It’s the time of year that divides us all: the party season. Whether you love it or loathe it, one of the realities is that there’s no avoiding the Christmas work ‘do. It’s enough to bring the best of us out in a cold sweat. How do you transform yourself from professional to party? How do you lift your hair from limp to luscious? And most importantly… how do you make the most of your prep time?

So to save you entering a full scale panic this year don’t worry: we have you covered. Pour yourself some mulled wine (and maybe grab a mince pie, for good measure) and read our guide on how to go from work to party in under 60 minutes.


5pm: Get your hair primped at blow LTD (30 minutes, £25)

The Beauty Countdown: From Work to Party In 60 Minutes Blowdry

Unless you’re a whizz with curling tongs and kirby grips, hair can induce minor panic. Enter blow LTD. Now with two branches (Covent Garden and Canary Wharf) it’s easier than ever to give your hair a new lease of life. With 8 styles to choose from, their 30 minute blow dry appointments offer everything from beach waves to classic up-dos, so there’s something for everyone. It’s a no fuss, in-and-out in 30 minute solution. If you’re really short on time, they even offer a 20 minute Faux Blow.

Book now:







5:30pm: We’re all about that base, ’bout that base


By the end of the day, skin can look quite dull, shiny and grey. Rather than layering on more product (which feels gross, let’s face it), start afresh. Nip to the loos and wipe everything off easily with some facial wipes, then apply a low to medium coverage foundation to keep things radiant. If needed, get extra coverage with a creamy concealer. For oily complexions, apply a primer beforehand.

Out top beauty-base picks:

Removal: Yes To Cucumbers Soothing Cleansing Wipes

For the perfect base: Shupette Tsuya Skin UV Under Base Mousse

For beautiful coverage: MAC Mineralise Moisture SPF Foundation

For a little something extra: NARS Immaculate Complexion Concealer


5:38pm: Ready, set…

The Beauty Countdown: From Work to Party In 60 Minutes

The last thing you want is your face melting off as your shake your thing on the dancefloor. Setting your make up is super important. Opt for either a powder the same shade as your foundation, or an invisible powder.

Our top picks:

Seventeen Miracle Matte Loose Powder

STILA Illuminating Powder Foundation Compact





5:40: Let’s get cheeky

Benefit Coralista BlusherContouring, although effective, can take time. Instead, add a pop of colour to your complexion with a powder blush (cream blushes are great, but aren’t as long-lasting). Choose a shade that warms the complexion. Tip: coral shades are flattering to all skin tones.

Best blushing picks:

For thrifty girls: Revlon Blush Classy Coral

For splashing out: Benefit Coralista Blusher





5:42: Power pout

Face Stockholm Lipstick

Resist the temptation to go straight for the kill! Line lips first with an invisible lip liner (it saves the hassle of trying to match your liner to your lippie) to prevent bleeding. Keep lips well moisturised to ensure the colour glides on smoothly and seal colour by dabbing with a tissue. If desired, build colour for more intensity and for lips that demand a smooch…

Lippy Picks:

The Body Shop Lip Line Fixer
Face Stockholm Lipstick
LOLA Matt Long-Lasting Lipstick






5:48: She’s got Betty Davis eyes

soap and glory thick and fast mascara

Smoky eyes are a party fave, but can sometimes leave you looking smudged, not seductive. Opt for a palette that has shades ranging from light to dark to create drama, and finish with a slick of eyeliner and lashings of mascara. To prevent clumps, work on alternate eyes as each layer of mascara dries.

Top beauty picks:

Laura Mercier Smoky Suede Eye Palette
Soap & Glory Thick and Fast Volume Mascara



5:55pm: Make like Cara Delevingne

To save time, pluck any unruly hairs the night before (or if you can’t trust your tweezer happy self, pop to a salon). If your brows are full and defined already, just brush them through with a clear brow gel to set them in place. Otherwise, define and fill brows to complete your look.

Visit: Benefit Brow Bar


Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel
Rimmel ‘Brow This Way’ Eyebrow Kit
Benefit ‘Gimme Brow’




5:59pm: You shall go to the ball!


With a minute to spare, spritz perfume (go for an EDP, as EDTs will wear off after an hour or so) on your collarbone, behind your neck and wherever else your please. Mist a setting spray over your makeup for good measure and maybe some hairspray to keep your blowdry in check!


YSL Black Opium EDP
The Body Shop White Musk Smoky Rose EDP
Urban Decay All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
L’Óreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray


Et voila Cinderella. You’re ready to go to the ball!

Sofie-Eliza Price

Sofie-Eliza currently works in online editorial and moonlights as a sometimes amusing, mostly angsty blogger. She’s a self-confessed crazy cat lady, lover of all things sparkly, with an addiction to refreshing her social media feeds. Her hobbies include reading, writing, watching intellectual TV shows such as Made in Chelsea and working her way through Twinings herbal tea offerings. She wishes she was a Jessa, but is coming to terms with the fact she’s a frustrating hybrid of Hannah and Marnie.

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