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There’s an ancient proverb which states that at least half of the fun of any night out lies in the getting ready process. Not just the part where you play drinking games or dance while holding a wine glass full of “punch” – I’m talking about the part where you put on a dressing gown and strap yourself in for some quality “self-care.”

In honour of this, here are all the products, remedies, routines and incantations to perform for the very best pre night out skincare routine.

Getting super clean is the first port of call. However, for once in my life I’m giving the advice to avoid clay masks, which can actually end up drawing out impurities and making any inflamed or congested patches look worse. Instead, go for a deep clean.

First, steam your face using a microfiber cloth. You can get these from Primark, and they’re great for two reasons. The first is that they are super soft, feel amazing, and have extra cleaning properties than a regular flannel. The second is that, thanks to their plush, fluffy nature, they’re great for holding heat. This means they’re a super easy way to slightly steam your face without any sort of pricey device.

I like to apply a cleanser to makeup-free skin, then place a hot fluffy cloth over the top and wait for a minute or so. My cleanser of choice for this process is the Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser, which has a slightly tingly feeling, and an undeniably expensive scent.

Once this is done, it’s time to exfoliate, baby. This gets rid of flaky skin and dullness, and gets your skin to immediately look its very best. There are a couple of great products for the double-exfoliation that y’all already know I like – namely the Kate Somerville Exfolikate or the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask.

However, I’ve recently discovered a new method of double exfoliation which I might even prefer. For this, you first need to apply a regular facial scrub. Lancer’s The Method Polish is a glorious one. Scrub for a minute, then on top of this apply an exfoliating mask. I’ve been using the Mario Badescu Enzyme Revitalizing Mask. Leave for ten minutes, then use the scrubby particles to massage in the mask. Then remove the whole thing. Seriously, skin will have never looked smoother, softer, brighter or glowier.

As a final step before makeup, I like to load up on hydration. The better moisturised the skin, the better makeup will melt into it, making you look more natural and therefore more perfect. The best way to make you skin drink everything in is by layering.

I’d first go for a super light serum – the Hyaluronic Acid from The Ordinary is great for this. It sinks in quickly and visibly (if temporarily) plumps and smooths. On top of this, I like a facial oil. I truly think if you want a natural glow, oil is the only way to go. One of the best is the Fresh Seaberry Moisturising Face Oil, which isn’t too thick, and absorbs quickly enough to work under makeup. Finally, a regular moisturiser to seal everything in, and provide that lightly tacky canvas which ensures seamless base application. Glossier’s Priming Moisturiser is, as the name suggests, a great priming moisturiser. Follow with, quite literally, all of the makeup, which is what any good night out truly calls for.

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