The silly season means after-work events and parties that require you to look fresh and festive even after a full day at work. Check out our tips for the ultimate desk to dark transformation!

Don’t have time for a full makeover between leaving the office and arriving at the party? Here in the bmag office we’re experts at the office to event hair and makeup fix, so check out these tips for a fast and fuss-free transformation for those end-of-year parties that creep up after busy work days.

Festive faces

Sukin-Toner-webPack a hydrating mist and concealer to revive tired skin after a long day, and take your neutral office makeup into party land with a few simple adjustments:Please-only-use-third-polish-from-left

Red lip: A classic choice for Christmas, a bright red pout is a fun and easy way to refresh your makeup for night. Opt for matte textures to be really on-trend.

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Shine bright: What’s a Christmas party without a little glitter? Use a highlighting cream or blush with shimmer like Issada’s Baked Mineral Shadow (which also works as an eye shadow) to give your cheeks a soft gleam, or use a silver eyeliner in the inner corner of eyes for a tinsel-like effect. If you have time, a glittery mani will give your nails festive charm.

 

O holy hair

The trick with hair is to change it from your normal, day-to-day routine. Usually wear it down and straight? Try a textured up-do. A fan of the top-knot in the office? Let your hair down for the party and pump up the volume.

Celebrity stylist Dario Cotroneo says that your daytime look can be prep for a night-time style.

“Blow-dry and straighten hair in the morning then secure into a ponytail at the base of the neck before twisting hair tightly and then pinning into a low bun,” he says. “When you’re ready to head out, remove hair from the bun – during the course of the day your hair will have developed some natural wave from the bun style. Run your fingers through for added volume, spritz with a little hairspray and you’re good to go.”

Party hair must-haves

Dry shampoo – Keep a bottle in your handbag and use on roots to give tired hair volume and life.Klorane Mango Oil Spray RRP$22.95Dry-Spoo-white-background

Hairspray – Apply in a well-ventilated area to avoid choking co-workers, or use a spray instead of aerosol.

Shine spray/moisturising serum – Revitalise dry hair with a shine spray like the lightweight Mango Oil Spray from Klorane.