Ballroom bliss LET THE DEBS BEGIN
It’s debs season, you can almost sense the fake tan sales increasing as more of it flies out of the shops. And that’s not all, at no other time of the year are lashes, nails and hair pieces quite so popular. Is it necessary for young girls to go to such extremes for the big night? I don’t think so, but believe taking the same elements and toning them down can look just as good.
Here is the biggest offender – skin colour that is off the charts. If you are getting a spray tan bear in mind it can be two or three times more concentrated than at-home tans. This means one coat is enough. Seriously, don’t go back for more. For girls who are home-tanning, stay streak free by careful application. If the debs is a Friday, apply a layer on Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Thursday if you want a really deep tan, less often if you don’t. Layering the tan like this causes fewer mistakes, and you can choose the colour you want to be. Don’t forget to tan the back of your neck if you are having an up style!
Most girls opt for a salon session for the debs, but if your stylist asks you to arrive with day old hair please do so for your own sake, it is much easier for them to work with hair that isn’t freshly washed and it won’t collapse. You don’t want a bad hair photo ending up on Instagram.
The technology is available in every brand from luxury to mass market. If you want to still look picture perfect at 4am choose long wear formulas for your make-up. From foundation to lip colour, shadow and lashes, long wear is heat, sweat and tears resistant. Take along a powder if you think skin might need retouching, nothing else should.
These you can do yourself if you don’t want gels or acrylics. To get a lasting manicure and pedicure apply base coat followed by two thin coats of colour. When dry, apply a final high-shine top coat and let that dry too.
Before the event do not allow hairspray to come in contact with the polish, it can cause smudges and dullness. Use a no-mark deodorant to protect your outfit, roller ball version Mitchum are super strong and come fragrance-free if you prefer no scent, € 3.79. Finally, your feet. A blister pad will mean more to you than your date if your heels attack. Pick up a pack of Compeed’s blister plasters, prices start at €5.99, available in pharmacies. Have fun!