Girls Aloud top tips to preparing for a night out!
Monday 19 November 2012
They’ve certainly got a lot to celebrate – a new single in the charts, a greatest hits album and a UK tour on the horizon, but the Girls Aloud ladies decided to paint the town red last week to celebrate Sarah Harding and Kimberly Walsh’s 31st birthdays in a rare girls night out.
Letting their hair down, the girls partied in style at a hotel bar in London with Cheryl tweeting Sarah beforehand: ‘Let’s Paaarrrttttyyyyy beeaaatttcchhhh! Happy Birthday Hardcore.. Love you’
And in honour of their big girls night out, we’ve taken a look at their guide to getting ready - because as everyone knows, the best part of any night out is in the preparation!
‘Anyone who says that they love red carpets is lying. Getting dressed up is the best part!’ says Geordie lass Cheryl Cole.
And for Cheryl, the most part of her party look is in the eyes.
‘If you only have time to do one thing, make it mascara, as it makes your eyes look more awake' says the former X Factor judge.
‘I use a liquid liner across the top of my lashes. Starting in the corner of the eye and following it across, then I always use black kohl for the inside of the eye and just smudge it in. It takes a while to actually get there, but I think it’s quite easy to do. And remember, everyone’s eyes are different, so you just have to go with it.’
And when it comes to styling her hair – the bigger the better!
‘Even at 14, I’d backcomb my hair’ she said.
‘I love a bit volume. I can’t help it, even when I think I’ll try a sleek style I’ll end up teasing my hair.’
And she’s also got a few tricks up her sleeve when it comes to beauty faux pas'!
‘I'm into berry-coloured lips at the moment - in autumn shades like cherry and chocolate. But because I've got loads of hair, it gets stuck in the lipgloss when it's windy and dragged across my face. A good trick after you've put it on is to stick your finger in your mouth and pull it out so the bit that would rub off on your teeth comes off on your finger.
Nadine likes nothing more than a warm glow when she prepares for a night out.
‘I feel much better when I have a little colour to my skin’ she says.
‘I like to brush on a bit of bronzing powder, to add a healthy, natural-looking glow to my cheeks.’
But she also admits that she’s not much of a vanity Queen: ‘I don’t really do much pampering stuff,’ she says.
‘I’ve obviously been part of shows and shoots in the past where you look in the mirror and barely recognise yourself under all the hair extensions and fake eyelashes, but I personallyprefer to keep my make-up to a minimum and my hair natural.’
Sarah’s top tip is to use an eyelash curler.
‘I like to dress up my eyes and love trying different looks. Your eyes are a great blank canvas to change your look’ she says.
‘I couldn’t live without my eyelash curlers. Because when eyelashes are curled it really opens up your eyes. The eyes are important in my look.’
But she also makes sure her skin looking is looking its best by getting enough sleep and keeping hydrated.
‘I like my sleep – a good eight hours. Lots of water is also really important. I fill a jug up and put in half a lemon and half a lime – that way I get my full 1.5 litres a day.’
Kimberly likes to keep her look natural.
‘Even though Justin [Kimberly’s boyfriend] prefers me au naturel, I always feel more confident when I have a little bit of makeup on. I like to keep it simple with mascara and a touch of lipgloss, it’s not always necessary to pile it on’ she says.
But hair is also an important thing for the Strictly star:
‘Schwarzkopf Supersoft Yoghurt & Coconut Smoothie conditioner keeps my hair looking healthy and nourished.’
For pale pin up Nicola, making sure your skin is looking fab is key.
‘If I’m going out I slather…body balm on my legs and shoulders. It gives them a gorgeous, glamorous glow’ she says.
And although Nicola often gets her make up done professionally, she says there is something nice about doing it yourself.
‘It's nice to just sit at your dressing table, do your own hair and make up and enjoy girly time. In fact, I think it can be quite therapeutic!’
And when it comes to fashion, Nicola is all about trying out new things: ‘I think you can pull any look off as long as you're confident in it. It might turn out that certain looks don't suit you as much as safer, everyday looks, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try them. Beauty and fashion is there to have fun with and shouldn't be so serious; that stuff can drive you mad.’