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Party season: the ultimate beauty to-do list

29 November 2013
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Whether you have a week to prep for a party or just five minutes, HELLO! Online has rounded up the ultimate beauty to-do list. 

  • Invest in a good concealer and cheat your way to a fresh-faced look with the YSL Touche Eclat, which banishes darkness and fatigue around the eyes.
  • Make sure your brows are in tip-top shape. If you've got a few minutes to spare, visit Richard Ward's salon for a sculpting session with eyebrow specialist Marina de Almeida — she will take any thin, shapeless brows and leave them beautifully face-defining.
  • A bronzed glow can make an outfit. If you have time, treat yourself to a St. Tropez spray tan.
  • For a quick fix of colour, apply Vita Liberata's Instant Wash Off Self Tan.
  • If you don't have time to visit a nail bar, give yourself a deskside manicure with one of nail varnish brand Essie's cool pastel colours.
  • Long, luscious lashes are the perfect party accessory. You can treat yourself to eyelash extensions – Perfect Eyelashes has several London salons that specialise in bespoke extensions – or fake it with Benefit's They're Real mascara.
  • If you've spent hours painstakingly perfecting your hairdo, make sure to apply a good, long-lasting hairspray that will keep it in place. We love Structure's Firm Hold Finishing Spray.
  • Doing desk to dancefloor hair with only minutes to prep? Spritz Richard Ward's Couture Hair Root Booster for an instant injection of volume and curl the ends using Mark Hill Hot Rod curling wand. Combat any grease built up during the day with Batiste dry shampoo.
  • Another tip for hair that's flattened throughout the day is to mix up the parting – flip it over to the other side for instant volume.
  • Take your teeth from dull to dazzling with a trip to the hygienist. The Elleven salon in London offers several services to help you get a set of pearly whites.
  • If you're braving that minidress with no tights, make sure your pins are hair-free. Either book yourself in for a wax – Wax In The City on the King's Road is a great drop-in salon – or use a good razor – our favourite is the Wilkinson Sword Quattro for women.

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