It's the 1970s and that means it's time to hit the dance floor. While some women were going back to nature and confidently facing the world bare-faced, this look is about going all-out glam for the mid-decade's disco chic. It's a super-glossy, super-sleek, souped-up version of a classic Twenties face complete with dark eyes and lips. And it's perfect for making you look: D, desirable; I, irresistible; S, super sexy; C, such a cutie; Oh, you know the score…
The Seventies brought us many things best left forgotten, from medallions on men to Page 3 girls, but they also instigated a beauty technique that's oh-so-popular again: contouring. Thankfully our efforts have been made a hell of a lot easier thanks to kits such as Sleek MakeUP's Face Form. Use the darker powder on your jawline and on the hollows of your cheeks (or at least where the hollows should be), and the lighter powder as a highlighter on your cheekbones, nose and cupid's bow. Then blend, blend and blend until you don't look like you've applied your make-up in the dark, badly. Even if you can't be bothered with the faff of contouring, pile on the blusher. Bright, highly coloured cheeks are an essential part of the Seventies look.
Seventies eyes were smoking and offer a brilliant excuse to go all out on colour. But you need your colour to stay put so you don't end up in a Bee Gees-style tragedy by the end of the evening. Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer will keep your shadow in place, no matter how energetic your moves are. For colour, MAC's pressed pigment is addictive stuff. It sparkles when used dry, but wet it gives a fantastically intense metallic finish worthy of Studio 54. Finish with several coats of your favourite mascara in your favourite colour on both top and bottom lashes.
Like their partying Twenties ancestors, Seventies disco queens sported a dark lip as well as the dark eyes. The difference was that they also poured on the gloss to turn up the sex appeal. Forget all those tame office-appropriate nude lip-glosses, this look requires something as sexpot as Nars' Larger Than Life lip gloss in Rouge Tribal. It's the perfect accessory for any diva, regardless of whether it's Debbie Harry or Donna Summer you're channelling.
The Seventies lady was a vamp, and she had the dark and long talons to prove it. It's hard to go too far wrong with Chanel's classic Rouge Noir polish adorning your nails. Well, you might go a little bit wrong while sporting it, but that's the whole point, isn't it?
As the twentieth century progressed, hair got bigger and bigger. The Seventies favoured long locks, whether crimped, curled and teased to perfection, or flicked out in the style of Farrah Fawcett's famous layers. So, whatever look you go for, you'll need some great hairspray. John Frieda's Luxurious Volume Thickening hairspray manages to add volume without any icky stickiness and provide hold with as much ability to survive as Gloria Gaynor.
In the era of hot pants and boob tubes, the body was well and truly on display. And, especially at this time of year, whose limbs aren't in need of a little bit of extra attention? Lea Journo's Lumiere Illuminating Moisturiser offers hope to bodies that aren't quite ready to party yet, providing them with shine as well as moisture and love. It can even be applied to hair to make you look Donna Summer-certified hot stuff.
What did the Seventies smell like? Well, alongside the tobacco and the sweat and the sex, there was probably a lingering odour of Charlie. This now-iconic scent was launched in 1973 and quickly became a global best seller. A blast of Charlie Red Perfumed Body Fragrance is probably the quickest way to Seventies beauty. It's available at almost Seventies prices too, at only £1.69 a bottle, leaving all the more money to spend on your night out.