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How To: Get Ready For Your Work Christmas Party in 15 Minutes

Christmas party season is officially upon us which means sequins, sparkle and (potentially) a sore head at your desk the next day. It can sometimes be difficult to perk yourself up after a long day at work so here’s some tips to make the transition from desk to dancefloor a tad easier! This way you’ll be first in line for the free wine…

ALL ABOUT THAT BASE

A little bit of prep in the morning will work in your favour later. Help your foundation to last all day and perfect your skin with a smoothing and blurring primer like Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer. This way, when the clock strikes 6 and you’ve answered your final email, you won’t have to re-apply any foundation! To make sure you’re looking as flawless as ever just refresh the skin with a mist to hydrate and instantly tighten your pores. We recommend the Caudalie Beauty Elixir thanks to its portable handbag-friendly size. Take it with you to rejuvenate your skin throughout the night too.

Multi-tasking products are always a winner during party season, especially ones that sculpt and highlight (our two favourite things). The Manna Kadar Cosmetics Bronzer and Highlighter Duo works wonders at adding a sun-kissed glow to all the right places. You could even use the shades as eyeshadows to free up some space in your make-up bag.

EYES-Y DOES IT

Eyes are the easiest place to add a little twist of festive fun. Take your look from professional to partygoer with a swipe of eyeliner. Eyeko’s Skinny Liquid Eyeliner has a pen-style nib that makes it easy to add a feline flick – an instant eye enhancer.

If you find liner a little too fiddly, and don’t want to be taking too many products to work, a lip and cheek multitasker will be your new best friend. Simply pop the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks over your eyes and also pat onto your lips and cheeks for a perfectly tied together wash of colour. You’re good to go!

If in doubt, add glitter. If you’re not brave enough for a full-on sparkle, add a bit of glitz and glam with the Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow. The smooth-as-butter formula glides on easily and can be built for either an ultra-subtle glimmer or a vibrant shimmer – whichever suits you best!

WHAT ABOUT MY HAIR?

Beachy waves are the ultimate lazy girl hair hack. Rock up to work with a messy braid and you don’t have to do anything other than let your hair down and run your fingers through it before you leave (it’s best to put the hairbrush down for this one to avoid any frizz).

We swear by Beauty Protector’s Protect & Volume spray, a Birchbox favourite, for adding a bit of volume before hitting the dancefloor. It adds shine and texture without grease or stickiness – an easy way to add a bit of oomph.

All that’s left to do is to spritz on your favourite perfume and you’re done. Oh, and don’t forget your secret santa gift!

– Ashleigh Kybert