It's easy to feel nervous about attending a high school reunion. People you haven't seen in what seems like forever are going to see how you've changed (both physically and professionally), so you've got to be sure that your look is on point. But you're a Byrdie reader, after all, so we can bet that you regularly keep up with your beauty routine and take care of your body. If you're still feeling jitters before the big day, know that there are several tips you can do leading up to and on the day of the reunion to look youthful and fresh. In fact, we suggest you bookmark these tips for the future (because who doesn't always want to look their best, fast?). Below, you'll find some expert-approved tips from beauty blogger Angela Lanter and celebrity makeup artist Monica Crouch to look even better than the prom queen.
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"[The way] to look your absolute best at your high school reunion—because don’t we all want to shine?—is to first exfoliate the skin the day before to create a more youthful and brighter look. My go-to is the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads ($12) and the Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash ($28)," says Crouch.
"A major concern I hear all the time—and have myself!—is dark under-eye circles. Although they are hereditary, there are some simple fixes that can really help brighten the under-eye area and make you look more alert and fresh. Look for a good moisturizer. I'm really loving the Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream ($30) recently," says Lanter. Also, if your eyes really need some extra TLC, Lanter recommends the VII Code Oxygen Eye Mask ($55).
Plain and simple, Lanter says to freshen up your hair color for the big night: "Roots are never cute."
When it comes to your makeup look, Crouch says not to go too overboard with the products: "For the day of the reunion, I would go for the clean but enhanced makeup look, and definitely try to stay away from looking too overdone. The cleaner the look, the more youthful you will appear. People will think you look the same as you did in high school!" You don't have to tell that to us twice!
While you'll most likely be popping some bubbly in honour of your alma mater at the big event, Lanter says to steer clear leading up to the reunion: "Lay off the alcohol and sodium several days prior, to prevent any excess bloating or swelling."
What are your best tips for getting ready for a big event? Please tell us below!