Get Ready with Liberty
Whether you need a full beauty ritual, a quick desk-to-dancefloor transformation or a few on-the-go essentials, Liberty has everything you need
If you're planning on making 2023 the year of Great Night's Out, you'll know that much of the fun is to be found in the getting ready. You'll have your party dress hanging in the wardrobe. Your ideal accessories ready to go. There’s just one element left – your beauty look. It can be tricky to find the perfect ‘you-but-elevated’ products, from skincare to makeup and hair, that’ll help you curate the ideal polished party look, but we’re happy to help. We’ve done the legwork for you. Behold: everything you need to look your best from dusk till dawn.
A Pre-Party Ritual
The morning shower is quick, function-focused, and less mindful, while the party prep shower is a more involved and luxuriant affair. Nécessaire is a brand that works for both, but prioritises skincare, utilising ingredients that you would normally find in the products you use on your face, like vitamins A, C, E and omega-6. This luxe body cleanser is fragrance-free and hypoallergenic, so it suits even the most sensitive skin while leaving it softened and unscented – so that your favourite evening fragrance can sparkle uninterrupted.
A Canvas-Prepping Treatment
Winter skin is often stressed, dull and thirsty, but great complexion makeup needs a smooth, hydrated canvas. Enter the big hitter. This is your skincare secret weapon in the days leading up to that event, ensuring the best possible foundation finish. This topical two-step system contains a blend of exfoliating and decongesting alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids to exfoliate powerfully without irritation or grittiness. Step two neutralises the acids to protect your skin’s natural pH balance, so you can use these pads morning or evening. Skin will be smooth, glowing, plumped, and primed for your best foundation ever.
Your skin’s natural barrier is challenged constantly during the winter. Everything from transepidermal water loss from freezing air and dry, heated environments to pollution-generated free radicals. These further hamper the skin’s ability to hold moisture, as well as interfere with its ability to produce essential collagen and elastin. The result is tired, dull skin. To help protect your skin’s barrier and keep it comfortable and healthy at this time of year, a rich, restorative cream like this one from celebrity facialist Kate Somerville is essential. It contains moisturising squalane, vitamin E, hydrating hyaluronic acid and reinforcing ceramides to ensure skin is plumped and glowing. Plus, it’s the perfect base for makeup, too.
There are lash curlers, and then there are ergonomically designed Surratt lash curlers, calibrated in Japan. Curling is crucial to the architecture of good eye makeup, inclining even straight, resistant lashes vertically and giving them a fulsome, dramatic curl for the illusion of wider, more almond-shaped eyes and more lashes. Make sure the hairs are clean before curling – any oils will mean the curl won’t last as long – and squeeze the lashes gently but firmly (without pulling) for up to a minute to ensure an intensely curled, lastingly fanned-out lash that’s ready for mascara.
A ‘going out’ mascara has special requirements. It needs to be volumising and lengthening, but never clumping. It needs to stay put (no midnight migration, crunchiness or flaking, thank you very much), and be nothing less than deepest onyx black. With its bounteous bristled wand and all-round-amplifying formula, this is the perfect party season mascara. Buildable to immense drama and just the right shade of no-compromise black. Work the wand right into the root, rotating the brush in the direction of lash growth as you go. The result will be magnified ‘out-out’ lashes worthy of even the most elaborate party eye makeup.
A Not-so-Classic Red
A spin on the standard seasonal red lipstick makes a unique statement. This creamy russet brown red has a warm, burnt brick hue that just sings on every skin tone. Pair it with a perfected complexion and a slick of mascara for an easy seasonal party look or wear it with a smoky eye for a full-on 90s-inspired supermodel makeup moment worthy of brand founder Rosie Huntington-Whiteley herself. To create a rich monotone look while saving time and space in your makeup bag, apply it with fingers to the apples of your cheeks as blush too, but go sparingly. With this rich, moisturising colour, a little goes a long way.
There’s no need to ditch your beloved bronzer just because we’ve hit chilly season. To help keep makeup in place all evening, including in hot indoor environments like that bar, it’s best to choose a powder highlighter formulation. This whispers seamlessly over the skin to give both dimension and structure to the face. It’s instant expensive candlelit skin in a palette. Apply liberally with a clean, fluffy brush across cheekbones, hairline and over the bridge of the nose.
A Hair Helper
Damp winter air is the sworn nemesis of baby hairs and hairline floof (yes, that’s a technical term). In damp winter weather, every short hair around your roots and hairline shrinks and contorts like a Quality Street wrapper exposed to an open flame, and that sleek blow dry or smooth pony loses all finesse. Celebrity hairstylist Larry King brings you the expert solution. With this nifty portable satin finishing cream and bamboo brush, you can do everything from laying edges, taming flyaways or tidying up sudden, unwanted root floof. In the kit: a full size brush and 30ml tube.
A Post-Party Remedy
A compromised barrier is more prone to breakouts, caused by environmental stressors, seasonal nose blowing (a cold? again?) and even your trusty scarf rubbing old makeup and bacteria into your jaw and chin (launder your scarf regularly to prevent this), not to mention all the usual hormonal factors we manage year-round. This cult glycolic acid serum from Sunday Riley exfoliates the skin gently on a daily basis, promoting cell turnover and repair while helping to manage congested and dull skin for both immediate and long-term improvement in skin quality. It’s ideal to follow post-party cleanse to restore and rejuvenate tired (or dare we say it, hungover skin as you sleep, so that you wake up glowing rather than wearing last night’s fun on your face