If James Bond had a grooming regime, this would be it
When it comes to getting ready for a big night out, your grooming regime should be as smart as the suit on your back. Here’s our step-by-step guide to getting it right
One month before: Leave larger jobs plenty of time
If you’re in need of a little more invasive attention, you could do worse than visit the Wellness Clinic at Harrods for a consultation with the dark dermatological wizard that is Dr Costas Papageorgiou. Whether you’re in the market for some red line-bashing laser, a spot of filler to tackle an encroaching age muzzle or a reversible tie tuck to give your jaw red carpet-ready definition, be sure you visit the clinic in good time to allow your skin a few weeks to settle before the big event.
From £65. harrods.com
One week before: Get your hair cut by a barber you trust
Specify that while you want your new haircut to work day-to-day, you also need it to be slicked back or to the side in some way. Oh, and make sure all the scrappy bits of hair around the nape of the neck are removed. Flyaway baby hair does not an elegant look make.
Gielly Green at The Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square.
Five days before: Scrub your face
Sounds obvious, but a good face scrub will lift away dead skin (which can build up surprisingly quickly) and leave your skin looking fresh for your big event. That said, scrubs also have the habit of bringing those with sensitive skin types out in spots and they can also induce bouts of redness. To avoid the aforementioned eventualities, give your face an intensive scrub no fewer than five days before your event, in order to give blemishes time to heal. Oh, and remember, if you scrub after you have a fake tan you’re likely to scrub all that hard work away.
Purifying facial exfoliant paste by Aesop, £35. selfridges.com
Three days before: Get a spray tan
Though the days of the electric beach may be numbered, there are a number of great spray tan places in the capital which will more than able to give you the perfect party-ready glow, whatever your skin type. For our money, the best bet is James Harknett at The W Hotel in Leicester Square. The effect is subtle and will make you look like you’ve had a few days lounging on a yacht in the Med, rather than a week bathing in a vat of Cuprinol. Get this done a few days beforhand, in order to give it time to settle.
£50 for a session.