With summer around the corner, the last thing we want is to spend hours getting ready for after-work drinks, with a step-by-step guide to get glam in under 10 minutes by using a range of multi-purpose and quick-fix products Come on now, let’s make the most of those cocktails on the terrace…
Prep in the morning for that long night…
Start off with a long-lasting deodorant. The latest hype is natural products that fight odours without nasty chemicals.
Native Deodorant $ 12 nativecos.com
Face the day! Use a lifting serum or primer to help your foundation glide on easily and most importantly, stay put during the summer nights. Serums also help to reduce lines and create a dewy base.
Build a base
A 2-in-1 product is ideal for this look such as a foundation which sets as a powder to ensure it stays put! This foundation type works to even out skin tone and is particularly suited if you have combination or oily skin as it provides a matte finish. They also don’t clog pores, perfect for hot summer nights!
Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer $ 10 milanicosmetics.com
Alternatively, try a liquid foundation which provides a range of light-full coverage without the matte finish. This is best for normal and dry skin types.
For a flawless application, try a sponge or blending brush, taking care to hide any blemishes or dark spots.
Contour for the dance floor
If the only sun you’ve been getting is from gazing through the office window, contour and highlighting kits are your saviour! These beauties provide several shades in one palette which you can blend in to make those cheeks shimmer. The best thing? They can double up as eye shadow too!
Trublend Contour Palette $12 covergirl.com
Lengthen those lashes
Apply a primer to lashes and brows to shape and thicken. Then choose a lash boosting mascara for a truly dramatic look. No false eyelashes needed!
Lash and Brow Thickener & Prime $30 elkevonfreudenberg.com
For some serious stopping power during the day, opt for a matte texture lipstick in a peach or nude colour to complement those shimmering cheeks.
For the night, you need a product which can go the extra mile and not end up on your wine glass after just five minutes! To make your lips the centrepiece of the look, skip the eye shadow and go for a shimmering shade to enhance your pout.
NARS Pure Matte Lipstick $28 sephora.com
Skip the salon and go for a subtle but sultry look. Start by applying a trusty dry shampoo and a bit of backcombing to create volume. A low ponytail or messy bun works wonders when you want to switch from day to night. Top-tip: add a hair fragrance oil to keep your do smelling fresh all day long.
ULTA EXCLUSIVE VOLUME REFRESH DRY SHAMPOO $ 6.99 ulta.com
With time running out and the look almost complete, ditch the normal nail polish and opt for press on nails. Whether you’re after a classic manicure or a gel finish, there’s no need to stress over smudging and chipping – just peel off and press on!
IMPRESS NUDE GEL GLITTER ACCENT NAILS – SO, SO STELLAR $7.99 impressmanicure.com
Lastly, spritz on a fragrance that doesn’t overpower but makes a statement. With so many to choose from, the best way is to choose between the three main scent types: floral, oriental or floriental. To make fragrances last longer, choose one that contains notes such as: ylang-ylang, jasmine, tuberose, frangipani, patchouli, sandalwood, vanilla, musk or amber.
TAMBOURINE DREAMER $65.00 pinrose.com
Follow these tips to shine before the stars come out (and staying that way long past midnight)!