Whether you’re dialling up the glam for a wedding, a party or an upcoming date night, you’ll know that beauty prep is all part of the fun. It’s official: getting ready is the new going out. You can keep it simple with your favourite makeup look, or go all-out with at-home and in-clinic treatments. And, personally? We prefer the latter, every. single. time.
There’s no better base for party makeup than freshly-scrubbed, hydrated, glowing skin. The kind so positively radiant, you hardly need a highlighter. Here, we’re breaking down the best night out beauty treatments to unlock that level of luminosity. From instant skin boosters to long-lasting pore plumpers, we’ve got your perfect prep covered…
Six Weeks Before a Big Event: Profhilo and LED
You’re probably not prepping six weeks in advance for a party or date night, but for bigger events (think, weddings) – or just for long-lasting luminosity – Profhilo is your perfect pick. Known as ‘the injectable moisturiser’ it floods parched skin and fine lines with wrinkle-filling hyaluronic acid, which lends an instant glow that looks better as the weeks go by. By week six, you’ll have that ‘spent a month at a yoga retreat’ radiance. Plus, it’s ultra natural-looking; no one will know you’ve plumped for an injectable.
If you’re intrigued by LED light therapy for skin, now is the time to give it a go. Book in for red light LED to encourage the production of collagen, which keeps skin looking fresh and taut. You can start six weeks out, and team your facial with a Visia Skin Analysis, which allows your Mallucci London practitioner to assess the starting condition of your skin. Come back for two more treatments before the event – each spaced two weeks apart – and your final Visia Skin Analysis will show just how far your skin has progressed. (The glow will give it away, too.)
12-24 Hours Pre-Party: Aquagold and Oxygen
Loved by the A-list; AquaGold is the very same treatment Kim Kardashian turned to when getting prepped for the 2019 Met Gala. It uses 24 carat gold-plated micro-needles – finer than a human hair – to push a Mesotherapy cocktail of hyaluronic acid and growth factors into your skin. Equipped with plumping power, this cocktail lends an instantly healthy look, while the delicate needles ensure there’s no bruising or swelling. Ideal for a last-minute pick-me-up.
If you want radiance that’s needle-free, try an Oxygen Facial, which sees a concentrated stream of O2 targeted at tired-looking skin. A session can take up to an hour, but it’s one of the most relaxing night-out beauty treatments around, lulling you into a sense of calm as your pores are immersed in nourishing molecules. Plus, the collagen boost it triggers is second to none. Try it on the day before or morning of a big event, and your makeup will glide on like a dream. (Although you might not need it.)
On the Day Of An Event: Hydrating Sheet Masks
No matter what in-clinic treatment you’ve booked in for – a facial, an injectable or LED – you’d be remiss not to enhance the effects at home with a serum-soaked sheet mask. Choose one that’s pillowy, plush and glow-enhancing, and apply it any time; morning, night or just before you apply makeup. You can even use it while you’re soaking in the bath, as the steam will open up your pores, so the nourishing ingredients are better absorbed. Once you’ve removed the sheet, pat the remaining serum down and leave it on your skin. Then, when it comes time to do your makeup, apply a thin layer of the ZO Hydrating Crème over the top.
Your skin will be positively gleaming, no matter the occasion.
Up next: Want more special event tips? Discover our bridal beauty countdown ahead of your big day.