Prepare for your Debs and Grad

Now is the time to start your beauty preparations for your Debs and Grad, of course you will be focusing on the Leaving Cert, but a beauty routine can help you relax and offer an occasional welcome distraction.

Now is the time to start your beauty preparations for your Debs and Grad, of course you will be focusing on the Leaving Cert, but a beauty routine can help you relax and offer an occasional welcome distraction.

Give yourself plenty of time. Apart from your dress, the most important thing you will wear on the night is your skin, so start preparing it now.

Your skin is the canvas for your makeup; a perfect skin will help to give a perfect make up. However if your skin is dry, oily etc there is only so much that your make up can do! A daily cleanse, tone and moisturize day and night with the correct products that suit your skin is vital. Then weekly it is important to exfoliate to rid the skin of dead cells and excessive oils. This is often followed by a mask for 20 minutes to leave your skin looking radiant. However if you feel that your skin is still not at its best, then a professional facial may be needed. A visit to your favourite Beauty Salon a few months before the Debs will allow the skin to be perfect for the big night especially if a few treatments are needed.

False Tans

There are many false tans on the market however the same pre and post care applies to them all: What to Do

SCRUB - Exfoliate for up to a week before the tan but not the day of the false tan application.

SHAVE or WAX IT -The day before the tan.

OUTFIT CHECK - Wear Dark clothing and loose fitting shoes the day of the application.

MOISTURISE - after each shower to keep up the tan, but not before or the day of the tan application.

PAT DRY - after each shower and do not rub the skin

SWEATING is a big no after the tan application. Do not carry out any exercise until after your first shower after the application

Note – If you have sensitive skin do a patch test before tanning.

Tanning is very important to get right for your Debs night.

You must remember that there are different shades of false tans, so if you have a pale complexion it is better to use a lighter colour tan.

There are many different shades of tan that can be applied according to your skin tone and preference.

Remember the tan application should be carried out the day before your big night and not the day of it!!

Make up

Your make up application is only as good as the brushes you use so use great brushes!!

High quality brushes allow you to apply and blend better than anything else.

At the minimum you need a fluffy powder brush, a flat eye shadow brush, a tapered blush brush and an eyeliner brush.

Foundation

You should try and get the nearest colour foundation to your own skin tone.

An off colour base will make every other cosmetic you apply just look not quite right.

Apply foundation with a make up brush or sponge.

Powder

Set your foundation with loose powder applied with a big fluffy brush.

This sets every type of cosmetic from foundation, to eye shadow to even lipstick!!

Pick a loose powder with a yellow undertone to make sure that it works with your skin tone.

Also deposit extra powder under the eyes to catch any eye make up fallout. Then brush away.

Eyelashes

Make sure lashes are free from any make up.

Curl the lashes with an eyelash curler.

Then get a hand held mirror and hold it down and look into it.

This will allow you see the root all the way to the tips of your lashes.

This gets the best length possible.

Maximise length – look down into a mirror, got it!!

False Lashes

Eyelash extensions are a new method of enhancing the length and thickness of lashes.

They are applied on a lash by lash basis for a totally natural look.

They can last from up to 6/8 weeks.

If you want that eternally feminine and seriously seductive look, then eye lash extensions are the way to go!!

They should be applied a few days before your big night at your favourite Beauty Salon

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Cheeks

Sweeping on cheek colour in strips in an effort to create cheekbones only succeeds in making you look dated!!

For a more classic attractive look apply blush to the apples of your cheeks.

Before applying, smile and apply in a circular sweeping motion for an instant fresh look.

Avoid swiping the blush towards your hairline.

Lips

To make your lips appear fuller use a deep shade of lip colour at the outside corners of the lips.

Then apply a lighter colour (similar shade) to the centre of the lips.

Remember light brings forward and dark recedes.

Lip gloss can then be applied in the middle of the lips to give that sexy pout effect.

Nails

Perfectly polished and painted nails scream sophistication and glamour.

If you are giving yourself a DIY professional manicure/pedicure, start by filling the nails and applying a small amount of cuticle cream and gently pushing the cubicles back with an orange wood stick.

Do not use metal as you could damage your nail.

Then apply some hand cream to soften the hands.