(That's me before a recent holiday party, driving home from DryBar with full hair, makeup ... and sweats. Yes, I changed.)
Champagne, confetti, countdowns ... New Year's Eve is coming, whether you like it or not. And with it comes all the potentially unfiltered photos that will grace – or haunt – your social media for the next month. That means when you head out to whatever extravaganza you've got planned, you want to look and feel your best ... which means an outfit you love, hair on point (thanks, Drybar!) and most importantly, party-ready skin that looks fresh, not fried. Staying home to watch Mariah *try* to redeem herself at New Year's Rockin' Eve? It's still worth putting in a little extra time to wake up on January 1 with an enviable "this is my year" glow.
I'll preface this by saying that I am not one of those people who occasionally suds up with a bar of Dove soap and miraculously has a complexion like Lily Collins. Like many people, I struggle with breakouts, wrinkles, dark under-eye circles ... the list goes on (*sob*), so I do my best to stick to a regular skincare regimen to keep things in check. And, for big events. I like to add a few more special steps for glowing skin.
Whether you're heading to a casual dinner, a fancy soiree or just the local dive bar this NYE, here are a few night out skin secrets that will have you reaching for the selfie stick (hey, they actually do take good pix, okay) when the clock strikes midnight.
The night before
Avoid salt. You don’t want your face to look like a puff ball, do you? So avoid anything laden with sodium, like processed and packaged foods, sauces, canned soups, etc.
Chug depuffing drinks. I drink two, typically the night before an event AND the morning of the event if I can make it happen. Recipes for Ultra Lemon Water and Cranberry Flush are below.
Steam. Set a pot of boiling water on the stove (bonus points if you add in dried herbs), then carefully (carefully!) hang your head about 10 inches above the pot. Drape a towel over your head to keep the steam in. This will help any gunk ooze out of your pores, which brings us to Step 3 ...
Apply a detoxifying mask. Now that your pores are nice and clean and open, purge any buildup with a mask suited to your skin type. I switch it up, but usually like masks by Peter Thomas Roth, Aveda, GlamGlow and Glossier.
Slather on an intensive moisturizer or oil, and eye cream. Moisturized skin is plump, bouncy, youthful … all things we’re going for, so lay on the hydration. I’ve been using this nighttime oil and this eye cream.
Apply an overnight face mask. Your skin repairs itself while you sleep, so this is a great time to load it up with beneficial nutrients and vitamins. This is one of the only overnight masks I’ve tried that gives me visible results.
Use two pillows. This will help fluid drain away from your face and prevent under-eye bags the size of carry-ons.
The day of
Give yourself an ice facial. What’s an ice facial, you ask? It’s simple. Dump a tray of ice cubes into a large, shallow bowl, fill the rest with cold water, and dunk your clean face in for as long as you can stand. This will tighten up your pores and bring a beautiful flush to your cheeks. Kate Moss does this, so you know it’s legit. Make sure to hold your breath.
Apply a hydrating sheet mask. Again with the moisture. Sheet masks are great because they really press ingredients into your skin. Look for ones featuring words like “luminous” “brighten” “hydrate” and “glow.” I recently used this one and liked it.
Jade roll. I freaking love jade rolling. It’s basically a form of facial lymphatic massage that drains away excess fluid and puffiness (it also pushes those good mask ingredients in even further). Store yours in the freezer, then roll repeatedly over forehead, cheeks, eyes, sides of nose, chin, and neck. No jade roller? Massage your mask in with your fingertips, and place two frozen spoons over your eyes for a minute or two.
Apply light moisturizer and depuffing eye cream. Ok, now it’s time to get down to business. Apply your daily moisturizer (I use this one) and a depuffing eye cream, and let them sink in for at least 10 minutes.
Smooth on primer. Don’t miss this step!! Primer is critical for ensuring smooth, even makeup application. This one is an old standard. And, for brownie points, you can keep chugging depuffing drinks throughout the day.
Ultra Lemon Water
Wash 2 organic lemons and slice them in half.
Bring water to a boil.
Squeeze the lemon juice into the water, then throw in peels as well.
Let steep for at least 10 minutes.
Blend ½ cup frozen cranberries with 1 cup water.
What are your favorite tips and products for amazing night-out skin? Please let me know ... I need 'em!