TWO-WEEK PARTY PREP

Woman’s Day (NZ) - - Your Beauty -

Two weeks prior ior

Prep­ping skin pro­fes­sion­ally is youry new se­cret weapon. Head into a beauty (1) Ul­traceu­ti­cals clinic for a fa­cial peel like A-Zyme Peel, $170.

With a mix of an­ti­age­ing pow­er­houses retinol and brome­lain ap­plied for 5-10 min­utes, it’s su­per-quick and doesn’t hurt a bit. You may ex­pe­ri­ence some light flak­ing in the days fol­low­ing the treat­ment, but once that’s sub­sided, skin is glo­ri­ously plump and hy­drated. A smooth, glow­ing and even com­plex­ion is the per­fect can­vas for all kinds of glam­orous make-up looks.

Two days prior

It’s time to tan! The most im­por­tant step in get­ting a smooth, even, streak-free colour is to en­sure your skin is ex­fo­li­ated prop­erly be­fore you ap­ply any tan­ning prod­uct. In pre­vi­ous years, this meant go­ing to town on limbs with a grunty (2) Bondi scrub and ex­fo­li­at­ing gloves, but Sands Self Tan Eraser, $24.99, has come to the res­cue. The game-chang­ing foam is sim­ply ap­plied to dry skin the night be­fore tan­ning,an­ning left on for five min­utes, then washed off in the shower. All pre­vi­ous self-tan is dis­solved away like magic.

The only way to ap­ply tan at home ( 3) Lit­tle is with a blend­ing glove, like Honey Flaw­less Blend­ing Glove, $19.99 – it en­sures an even, com­pletely streak­free fin­ish ev­ery time, with no tell-tale stained palms. Spritz or pump your favourite mist or foam, we like (4) Lit­tle Honey Flaw­less Bronz­ing Mist, $45, onto your glove and buff it in us­ing cir­cu­lar mo­tions.

The day be­fore

Leav­ing nails to the last minute is the safest way to keep them chip-free be­fore any event. Al­ways ap­ply a base coat – for both pro­tec­tion and longevity – plus a top coat to seal and add shine. Neu­trals are al­ways a safe op­tion, but feel free to have a lit­tle fun with your (5) Revlon Color Stay choice of colour. Try Gel Envy Long­wear Nail Enamel in Lovestruck, $18.50, (6) Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat, $17.50, and (7) Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat, $17.50.

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