Get Red Carpet Ready for the Holidays

By:  Chaton Anderson- Writer

Contributor’s Website:  Fusion Integrated

Holiday parties are in full effect—it’s time to bust out your beauty arsenal so you can look gorgeous at your holiday events, regardless of the color of the carpet.

Two weeks out—if you aren’t already going, it’s time to hit the gym. In just two weeks, if you work out right and eat well, you’ll see some subtle changes that will make you look and feel more confident. “Exercise is especially beneficial if you feel stressed about an event, since it produces endorphins and allows you to release tension,” said BMA’s Bing Ding, founder of Body Mind Architects

Now is the time to get on a regular sleep schedule, by going to bed and waking up at the same time each day. This will maximize the benefits of exercise, lighten dark circles and keep your skin glowing. Try a silk sleep mask like the Belle De Nuit Eye Masque to shut out light and help produce melatonin to get you to sleep. The silk contains 18 amino acids and copper to facilitate your skin’s regenerating process—and gets you right into princess mode. 

The week of–feeling bloated? Evening Primrose and Vitamin E will help ease water retention. Eliminate sodas, cut down on processed food and avoid salt so you don’t look puffy on the day of the event. Drink lots of tea, especially green and white, and water with lemon.

Book your haircut and color appointments early in the week. This is not the time to try anything new—you won’t have time to adjust and if there’s a mishap, it will only add to the stress of your big day. It’s also a good time to indulge in a deep conditioning treatment to make sure those locks look shiny and healthy.

“Holiday parties are the perfect time to pull out all the stops,” said Derek Smart of Sally Hershberger Los Angeles. “Shiny and healthy hair always wins—Sally Hershberger Star Shine is the perfect tool to finish your polished look.”

At the beginning of the week, schedule microdermabrasion or a peel, depending on what your dermatologist or esthetician suggests. “Proper exfoliation will ensure that your skin is blemish-free and glowing,” says esthetician Shannon Smith.

The day of—relax. Indulge in a luxurious facial masque such as celeb favorite, Facelift to Go. It’s an enzyme mask that tightens skin, exfoliates dead cells and assists in some amazing cell repair—results are more than equivalent to a salon facial. 
If your eyes are puffy or riddled with dark circles, try Elizabeth Grant’s amazing Vitamin C Illuminating Eye Pads to erase the evidence of a big night out, or Eye Slices, innovative dermal delivery, anti-aging eye masks that lock in moisture and reduce the appearance of tired, red eyes within five minutes. 

For makeup, stick with a classic color palette that you know works for you. You can always hit up the department store counter at a line like MAC, whose artists are high quality and will do your makeup professionally when you purchase $50 worth of makeup. 

Freelance makeup artist Lisa Cooper suggests, “What’s really in this season is luminous skin — this can be easily achieved using products such as cream colored base like MAC’s Pearl on the cheekbones or MAC’s Strobe Cream on the face and body for an all-over glow.”

After following this two-week plan, you’ll look and feel so great that you’ll have an amazing, carefree time—and turn many heads. 

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