When the Christmas lights go on in Southend High Street, you know that the festive season is upon us – and not only that, with it comes a round of social engagements that keep going through to the New Year.  

Naturally, the hectic social calendar is simply a series of great excuses to dress up and wear glamorous make-up. Whether you’re celebrating with friends, getting ready for the office party or, let’s be honest here, trying to outdo your brother’s missus at a family do, here are my hair and beauty tips for looking a million dollars this Christmas… 

December is definitely the ideal time to use charcoal eyeliner or some sparkly eyeshadow for some genuine glitz and glamour. The key is to blend – use a softer colour in the corner of your eye and add the darker shades as you work your way out. 

Don’t neglect your hair. The constant switching between the cold outside to warm, hated or air-conditioned indoor environments can dry your hair out. So, make sure you use moisturising conditioner and, at least once a week, apply a deep-condition hair mask for extra shine. 

The cold of Winter has a remarkable effect on your summer tan. Maintain that natural glow by applying a gradual fake tan to slowly build the colour for a natural finish. This will give you a sun-kissed look on the dance-floor and in the obligatory group photos at parties.  

Talking of photos. If you’re a bit of a coffee fiend and can’t help but have a cheeky peppermint mocha or gingerbread latte every morning, make sure you use whitening toothpaste to keep the stains at bay. 

A rather delicious way to avoid chapped winter lips is to exfoliate them with a simple mix of honey and brown sugar. Rub the mixture on your lips for a natural way to keep your lips soft and Christmas kissable. 

Now, when it comes to choosing a hairstyle to rock your festive shindig, each season has its own trends and, in some cases, a mind-boggling number of different, on-trend looks. Here at Grateful Heads, we think you can’t really go wrong with tumbling tousled curls. Heated rollers are an easy way of achieving this classic look, and they can be worn while you wrap your Christmas presents for easy multitasking!