THE GIFT OF BEAUTY

This time of year is for sharing, and we love to share.

So, we've asked members of our La Perla Beauty sorority to divulge all their tips and tricks for mastering the party season. From festive drink ideas to gift-wrapping guidance, our community is ready to share its best festive hacks so you can feel fully prepared for party season.

TINA WILSON, FOUNDER & CEO OF WINGMAN

Tina is the founder and CEO of Wingman, a dating app which allows your friends to pick your dates. We spoke to Tina about her love for over-the-top wrapping, wearing matching outfits with her puppy George – and who she hopes to meet under the mistletoe.

If you could choose a favourite festive drink, what would it be?

Champagne. For me, the drier and colder, the better. I’ve even been known to put an ice cube in my glass to keep it super cold. Not very chic, I know, but it’s the only way I drink it. I'd also say it's important not to indulge at the first holiday party you attend, as tempting as it is – it's a long season! I know we're all ready for it after being in lockdown for so long, but it's always a good idea to take it slow.

Do you have any gift-wrapping tips to share?

More is more... I am all for over-the-top wrapping. I love matching my gifts to my decorations, so they look beautiful underneath the tree. If you’re struggling with ideas, Instagram is amazing for finding new and fabulous ideas.

If I could meet anyone under the mistletoe it would be David Attenborough! It would be a kiss on the cheek, of course, but what a legend he is – I love him.

Is there something special on your wish list this year?

I love anything that’s cashmere and rose-scented. Other than that, I recently got George, the cutest little Brussels Griffon puppy. I am always buying him clothes, so he now has a wardrobe full of jackets and jumpers. It brings a smile to my face every day seeing him walking around in his cute little outfits, so I must say that I’m hoping for some matching cashmere outfits for myself. Oh, and I’m always letting people know what’s on my Hermès wish list!

If you could meet anyone under the mistletoe, who would it be?

David Attenborough! It would be a kiss on the cheek, of course, but what a legend he is – I love him.

Do you have any seasonal skincare tips?

No matter what you eat or drink, keep flushing it out with lots of water. Hot water with lemon is great, too. And make sure you always take off your makeup at night so that you keep your pores clean. Another little tip is to take Vitamin C tablets – they keep your skin looking fresh!


MAUDE HIRST, ACTRESS & YOGA AND MEDITATION TEACHER

Maude is an actress based in London. She's also a yoga and meditation teacher, so we've asked for her best wellness tips for Christmas travelling, as well as what's on her wishlist this year!

What are your favourite beauty tips for the holiday season?

If you're travelling, I think that a good moisturiser is essential. It will help you to avoid your skin drying out on the plane and will also help you to prolong that sun-kissed look.

Any other tips for travelling during the festive season?

I like to pass the time on the plane by downloading a guided meditation on my phone. Not only does it help the flight go quicker, but it also helps you to arrive at your destination feeling calm and zen.

What's on your wish list this year?

I would love either a personalised journal or a crystal. The wonderful thing about crystals is that each one has a different meaning so you can buy someone a really personal gift.

If you're travelling during the holiday season, I think that a good moisturiser is essential. It will help you to avoid your skin drying out on the plane and will also help you to prolong that sun-kissed look.


Do you have a go-to festive dish that you love?

I absolutely love cooking and hosting dinners! One of my favourites is a rice dish called Chicken and Chorizo Basque. It’s so easy to make and perfect for sharing.


SUMAN JALAF, BROW ARTIST, BROWS BY SUMAN

Suman is a London-based brow magician to the stars, with a number of A-list clients. We caught up about how she’s sending her Christmas list out into the universe this year, and the three things she counts on for looking fresh during the festive season.

What's your idea of a festive drink?

For me, it has to be a Manhattan. The little red maraschino cherries really make it deliciously festive!

What are your Christmas gift-wrapping hacks?

I actually don’t gift wrap things myself! I choose to leave it to the experts instead and buy from brands that offer chic gift-wrapping options in-store. If I was going to wrap something, however, I would opt for something kind to the environment like brown paper finished with stunning grosgrain ribbons that can be reused.

My signature look for the festive season is dewy skin and a statement red lip – and always beautifully groomed brows to frame the face.


What’s on your wish list this Christmas?

I’m looking to the universe for my gifts this year! I am hoping for success, good health, and happiness.

Do you have any makeup tips for looking fresh throughout the festive season?

My signature look is dewy skin and a statement red lip – and always beautifully groomed brows to frame the face.


DORA BAHRICHE, PERFUMER

Dora is the incredible perfumer who created our Invisible Touch Eau De Parfum. She likes to say that perfume is her ally, opening up a field of infinite emotional possibilities. We talked to Dora about her love for great lipstick, bubbly, and who she’s hoping to meet under the mistletoe this year.

What’s your favourite drink for the festive season?

Anything bubbly! I love good champagne and my favourite cocktail would be a Bellini.

Do you have any gift-wrapping tips to share?

I absolutely love gift wrapping. For me, it’s all part of the experience and the excitement. I wouldn’t say that it’s where my talents lie, but whenever I buy something from a store I always ask for it to be beautifully wrapped.

What’s on your Christmas list this year?

I’m a huge fan of lipsticks so I’d love a new one. I’m also hoping for a new bike and a lithograph from Victor Vasarely.

Who would you love to meet under the mistletoe?

All of my loved ones! I would also love to meet the chef Thierry Marx as I admire his cuisine and philosophy, and Luca Guadagnino so we could talk about cinema. That sounds like a perfect Christmas!

I absolutely love gift wrapping. For me, it’s all part of the experience and the excitement. I wouldn’t say that it’s where my talents lie, but whenever I buy something from a store I always ask for it to be beautifully wrapped.

Are there any beauty tips you have for the festive season?

Try not to stress or run around too much in the days before the Christmas party, and try to always drink 2.5 litres of water a day (that one’s for the whole year round!). Put on a nice lipstick, the perfect mascara and a skin-like, sensual perfume. Perfect for a kiss with your beloved!


MALIKA EL MASLOUHI, MODEL

Malika is a model based in Paris and the muse and star of our La Perla Signature campaign. She tells us all about her love for kitsch wrapping paper, winter makeup, and her favourite Christmas memory.

Is there a scent that feels festive to you? 

For me, winter is ginger and cinnamon. When I was little, my mum and I would spend entire days in the kitchen baking cinnamon cookies to hang on the Christmas tree!

Do you have any gift-wrapping tips to share?

I love to use the most kitsch wrapping paper that I can possibly find. I also love curling the ribbon!

What’s on your wish list this year?

I actually just moved to a new place, so I really want to finish organising it! I can’t wait to be able to enjoy my new space with my friends and loved ones.


I love to use the most kitsch wrapping paper that I can possibly find. I also love curling the ribbon!


Who would you love to be waiting for you under the mistletoe?

My lover.

What are your top beauty tips to keep your skin looking fresh throughout the party season?

Drinking lots of water is always important. Make sure you moisturise more than ever to protect your skin against the cold weather. And when it comes to makeup, I love to go a bit darker with my lips and eyes – I feel like it suits the clothing and the surroundings.

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