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The A,B,Cs of Prepping Your Face for a Night Out

The pregame plan your skin needs to not only put your best party face forward but hold it there throughout the night.
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You can run but you can’t hide, especially not when the lights come back on at the party, from the fact that the secret to long-lasting makeup is a good base to build upon. As the party season draws nearer, the perennial search for everything long-wearing intensifies. Ah, we live for the promise of makeup that stays intact on the face for a good full day. The unfaltering primer, smudge-proof eyeliner, water-proof mascara, durable foundation…but before you go down the rabbit hole, let’s take a step back.

Your skincare routine before a big night out warrants just as much attention as the products you’ll be be piling on it afterwards. Think of your face as a canvas and just as any canvas would have to be primed for the strokes of painterly genius, your skin too needs the appropriate ‘tender loving care. There’s more to setting up the skin for a night out than merely lathering on liberal amounts of your trusted makeup primer. We’ll show you the ways to working up a sweat on the dance floor but still leaving at the end of the night with a full face intact. May we also suggest you make yourself a pre-party drink as you make your way through step 1 to 5?


STEP 1: MOISTURISE, MOISTURISE, MOISTURISE

Chances are you’re not the only thirsty one. Before you drink up, it is only polite that you extend a toast to your skin. This, right here, is the drug store mask we absolutely vouch for and cannot stop raving about. Pocket-friendly, readily available and deeply moisturising – we can’t find a fault with this mask!


STEP 2: A SHOT OF RADIANCE

A double agent, the Barabara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum leaves the skin hydrated, plump and radiant. If you were to get into the science behind it, the serum’s concentration of long and short chain hyaluronic molecules sink right through the surface of the skin to work its magic. An added plus: free of nasties like parabens, sulfates SLS and SLES, the serum is also vegan, gluten-free and cruelty-free.


STEP 3: LOCKING IN THE MOISTURE

Does a mask AND a serum not suffice in the moisturising department? Well, we’re almost there. To really lock in the moisture, topping off the routine with a lightweight moisturiser is the one extra step you need to add to your routine. Finding the right combination of products can be tricky business but we’ve found mask, serum and lightweight lotion routine to be foolproof. No clogged pores, guaranteed.


STEP 4: DE-PUFF

Now that your skin is layered with all the goodness, it’s time to really massage it all in. Facial rollers may have taken the beauty arena and your Instagram feeds by storm in the past year or so but its history goes way back to the 17th century. Besides looking pretty in your boudoir, facial rollers are known to remove toxins, smooth fine lines, decrease dark circles, brighten the skin and overall, be a therapeutic experience. You could think of this as indulging in the calm before the storm.


STEP 4: THE ACTUAL PRIMER

Lightweight, silky, airy, non-greasy, non-sticky…we could keep going with the adjectives to describe the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer which has been dubbed THE BEST of its kind across the years. The vegan, cruelty-free and oil free formula wins our approval on all counts – evening out the skin texture, concealing redness and minimising the look of pores and imperfections. Not only will your makeup glide right on, the primer holds it in place from sliding off throughout the course of the night!

What To Read Next: We’re Hosting a Kulala Christmas Soirée – And You’re Invited, Because You Can’t Do Party Season Without Shiny Shoes, and Kulala Guides: How to Survive Small Talk at a Party | Cover Image: Qide Sim

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