Last month's Spa Party was all about fresh faces, where I provided tips on throwing a back to school facial party for a teen/tween. This month I'll stick to the face but this time for the "Grown& Sexy". This party is a little less "spa" than the others and a bit more "salon". This party works best if stations are set up for guests to rotate through.
Short of plastic surgery having your brows properly groomed is the one sure fire way short of plastic surgery to update and enhance your look and take years off your appearance. Hollywood starlets have their thousand dollar a day personal stylists, fitness gurus and $600.00 haircuts, but every girl, every woman can have an eyebrow guru.
While most make up artists can provide eyebrow services, doing eyebrows as a separate station ensures more attention to the brows, and a better flow for your party.
Since makeovers are the order of the day, it is best for your guest's to arrive with clean faces. However, some ladies won't be caught dead outside of their homes without make up on even for a minute, or if your party is after work everyone may not have yet had the opportunity to return to their natural look. Provide make up removal wipes in your vanity area, so that is one less thing your make up artist will have to worry about. If folks really need a good scrub, you can set up a facial washing station in the bathroom with cleansers, astringents, and cotton rounds.
You are bringing in pros for make up but what about hair? Hopefully guests will arrive with their hair looking pretty good. However, it's a good idea for you to set up a vanity area for last minute touch ups, or style changes. Offer a flat iron, 1-3 curling irons, bobby pins, and your favorite hair products for hold, and shine. If you are leaning more towards the vintage glam feel, provide guest with a few hair accessories like the ones in the sleepy albatross, Live in Style, KAANG, and LovMely Etsy shops. Place a jewelry cleaner in your vanity area so that guests can get their wedding rings, and other jewelry photo ready.
While this party is great as a stand-alone event, it is also a wonderful precursor to a girl's night out on the town. If you and the ladies plan to hit some night spots after getting your makeup done it is a good idea to have some of Peaches & Boo Boo's Save My Feet Blister Elixer on hand so you can wear your party shoes without the pain.
If you are hosting the party for a tight knit group of friends or family and are likely to take a couple group shots, you should set a color scheme or theme of dress to help unify the group's look. One possible look to go with is the little black dress. Try to keep the clothing fairly simple so that it doesn't overpower your beautifully made up faces. Wearing a solid color palette also allows guest to have more fun adding accessories that make their outfit and pictures pop. For a vintagey feel, channel your inner Rachel Zoe and hit consignment and thrift stores for accessories like hats, handbags, gloves, jackets and costume jewlery.
If you are a gadget person, you may enjoy this towel warmer, which has gotten pretty good online reviews from folks who love having a hot towel when they get out of the shower. That's nice you say, but what the heck does it have to do with my party... Well if you drag this little baby out of the bathroom and into your living room it will allow you to offer your guests warm herbal shoulder/neck wraps without the constant trips to the microwave.
Lastly, you might want to have some hot and/or cold herbal eye packs that guests can use before their make overs to refresh and rejuvenate their tired eyes.
In the next Spa Party of the Month segment I'll provide suggestions of what to serve your guest's to eat!