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Prep for party season with these skin care saviours

Get the glowdown with our lessons in pre-party skin prep – whether you’ve two days, or ten minutes to transform from just-good to gorgeous…

Start using a super-charged overnight mask two or three days prior to the ‘big night’. Alternate to ensure that you tackle everything from loss of lustre to fine lines. Alpha-H’s {Beauty Sleep Power Peel} is brimming with both glycolic and retinol to kick-start sluggish cells and refine your skin’s texture, while Pixi’s {Nourishing Sleep Mask} is packed with hyaluronic acid to replenish moisture reservoirs and promote plumpness.

The morning of, ‘pep up’ post-sleep skin with Charlotte Tilbury‘s {Goddess Skin Clay Mask} – it doesn’t dry, so constantly infuses fatigued faces with its cocktail of replenishing, revitalising nutrients. Leave on while you go about your morning (making coffee/dressing children or frantically ‘febreezing’ your cocktail blouse).

If you’re prone to puffiness, minimise swelling (and dispel toxins) with Foreo’s {IRIS Eye Massager} – it vibrates and pulsates over the eye area to encourage drainage, promote circulation and stimulate cellular turnover.

A hyaluronic serum will become your best friend. DERMAdoctor’s {Wrinkle Revenge Ultimate Hyaluronic Acid Serum} is powerfully water-loving – attracting moisture from the atmosphere to ‘swell’ skin cells and reduce wrinkle-depth. Follow with a quick spritz of Allies of Skin’s {Molecular Saviour Mist} to supplement the plumping benefit.

A brightening, priming moisturiser is the ultimate pre-make up step. Omorovicza’s {Illuminating Moisturiser} boasts real life ruby crystals to blur visibility of imperfections and create a flawless base for foundation. Or try BECCA’s impressive {First Light Priming Filter} – a lavender-toned liquid that disguises sallow undertones while granting a soft-focus, dewy glow.

Brighten the eye area and dispel dark circles with {BECCA}’s brilliant {Under Eye Brightening Corrector), then apply a light layer of BY TERRY’s {Light-Expert}, buffing with the brush and building gradually to achieve the desired, dewy coverage.

Et voila! Sleep-deprived Cinderella shall go to the ball!

Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…