Do glitter glow
There’s a grown up glitter trend circulating - a new subtle shimmer that’s wearable for all ages. One trick to amping up your shimmer factor is to throw on a glittery cardigan or a sparkly hair accessory and team with a luminizing skin primer. This understated vibe works from office to evening effortlessly.
#HACK: Begin your makeup routine with a light reflecting primer containing shimmering particles. Not only does this hold your foundation in place for longer, which is a smart prepping technique, it creates a nice high definition glow. Then swap your usual moisturiser for one with a teeny bit of self-tanner, we recommend Olay 2 in 1 Hydration + Radiant Glow RRP £9.99. The combination of the shimmering makeup primer and sunless tanner creates a warm glow on skin that appears as if you’re walking around in the bask of candle light.
The up-do let-down
If you’ve got straight-ish hair and can’t be bothered to carry a heated appliance around with you at all times during the party season – seriously, who can? Then this trick will give your hair just enough of a transformation to pass as party appropriate.
#HACK:Wash and condition your hair as usual in the morning, then apply a styling product to mid lengths and ends before blow-drying. We recommend Pantene Pro-V Lightweight Nourishment Light Nourishing Spray RRP £4.49. Next, throw your hair into a bun when hair is 95% dry. At the end of the day, let your hair down, toss your head upside down and separate with your fingers or a wide toothed comb. The verdict? Naturally wavy locks that took zero effort. Spray with dry shampoo for extra hold and texture at the roots. We love Clairol Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo Nearly Naked RRP £2.99 180ml.
Party proof your teeth
Most of us throw some mouth wash or toothbrush in a bag if we know we’re going out straight from our day to day activities. But, there are some extra clever tricks to preventing party smile staining that will keep your teeth gleaming throughout the night.
#HACK: The night before and the morning of a big event, give your teeth a deep clean with an electric toothbrush and an exfoliating tooth paste. We recommend the Limited Edition Oral-B Genius 9000 in Rose gold – Oral-B’s most technologically advanced power brush. Another top tip? Celebrity dentist, Dr. Uchenna Okoye, suggests avoiding red wine, drinking through a straw and opt for lots of crunchy crudites at the buffet as the crunching action encourages more saliva – to keep teeth clean.
Gloss your hair
One thing that always says ‘evening hair’ is shine. You may not have time for a sleek blow dry before you head out, but you can prep your hair in the morning with a shine treatment.
#HACK: One way to create more shine on the day of a party is to swap your usual conditioner for a super charged one that flattens the cuticle and seals hair in a veil of shine. We recommend Pantene 1 Minute Wonder Ampoule £4.49 3 x15ml. Usually reserved as a one-off treatment after home hair colouring, this little tube of reflection is now available to buy separately. Apply instead of conditioner, leave on for a few minutes, and blow dry with a shine enhancing brush like Braun’s Satin Hair 7’s Brush RRP £28.99 that uses negative ions to tame flyaways and reduce static.