skin health

5 mins read

Party Skin Prep

Party Skin Prep

Party Skin Prep

skin health

5 mins read

Want to know the tricks of the trade when it comes to party ready skin? Read on to learn the essential skin preparation techniques to complement your make-up application for a healthy glow. Not only that, we’ll share with you some professional hacks you won't want to miss!

Top make-up artists will tell you that preparation of the skin is vital for the overall outcome of the make-up look. Make-up will not sit well on an unprepared canvas. Selecting the correct skin care prior to make-up produces the best results; and long-term, helps support skin health.


The first step to healthy glowing party skin is to prep it well, and healthy skin starts with clean skin. Products won't sit properly if the skin is not adequately prepped, and it can affect the overall finish.

First on the list is double cleansing. Dermalogica pioneered the double cleanse way back in the 80’s as it’s the most effective way to remove dirt, make-up, pollution, SPF, sweat, excess oils and toxins. You can either use a specific ‘pre-cleansing formula’ like PreCleanse , an oil-based cleanser before your regular cleanser or by washing, rinsing and repeating with the same cleanser.

PRO TIP: PreCleanse is great for cleaning make-up brushes, it removes everything! Soak for 5 minutes, or massage it into the bristles, rinse away thoroughly in warm water. (This is a good way to maintain your brushes and stop make-up building up).

Make-up artists love Dermalogica’s Ultra Calming Cleanser  to use as a second cleanse, as its gel cream texture is super cooling and hydrating.

The next part of the prep stage is to exfoliate, buffing away dull dead skin cells will improve skin's texture and smooth skin will reflect light better. Daily Microfoliant is a gentle powder based exfoliant with brightening superpowers. PRO TIP: You can also make a lip scrub with PreCleanse and Daily Microfoliant.  Add the powder to the oil and gently buff over the lips to smooth.

For a more advanced option to glow like a pro, Liquid Peelfoliant is Dermalogica’s maximum strength at home peel with no downtime. Clinically proven to even skin tone and minimise pores with 1 use and reduce the appearance of wrinkles in 3 weeks. Just 1-3 minutes on the skin after cleansing delivers a radiant glow.

If you want to achieve a glow that’s off the spectrum, book yourself a luminfusion treatment 24-hours before your big occasion. This advanced, 60-minute skin treatment combines a targeted eye peel plus retinol and hydroxy acid face peel to resurface and renew, NanoInfusion technology to deeply infuse active ingredients and LED Red Light Therapy to visibly restore skin luminosity and diminish signs of skin ageing - all with no downtime!


The ‘treat’ step is where we can infuse the skin with hydrating ingredients for party ready glowing skin and address some of those pesky skin concerns. For a quick hydration fix add a few drops of Circular Hydration Serum before your moisturiser. This lightweight serum is packed with Hyaluronic and Polyglutamic Acids to flood skin with hydration and prolong a plump and dewy look. Suitable for all skin types this is a must have for long lasting makeup that doesn’t become dry and flaky.

If breakouts are the bane of your party skin, Age Bright Clearing Serum will not only treat and prevent breakouts but also brighten marks that are left behind.

Multi-Active Toner is any party goers secret weapon, famed for its hydrating properties, this spritz toner can be used before or after moisturiser but also spritzed over make-up for a dewy finish. PRO TIP: Mix Multi-Active Toner into foundation cake or powder to ease spread and application. Spritz make-up sponges to dampen and add hydration to make-up and skin. Dampen down brushes prior to using cake eyeliner or other dry powders.

If you are more sensitive or flush easily, Ultra Calming Mist is your redness reducing, hydrating hero. Spritz onto skin for instant reduction in redness. 30% reduction in redness in 30 minutes!


The final step of your party skin regimen is where we add moisturiser and SPF to defend and ‘glow’. To avoid make-up slipping off the skin, selecting the right weight of moisturiser is key. PRO TIP: Select a lighter weight hydrating moisturiser and leave for a minute to fully absorb before applying your base. Try Active Moist for an oil free, hydrated radiance, or BioLumin-C Gel Moisturiser, Dermalogica’s Vitamin C brightening moisturiser for the ultimate party glow.

Primers are the last step in skin care and first step in make-up. They are designed to even out texture, give the illusion of healthier skin and improve adherence of the make-up, providing a longer lasting finish. Dermalogica’s primers offer great skin care benefits along with enhanced make-up application.

Dermalogica have two skin priming formulas, both offering mineral sunscreen technology and multiple skin benefits to complete your skin regimen before makeup application. Or just apply one of these formulas for a natural healthy skin finish.

SkinPerfect Primer SPF30 delivers three benefits in one for healthy, luminous skin. Smooths away fine lines, brightens and primes for flawless skin and lasting coverage.

Porescreen SPF 40 is a multitasking sunscreen that delivers SPF 40 protection, while supporting healthy-looking pores, minimising their appearance with a blurring, primer-like effect, and enhancing skin tone with a hint of tint for radiant skin.

So now you know how to get your skin party ready you will be glowing all the way to the dance floor! Just remember to double cleanse it all off before you get into bed.

For bespoke advice on your skin, book in for a free 1-1 Virtual Consultation with Face Mapping with one of our Professional Skin Therapists by clicking here.

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