From putting prep in your step to mastering your make-up look, we’re here to get you party season ready

Time to dust off your dancing shoes and stock up on the glitter, party season is almost here. If you’re planning on being a social butterfly, then chances are your calendar’s filling up thick and fast with Christmas parties and your annual work ‘do, it’s what the festive season is all about!

If there’s one thing we love about the party season, it’s the fact it gives us the perfect excuse to get glam (not that we need an excuse of course!). So you’re not left scrambling around your beauty bag trying to put together a last minute look, we’re helping you put some prep in your step to help you look and feel your best.

Enter, our ultimate glam guide, within it lies all our beauty secrets, from planning ahead to finding your signature scent, we’ve got you – you’ll be reaching for those merry martinis in no time!

Planning ahead

No matter where your self-care lies on the maintenance scale, there’s still plenty of time for you to get your prep on. We’re big fans of planning ahead, let’s just say we’ve learnt from our mistakes in previous years and now we’re ensuring that we take the right steps to protect our hair and keep our complexion hydrated so we’re ready to take the party season by storm.

Whether you use a lot of hair product, like to style with heat or plan on partying in your make-up until sunrise, giving your skin and hair the TLC it deserves can help it withstand the busy party season. There are a few holy grail products that always sneak their way into our prep kits and you may find them useful too…

For some bounce in your blow dry

Try: Bed Head By TIGI Queen For A Day Volume Thickening Spray for Fine Hair

• Size: 311ml

• Fresh, berry fragrance

Pump up the volume on your party ‘do and this thickening and texturizing spray. Designed with film-firming polymers for long-lasting hold, this fabulous formula uses triglycerides to condition, smooth and soften. Spritz through towel-dried hair on roots to ends, blow dry and watch the formula get to work on your strands. Incredible lift, tick! Light hold, tick! Thick hair never looked so good.

For long-lasting hold

 TRESemmé Extra Hold Hairspray

• Size: 400 ml

• Level 4 hold

Looking to tame your mane? This non-sticky hair spray is on hand to solve your hair stresses. With an extra strong hold, it can be used to take control of frizz for up to 24 hours while giving you a long-lasting finish. Not only does it give you all-day style control, but your tresses can still move naturally and brush out with ease after a long night on the dancefloor.

For replenishing lost moisture

Try: Morphe Continuous Prep & Set Mist+

• Size: 79.4g

Lock your look in place with a setting mist that’s as kind to your skin as it is your make-up look. Enriched with ceramides, electrolytes and antioxidants, this one-size-fits all formula nourishes while strengthening the skin barrier. So you can set your make-up in place, whether you’ve used liquid or powder, to keep that beat going all night long. What are you waiting for? Prep, set, go!

For a glowing complexion

 Drunk Elephant TLC Babyfacial Mask 50ml

• Size: 50ml

• Includes: T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial™ 50 ml

• Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, 3 ml sample

Glowing skin is always in and with this skincare duo, you’ll be well on your way to achieving your dream complexion in no time. This pro-quality AHA/BHA ‘facial’ helps to resurface the skin with its cocktail of ingredients, helping to improve skin tone and texture. The result? Your radiance is restored and skin is selfie-ready – say cheese!

Signature scent

Look no further for the perfect finishing touch to your party looks, all you need is a spritz of your signature scent. When it comes to finding the right scent for you, we recommend focusing on the notes. If you need a helping hand, why not take a visit to your local Boots store to test some out? Our team members are always on hand to help you find the right fragrance for you. Alternatively, you can use our online fragrance finder tool.

Our top tip for making fragrance last longer? Always spritz onto your pulse points. That’s your wrists, insides of your elbows, neck and back of your knees. The back of the knees might be unfamiliar to you but trust us when we say, it works! Fragrance reacts to heat so applying onto your pulse points helps release a continuous scent throughout the day. Because who doesn’t want to leave a lasting impression?

For the playful

Try: Karl Lagerfeld Fleur de Pivoine Eau de Parfum

• Size: 100ml

• Floral party fragrance

A statement outfit needs a matching fragrance. Pretty in pink, this playful scent delights with floral notes, scattering petals on the skin, followed by an irresistibly sweet trail. Top notes of mandarin and peony fuse with base notes of musk and warm amber for an iconic scent that’s sure to spark the ‘what fragrance are you wearing?’ comments.

For a bold scent

 Philipp Plein Fatale Eau de Parfum

• Size: 90ml

• Floral, fruity gourmand

Designed to celebrate power, femininity and uniqueness, Philipp Plein’s first fragrance for women is not for the faint-hearted. Alluring and sensual, it blends top notes of blackcurrant and bergamot with a vanilla and sandalwood base to create a fragrance that’s truly one of a kind. Housed in a bottle that resembles champagne, this fragrance evokes instant charm and fond memories of the party season.

Like the sound of those? Discover even more of our signature scents and fragrance gift sets.

Dazzling looks

Enter, the pièce de resistance of party season – star-studded glam! If there’s ever been a better time to get experimental with your look, it’s now. Think glitter, fluttery lashes, a bold blusher and a statement lip. It really doesn’t get any better than this.

Granted, knowing where to begin can be overwhelming, so allow us to be your big sister in beauty, guiding you through each step of the make-up journey. There really are no rules for mastering the art of party season glam, just have fun with it and don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. These four must-haves can help you get started.

For a defined eye

Try: Eylure Volume & Curl 3/4 Length No.125

• Includes: 18 hour latex free lash glue

• Reusable for up to 10 wears

If you want to mesmer-eyes this festive season, this pair of ¾ length falsies are a great staple and for good reason. Not only can they add drama to your look, but they’re also perfect for all skill sets, whether you’re a falsies novice or a total pro. There’s no need to trim, simply apply your 18 hour glue, attach to your lash line and you’re good to go. Impactful, easy and quick as a lash!

For day to night looks

 Revlon ColorStay Day to Night Eyeshadow Quad

• Available in 8 shades

When it comes to eyeshadow palettes, we love versatility, and this transitional quad is our best-kept secret to take our eye looks from day to night. Equipped with four buttery soft shades, it contains everything you need to create a stunning base and add drama. With true colour payoff and up to 24 hour wear, this handy, compact size easily slips into your bag for an on-the-go touch up.

For a flush of colour

Try: NARS Afterglow Liquid Blush

• Size: 7ml

• Suitable for all skin types

• Transfer-resistant

• Vegan collagen*

Give cheeks a subtle hint of tint one doe foot applicator at a time with this liquid blush from NARS. Whether you prefer a natural glow or intensified impact, this silky formula layers with ease and blends like a total dream to give you your desired, luminous finish. The formula is infused with sodium hyaluronate to quench your skins thirst with up to eight hours of hydration.

For a flawless base

 Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

• Size: 30ml

• Suitable for all skin types

• Available in 40 shades

When it comes to acing your base, we all want the same thing – a good foundation with longevity. This silky, fluid foundation is not only as light as air but also helps you create a natural look with all-day buildable coverage. Glycerin hydrates while exclusive Micro-fil™ technology brightens and blurs imperfections.

Now you’re prepped to perfection, it’s time to get your glam on and dance the party season away! Find more top picks in our full range of beauty and skincare.

*Vegan formulas do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.