There is no better feeling than getting glammed up and heading out for a night out with the girls! It’s something I love to do and get excited about. When it comes to clothes, make-up, fake tan and hairspray…nothing makes me happier! I am a fanatic when it comes to make-up and I absolutely love trying different styles and colours and creating a look to match my outfit.
I always use one brand of make-up, from moisturiser to blusher, as I always feel it works better than mixing different types of products. When going out, most girls I know worry most about their make-up lasting through the night and coming from someone who has psoriasis on their face, I completely understand this. There have been many nights where I have had a lovely full face of make-up and by the end of the night I have red blotches from cheek to cheek.
I always make sure I use a long lasting moisturiser with a drop of oil on my face before applying any make-up to keep my skin hydrated all night and prevent it blotching.
When I’m buying make-up, I always ask an assistant at the counter to try the product on my skin and sometimes if I’m worried I ask for a sample so I can trial it over a couple of weeks to see if I have any reactions. My tip for make-up is to always try before buying as it’s easy to buy products but they could make your psoriasis worse or you could have a bad reaction. The sales assistants may also be able to give you some application tips. My favourite look is a dark smokey eye with a nude lip!
What to wear?Clothes can be very frustrating in my experience as I struggle to find what I am looking for when I need it, so I try to pick things up whenever I see them! As I have mentioned before, I always have to have my arms covered and this is something that is just a hang up for me, I just feel so uncomfortable having my arms on show. I have found that nowadays there is so much more choice when it comes to long sleeved dresses and blouses compared to a few years ago which is great.
The type of night out I am having generally dictates my outfit choice, however, one of the key things I always consider is making sure it will keep me cool as I hate being too hot. For a night out at a club or bar, I tend to wear a blouse paired with wet-look trousers. They are great as you can buy them as jeans, leggings or trousers! This is particularly helpful if you have psoriasis on your legs as you can opt for the more comfortable leggings, where as if your psoriasis is clear you can get away with a pair of jeans!
I tend to save my dresses for parties, weddings and christenings. I love wearing a pretty dress and gradually, as I have begun to accept my psoriasis, I’ve moved from black tights to clear.
If I am wearing tights I tend to choose a pair which are cooling as I don’t really want itching to be distracting me whilst I entertain with my best dance moves! Sometimes, if I’m feeling really positive, then I’ll even go tight-free!
When it comes to clothes in general, my favourite ever pattern is leopard print, so most outfits I own have to match my leopard print shoes and bag!
It’s all about the preparationWhen it comes to getting ready to go out, I personally find the best thing to do is be prepared well in advance. The last thing you want to do on the day you’re going out is to shave your legs and be covered in cuts, or use a fake tan which leaves you feeling orange and blotchy. If I am going nightclubbing then sometimes I will gradually apply my fake tan over a few days before the big night. Exfoliation is also key to making sure my skin is not flaky before I use fake tan, otherwise it can be a disaster, however I do find fake tan can sometimes also be a good cover up.
If my psoriasis is bad on my hands, for some reason I always feel much better if I paint my nails a dark colour. I think this is because it draws the attention away from my psoriasis rather than a red or pink which matches the patches on my hand. Silly I know, but it works for me!
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UK/IE 2013b/00060k. Date of Prep: February 2016