Rhianna Prentice explains how to make sure your Christmas party prep is as stress-free as possible

Christmas is fast approaching, and that means late night Christmas cocktails and minimal sleep is on the cards. To help you get ready for all those black tie festive parties I’ve put together some top tips to get you ready for the Christmas season.

Plan ahead; leaving things until the last minute always ends in panic, leaving us feeling stressed which isn’t what you want just before you’re about to head out to party! Getting organised before the festive season will work wonders in ensuring you’re calm and ready to enjoy yourself.

Pop into your local salon to have a make-up and hair trial to get some ideas of styles in advance. Having someone else taking care of your hair and make-up not only makes it easier for you but you’ll feel extra pampered and ready for a good night out. You’ll often find your beauty technician and hair stylists are booked up months in advance, so if you’ve got events planned already, give them a call to find out if they can squeeze you in now.

Treat yourself to a manicure; whether it’s varnish or gel, a really rich red is great for a classic feel or a nice sparkly gold will pep up your look and give you that finishing touch. I also love a nice dark forest green this time of year.

If you haven’t got time to get to the salon, here are some top tips for your night out:

1 Apply a primer underneath your foundation. This will give your skin a
silky smooth texture but will also minimise the appearance of pores and keep your foundation looking fabulous all night long. I really love Smoothing Face Prep from Mii Cosmetics as it boosts your collagen and elasticity by 45 percent.

2 Apply lip liner before your lipstick. It helps to act as a barrier from when you are sipping those cocktails but will also prolong the life of your lipstick so you don’t have to keep reapplying through the night.

3 Hide any dark circles with the YSL Touche Eclat under your eyes just to brighten
your whole complexion and keep it
looking fresh.

4 Using a fine pencil, I advise gently brushing hair strokes throughout your brows to give a natural look with sharp definition.

After many late nights not only will you feel drained, you could look it too. Keeping hydrated by drinking plenty of water will help to flush out the toxins consumed over the festive period, helping you to look and feel fresh-faced throughout the month.

Finally, invest in a multi-tasking moisturiser. Now is the time to do some skin saving, especially with the colder weather on the way. By adding power back into your skin you will soon reap the benefits. Look for a moisturiser containing vitamin C, wrinkle smoother and skin lightener so you have every skin
concern covered.