Jessica Alba’s natural glow in 10 minutes
“Spend as much time of your 10 minutes as possible on your skin,” says Sarah-Jane Froom, make-up artist for Bare Escentuals (baremineral.com). “If your complexion looks good then anything else will look good too. For maximum impact in minimum time, groom your brows, use gloss on your lips and apply a coat of mascara.”
“The key to achieving party hair quickly is to have a good haircut and make sure you condition your hair regularly,” says Denise McAdams, celebrity hairdresser (Denise’s hair products are available at Tesco). “To create this loose chignon style use dry shampoo and a small hair roller.”
- Step 1: Brush hair into a side parting, spray with dry shampoo (avoid your parting) and dust into the hair using open fingers.
- Step 2: Wrap the front section of your fringe around a small roller and pin.
- Step 3: Backcomb the lengths of your hair and twist and pin at the nape.
- Step 4: Take out the roller from the front section and either pin the curl near your ear or let it fall loose. Finish with hairspray.
- Eyebrow kit, £3.50, from eyeslipface.co.uk
- They’re Real mascara, £18.50, from benefitcosmetics.co.uk
- Delipscious Sheer Lip Colour in Lychee, £9.50, from The Body Shop
- Miracle Skin Perfector, £9.99 from Garnier at Boots
- Balancing Act dry shampoo, £5.19, from Charles Worthington at Boots
Isla Fisher’s red hot pout in 20 minutes
There’s no need to be afraid to try show-stopping bright lips. Sarah-Jane says, “First, take time to buff foundation over your lips, this highlights the lip line and makes a perfect base for a brighter colour. Then apply some Pretty Amazing Lip Colour from bare Minerals, which is a liner, lip colour and gloss all in one.”
“Always blow dry your hair before styling for maximum volume,” advises Denise. “This look is sleek and has lots of body and movement.”
- Step 1: If your hair is dry, wet your hands and run through your hair to dampen it.
- Step 2: Blow dry your hair upside down to add volume and then use hair straighteners if necessary.
- Step 3: Roll large sections of hair into big rollers to create bounce throughout the lengths. Leave in, while you do your make-up and then release.
- Step 4: Smooth through a small amount of shine serum to give your hair texture.
- Step 5: Spray the finished style with a little hairspray.
- Pretty Amazing lip colour in Strength, £15.00, from bareMinerals
- Loose powder blush, £6.00, from Topshop
- bareMinerals foundation, £23.00, from bareMinerals
- GHD Gold Classic styler, £109, from ghdhair.com
- Self-grip rollers, £15.32, from Trevor Sorbie at Boots
Natalie Portman’s cascading curls in 30 minutes
Sarah-Jane has a top tip to get that smokey-eyed look with ease. “Apply the darkest colour you dare around the lash line and underneath using a brush, and then blend outwards,” she says. “Keep under the brow pale and highlighted. If you’re worried about dropping make-up on your made-up face, then apply your eye make-up first.”
“This look is really easy to prepare in the morning,” says Denise. “If you blow dry and pin it up you’ll look stylish all day. Then just unpin it for quick and easy evening hair.”
- Step 1: Blow dry your hair, forming it into a centre parting, if it isn’t already.
- Step 2: Separate the bottom section of your hair, from ear to ear, into six parts, roll each strand into twists, then form into buns and pin above the ear line.
- Step 3: Leave in while you do your make-up.
- Step 4: Unpin the buns and let them fall down. If you have more time you could use a curling tong, GHD styler or hot rollers in the longer tresses.
- Step 5: Run your fingers lightly through the curls and spritz with hairspray.
- False eyelashes, £10.00, from Mac Cosmetics
- Dazzle Dust in Silvery Black, £4.59, from Barry M
- Beauty Flash Balm, £27.50, from Clarins at John Lewis
- Moisture Master heat protection spray, £3.80, from Denise McAdam at Tesco
- Strobe Cream highlighter, £12.00, from Mac Cosmetics
Party prep survival guide
“Don’t leave things until the last minute,” says parenting coach and author Sue Atkins. “Be prepared and – like everything in life with kids – you’ve got to remain flexible.”
“Build up your confidence by starting out with a smaller night out or even leave the children for a short period of time during the day. Then they’ll have a chance to get used to you going out and coming back again.”
Emergency contact list
“Write down important numbers like the doctor, your mobile number and your partner’s, and someone nearby that you can trust, like a neighbour.”
“Having rock solid childcare will help you to relax. Family members may do exciting activities with your children, so leaving them with people you love and trust can be very enriching.”
“The key to leaving your children while you go out is getting into a relaxed frame of mind and not feeling guilty. If you’re relaxed your children will respond the same way.”
“Have a new toy for them to play with when you leave. You could allow them to watch a favourite TV programme.”
“If they have a certain teddy, story or song that they fall asleep to then write this down for your babysitter. You want to keep your children’s routine as normal as possible.”
“Keep your body language confident and your voice matter of fact. Say ‘I’ll see you soon, you’re going to have so much fun.’ It will reassure them.”
For more tips from Sue visit sueatkinsparentingcoach.com.