event? Oliveira suggests adding to your day look by focusing on simple details. “Add extra eyeshadow colours and a liquid eyeliner, or even a waterproof eyeliner in the waterline to enhance the eyes, and go from a neutral, everyday lip colour to a brighter or darker colour for the evening. Adding a little bit of extra blush and bronzer will also go a long way when moving into that evening look.” Try By Terry Preciosity Flash Dual Compact Highlighter ($107, from Mecca Cosmetica).


Gym Class Heroes

There’s not a lot exercise isn’t good for: mental wellbeing, boosting cardiovascular health, improving memory and sleep, to name a few. Working out ticks an impressive number of boxes where health is concerned. And it turns out that regularly breaking a sweat is great for our skin too. It can help reduce inflammation and prevent free-radical damage while giving us a confidence boost. But to make sure your complexion benefits from any time you spend challenging yourself physically, it’s important to overhaul your beauty routine to suit your active lifestyle.


Perspiration loves to clog up pores when given the opportunity. “The skin is an organ of elimination and one of the ways it eliminates waste from the body is through sweat,” explains Dermalogica education manager, Emma Hobson. As much as gym selfies have become the norm, forego your foundation if you’re after a luminous complexion. “Keeping it to the basics is all you need prior and post a work out,” advises Hobson. If you’re an early bird who has thoroughly cleansed the night before, a splash of Ultraceuticals Ultra B Micellar Solution ($49) whisks away debris. PM work-out enthusiast? Opt for a gentle cleansing option. Throw some RMS Beauty Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipes ($25 for 20, from Mecca Cosmetica) in your work-out bag to cleanse skin while you’re on the go. Dry, sensitive skin that’s prone to redness will benefit from a spritz of a calming face mist, such as Shiseido Ibuki Quick Fix Mist ($55). Keeping hair away from your face when exercising will prevent unwanted breakouts. Avoid spritzing hair products before you start, as product can drip down onto your face and neck, and clog pores.


With so many pairs of hands picking up the same equipment, it’s easy to guess the gym is a breeding ground for bacteria. For the sake of your skin, keep your paws off your face while you’re exercising. A work-out towel to mop up sweat is gym etiquette 101, but it’s important to use the right kind of towel, especially if you suffer from sensitive skin. Soft organic cotton or bamboo is perfect for gently dabbing your forehead to keep exercise-induced breakouts at bay. Avoid washing your towel and your gym clothes with harsh chemicals that could irritate your skin.


Working up a sweat can result in pesky pimples popping up in unexpected places. If you’ve noticed imperfections showing up under your sports bra, you might be suffering from a common case of acne mechanica – a form of acne that thrives in warm, moist environments where there is friction. Fortunately, it’s easy to avoid. Invest in activewear that wicks away perspiration from the body, and always change out of your gear and head for the shower as soon as possible. A dehydrated complexion is often the first to reveal the signs of ageing, which is why restoring hydration to skin after a work-out is crucial. Keep your shower lukewarm or even cool, as hot water can strip skin and hair of hydrating natural oils. Include magnesium in your bodycare routine – it can help combat achy muscles that might follow a big work-out. Take a dip in a bath infused with Salt by Hendrix Bath Salts ($27) or scrub up with REN Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Anti-fatigue Body Wash ($33).

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