9 Ways To Party-Proof Your Skin, By An A-list Make-up Artist

Imaxtree, Gregory Scaffidi

Fresh from making up Victoria Beckham that morning, Valeria Ferreira met with Bazaar to share some of the secrets she usually reserves for her A-list clientele (her other London-based regulars include Jenna Coleman, Lily James and Rosamund Pike). As the La Mer UK make-up artist ambassador, Ferreira’s approach is very much skin first, make-up-with-skincare-benefits second. With the impending threat of silly season hitting our faces with the booze bloat, breakouts and tired eyes, we asked her how to party-proof our skin and mask those inevitable signs of having toogood a time. Try this strategy throughout December to cheat a fresh face.


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Cold sheet masks work

“When it comes to party season, one thing I totally recommend is a stretch sheet mask – they are the best masks. Put it in the fridge so it’s really cold. I’m really in to cryotherapy, and this is similar if you can get the mask to a really low temperature. It was actually Lily [James] who got me into it. She loves the really cold feeling on her skin. The La Mer sheet mask is fabric with Nano fibre technology which hugs your face; it traps the serum into your skin so it gets absorbed a lot quicker. Even five minutes does the trick – you don’t need a full 20 minutes, but if you have time you can leave it longer, (just remember to take it off when the mask feels like it’s getting warm). You can actually reuse the La Mer one, the envelope has so much product inside, I just leave it open in my fridge. If I’m super tired I’d do it at night for a pamper, otherwise I use it as a pre-make-up step.”

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