4 pre-party beauty hacks for the festive season

The festive party season is officially here, with the Christmas work party, celebratory dinners and casual drink invites flooding in to your already-packed social calendar. When time is tight – and tiredness is kicking in – say hello to quick-fix beauty tips that ensure you look and feel your best at every event. We reveal our best beauty hacks to instantly feel party ready this festive season.

1. Get your glow on
Glowing skin is top of the wish-list come party season – and with a packed event calendar full of late nights that can lead to dehydrated skin, it’s even more important to give it a little extra TLC. Our favourite beauty hack to combat dryness and revive a dull complexion pre-party is to layer face masks the night before. First, gently exfoliate dryness away with an acid based exfoliating mask, then sleep overnight in a nourishing face mask to wake up with re-energised, glowing skin the day of the party.

Too late for that and running low on time? A quick sheet-mask that provides instant hydration will do the trick. As soon as you remove the mask, boost your glow factor by applying a hit of cold to the skin with face icing – either by simply rolling an ice cube over your face or with a cold therapy icing tool.


2. Flash-proof your base
Now that we have your glowing skin sorted, it’s time to flash-proof your base. Let’s face it, we all want to have a beautiful glow IRL, but we don’t want to look shiny in photos! If you up-your-glow by adding a drop of liquid highlighter to your foundation – Illuskin is the ultimate way to create a lit-from-within glow – it’s essential that you powder your base to avoid looking shiny or oily in photographs. Apply powder with a small fluffy brush so you get precision, focusing on the T-zone, especially the forehead, around the nostrils of the nose and the centre of the chin.

If you have oily skin and want to be even more precise with your glow, apply highlighter in a small curve around the outer corner of your eye only, rather than highlighting your whole cheekbone. Or use a powder-based highlighter (we love these Serum Infused Pearls) to get glowing skin, minus the shine.


3. Add a touch of modern sparkle
Nothing says “party season” more than a touch of sparkle or glitter! December is the perfect excuse to break out the glitter eyeshadows and lip glosses you have in your beauty cupboard. To keep your sparkly beauty in the realm of modern adulthood rather than tween, think “less is more.” Add a little shimmer eye shadow to the centre of your eyelids; a touch of glitter applied to the lashline only with an angle brush; a shimmery embellishment to your nails with a slick of frosted nail polish... Trust us, it will transform any makeup look into an instant party mood.


4. Festive finishing touches
Never underestimate the power of a special perfume to really get you in the party mood! Opt for an Eau de Parfum or Parfum fragrance that has a little more complexity and depth than your regular, everyday scent – these higher concentrated formats leave a stronger impression and the scent tends to last longer on the skin.

Our must-have fragrance this festive season is the new GG Good as Gold Eau de Parfum. Crafted around an Exclusive Glow Accord, the bold scent glows with golden beauty as luminous florals interlace with warm spicy notes. It’s a deeply original, sensual fragrance with volume – and its long-lasting quality (proven to last on the skin for 8hr!) will ensure your golden aura radiates all party long.

Now it’s time to adorn your favourite golden jewels and enjoy the festive season!

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