We've all been there before. You spend hours painstakingly tweaking your hair and makeup before the big Christmas party, then 10 Lords a-Leaping and Nine Ladies Dancing later, your mascara is several centimetres south of where it should be and your shining nose would give Rudolph a run for his money. This Christmas youwill have no excuse to look anything less than radiant with our party season survival guide that starts weeks before Christmas. The best makeup in the world can't help you if your skin isn't prepped beforehand. Bliss has a spa-while-you-shop station in department stores where customers can walk in for an impromptu facial or waxing during lunch hour or a mid-shopping spree. The Quickbliss beauty bars are at Faces in Harbour City and Lane Crawford in Pacific Place and Times Square, and services range from oxygen blast facials (HK$550) to anti-ageing hand treatments (HK$150). Neither wind nor rain nor winter flab shall keep you from showing off that stunning dress at the Christmas party. A week before the big night, start on the Methode Jeanne Piaubert Speed Dieting Slimming Cream (HK$990/2x60ml)(right), a way to slim down by reducing excess fat. The slimming system comes in two bottles - one for daytime application and one for night, and claims to show results in seven days. As the party season beckons, get into the holiday spirit by indulging in the Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh Spa Ritual (HK$2,000/120min) at the Four Seasons spa. The treatment begins with a body scrub that exfoliates the skin with a blend of sea salts, frankincense, myrrh and gold sparkles, followed by an aromatic soak in the tub with a glass of Kir Royale, topped off by a hot stone and scalp massage using sweet almond, mandarin, sandalwood, frankincense and myrrh essential oils. Meanwhile, the Grand Hyatt's Plateau Massage (HK$950/60min) will soothe your shopping stress with its combination of Shiatsu, Thai and Swedish massage techniques, and the aromatherapy massage balm contains notes of incense and myrrh for a festive touch. What better way to prep for an all-night party than at a 'sparty' with your girlfriends? A typical Four Seasons Sparty (HK$1,800/person) consists of an hour of yoga, an hour at the Vitality Lounge and an hour of spa treatment. A meal at The Lounge is included, and a chauffeured limo will drop you and your friends off after the afternoon of female primping. More than that Skin Urban Spa also offers spa parties that range from a 60-minute massage to a seven-hour spa session (HK$2,400/person) of fun that includes a facial, brow or lash treatment, eye contour mask, aqua treatment, body treatment, massage, nail treatment and wax. As the clock strikes 12, look your best as you club-hop from party to party in makeup that will last longer than your alcohol tolerance. 1 Estee Lauder's Double Wear Stay-in-Place Dual Effect Powder Foundation (HK$280) and 2 Zero Smudge Mascara (HK$200) will keep your face in place, while the 3 Dior Night Diamond Allover Diamond Dust (HK$450) will keep the sparkle going until the wee hours of the morning. 4 Bobbi Brown's Holiday Lip and Eye Palette (HK$580) is a purse-friendly makeup solution with gold, silver and glittery reds and browns in one small compact - perfect for touch-ups throughout the night. Reds have always been popular during the Christmas season, and the M.A.C red collection is first class. We love 5 M.A.C's eye shadow Threesome (HK$150), featuring a burned red and frosty pink combo with a copper pearl stripe. Eyes take a back seat to bold lips this Christmas. Paint the town red with luscious lips coloured with gloss from the 6 M.A.C Coral Lips compact (HK$350), containing three sheer hues for mixing and matching. A little extra attention never hurt anyone - steal the spotlight at every party with 7 Clinique High Impact Lip Colour SPF 15 in Red-y To Wear (HK$140). The creamy lipstick stays in place for up to eight hours while also moisturising and protecting your lips from environmental stress. When the madness is finally over, reverse the damage done to your tired, dehydrated skin with Aesop Deluxe Facial Treatment (HK$900). The 90-minute facial begins with makeup removal and skin cleansing, followed by exfoliating, toning, hydrating and deep cleansing, while a 20-minute massage and antioxidant protection treatment wrap up the package. If you're lacking inner peace after all the late-night partying, restore your mental well-being with the Diamond Magnetic Jewel treatment (HK$1,700) at the Four Seasons Hotel Macao, which includes gemstone application to the seven chakra points to clear your qi, and a crushed diamond body polish and body massage to re-establish your inner tranquillity. Too tired to make it to the spa? Lift your spirits with the Lush Christmas Party box (HK$529) that contains a range of party-inspired products designed to soothe, rejuvenate and get you back on your feet. Once you're mentally back on track, Biologique Recherche comes to your skin's rescue with its 8 Timeless Beauty O2 Rejuvenation Pack (HK$2,200), containing a facial lotion, eye contour cream, anti-ageing serum, detoxifying mask and brightening cream. Meanwhile, MTM will help with those bags under your eyes with its 9 Custom-blended Lifting Eye Essence (HK$1,500), ensuring that even after the biggest party season of the year, you still look every bit your fabulous self.