Hair & Beauty

Your Cheat Sheet For Looking Good This Party Season

By Sophia McMeekin
10th Dec 2014

This time of year is stressful for a whole host of reasons (the last-minute shopping rush, the turkey terrors, the imminent arrival of your in-laws), but, for us, the bulk of the worry comes from having to look your very best, basically every night of the week.

To help you out in this time of parties, casual catch-ups, and never-ending drop-ins, we’ve put together our ultimate guide to looking non-stop gorg’ this Christmas party season.


If there was ever a time of year to stop and make time for your face, this is it. If anyone gives you a hard time, tell them it was a Christmas present to yourself. 

Get Smooth 

A well-timed wax is a beauty essential at this time of year, and our pick for a pampering wax session is Eyelure Brow Parlour. You already trust them with your brows, so it makes sense that the follicle tamers at Eyelure do a mighty fine job of de-fuzzing the rest of you. Also home to some of the best eyelash (and eyebrow!) extensions in Brisbane, Eyelure are open right up until Christmas Eve for you last-minute beauty essentials.

Have a Facial

Fancy an inner-glow this festive season? You might want to try the Healite facial at the Brow and Skin Studio. This painless light therapy is incredibly anti-ageing, and can lessen wrinkles and lines and rejuvenate your skin like nobody’s business. If you’re already an Omnilux devotee, or have been meaning to get onto the light-therapy bandwagon for a while now, Brow and Skin Studio should be your first call—the talented team here are Omnilux experts and are front of the game when it comes to rejuvenating your skin.


One sure-fire way to get yourself looking good this festive season is putting a few hours in at the salon. Whether it’s a colour refresh to take you through to the beach holiday, a quick blow-wave to go, or an up-do for formal events, there’s a Brisbane hairdresser to sort you, and your mane, out.

Prep’ Now, Look Good Later

We think it’s so important to lay the foundations of great hair before the day of a big event. A bangin' colour and cut will see you through many an unexpected drinks or unwanted drop in. The Ruby Room in Nundah is one of those awesomely cute, relaxed suburban hairdressers that offer a city-level service, and they really know how to give the gift of good hair. Book in for a consult today, and you’ll be looking good until New Years rolls around.

Get Your Hair Did 

Master of the cool hair do, Xin and his team at XIN Twenty One are our go-to when we want a fashion forward party look. Forget the tight ringlets and mother-of-the-bride style up-dos—XIN Twenty One is all about creating cool, wearable styles straight from the runway for your next event. Because they’re so cool, they’re also offering Urban Listers a special offer: just mention The Urban List when booking for the first time at XIN, and you’ll receive $50 off your cut and colour, and $20 off other hair services (i.e. styling). 

Only Time For A Quickie

If you don’t have time to spend sitting in the chair for hours Toni & Guy in the CBD is our pick for a quickie hair sesh’. Masters of that essential party accessory, the elegant blow wave, and centrally placed on Edward Street in the CBD, they’ll have you in and out and looking fly before you can say ‘pass the eggnog’.


The festive season is a wonderful time of year, because it means no one can judge you for buying gold sparkly eye shadow.

Gather Your Beauty Arsenal

To put yourself in good stead for all those parties, get yourself into a bountiful beauty store like our faves Mecca Cosmetica, MAC Pro, or Issada and stock up on those revelry essentials, waterproof mascara, blotting paper, and powder.

Give Good Face

If you’d rather not risk a DIY makeup job for a big event, Vogue Nationale, Blow Salon, and Mecca Cosmetica will do your face for you. This is what we call strategic outsourcing.

Want more of the best beauty in Brisbane? Here’s our guide to Brisbane’s best spray tans!

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