How To Prep For A Black Tie Event

GUYS — who doesn’t love getting all dolled up, I sure do! Whether it’s for a black tie affair, a wedding or even a New Years Eve party… It’s so much fun to play dress up.

Some gals opt to get their hair and makeup done by professionals, but that’s never been my style. Even for my proms in high school, I did my own hair and makeup. It’s just fun for me! I love experimenting in the mirror, trying different hairstyles and smokey eyes.

So today we’re going to talk about how to prep for a black tie event — everything from when to wash your hair to which oils to use on your body to give your skin that glowy look (which I’m obsessed with, you all know this).

BODY

Try to cut back on salty foods — while I’m a salt LOVER, the sodium in some of our favorite foods can cause us to bloat.

The general rule of thumb is that sodium takes anywhere from 12 hours to 5 days to flush out of your body. So, as a safety net… Try cutting out sodium a few days before your big event.

This may look different for everyone, depending on your lifestyle and eating habits. Some things to avoid are: pre-packaged and frozen foods, processed foods like cheese, soy sauce, pickled veggies, and lunch / deli meat.

You’re going to want to incorporate more water than usual into your daily diet to help flush out that excess sodium.

SKIN

Ah, my favorite topic!

Getting a huge pimple or break out right before your big event can be so frustrating. Trust me, I’ve had my fair share of untimely breakouts.

Luckily, there are certain things that we can do to help prevent those pesky pimples from forming. One week before your big event you want to cut out acne-causing foods such as: chocolate, fried food, dairy, excess sugar, etc.

When it comes to products, you want to really keep it status-quo with your typical routine. You don’t want to shock your skin or try any new products that may cause your face to break out! However, I love to mask at least two to three times the week of an event! Depending on what my skin needs, I’ll switch up which specific masks I use. Below, I’ve rounded up my favorite masks based on skin needs.

 CLARIFYING 

GLAM GLOW SUPERMUD
This stuff is next level, I swear by it. This is one of those products that is truly worth the price. When I was struggling with acne my senior year of college, I swear that this product helped to clear up some of my worst breakouts. It’s a mud mask that you apply and leave on for 15-20 minutes, you can literally see the impurities being extracted because the mask turns a different color where the problem areas are. You can even use it overnight as a spot treatment. If you have a break out the night before your big event, apply this product to it and it will dramatically reduce it’s appearance (seriously).

THE BODY SHOP JAPANESE MATCHA TEA POLLUTION CLEARING MASK
This mask is good for just about anyone. Whether you’re battling smaller bumps or you’ve got an active break out, this stuff has got a lil bit of something for everyone. It’s amazing because it’s both parts soothing and clarifying, the Matcha Tea helps to soothe the skin in areas that may be more prone to dryness or redness.

HYDRATING

GLAM GLOW THIRSTYMUD
Can you guys tell that I’m obsessed with GLAMGLOW or what? I seriously swear by their products. Anyways, this Thirsty Mud mask is crazy. If you’ve got super dry, sensitive skin this is going to be your new BFF. My hack is to leave it on overnight and sleep with it on.

ROSEHIP SEED + MOROCCAN ARGAN OIL
Oils, oils, oils, are you into them?! If you’re not… You need to be 😉 If you follow me on Instagram then you know that I am full blown obsessed with oils. I think that they’re so necessary in everyone’s skincare routine. Whether you’ve got super dry or super oily skin, there’s an oil out there for you.

Rosehip Seed oil helps to soften dark spots / scarring, bringing them back to the color of the rest of your complexion. It’s also great for hydration and reducing fine lines. Argan Oil, which I’m sure you’ve heard of, is a really great oil to use to help moisturize your skin.

HAIR.

One week before the event, I like to start prepping my hair. I want to make sure that it’s as shiny, moisturized and soft as possible. I love to start with Coconut Oil Masks — you can do this overnight. After your shower, put a little bit of Coconut Oil into your palms and smooth it all over your hair. Twist your hair into a loose, low bun and sleep on it! The next morning, shampoo your hair and wash out the excess Coconut Oil that hasn’t been absorbed into your hair. If you’re need a little extra “oomph”, add in a little bit of Olaplex No. 3 — my favorite secret weapon for hair. This stuff adds CRAZY amounts of moisture.

I like to wash my hair two nights before the big event — this is going to be different for EVERYONE. Some of us have more dry hair while others have more oily hair. For me, I find that I love my curls on the THIRD day (even the second day), there’s something about them that looks so effortless.

If you guys want me to do a blog post on how I curl my hair, let me know!

MAKEUP.

When I was in middle school and high school, I used to be obsessed with makeup. I was addicted to watching YouTube tutorials. But, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve shifted my focus to my skin — making sure that the canvas beneath the makeup is healthy.

BUT, my tip here is to test out your makeup the night before. If you’re trying out a  new smokey eye or applying false lashes for the first time, you’re gonna want to practice before hand.

I love to play around with different looks / products the night before.

OUTFIT.

Depending on what you’re going to be wearing, you want to make sure that you have plenty of time to get your outfit steamed / dry cleaned / altered.

Hopefully if you have to get your dress altered you’ve done this weeks if not months in advance. BUT, if you want to steam your dress before your big event do this the night before. That way, you don’t have to spend time the day of running around picking up your dress or steaming your outfit.

I hope that these tips helped! Feel free to share your tips with me! 

Talk tomorrow,

x,
Emily

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