If you want to look smokin’ in those party snaps, you’ve gotta take the time to lay the foundations. Why? Well, if you properly prep skin, you’ll create a look that’ll go all night. So to get you ready to dance until dawn, we’ve put together the perfect pre-party facial – the kind that’ll take a matter of minutes but get maximum mileage out of your makeup. Here’s how…

Step 1: Cleanse, cleanse, cleanse

The first skincare prep step has to be an almighty cleanse. Our pick? A radiance-boosting hot-cloth cleanser. The cocoa butter in this formula locks in moisture, while massaging with the cloth boosts blood circulation, which equals whopping amounts of radiance.

Naturally Radiant Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Face Cleanser 150ml £5.99 Buy Now

Step 2: Peel it off

A manual scrub can leave skin a little sensitive, so when we’re planning to drop it like it’s hot, we always reach for a facial peel. This one whisks away dead skin cells to leave skin looking butter-smooth and radiant. Slough on for five minutes, wash off with warm water and pat skin dry.

e.l.f. e.l.f. Gentle Peel Exfoliant 90ml £10.99 Buy Now

Step 3: Clay queen

To draw out impurities and keep shine at bay, slather on a clay mask. Apply a thin layer of this illuminating mask all over – avoiding the delicate eye area – leave it to get to work for 10 minutes, then remove with warm water and pat dry.

L'Oreal Paris L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Bright Face Mask 50ml £5.29 Buy Now

Step 4: Masked ball

Pop on a sheet mask to lock in moisture for that plump, preened, perfected look. Using this one after your clay mask allows the hydrating ingredients to penetrate skin, since pores have been unclogged and de-gunked.

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Step 5: Seal the deal

To lock in all of that moisture and radiance, take the time to massage in a hydrating serum, really working it into the skin. Leave it to sink in for five minutes, then follow up with a glow-boosting day cream.

B. B. Nourished Advanced Serum 30ml £15.49 Buy Now
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