Perfect party hair and make-up

Caroline Cassidy

The party season is nearly upon us. Whether you've got the office Christmas party or New Year's Eve bash to look forward to, you'll want to look your absolute beautiful best.

Turn heads with our guide to the perfect party hair and make-up...

Women at party
Women at party

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Preparation is everything
You've found a fantastic little black dress for the party, now all you need is glowing skin to go with it. Start your skincare regime early and you'll have super soft skin by the time the big night arrives. Exfoliate at least twice a week and use an exfoliating mitt every day - and don't forget to rehydrate skin with a boost of light self-tanning moisturiser for added glow. Fake Bake and St Tropez are two worth trying for a natural all-over tan.

Turn heads this year
The Christmas party is the perfect opportunity to experiment with a new hair style – but make sure you have a least one or two practise runs before the big night.

Salon perfect curls are easier to create than you think. The Babyliss You Curl features advanced ceramic heating and cooling plates to create large bouncy curls or beautiful waves in minutes.

If you fancy going poker straight, Babyliss Radiance Sleek Straighteners deliver a constant high heat for professional results. The ceramic smooth plates and ionic steam enhance the condition of your hair, eliminating frizz for a high-shine finish.

Kissable lips
If your lips aren't in the best condition, scrub off dead skin with a warm washcloth, then smother with Vaseline or a rich shea butter to act as a barrier and help seal in moisture.

Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm contains shea butter, wild mango, and vitamins A and E to help smooth and repair lips – and keep them kissably soft.

Just go easy on the lip gloss, unless you want to lock lips forever!

Dramatic eyes
Make sure all eyes are on you by perfecting dramatic party eye makeup. To create the smoky-eyed look use a shimmering cream or eye shadow in brown and blend with khol pencil smudged into the lashes, then add a dab of gloss on the lid to finish.

Lashings of mascara or falsies will help give drama to your look – choose ones that are longer at the edges, rather than those that are all one length for a sexy feline look.

To instantly brighten tired eyes try using a peach liner on the inner rim of the eye. It will make the whites of the eye look whiter and make you seem bright-eyed and beautiful. We like the Pixi Eye Bright liner in peach, which is less severe looking than white.