The holidays are officially here, and with them, holiday parties! Family parties, office parties, cookie-decorating parties—you name it, we’ve RSVP’d “YES” to it.

Unfortunately, with so many places to be, staying out late, not getting enough sleep and overindulging in delicious holiday cocktails and desserts can lead to dull, unhappy skin. But, don’t stress just yet. There are a few steps you can take to keep your complexion glowing all season long.


SO, STRAP ON THOSE SHIMMERING HOLIDAY HEELS and read on to learn all about the ideal skin prep and pre-makeup routine.

Start with a cleanse

The first step to prepping skin is cleanser. Start with a clean face to tackle dirt, buildup, blemishes, excess oil and impurities. By gently buffing awaydead skin and debris, your skin will be instantly rejuvenated and become a clean slate for the skincare steps and makeup to follow. Reach for Truth Juice Daily Cleanser for normal or dry skin days and Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser if you’re dealing with oily or combination skin.

Smooth Operator

Next, ensure you have a smooth canvas for optimal makeup application on the face. Exfoliate with Cold Plunge Pore Mask to buff away uneven skin texture and give skin an intense surge of moisture. Pores will appear smaller, clearer and tighter, creating a bouncy and soft surface that can’t be achieved by cleanser or moisturizer alone.

Have a little extra time? Get flawlessskin in a flash (seriously, just 15 minutes!) with PHAT Glow Facial, the no-downtime, massage-activated at-home facial. Whether your holiday party plans involve an open bar and photobooths or homemade cookies and the couch, this innovative face mask, powered by PHAs (polyhydroxy acids), is the ultimate “get ready with me” prep step—it works like a facial to instantly reveal smoother, illuminated, no-filter-necessary skin.

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Wrap skin up in hydration

Give your skin the gift of moisture. As one of the four pillars of The Glow Cycle, strengthening your skin’s moisture barrier is a non-negotiable. So, of course we need to make sure skin is nourished and fortified before any outing, but especially a holiday one. We like Strength Trainer Peptide Boost Moisturizer or C-Rush Brightening Gel Crème because they prep skin nicely and play well with makeup all day long. By adding moisture, strength, elasticity and balance to the skin, both of these hydrators create a plump and smooth canvas for foundation and festive holiday looks. Both formulas have a glowy (but not greasy) finish that gives skin that extra boost of healthy-looking hydration.

Wake up before you put on your holiday party makeup

Banana Bright+ Eye Crème also works wonders, both as part of the application process for your holiday party eye makeup and as post-makeup pampering. This is our best eye cream for dark circles. Inspired by makeup artist secret, “banana powder,” this eye cream contains special pigments and ingredients that instantly color correct dark circles, including REAL gold and vitamin C. It’s also proven to improve concealer wear, so it works with your makeup, not against it.

Are you primed and ready to glow?

Last, but certainly not least: You need a makeup primer to keep your look on point all night long. Enter Banana Bright Face Primer, where skincare and makeup come face to face. Not only does this vitamin C makeup primer improve and extend makeup wear,but it has skincare benefits, too. With vitamin C and banana powder-inspired pigments, this makeup primer instantly brightens and keeps you glowing from pregame to after party.

Find Your Makeup Prep Routine + Gifts

Now you’re all set to apply your holiday look and head out on the town! Shop our Makeup Prep Set for the quickest 3-step routine for when you're in a crunch. Ready to share your #OleGlow for the holidays? Shop our 2022 Holiday Gift Guide to get the perfect skincare gifts.

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