Tips From The Top: How The Experts Get Party Ready

Alice Watt

From models to make-up artists, we asked beauty and fashion experts to reveal their tried-and-tested tips for looking party-perfect...

From a quick desk-side spruce-up to the all-important pre-New Years Eve preparations, getting party-ready is at the forefront of our minds right now. And let’s face it, quick fixes, time-saving tips, and fail-safe ways to look flawless all night long are always welcome, right?

So who better to help than the pros? Have you ever wondered what the leading hair and make-up artists do to get party ready? Or what designers and models rely on for their festive wardrobe? Here’s 11 tips straight from the top on how to getting party-ready…

Charlotte Olympia Dellal, Accessories Designer:
'I tend to dress from the feet up and I like statement accessories; choosing something fun to wear can put you in the mood for a fun night ahead. I love to wear colour in the winter months, I just launched the 'Party Shoes' collection, a classic court in a rainbow of colours to complete all of your favourite party outfits.'

Sophy Robson, Nail Artist:
'I have recently launched Nailits by Sophy Robson which are perfect for parties as they instantly transform your nails and come in different styles to suit your look. As the glue dries instantly there is no risk of smudging. For extra glamour you can customize the half moons or French tips by painting glitter polish on top.'

Monica Vinader, Jewellery Designer:
'Colourful cocktail earrings are my Christmas party essential. I always carry a pair from our Siren collection in my handbag, for when I need to get dressed up on-the-go.'

Tali Lennox, Model:
'I walk everywhere in New York so I always pack a pair of heels in my bag when I'm getting ready to go out! I love to keep my skin looking natural and I love the new Burberry Fresh glow for that'

Charlotte Tilbury, Make-Up Artist:
'My special edition Supermodel look was inspired by a combination of the divine, Amazonian Supermodels of the 90s, and the heavenly icons of today’s catwalks - from Linda, Cindy, Claudia, Helena and Naomi to Kate, Cara, Jourdan, Joan and Miranda. The 90s Supers were the first models to really understand the power of the alluring smoky eye, and the perfect nude lip – it’s perfect for the party season.

My Luxury Palette in Fallen Angel does all of the hard work for you. Use the pale, golden pearl Prime shade up to the brow bone and then follow with the antique, molten silver Enhance shade over the lid, working it back and forth like a windscreen wiper. Apply the sooty, matte black Smoke shade on the outer V corner of the eye and along the lashline for added definition. Finally, for added drama, put a touch of the metallic, bronze Pop shade on the centre of the lid. Finish with a seductive feline flick and lashings of mascara for mesmerising, hypnotising eyes.'

Sharmadean Reid, Owner & Founder of WAH Nails:
'Get party ready by brushing a few strokes of glitter polish on your bare nails or existing colour. I usually listen to old school Garage mix tapes while painting my nails, to get me in the mood!'

Sasha Sarokin, Buying Manager at Net-a-Porter.com
'A pair of killer heels completes a party outfit. They literally elevate your entire look which can change how you walk and feel, making them the instant glamoriser. My tip is to choose a pair of heels with a platform – you’ll get the height and they’re deceivingly comfortable. Gucci’s patent leather sandals, feature a 5 inch heel with a 1.5 inch platform. This season’s block heel is also a great option; Dolce & Gabbana’s crystal embellished pumps are fabulous worn with a mini dress and you’ll be able to dance all night long in them.'

Olivia Von Halle, Designer:
'If I am exhausted and know I have a huge night ahead of me I lie down for 5 minutes with my eyes shut in a pitch black room. I come round refreshed, pour myself a large suffering bathwater (two parts gin to one part cointreau with a dash of lime), put a tune on which gets me going and have a little dance whilst choosing my outfit. I find a great outfit means I'll have a great time - don't 'save' that beautiful piece for a special occasion which may never come, enjoy the things you have and wear them now!'

Rosanna Falconer, Communications Director at Matthew Williamson:
'Outfit wise, it's got to make my heart leap. As Matthew always says, be the girl in the pink dress in a sea of little black dresses. It's that fearless, adventurous spirit that I embrace. Whether it's ostrich feathers, hand-painted print or a full-length floor-sweeper, it's got to have the wow factor. Like any Londoner, I always have to have something slightly undone – a leather biker jacket over my shoulders or mussed-up hair. Never 100% perfect and glossy.


When I'm going from the office, it's a question of smoking up my eyes with shimmering brown kohl (Mac's Teddy is my favourite) then slicking on Charlotte Tilbury's Penelope Pink…. Take advantage of the make-up artists on counters in department stores - they love a chance to practice. Their professional touch and tools means make-up lasts all night and well into the following morning. I'm talking 6am eyes just the right side of smoky sultry. Believe me, I've tested.'

Lou Teasdale, Hair Stylist:
'Brush your teeth before getting ready and lightly brush your lips. This removes any excess skin and makes them perfect for applying your lippy.'

Maria Black, Jewellery Designer:
'I can share my one golden rule, which is a rule of thumb, but even more so in the festive season. If you wear big statement earrings I would say, leave the necklace at home. A big statement earring combined with a big necklace will almost always make you the main contester to the richly decorated Christmas tree. You can however wear an ultra-long thin chain with them.'



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