Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the busiest. Every week brings at least one more Christmas party or festive gathering which, despite your impossibly tight schedule, you must somehow turn up to looking like a supermodel.
Whether it’s running out straight from work or hopping across the country from one family visit to the other, squeezing in some much-needed pampering time is difficult.
Yup, tis the season for getting changed in public toilet cubicles and hoping for the best as you haphazardly apply mascara in the dim light of a taxi. It’s all part of the fun, sure, until the photographic evidence surfaces on Facebook.
Planning is key to making sure you look picture-perfect ready – no matter how busy you are – throughout the party season. From streamlining your beauty regime to mastering the fine art of eveningwear, we’re sharing our secrets for style success this Christmas.
#1: Christmas party wardrobe saviours
You need at least one killer party outfit, primed and ready for action, waiting in your wardrobe for the duration of December. You know the type – comfy yet stylish, easy-to-wear but still a little more special than your usual get-up.
The LBD is a fail-safe option, but you can always get more adventurous with this season’s latest bodycon dresses or jumpsuits.
So long as you love it, you won’t have to endure the typical “I have nothing to wear” last-minute panic as you rush out the door. It’ll save you invaluable minutes of dithering.
#2: Christmas party hair styles you can’t get wrong
In an ideal world, you’d have plenty of time to relax at the salon whilst your hairdresser magically restrained your flowing locks in an intricate up-do with the power to stay perfectly in place all night long.
The reality? You’ll be lucky if you even have a mirror to help you sort out your unruly mop of hair.
With a little practice, though, pretty chignons and buns are easy to accomplish. Keep a travel-sized hairspray, comb and grips in your handbag so you’ve got the tools to sort out any frizz. For a little extra sparkle, embrace the current catwalk trend for hair jewellery with glitzy pins or headbands.
#3: Christmas party makeup – stripped back beauty
Late nights of drinking coupled with early mornings will soon have your skin looking tired and dry if you don’t take proper care of it. Remove your makeup every night before bed and apply moisturiser twice a day, paying special attention to sensitive eye areas.
When it comes to makeup, unless you’re a seasoned pro at false lashes and smoky eyes, simple is best.
Make sure your mascara is waterproof – hot dancefloors quickly lead to panda eyes otherwise – and your favourite lip gloss is safely stowed away in your handbag for emergency touch-ups.