7 tips to looking flawless all party season

Party season survival 101.

ICYMI, it's now December, which means that summer and the party season have officially arrived.

And we are officially HERE. FOR. IT.

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Christmas parties, beach BBQs, catch-up drinks with the girls - the season's social calendar is jam-packed.

To make life a lot easier, we've rounded up seven tips for getting through the party season like a boss, including beach-babe summer skin and party outfit inspo.

Here's your ultimate guide to looking flawless all summer long:

1. Glow-up

Nothing says summer like a just-got-back-from-holiday tan. This party season, do yourself (and your bed sheets) a favour and ditch the Twistie-toned tanner for something a little more natural.

Embrace the gradual tanning moisturiser. Use it daily as you would your regular moisturiser, and you'll be ready to party 24/7 (no tanning-application night needed).

Bondi Sands Everyday Gradual Tanning Milk, $17.99 at [Priceline](|target="_blank"|rel="nofollow")
Bondi Sands Everyday Gradual Tanning Milk, $17.99 at Priceline

2. Shop new-season party pieces

Ditch the mantra of buying a brand-new party dress for every event, and shop for new items that, when styled right, can work for different occasions.

Our party muse? Tegan Phillipa. The Insta it-girl works those ~summer vibes~ all-year round. Follow her lead and layer a statement tee underneath a glam party dress to give it a more casual feel, ideal for your next summer house party or date night.

You can shop Tegan's look at MRP, now. The fashion site's latest additions are party-season perfect. With dresses starting at $12.99, you'll still have funds for all those Aperol Spritz.

3. Get selfie-ready skin

Summer means cute bikinis and poolside cocktails. But it can also mean HUGE (and not so great) changes to our skin.

Heat and humidity can cause our sebaceous glands to over-produce oil, leaving us with greasy skin. When sweat becomes trapped underneath heavy foundations and sunscreens, pores become clogged, resulting in Pityrosporum Folliculitis, or as you best know it, 'sweat acne'.

Ensure you're cleansing your skin before going to be every night, and use a gentle daily exfoliator to eliminate the chance of chest and back pimples. Ditch your regular foundation, and opt for a sheer coverage that will allow your skin to breathe. Try a BB cream or tinted moisturiser loaded with SPF.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser, $66 at [MECCA](|target="_blank"|rel="nofollow")
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser, $66 at MECCA

4. Work day-to-night looks

The best parties are always spur-of-the-moment, and summer is known for impromptu nights out.

Give your wardrobe a summer update by shopping for pieces that can work for day or night.

We're obsessed with Tegan's all-pink party look. Give night-time fabrics like velvet some street edge by adding a pair of sneakers or waist-tied jacket. Shop the party edit at MRP, now.

5. Make a beauty statement

While summer beauty is all about keeping it stripped back and natural, it's the perfect time to test-try a new beauty trend.

Embrace the party season fun and try a temporary hair tint (like your girl, Gigi), a statement glitter lip or a winged eye. Who knows, you could find your next new look!

6. Make water your MVP

It's easy to forget to gulp down our recommended eight glasses a day when we're enjoying our time seaside with friends. But with its late nights, delicious Christmas drinks and sun-soaked beach days, the festive season can be extremely dehydrating.

This summer, make sure you're keeping your water intake in-check and always carry a bottle of water with you. Try one of the clever S'well water bottles for when you're at the beach and enjoy chilled water for up to 24 hours post-taking it out of the fridge!

S'well drink bottle in Rose Gold, $69.99 at [Opus](|target="_blank"|rel="nofollow")
S'well drink bottle in Rose Gold, $69.99 at Opus

7. Summer-proof your nails

Instead of rocking a set of chipped nails this festive season, invest in a long-lasting nail polish that will be able to survive a week or more of summer's wear and tear.

Our tip? Pack away the moodier winter tones, and choose electric reds, aquatic blues and bright pinks.

CND Vinylux nail polish in Electric Orange, $19.95 at [Adore Beauty](|target="_blank"|rel="nofollow")
CND Vinylux nail polish in Electric Orange, $19.95 at Adore Beauty

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