This time last year, I was one month into living in Sydney and had three friends in the new city (one of which was my dog), so a small New Years Eve party was my first time meeting some of the partners and players my boyfriend and I would no doubt be seeing a lot of in the coming year. So, what does one do when they go to a NYE party and doesn’t know anyone? One drinks copious amounts of champagne, of course. The problem is however that one then spends the next day in bed, feeling like the fires of hell have opened beneath them, convinced that ‘this is how it ends,’ and vowing to ‘never drink again!’ This year, I have friends (go me) and not only have we got plans for NYE but we’re also set with activities for New Years Day.
If you’re like me, the idea of this would worry you slightly as well. For me, after a night out, my skin feels like cardboard, my hair resembles a birds nest, and one of those birds nests where the amateur birds just really don’t know what they’re doing, and the idea of alcohol makes me sprint for the bathroom. So I’ve spoken to some people I know and trust on how-the-hell I’m going to make it through the final night of 2014 and bring in the first day of 2015, in style, looking fabulous and not wanting to hurl myself overboard (I’m on a boat on NYD).
Make Up: Face The Facts
Great make up artist’s are hard to come by but Melbourne has some stars. Charlotte Makeup by Amelia Webb is one brand new to the makeup scene and I’ve already locked her in to work her magic on my face for wedding in mid-January! In the past few months, Amelia‘s handiwork has been seen on the Brownlow Red Carpet, the Fila and Hunted Dreams look books and on one of my favourite bloggers The Young Mummy (who I’ve spoken with before, here.)
What’s the best way to ensure your makeup lasts all night?
In my opinion it all comes down to how you have prepped your skin a couple of days before NYE. It is essential to make sure your skin is well hydrated, exfoliated, cleansed and moisturised. The better your prep, the longer your makeup will last on the night. You will need a longwearing foundation that you have worn before and know well; trying a new foundation out on the night is risky, as you do not know how this will react with your skin and may not last you the night. Last but not least is your primer. Ensure your skin is primed, your eyes are primed and if you are wearing a dark lipstick your lips have been primed. These three steps are essential to making your look last.
Why is it important to wash your makeup off when you get home?
This is ESSENTIAL… I know most girls out there do sleep with their makeup still on but please STOP. Your skin needs to rehydrate from all the alcohol you may have drank and also all the makeup that has been added that may have clogged your pores. By cleansing your face and taking off all your makeup this will ensure your skin can replenish overnight. If you want to avoid waking up with pimples in the morning you need to cleanse your skin when you get home, either using an eye makeup remover, face wipe or just your face washer. It will do your skin wonders for the next day.
Looks I recommend for NYE and NYD:
NYE and NYD makeup is the most exciting event of the year for me. You can create so many different looks. Below are some looks I’ve created throughout the year that I love and would be perfect for the occasion:
Hair: Maintain The Mane
Helen Ciccone, of Hair By Ciccone and Ciccone Cosmetics, has done the hair of every Miss World Australia since 2011, Audrina Patridge, Em Rusciano, the Geordie Shore cast and Wendy Matthews, just to name a few. She’s a Goddess, in many aspects, but especially when it comes to hair. When it comes to making your hairstyle last, she says, “I would use a lighter spray like White Sands first. After it’s been washed, dry the hair off then start curling, setting the curls with the White Sands spray. It’s like memory foam! You can brush it out without it flaking and it bounces straight back. Normal hairspray can weigh the hair down, so avoid using too much of it or your hair will drop quickly. This is also great for making your style last the distance.”
Body: Get Moving
Melbourne Model Trainer Lachlan Clarke of Body Psyche, has trained the likes of Monika Clarke, Steph Claire Smith and has featured on the fitness blog Sporteluxe. His philosophy on training focuses on a healthy psyche and dynamic exercises, and he works wonders, very quickly!
Is there any benefit to exercising during the day, when you know you’ll be having a big night out that night?
Forget about the big night out for a second. There are multiple benefits of exercise no matter when it’s done. Humans are triplane creatures by design and employing consistent, effective and efficient movement strategies is critical for our vitality, longevity and overall wellness. If your planning a night out, be sure to make it exactly that: A night out thats fun and enjoyable. Throw everything you’ve got into having the best possible time. Good things happen when our bodies are relaxed and that down regulation particularly of the nervous system is absolutely paramount in achieving a happier self.
What’s the best kind of exercise to do after consuming large amounts of alcohol?
You need to turn the phone lines back on again so to speak. The proprioceptors in our bodies control pretty much everything we do. These complex neural pathways need to be stimulated to let the bodies other various systems know what’s going on. Here’s my checklist of things to do whenever you do wake on the 1st January 2015:
1. Before you get in the shower stand nude and pat yourself from your toes to your nose. Hit every single part of your body front to back, side to side and top to bottom. Don’t leave any part of your bare skin untouched. Imagine your slapping flies all over you body so use some solid force.
2. Jump in the shower and once you have finished washing yourself turn around facing away from the shower head. Then turn the hot water tap off and crank up the cold water letting it trickle down from the base of your cervical spine and all the way down your back. Stand in this position for as long as possible up to a maximum of five minutes then get out. The cold water + slapping wakes up your proprioceptors/nervous system. It communications to all the other systems in the body. Joints, bones, muscles, fascia and tells them what to do.
3. After you have dried yourself off stand in front of the biggest mirror in your bathroom and start posing like Usain Bolt in the 100m final at the Olympics. Do his famous lightning pose on both legs. Start with both feet outside hip width then transfer all your weight onto one leg and reach towards the ceiling with the opposite hand. Imagine your about to fire an arrow into the air. Repeat on the other side.
Tell me you don’t feel better now?
On the Outside: Farshun, darling
I’m lucky that I have incredibly fashionable friends everywhere I turn. Former Miss World Australia and TV personality Erin Holland is a regular at events around Sydney and will be bringing in the New Year in Marquee Sydney’s Dom Pérignon Green Room.
What’s your number one style tip for NYE?
NYE for me is one of those great excuses to wear something absolutely fabulous! My cardinal rule however, would be to pair your outfit with COMFORTABLE shoes. Most NYE celebrations tend to kick on into the wee hours of the morning, and there is nothing worse than trying to coping with the debilitating pain of aching feet, whilst trying to get your dance on! Having been a dancer for the majority of my life, I especially struggle with my feet. To ensure I get the most out of a big night like NYE, I will always opt for a pair of shoes I have worn many times before, crack out the Party Feet ‘Gel Pads” and my all time fave “Second Skin Blister Plasters” and I’m good to go! This NYE, I am super excited to wear a beautiful dress from Gemeli Power! As Gemeli states herself: “Designed for the perennial ‘it’ girl, Gemeli’s style is feminine while staying luxurious with a touch of flamboyance” And who doesn’t want a bit of flamboyance to ring in the New Year in style?! I will be teaming the Gemeli dress with one of my beautiful Serenade Leather Clutches. They’re beautiful, durable, versatile and (most importantly for all your makeup, phone, hairbrush, cards, kitchen sink…) special.
And what’s the one style trend you’d recommend embracing for your NYE outfit?
I love the bright colours that have emerged as a staple in many labels summer collections. I have always been drawn to pops of colour over neutrals – why blend in when you can stand out.
International model, Melinda Kemp, who’s about to jet off to Miami in the New Year, says sparkles or glitter have her vote for NYE attire. She says, “I’m not usually a person who’d wear any form of sequin or sparkle but NYE I think it’s appropriate to dress like a disco ball!”
Me? I’ll be sporting my oldest, most comfortable shoes and trying to remain relatively hydrated. My number one tip is Hydralite with Vitamin B before you go to bed. Trust me! Most importantly though, enjoy yourself and plan to make 2015 your best, happiest year yet.
Happy New Year from Never Boring Black x