‘Tis the season for your annual opportunity to make an effort at your work Christmas party.
After a year of no-make up faces and messy buns, it's time to pop bon bons and celebrate in style with your work family.
Whether it’s some Friday afternoon drinks or a big fancy soiree in Berlin, adding these few things to your Christmas beauty prep are essential as mulled wine and an advent calendar to any German babes merry traditions.
We’re all about the base and you should be too. Along with lots of fun, the party season comes with late nights full of cocktails, sugary treats and layers of make-up your skin might not be used to.
Prep your base with some serious love in the lead up and everyone will think you just came home from an tropical island summer. er.
When it comes to achieving a flawless, long-lasting make up look, a fabulous skin care routine is your secret weapon. What we do to our faces before applying BB cream, concealer or highlighter will ultimately affect the finished look. While we swear by Oil Based Skincare at BB HQ, our other secret is a trusty little treatment that you can get done at your local beauty salon or skin clinic called Dermaplaning.
Dermaplaning is an incredible exfoliating treatment in which a trained technician uses a surgical scalpel to gently remove dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. It may sound a little scary, but it's super effective and very safe. Did you know that a buildup of dead skin and peachy hair fluff on your face can make your complexion appear dull, flaky and even cause breakouts due to clogged pores and hair follicles?
Not only is this mechanical exfoliation essential for maintaining an even, healthy base but there is no down time required, it suits all skin types and contrary to popular belief, the hair on your face will not grow back thicker or darker.
The best thing about Dermaplaning? It will leave your base in optimal condition, meaning your makeup will slide on smoother than ever before. You’re now one step closer to rocking that Christmas party babe.
#BBProTip: Ensure you apply some Moisturising Sunscreen after your treatment, as your skin is especially susceptible to the sun post-exfoliation.
It’s a true fact that life is better with a tan, much much better. So, it's no surprise that if you’re only going to do minimal prep for a night out then a self tan needs to be one of them. This is where our new Self Tanning Mousse comes into play.
Just like you prepped your face, you need to prep the rest of your base to ensure your tan looks as flawless and fabulous for as long as possible. How? Moisturise, exfoliate and moisturise again for good measure - your skin can never be too hydrated.
Exfoliate: Your self tan colour sits on the top layer of skin so it’s really important that your skin has been exfoliated to ensure a flawless smooth colour. In an ideal world you would start your exfoliating regimen a week in the lead up, however a good 24 - 48 hours will do just the trick.
Moisturise: Take the time to nourish your body with our Luxe Moisturising Lotion in preparation for your self tan, paying particular attention to dry areas like your hands, elbows, knees, ankles and feet.
Hair removal: If you’re planning on shaving, waxing or any other hair removal, make sure you do it at least 24 hours prior to self tanning to give your pores time to close. Shaving or waxing after your tan may remove your colour slightly so this steps an important one.
Whether you’re leaving your tan on for one hour or 8, loose dark clothing is always the best thing to pop on immediately after. The last thing you want is unwanted streaks from tight clothing, ruining your perfect party skin.
Now, you're ready to kick back, relax and enjoy your end of year celebrations singing Mariah Carey's rendition of 'All I Want For Christmas Is You'. You know you want too.