It is finally September and the city’s nightlife is once again a reality. If you are ready to paint the town red but wouldn’t mind a refresher on the brush strokes, you have come to the right place. We asked Sara Irandoust, Beauty Manager in ILLUM Beauty Hall, to spill the need-to-know beauty secrets for getting our routine up to speed for a night out.
For Irandoust, beauty and self-care has always been an integral part of her life. Growing up with mother, who used to be a cosmetologist, beauty, health, and taking care of yourself was prioritized repeatedly in her childhood. Today, beauty is still at the top of Irandoust’s priority list – even after working hours.
Here, she shares the tips and tricks to incorporate in your routine ahead of a big event.
… is by remembering to exfoliate. You can exfoliate your skin with face acids, a scrub, or a pair of gloves. The method is not important as long as you remove dead skin cells, making the skin look fresh. If you are dealing with blemishes, I would recommend using a spot treatment in the weeks leading up to the event, then you are guaranteed flawless skin.
… then use a very active spot treatment as the first thing in the morning. That will take care of the swelling, and the redness can be covered. If you have picked at it, you can put something cold on it to take down the swelling. Once you treated the area, it’s important to re-moisture your skin. Spot treatments can leave the skin dry, so before you start applying makeup, you have to exfoliate the area and add a generous layer of moisturizer. The trick to covering a spot completely is to let your concealer dry for at least one minute in-between each new layer, and then blend around the blemish so its evened out with the skin.
… it’s often because your skin is dehydrated. Use a face mask, make sure your skincare works, and let the products soak into the skin before starting with your makeup. Generally, you have to be careful not to overtreat your skin, which is easily the case up to an important day. When the skin is irritated, it starts to flake and that is impossible to cover.
… is always washed and styled on the day. But in the days leading up, it’s important to use a good hair mask. Generally, it’s important to use quality hair care if you want healthy strands. Everything you do for your skin, should be done for your hair, too. I’m a fan of visiting the hairdresser once in a while to get a deep-treatment mask. It helps maintain shine even when your hair is exposed to damage. In terms of products, you have to find some the fit specifically to your hair type. A heat protection is number one priority, and then I always use Balmain’s hair oil.
After washing my hair, I mix my hair oil with a heat protection – preferably one with some kind of styling effect such as Anti-Frizz. I’m always styling my hair with a round brush. It gives your hair volume and soft waves, without making it look to made. I actually have my own technique for drying my hair. I sit on a chair with my feet up on a stool, that way I can hold the hair dryer between my knees and have both hands free to do that styling. It gives me more control over the hair.
... is a face massager, no doubt. It helps to relieve puffiness, firm your face and give the skin a lift. It also starts the blood circulation, giving your skin a natural glow and making any blemishes come to the surface. Massaging your face is one of the best things you can do, so I would definitely recommend using a face massager in your beauty routine every night.
111skin’s Celestial Black Diamond sheet mask is an absolute must for me on the morning of a big event. It’s really good, and will lift your face and give it a nice glow. You can also add a bit of highlighter to your primer. It will give the skin a glow without making it too shiny, as you will apply foundation on top.