Do you have any special prep or routine for your skin prior to a big event or special occasion?

If I’m lucky, I will try to drink more water in the days before and go to bed earlier! Otherwise, I just stick with my normal routine and avoid adding anything new into the mix!

— Christine
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No. My routine is the same as it is every day. Sometimes when you try special treatments before a special event like say use a face mask, you just break out or something. With my luck anyway!

Just exfoliate and maybe do a mask the day before. Also, stock my body up on hydration, because a well-hydrated body shows itself in ones skin! And like what you said above, Christine: not adding any new products into the mix! Because an allergic reaction probably wouldn’t be very pretty!

A couple of months ago, I was invited to a fancy black tie event with clients, and only had 3 weeks advance notice to find a dress/shoes/accessories and prep my skin. So I was doubling up on the retinols, Vitamin C creams, moisturizers, exfoliators, and masks to make sure my skin looked good. I always drink tons of water, so no big deal there. But it was really hard cutting back on the sweets/salty foods/caffeine and trying to get to bed on time every night , so my skin would look its best. And I tested and practiced my makeup in advance. Thanks goodness when it was over. Give me a bag of chips and let me surf the internet til midnight in my jammies!

Ha ha ha – I can relate. About halfway through anything like that I start thinking about my “real” evening when I get home. Makeup off and probably a soothing mask of some sort, comfortable jammies, some chamomile tea and watching our shows or surfing the internet. I can’t come home from a blockbuster evening and just go to bed, I have to have some semblance of what I would normally do to close out the day so I can turn my head off when I get ready to go to sleep, even if it means staying up later. If I don’t have my downtime, I can’t sleep.

I agree! I need to recreate my routine at least a bit, no matter the time so I can wind down. Otherwise, it’s toss and turn.

The best two parts of the day– putting your makeup on…and taking it off. 🙂

If I have a special event I’m always careful with what I eat, avoiding food that makes me breakout, drink lots of water and apply mascaras, chosen according to my skin at the moment – I have combination skin so I normally use clay mascaras on my forehead, nose and chin, and moisturizing mascaras on cheeks . If the skin is too oily, then clay all over. The day of the event, I use a glowing mascara to give me a luminosity boost.

The night before, I usually try to exfoliate and use a mask depending on the season. In the winter months, it will be a moisturizing one since I have bad flakies, it helps smooth them out so my makeup sits nicer. The summer months will be more of a clarifying one. I don’t have any rituals, I just tend to use a primer and select products that have longevity.

I definitely try to sleep and drink enough! I also pay attention to my diet (to avoid excess of fat or sugar as they are known to cause small imperfections).
As for my beauty routine I would not try new products and apply moisturising maskers (aloe vera + honing) more often!

I don’t really do anything extra special but I make sure to not skip any steps in my skincare routine. I use Glamglow Youth Mud mask, which is AMAZING for my skin. It makes it so smooth and radiant. Next I use Lancôme Genefique serum or Visionnaire serum (I alternate) and Lancôme Renergie moisturizer, which smooths and plumps the skin. Finally, I use Lancôme Renergie foundation, blended with a damp makeup sponge. Some days I skip a lot of these steps, using only the moisturizer and foundation because I’m always in such a rush. But for special occasions, I got through all of these steps. So worth it.

I usually prep my skin well the day or two before. I use a PTR unwrinke pad to exfoliate or sometimes GlamGlow and Fresh Black Tea Instant perfecting if I know I’ll be photographed. If I’m looking really knackered a few days before something important, I’ll up my sleep and water intake. I’ll also avoid anything too salty.

I have an excellent skincare routine and do not depart from it for special occasions. I also find that my regular exercise routine keeps bloating down and energy up. I do; however, try to get plenty of rest so that I don’t start drooping as the night wears on because fatigue shows up easily in my eyes and on my complexion. On the day of the event, I like to take a nap about mid-day and that keeps me looking rested and alert.

No, just my usual. I don’t want to risk an allergic or sensitive skin reaction to anything new. I also don’t use any mud masks or peel-off masks, as I don’t want anything pulled to the skin surfice and causing a zit.

3 days prior I make sure anything that needs to be tweezed is tweezed and I do a clay mask – GlamGlow Supermud (not sure of the name, it’s the gray black one that dries light gray) or Majestic Pure’s Dead Sea Mud Mask (Amazon). The next 2 days I do my regular skin routine but instead of putting on night cream at night, I do oils (any combination of Rosehip, Argan, Avocado). Anything I do on my face I do on my neck and decollete.

Not really. I treat my skin the same every day. The only thing that may change is that I’ll wear lashes for a “special” event because I don’t wear them every day or often but otherwise, my routine is the same.

Basically I stick to tried and true…now is not a time for experimentation. I drink a lot of water normally, but try to cut my salt intake a bit. I step up my intake of fresh foods and drink green tea with lemon, not just for my skin but for so that what ever I am wearing looks good. I will do a mask two to three days before. The day of I try to take a 20 minute nap before I start getting ready for a little extra energy, usually followed by some yogurt to calm any hunger pangs. I take my time with my makeup and make sure that everything is well blended and looks good.

Just slightly: I always time my more intense resurfacing product for the night prior and then on day of 1 or 2 pumps of SpaMedica hyaluronic acid to super plump and smooth my face.

Ditto on hydrating with water. I make sure I prep with eye and lip primers and use beauty blenders and setting spray. I will also line my lips. When it hot like it is these days, I will eat a banana to keep leg cramps away.

Nothing other than give myself more time to get ready because I’ll want everything to be on point.

I used to go to Sephora and have them apply my makeup but the last 2 times I’ve walked out looking like a drag queen. Not due to color because I love color and use it all the time, but due to the amount of product put on my face. It was awful.

I have had my face made up by Napolean Perdis and it was so terrible, I went home, washed it off and did it myself. Way better. The foundation didn’t even match my skin tone. I understand what you mean.

I always do a 65% lactic acid peel from MakeupartistsChoice.com, which is where I’ve gotten all my skincare since I was 37. I leave it on for 5 minutes and wash it off with their Green Tea and Pomegranate Soap. It keeps my skin looking polished and fresh, and no one guesses I’m 62. They have so many good products.

Make sure I use a gentle scrub a few days before the event, have everything ready that I am going to use, make sure my brushes are clean and that’s it.

I will usually do a face mask or sleeping pack the night before a special event. Normally if I’m in a hurry, I may skip a skincare step like facial oil or emulsion/lotion, but before a special occasion, I make sure to do all my skincare steps.

I actually go without makeup if my allergies/skin/eyes have been acting up. If something is coming up, at the first sign of irritation all makeup stops until the big event. It’s really more my eyes/eyelids than my skin that is the problem. Also, lots of steamy showers (which I normally hate) to get things cleared up, and more frequent hair washing than I like to get allergens out of my thick hair.

Like they tell us runners before a full marathon event do not try anything new that might cause chafing or blisters! Same with makeup I drink lots of water, try to rest and have dress, jewelry, makeup and all colors ready. Don’t forget beautiful shoes! 🙂

Hi Temptalia,
The only prep work that’s different from my normal everyday prep work is, about 2 to 3 days before a special event or occasion is a great hydrating and exfoliating mask, and I step up the bottles of water. While I want to look flawless, clean and glowing and hydrated… sometimes masks can bring up a pimple or two. That’s why I give my skin a few days before the big event. It gives my skin a chance to heal itself and hydrate itself, so my skin can have that glowing look. I always drink alot of water, but I tend to drink more water a few days before. It does seem to help clear up the epidermis and the dermis, leaving silky smooth glowing skin, without overdoing the cover-up on my skin. ?

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