Holiday Beauty Prep: What to Do to Get Ready for Every Party From Now Until NYE

holiday beauty prep

Holiday countdown has officially begun, and we’re making sure you’re prepped for the endless parties you’re invited to this season. With approximately four weeks to go until the holidays, we’re helping you get a head start on your beauty game. Because we all know looking good just doesn’t magically happen overnight. So we’re counting down the days, smartly. Consider this your ultimate beauty guide to prepping for the holiday season.

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holiday beauty prep

The road to pearly white teeth

Our teeth never look their finest during the holiday season. Between the morning cup(s) of coffee and the post-work glass(es) of wine, can you blame us? While seeking professional help at the dentist is one way to go, scheduling an appointment during the holidays is nearly as impossible as finding a parking spot at the mall on a Saturday afternoon. But all hope is not lost. With holiday parties in full swing, a vigorous at-home treatment will do wonders. Flossing and cleaning your teeth twice a day is a given, but get faster results by picking up toothpastes, strips and toothbrush kits that specialize in the whitening department like this Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Sonic Toothbrush ($180, amazon.ca). Boasting great results, thanks to its oxygen molecules and ionic technology, you’ll be showing off your pearly whites in no time.

For a more budget friendly and, uh, tastier option, we hear rubbing your teeth with a banana peel works great,

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Rechargeable Sonic Toothbrush ($180, amazon.ca)

holiday beauty prep

Prep your lips

You might be surprised to learn that by just prepping your lips with the proper products, you can up your makeup game, especially when it comes to lasting lip colour results. So to help you avoid unnecessary stress, we’re sending a friendly reminder out to help kickstart your lip prep routine, so they are smooth and plump come party time.

But prepping your lips in time for the holiday parties isn’t as easy as slabbing on some lip balm the night before your party and hoping those chapped lips will disappear in the morning. Just like whitening your teeth, it takes time and effort. You can either buff your lips twice a day (once in the morning and once in the evening) with a wet towel or exfoliate them using Fresh’s Sugar Lip Polish ($26, sephora.ca). Follow up with your trusty lip balm and top off your evening routine with a lip mask like Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask ($25, peachandlily.com) for optimum smoothening results.

Want to know how to make your lipstick last you through the night? Here’s a play-by-play on how to do just that.

Fresh Sugar Lip Polish ($26, sephora.ca)

holiday beauty prep

Schedule a facial, stat

When it comes to parties, you always want to put your best face forward. But with the cold weather slowly sucking the life out of our faces, we’re in dire need of a pick-me-up. Facials to the rescue!

While you would think scheduling one as close to your party as possible is the smart thing to do, you should know that you should never schedule a facial treatment too close to your event, especially if it involves extractions, peels or microdermabrasions. By hitting up your facialist a week or two before, you’ll give your face ample amount of time to settle down. Give your skin some much-needed TLC during this stressful time by opting for hydrating and/or brightening treatments at your go-to spa to help de-puff and reboot your skin for a more awakening look.

If you’re on the hunt for the perfect facial that’s right for your skin, check out this guide here. Or better yet, click here to see where our editors have had their best facials ever, for the ultimate in editor approval.

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