Ball­room bliss LET THE DEBS BE­GIN

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - BODY & SOUL -

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!

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