Don’t let scaly shins, 4pm complexions or the lure of your sofa stop you having a blast this season.
Here, the best pre-party fixes for body and mind* (*champagne not included).
‘Liquid concealers can highlight spots, so I find it best to buff a tiny amount of mineral powder directly on top with a small make-up brush,’ says make-up artist Arabella Preston, who rates (£28; below). ‘The brush removes flakes, while the powder conceals without caking or looking obvious.’
Fight The Flakes
Dry lips and lipsticks don't mix, especially not matte lipsticks, which look so good this season. Keep one of (£15 each; below) to hand. One half contains a sugar scrub you can actually eat off afterwards (making it ideal for on-the-go); the other, a lightly tinted balm, leaves lips plump and primed for colour.
Turn Around Your Mood
Feel like staying in with Netflix instead of going out? Mix one sachet of (£4.99 for a pack of eight) with water and glug it down – it works better than an espresso to perk you up – then mist the air with (£8) and deeply inhale.
Its citrus essential oils help sharpen focus and lift spirits. In other words, they’ll bring your A-game to the dance floor.
Wake Up Your Eyes
Clean up your eyes and your whole face looks brighter, Preston says. 'Start by removing any smudges and flakes with a (£2.50 for 200; below). They get right under your lower lashes and don't leave fluff behind.
Rescue Flat Hair
If you’re in a hurry, forget trying to add more product to compensate for lack of oomph – it often makes hair look worse. ‘Instead, pull it back into a Jenna Lyons-style bun – one in line with the tops of your ears looks most modern,’ says hairstylist James Galvin.
Save A Chipped Nail
‘One layer of glittery top coat hides chips and revitalises shine. Plus, it dries faster than other top coats, so it’s great for emergencies,’ says nail expert Adam Slee.
Get Your Face Back
By 4pm skin starts to look ruddy and slack. Patting on some moisturiser and refreshing your eyes can help, but if your end-of-day face needs more intensive care, try this: massage a dab of (£30; bottom left) into skin, then remove with a warm flannel.
Next, smooth on a sachet of (£50 for a pack of 10; below middle) and relax for 10 minutes. This mask has a cult-like following in the US for its instant lifting effects.
Now, mix two drops of (£18; bottom right) with a moisturiser to hide pores and boost luminosity.
Buff Your Body
Cocktail-dress-ready skin comes courtesy of these insider tricks to banish scales and bumps. 'To fast-track smoother, more toned-looking legs you've got to start in the shower,' says Nichola Joss, skincare expert for Sanctuary Spa.
'Use an exfoliating mitt to massage legs with circular movements, working upwards from ankles to hips to drain puffiness and banish dry skin. Then splash with cold water, dry off and apply a body serum. This will sink in quickly to firm and improve skin texture.’
To finish, lightly buff (£12.50; below) along shins and front of thighs to make them look lean, smooth and glowy.
Make A Stash
Keep these items to hand and you’ll always be able to create a look, even when your make-up bag’s at home... Spritz a little (£29; below left) on fingertips, then use to add highlights, glow and sheen where needed (hair, face, body...). (£21; below middle) adds instant glamour and looks like a healthy, natural flush when dabbed on cheeks, too. Use (£21; below middle) to line eyes or blend out for a quick metallic smoky.
Finally, (£23.50; below right) is your one-stop for smoothed, evened-out skin.
Refresh Dark Roots
‘Clean hair’s very forgiving, but the minute hair in need of a colour gets even slightly greasy, it just looks grungy,’ says top colourist Josh Wood.
Spritz his new (£12.50 each; left) along your parting or wherever hair’s grey, wait a few seconds, brush through and go.
The mattifying polymers in the spray absorb oil, as the pigment touches out regrowth.