Invited to a last-minute party and scrambling? Here are our favourite little helpers to have you looking party-perfect in no time.
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It's awards season and that usually means cocktail parties. Most of the time, you’re ready for them. You’ve picked out your outfit and accessories, booked your hair and makeup appointments to look extra glam and you’re sure you'll look just as fabulous as if you were on the red carpet yourself (maybe just a less extravagant gown). But then there’s that one friend who’s not really the planner you are and in comes the last-minute invite. Appointments aren’t possible and you don’t have time to shop. As always, you can count on us to have you covered!

The outfit issue is no problem. Just wear the same thing you wore to your last party (seriously, do it), but with some added layers to switch things up.

For the rest of it, see our top party-prep products below to have you looking just as gorgeous as always—without the appointments.

Our Top Beauty Picks to Get You Holiday-Ready Quick!

161223 holidayhack10 belifBelif First Aid Overnight Brightening Mask ($39,, and The Face Shop, Fruits & Passions and Nature Collection stores across Canada): Skip the facial and look fresh overnight. Apply this black truffle, pearl and gold powder capsule brightening mask the night before and wake up looking party-ready—in other words, well-rested and luminous.


161223 holidayhack10 dermablendDermablend Professional Smooth Liquid Camo foundation ($42, Shoppers Drug Mart): Don’t have time for an overnight mask? Fake the perfect complexion with this long-wear medium-coverage foundation. Bake it on with Dermablend Professional Loose Setting Powder ($34) for flawless, long-wear coverage.


161223 holidayhack10 macM.A.C. Cosmetics x Mariah Carey It’s Like That Y’all lashes ($21.50, and M.A.C. locations): If you’re going to take a cue from anybody for your party prep, it’s going to be the Queen of Christmas. Apply these luscious lashes to easily take your makeup look to the next level.


161223 holidayhack10 beautylashBeautyLash Tinting Kit for Eyelashes and Eyebrows ($34.95, and The beauty of this at-home tinting kit is that it basically allows you to skip your eyebrow makeup routine as it will slightly stain the skin, making your brows appear filled in for up to three days. Apply today and not only will your brows look perfect for that last-minute party, but you’ll also wake up with perfect brows on the 25th for those early-morning photos. Consider it a  miracle.


161223 holidayhack10 goodyGoody Simple Styles Bubble Pony Kit ($8.79, drugstores): With the help of this kit, you’ll definitely turn heads. This trendy style works great for longer hair and adds instant volume to your ponytail in three simple steps:

Step 1: Gather your hair in a ponytail and secure with the elastic attached on the Bubble Pony Maker.

Step 2: Spread hair evenly around the first bubble and gather into a second ponytail.

Step 3: Secure with the polyband elastic in the kit and repeat for each bubble. Finish the look off with the ribbon elastics for a cleaner look.

Now all you need is the perfect nail colour—and didn’t we say we always have you covered? Just click here!