Getting party ready goes deeper than just your wardrobe – you want your skin to look radiant, well-rested and beautiful. It doesn’t have to take weeks, though, and with our step-by-step pre-party skin guide, you’ll be ready to glow in no time!
STEP 1: APPLY A SLEEP-IN MASK
The first step starts the night before, with a nourishing overnight mask. It replenishes skin’s moisture levels while sleeping so it looks supple and soft by the morning.
Our pick: Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask
A celeb favourite product that suits every skin type. The lightweight, oil-free mask is rich in hyaluronic acid so leaves your skin hydrated and smooth.
STEP 2: PRE-CLEANSE
Make sure your face is free from all makeup, SPF and dirt by giving it a first cleanse with either a cream cleanser and cotton pads or an emulsifying oil-based cleansing balm. An oil cleanser breaks down makeup and helps gently remove impurities, while not stripping the skin.
Our pick: Clarins Total Cleansing Oil
A smooth oil that turns into cleansing milk when rinsing. It gently gets rid of all traces of dirt, SPF and makeup while leaving no oily residue.
STEP 3: CLEANSE
Now that you’ve removed all your makeup with a pre-cleanse, it’s time to really get clean. Try to avoid foaming cleansers as the sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) will leave your skin tight, dry and dehydrated (it’s the same ingredient used in dishwashing liquid – imagine scrubbing your face with that!) Apply the cleanser to dry or slightly damp skin, massage it in and gently wash it off with a facecloth or your hands.
Our pick: Saturday Skin Rise + Shine Purifying Cleaner
A cruelty-free cleanser that will leave your skin pure without stripping its top layers. It’s free from parabens, sulphates and phthalates and is suitable for all skin types.
STEP 4: EXFOLIATE
For a flawless base, you need soft skin to ensure your makeup seamlessly blends in. A primer can only take you so far – what you really need is a cleanser with some grit. Use an exfoliating face wash that gently polishes skin and gets rid of dead skin cells.
Our pick: Dior Hydra Life Time to Glow Ultra Fine Exfoliating Powder
Just a small dusting of this powder in wet hands will help remove dead skin cells, leaving you with even, brighter skin.
STEP 5: TONE
An acid-based toner helps restore your skin’s pH levels and ensures a glowing complexion. We especially love how it maximizes the effects of moisturisers and serums while also minimizing the appearance of your pores.
Our pick: Pixi Glow Tonic
An industry favourite, this facial tonic exfoliates and purifies the skin. It has 5% glycolic acid, which helps remove dead skin cells and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and radian.
STEP 6: APPLY A SHEET MASK
It’s a pre-red-carpet beauty ritual for many celebrities, since popping on a sheet mask is a quick and easy way to infuse your skin with a bolt of moisture.
Our pick: The Sephora Collection The Primer Mask
Here’s a multitasker we can behind! This sheet mask is infused with reflecting pigments that hydrates and brightens your skin, while leaving it perfectly primed for makeup.
STEP 7: USE A FACE ROLLER
As soon as you remove the sheet mask, use a face roller to massage in the serum and help lift and firm skin. Start from your chin and roll upwards and outwards over your face.
Our pick: Skin Gym Double Duty Jade Facial Roller
This handy double roller has a texturized end to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and a smooth end to help promote lymphatic drainage. Win-win!
STEP 8: APPLY EYE CREAM
The skin around your eyes is the thinnest, so you need to apply eye cream first. Use your ring finger to gently tap in the product – don’t rub or pull the skin.
Our pick: Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate
The potent vitamin C helps protect your skin against free radicals, while patented Haloxyl helps brighten the eye area.
STEP 9: MOISTURISE
Well-hydrated skin is the most vital pre-makeup step – dry skin will leave your makeup looking patchy.
Our pick: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream
This aptly named moisturizer is beloved by models for its intense moisturising properties. It transforms a dull dermis into hydrated, youthful skin.
STEP 10: MOISTURISE YOUR LIPS
Don’t neglect your lips! For a perfect pretty pout, make sure to keep your lips hydrated, especially if you’re a matte lipstick lover. The right lip balm will keep your lips from looking wrinkled and chapped.
Our pick: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm
A deeply hydrating balm that keeps your lips hydrated, while improving its moisture barrier over time.