New Year’s Eve Survival
As I may have intimated in the past, I have long ago left the ranks of the “24-hour party people.” However, I do make an annual exception to greet the New Year in a properly festive manner, but surviving the night does take a bit of prior planning (much to the bemusement of my under-30 readers, no doubt).
My first rule: minimal exertion — do not expend your energy running around just before the festivities unless your goal is to spend the latter part of the evening in a catatonic state. Prepare your skin by getting a facial a couple days prior; you might want to check out Bluemercury’s Winter Radiance Treatment, which features Darphin products and a rejuvenating jade stone massage. If blemishes are marring your party-perfect visage, the aesthetician can perform extractions during the facial. Otherwise, consult my tips from last week for treating those demoralizing pre-party pimples.
Keep your skin looking fresh by drinking coconut water (and plain old water). I also like to gird my liver by adding a few drops of milk thistle seed extract, and while I must caution you to go easy on the booze, a glass or two of champagne is de rigueur on New Year’s Eve.
Hair and makeup will be a breeze, especially since I plan on popping over to Blo Dupont for a quick professional blowout or up-do this year, in keeping with my minimal exertion M.O. Makeup at this point is a toss-up between a classic red lip and the metallic smoky eye look that’s so trendy at the moment. But one thing is certain: faux lashes are a must, and my lashes of choice this year a fluttery, mink lashes that add glamour to any evening makeup look.
Pack your evening bag with care, as you have limited space. I like to take a multi-tasking lip/cheek color in an easy to apply stick form for quick touchups, as well as oil-blotting papers and a dual-function powder/foundation, such as Lancôme Dual Finish Powder. If you’re wearing heels, cushion your feet with Foot Petals so you can keep dancing (or at least standing) the night away.
If you somehow manage to make it to New Year’s Day brunch, as opposed to spending the day in a recumbent state as I certainly intend to, I suggest a good eye mask before venturing forth. An eye cream containing caffeine can also tighten up the telltale signs of late night excess.
A native Washingtonian, Beauty Blogger Lia Phipps is an interior designer with an irrepressible, life-long fascination with health and beauty. When she is not selecting fabrics and paint colors for clients, she occupies herself with trying new products and dispensing beauty advice to friends, acquaintances and anyone who is willing to listen to “Tips from Phipps”.