With the Oscars upon us, it’s had us thinking – how does one prepare for a big event to ensure all of the beauty do’s have been covered in time? Unless you’re a high profile star (with access to a personal stylist and on-call hairdresser), it’s not uncommon for us ‘commoners’ to leave things to the last minute, only to discover our hair colourist is booked 2 months in advance!
So, to ensure you’re fully prepared well in advance for your next big event (attention to regrowth included!), we’ve compiled a checklist of the steps you should take in the weeks and days leading up to your debut.
8 Weeks in Advance – Book Your Hair Appointment!
If you’re not a regular salon goer, yet you’ve got roots that are channelling Courtney Love circa 1993, it’s time to book an appointment. And, to avoid dis-appointment, be sure to get in early. You usually want to have your roots touched up about two weeks out from a big event, but often that means securing a spot on the books at least two months prior! If you’re regularly visiting your hairdresser, at about three months out, mention to him/her that you have an event and they will work with you to arrange a suitable date.
4 Weeks in Advance – Secure the outfit
There’s nothing worse than buying an outfit for an event so far in advance that you’ve had time to change your mind. Our rule? Four weeks out is often a safe bet and won’t leave you in a panic last minute. With this timeframe you can usually get a rough gauge for the weather as well some insight into what other guests may be wearing, which tends to help in the decision making process.
2 Weeks in Advance – Book a Facial
Treat yo’ self. If a big event isn’t a big enough reason to treat yourself to a facial, then we don’t know what is!
Be wary though, as some facials can contain harsh ingredients that may take your skin some adjusting to. Two weeks out should be plenty of time for the regeneration of new skin cells that will have you glowing come D-Day.
10 Days Prior – Brighten the Pearly Whites
At home teeth whitening doesn’t always happen over night. To achieve optimum results, it pays to start using teeth whitening products at least 10 days prior to your event. Consecutive use of the iWhite Dark Stains formula can work to get your teeth up to 8 shades whiter! And, for an even brighter smile, use the iWhite Dark Stains toothpaste daily to help with those tough stains on discoloured teeth.
4 Days Prior – Get a Mani/ Pedi
Let’s face it, no one wants to be waiting for nail polish to dry on the day of. Book yourself into a mani/pedi just days before to take the stress off having to do so yourself. We suggest shellac for longevity, but if you’re not too rough on your hands or feet, you can risk getting regular polish for easier removal post event.
2 Days Prior – Fake Tan
If you’re not a regular fake tan user, giving yourself plenty of time to apply and settle into your new glow is well worth it. Whether it be a spray tan or at home application, this timeframe should allow you the freedom to shower – more than once – if need be. Alternatively, you may find your tan isn’t dark enough, in which case having that extra day to apply another coat will be worth it.
The Day Of
Make sure you’re ready for your big event by waking up fresh faced from a good night’s sleep and giving yourself ample time for hair and makeup and any last minute touches. A small tip: don’t put on the outfit until last, to avoid spillage or any make-up dustings that may settle onto the shoulders or front. Drink plenty of water to ensure you’re adequately hydrated before the party drinks start to flow…