5 effortless ways to refresh your look ahead of a girls' night out

Segueing from conference room to cocktail bar for a girls' night out is all in a day's work for women on the go. After hours of meetings, deadlines and catch-ups around the kettle, it's natural to find yourself – and your skin – feeling a touch tired. Thankfully, however, a few simple steps will revitalise you, ready for a memorable evening bonding with friends. Blend these makeup and skincare tips into your after-work glow-up regime to feel as though you've just stepped out of the spa.

Prep your skin for a radiant complexion

Skin prep will create a perfect base for your makeup. During the day, natural oils build up on your skin which can dull your complexion. Exfoliate your skin with our Radiance Mask - a jam like exfoliating mask, enriched with freshly harvested pomelos from Corsica and natural fruit acids. This scrub immediately works to gently exfoliate the skin to bring back the natural radiance to the complexion, while leaving the skin smooth and comfortable. 

Touch up your eye make-up

Even the trustiest eyeliner and mascara stray beneath your eyes or onto your eyelids as the day goes on. To tidy up any smudges, pop a small amount of water on a cotton bud and use it to whisk any unwanted make-up from your under-eye area. Retouch eyes with a new layer of makeup, for a rejuvenated look without needing to start afresh.

Apply a statement lipstick

Does anything make you feel instantly better about your look than a bold lip? Scarlet red is a classic choice for a glamorous look, while deep burgundy provides a dash of Parisian sophistication – ideal for creating a certain je ne sais quoi during dinners out.

Prepare your lips with our Shea Ultra Rich Lip Balm to help nourish and soften your lips – a long day in an air-conditioned office can be drying. Give it a minute or two to soak in. This will leave your pout soft and create a smooth base for lipstick.

Apply a zingy perfume

A spritz of fragrance will instantly make you feel fresher, with an evocative scent transporting you away from the office and towards the excitement of the night ahead. If you're sleepy, opt for a refreshing and sparkling scent like our Citrus Verbena Eau de Toilette. It combines zingy grapefruit and lemon from the Mediterranean with the zesty smell of verbena – a herb from Provence that has the unmistakable citric smell of the area's local markets. This stimulating aroma re-energises as much as a mid-afternoon espresso sipped on a Saint-Rémy terrace.

End with a mist

Even if you're too strapped for time for a full makeover, a spritz of a refreshing facial mist will help you feel good as new. Our Shea Comforting Face Mist is an alcohol free face mist to hydrate and soothe your skin. Delicately moisturising, it gives tired faces a treat by providing complexion-plumping hydration and an invigorating pick-me-up so you'll stay looking fresh even if you end up dancing for hours.

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