How to Be Party Perfect to Ring in the New Year

Killer heels and lipstick will give you an edge this party season, but the real way to turn heads all lies in the preparation. Here's our guide
Wednesday , 25 December 2013
Dhs235, Elemis
Dhs235, Elemis
Dhs 55, Sally Hensen
Dhs 55, Sally Hensen
Dhs195, Sarah Chapman at Net-a-poerter.com
Dhs195, Sarah Chapman at Net-a-poerter.com
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Net-a-poerter.com
Dhs130, Sarah Chapman at Net-a-poerter.com
Dhs175, Suki
Dhs175, Suki
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Dhs29, Neutrogena
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Dhs 159, Dermalogica

Glitter, good cheer, cocktails and costume jewellery – the 2013 party season is well under way and it’s time to get prepared!  Whether it’s partying with your in-laws or a blow-out NYE bash with your girlfriends, the night will be all the more fun if you’re looking and feeling your best.  Rock that LBD with glowing skin, a killer tan and a megawatt smile.  Whether it’s a quick mani/pedi or a decadent spa treatment, VIVA is here to guide you through the perfect pre-party preening guide for the festive season. 

Pre-Game
It’s time to get scrubbing. Buffing away dead skin is the single most important step to a glowing complexion and this applies to both body and face. Begin by dry body brushing from the feet upwards before you shower, making sure you brush towards the heart to help eliminate toxins. Reach for a sugar based exfoliant like Ren’s Moroccan Rose Body Polish to slough away rough patches and boost circulation. For those who prefer to entrust their beauty regimes to the professionals, a decadent option is the ‘Little Black Dress’ spa treatment at De La Mer Spa. A delicious chocolate body scrub followed by an anti stress body wrap will have you radiant and ready to go in no time! 

If you want your make up to look flawless and last all night, you’re going to need a smooth complexion to get it. Starting with a fresh, clean base is the ultimate way to have party perfect make-up from start to finish. Create the perfect canvas by investing in a good scrub. The rule of little and often applies here, so look for a gentle option such as Herbline’s Apricot and Honey scrub, which can be used tri-weekly. Take it easy and use your scrub in gentle, massaging motions to avoid damaging your skin – scrubbing too vigorously can undermine the skins barrier function.  

Top Tip: To maintain a healthy and well-exfoliated face year-round, try cleansing every evening using a Clarisonic. Used with a gentle cleanser, this clever contraption will clean your skin, help reduce dark spots, even skin tone, as well as boosting circulation instantly.

Bronze of the ball
Cleverly applying illuminating and bronzing products can make you appear slimmer and more toned. When party season approaches, reach for products such as St Tropez Self Tanning Mousse to get a just-been-on-holiday glow.  Apply all over the body followed by a second very light coat under cheekbones, jaw bone and collar bones to create a killer streamlined silhouette and clever contouring.  Looking for a non-permanent solution? Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs are an incredible way to add a little bronze colour to your pins for one night only.  Whether you opt for the spray or lotion, this clever formula is water resistant and washes off with soapy water at the end of your evening.  As well as offering a golden glow, it covers any bumps, bruises or discolouration on the legs. A clever option for girls on the go, it’s a last minute solution that could save you from unsightly legs when a last minute invitation comes along.  Looking for the ultimate in luminous party beauty? Enhance your faux-glow with an illuminating cream such as Vita Liberata Illuminating Skin Finish. Just like a BB cream for the body, we’re obsessing over its ethereal dewy finish which adds a photo-ready glow to every complexion. 

On the day
Radiance is the key to the ultimate festive beauty look, especially if you’ll be sipping bubbles throughout night. Not all glow-getters are created equal, so look for quality products packed with antioxidants and vitamins that will get your skin plumped and pretty. Start by using a hydrating mask applied to clean skin. We love Sarah Chapman’s Instant Miracle Mask containing ingredients like brown algae, Vitamin C and Moroccan lava clay to detoxify and hydrate the skin. For those who prefer something a little less messy, Dior’s Prestige Satin Mask is your best friend. Pop it on pre-party to instantly lift and revitalise the skin. 

Complexion booster 
Follow in supermodel footsteps and treat yourself to a boosting, oxygen stimulating massage. It’s one of the most underrated, but easy and efficient ways to tone skin and will liven up a dull complexion in a snap. Renowned facialist Sarah Chapman has devised a genius little tool that mimicks the effects of her famous lifting treatments. Although it might look a little strange, the roller nodules on this wonder help to drain toxins from the glands whilst tightening, brightening and lifting. Get rolling. 

Feed your skin
There’s a fine line between glow and no. We all want to shimmer, but no-one wants to shine.  Keep oily, shiny skin at bay by choosing an oil free moisturiser such as Dermalogica’s Active Moist.  A good serum should play an important role in any daily regime as it acts as a barrier between make up that constantly drip feeds vitamins to the skin. Sunday Riley’s Juno Serum pops up in the kits of major make-up artists backstage at fashion weeks for its radiance giving effects on the skin of tired models. A dry oil packed with retinol, Vitamin C and Omega 3, 6 & 9, it’s your supermodel skin in a bottle and will keep you glimmering until dawn. Another little wonder is Suki’s Delicate Hydrating Oil which will feed your skin without giving you the shine-factor. Mix it on the back of your hand with your favourite moisturiser for a radiance-boosting treat. 

Clean up your act
When the bubbles cease to flow, your post party routine is just as important as the prep itself. With a little effort you can fool anyone into thinking you were in bed by midnight. Plan ahead on party night and leave a handy packet of cleansing wipes beside your bed. This way, when you get home, you can throw off the heels, pop on the pyjamas and wipe away the night’s mascara. Neutrogena deep cleansing wipes are perfect for those with sensitive skin as they’re super soft, smell great and don’t leave an eye watering residue in their wake. Follow up with a heavy moisturiser to make up for the dehydrating effects of a big night out and give your skin back some of those nutrients it will be missing. 

The day after the night
The aim of the post-party game is to detox and recover, so the morning after your big night out, immerse yourself into a bath filled with toxin busting salts to speed up the process. Dermalogica’s Hydro Active Mineral Salts are the perfect addition to a relaxing bath, harnessing the power of nature to sooth sore muscles and tired limbs. Before you head out to face the world, cover up any tell-tale dark circles under eyes with a touch of Christian Dior BB Eye Cream and a slick of Lucas Paw Paw balm on lips and cheek bones to add radiance and sheen to a tired face. 

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