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Masktravaganzing before makeup
Date: 17 JAN 2018

Just in case your skin needs some survival tips this party season, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to draw up a masking routine on steroids. Your makeup will go on smoother and your skin will never look hungover (we can’t say the same about you!) - By Parizaad Khan Sethi

‘Tis the season…to attend a gazillion weddings and holiday parties. Your face needs some outside help to cope with the relentless onslaught of sugar and alcohol if it’s to look its best under all that makeup.

We have a major routine set up, which in the beauty industry we call the Masktravaganza. It’s a month-long celebration of the muddiest, the creamiest, the charcoaliest face masks we can find. This hyper-routine ensures our party faces are as good as our party game, (which is always A+, for the record.)

But a word of caution: try out any and all products and services a few months before you start this routine. A month before the party season is not time to experiment with a new exfoliant or to try out that spa you’ve been meaning to—do that well in advance. If everything works perfectly and your skin seems happy, you know you have a winning routine in place.

Here’s your timeline for big bash prep:

2 weeks before

If you’re prone to blackheads and whiteheads, a skilled facialist who specializes in extractions should be on your speed dial. Extractions will eliminate the clogged pores that could later develop into those big honking zits that leave spots behind. Plus, eliminating these pesky bumps under the skin will help smoothen out the texture of your skin. Sure, foundation and concealer can mask the appearance of blackheads and whiteheads, but what makeup cannot mask is bumpy skin texture, so a smooth canvas will ensure makeup looks seamless.


A week before

Start a daily skin workout by pumping up your skin with a one-two punch of exfoliation and hydration. On a cleansed face, apply Glamglow Flashmud Brightening Treatment, to slough off the dead layers of skin that are responsible for dullness. If you have sensitive skin that irritates or reddens easily, don’t use it as a scrub; just apply it as a mask and wash off. Do this consecutively for the first three days, and then switch to using it every alternate day for the rest of the season. After that exfoliating step, the fresh skin cells that have been revealed are more perceptive to nourishing ingredients, so nurture your peau with a creamy cover like Bobbi Brown Skin Nourish Mask or Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque. If your skin is super dry, use an all-nighter like Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask, Kiehl's Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque or Shiseido Ibuki Beauty Sleeping Mask. Don’t forget to extend the creamy masks all the way down your neck and up to your décolletage.


The day of a big event

On the day of your big do, set aside some time for some pretty serious mask time. Apply a charcoal or mud mask to the T-zone, to absorb excess oil. We love Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment and Dermalogica Sebum Clearing Masque, while Forest Essentials Facial Ubtan Multani Mitti is a forever-favourite.
Next, the goal is to really plump and nourish the skin, so spray on some water or rose water and apply a gel or serum mask, like the fantastic Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Power Foil Mask. Once that’s done its job, take a few minutes to massage in the serum left behind on your skin. Seal that in with a creamy mask mentioned in the previous step if you’re dry, or else, apply your daily moisturizer. You’re now ready for the makeup part of the proceedings to begin!

Masktravaganzing before makeup
Parizaad Khan Sethi

is a beauty and wellness editor based in New York. She was the former beauty editor at Vogue India and now serves as a contributing editor for the magazine. At age 5, Parizaad fell in love with an old cream blush she found in the back of her mother’s drawer, and has been in awe of the transformative power of beauty ever since. When she’s not writing about beauty, she researches advances in skincare as a hobby, and is constantly guinea-pigging herself in the name of beauty.

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