Your essential beauty checklist for big events

Your essential beauty checklist for big events

Whether it’s your daughter’s wedding or a big birthday celebration, our beauty countdown will ensure you look and feel like your best self on the big day.

Whether it’s your daughter’s wedding or a big birthday celebration, our beauty countdown will ensure you look and feel like your best self on the big day.

You’ve got a big event in the diary and want to look your best. The good news is – with a little bit of prep work in advance – you can be the belle of the ball.

Here, we give you the ultimate countdown that will ensure you shine and feel more confident than ever…

A month before

1. Start body brushing

You’ve found the perfect party dress, but worry your legs don’t look their best. Step forward body brushing. This encourages lymphatic drainage, resulting in smooth and toned skin. Using a body brush, work in long, sweeping strokes, brushing skin from the ankles up. Repeat a few times a week and you’ll see real results in time for your big day.

2. Treat your feet

Our feet are often the most abused body part, and this means they need plenty of love and attention in advance. So start buffing your feet and applying an intensely hydrating foot lotion now, so they will be in perfect condition for those gorgeous strappy sandals you’ve spotted!

3. Try out different make-up looks

Doing a trial make-up run now will help you see whether you need any new additions to your cosmetic bag. You could try a new shade of lipstick, or perhaps swap your usual black liner for blue or green. If you want some guidance, try getting your make-up done at a beauty counter in a department store. Most are willing to do this for free – although you may end up splashing out on some of the products they use – but, hey, it’s for a special occasion!

New make-up is a great way of getting a new look without going too extreme – or permanent! You might be surprised at how much a new look can lift you, and the big event will be the perfect time to unveil it.

A week before

1. Avoid the orange look

Wary of using fake tan? Try applying a gradual tanning lotion each day in the week leading up to the event. This will help you build up your desired shade slowly for that just-right glow.

2. Get a trim

A fresh haircut often makes you feel a little too self-conscious, whereas once it’s had a week or two to settle down, you feel great and super hair-swishy! So book in for a trim (and a colour if you dye your hair) a week or two in advance, so you’re feeling and looking fresh for the special event.

3. Brush your way to a whiter smile

A dazzling smile is always in vogue. If you want your teeth to be brighter and whiter for your big day, try the Oral B 3D White Glamorous Shine Toothpaste, which removes up to 90% of surface stains in just five days (yes, you read that correctly!).

The day before

1. Book in for a mani-pedi

It’s time to get those nails done to give the final touch to your look. If you’ve chosen a dress in a dark colour, why not go bright with your nails? Alternatively, a blush or nude nail is a classic and neat way to complement your look without clashing. Worried about chips and cracks? Consider gel polish, which lasts for up to two weeks.

2. Wash your hair

If you’re opting for an elaborate ’do, wash your hair the day before. The reason? Squeaky-clean hair loses its shape more quickly and can slip out of hair grips more easily.

Treat your hair to an intense 3 Minute Miracle Pantene Conditioner and it will look just as clean, shiny and nourished the next day, but will be easier to manage.

3. Get your beauty ZZZs

As well as ensuring you have enough energy for the big day, a good night’s sleep will give your skin cells optimum time to repair and rejuvenate themselves – so be sure to head to bed early the night before. And don’t forget to apply your Olay Regenerist 3-point Age Defying Night Cream to really make the most of your skin’s overnight repair process.

An hour before

1. Drink plenty of water

Make sure your drink lots of water on the day to keep your skin hydrated – it will help to plump the skin, fill in fine lines and wrinkles, and enliven a dull complexion. Even better, have a cup of hot water and lemon, as this will help detoxify your skin, too.

2. Wake up your eyes

Olay’s new Deep Hydrating Eye Gel is perfect pre-party, as it will give you that wide-awake look for a whole 24 hours (hey, you never know how long you’ll be on that dance floor!).

It’s packed with skincare heavyweights including niacinamide (aka vitamin B3) and hyaluronic acid, as well as natural favourites witch hazel and cucumber extract, which combine to give your delicate eye area and extra moisture boost. Tip: Keep the gel in the fridge for added, cooling relief.

3. Ace your base

Before doing your make-up, apply Olay Luminous Whip SPF30. Not only will it moisturise and hydrate your skin, but it will sink in in seconds, leaving a smooth, matte finish, which is the perfect base for make-up. So you’ll have glowing skin, but without the oily finish that can cause your make-up to slide off your face as soon as you walk out the door!

Now all that’s left to do is apply your make-up, style your ’do, don your party outfit, and go have the time of your life!

What are your top tips for getting ready for a big event? Share them with us in the comments section below.

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AbbyAtkinson 27/03/2020

Getting ready with my friends always gets me excited for big events!

Relax and Smile

Megs 15/03/2020

Relax . Don't Worry . Don't change your make up too much and Smile



Have some 'me' time in a relaxing bath with essential oils and allow plenty of time to get ready in both mind and body.

Advanced preparation


A good moisturiser getting the skin prepared

Self care


Start well ahead of the event so you can be relaxed whilst doing it all. First, have a shower to feel fresh and start afresh.

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