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As much as we all love getting dolled up and heading out for a night on the town with our best girlfriends, everyone has nights where sweatpants, messy buns, and a girls’ night in sounds much more appealing. Since these nights are all about max relaxing, load your queue for your next TV binge, then get ready to pamper yourself (and your ladies) with a little DIY beauty fun. Below, we share six super-relaxing ways—from multi-masking with face masks, to trying new hair masks, to attempting pretty braid hairstyles—to enjoy your girls’ night in to the fullest extent, not to mention, gearing up for looking good on your next night out. Read on for our best GNI tips and be sure to have tons of fun!
During the busy work week grind, making time for twice-daily cleansing is a feat in itself—meaning the idea of a double cleanse might not even be on your radar. But on those nights when you and the girls stay in for a little low-key fun, you have the perfect opportunity to take part in this skin care activity.
If you don’t know what double cleansing is, we’re here to explain. Double cleansing involves first using a no-rinse cleansing option (such as towelettes or micellar water), then following up with a rinse-off cleanser. The first part of your cleansing routine will help remove dirt, makeup, and excess oils, and the second part of your cleansing routine will help remove any remaining impurities from the surface of your skin.
So, start off by using the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin (which purifies and mattifies), the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin (which hydrates and soothes), or the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types (which intensely purifies). Micellar water is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from the skin, no rinsing required. All you have to do is saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water of your choice and wipe the pad across your face. Once you’re done with the first step in your double cleansing routine, reach for a rinse-off cleanser, like the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ All Skin Types Foaming Gel Cleanser.
Multi-masking is another skin care trend that you might not have time for during the week, but—as you may have guessed—a relaxing night in provides the perfect opportunity to give it a shot. So, what is multi-masking? This trend involves applying different masks to different areas of your face at the same time, in order to address a multitude of complexion concerns. Get creative with where you apply the following face masks.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Mask: Dead skin cells can accumulate on the surface of your skin day after day, leaving it feeling rough. This face mask, enhanced with red algae extract, is formulated to help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils and exfoliate dead skin cells from the surface of your skin.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Mask: Over time, harsh environmental factors like pollution and debris can damage skin, leaving your complexion looking dull. This face mask, enhanced with charcoal, is formulated to help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and pollution and reduce the look of dull skin.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Mask: Day after day, impurities, dirt, makeup, and excess oils can build up, leaving your complexion looking overly oily. This face mask, enhanced with eucalyptus leaf extract, is formulated to help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils and reduce the look of excess shine.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Mask: Over time, harsh cleansing can be drying and sensitizing, leaving skin uncomfortable. As a result, skin needs cleansing that is effective yet gentle. This face mask, enhanced with seaweed, is formulated to help draw out buildup of impurities, dirt, and pollution, reduce the look of imperfections, and gently cleanse stressed areas.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clarify & Smooth Face Mask: Daily wear and tear—makeup and improper care—can leave skin uneven with roughness and imperfections. Often times a facial cleanser isn’t enough to solve this problem. This face mask—which is formulated with yuzu lemon—helps to draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and pollution, shed rough, dead skin cells, clarify tone, and improve skin texture. Immediately after use, skin is left with a clean glow.
Apply your mask(s) of choice to clean, dry skin, leave on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water.
Let’s be real: We tend to put our hair through a lot, from putting it up in super tight updos to styling it with heat tools. So, the next time you decide to chill in your apartment with your favorite gal pals, show your strands some much-deserved love by using a hair mask. To give your tresses a treat, try an au courant hair sheet mask, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Intense Repair Hair Sheet Mask or L’Oréal Paris EverPure Deep Moisture Hair Sheet Mask. To use either one, shampoo your hair as per usual before rinsing out with lukewarm water. Then, wrap the mask around your hair and massage to coat your hair with the product. Leave on for 5 minutes, then remove and rinse.
Ever wake up late and figure you'll throw your hair into a quick, stylish braid—only to realize you don’t know how to do anything other than a simple three-strand one? We’ve all been there. Nowadays, braids are everywhere we look—so it makes sense that you’d want to get in on the plaited trend. But certain braids do require quite a bit of skill to master. That being said, a girls’ night could be the perfect time to experiment with the season’s hottest braiding styles, so that the next time you wake up late, it will be no sweat off your back—or your style. To get you started, we’re sharing three of our favorite braids.
1. Try a Dutch braid. These inverted braids are actually a lot easier than they look. It won’t require a bunch of steps or intricate weaving. Where traditional three strand French braids are created with an underhand braiding technique, to achieve this look you’ll want to weave overhand, incorporating new sections of hair with every weave. It’s really that simple. You got this, girl!
2. Try a skeleton braid. This braid is definitely trickier than your typical braid, but it’s totally doable! All you have to do is create a braid at the crown of your head by dividing a small section of hair in the middle of your head and weaving it all the way to the ends, before securing it with a mini elastic. Once your braid is secured, fluff it up to give it a bit more volume.
Next, starting at the front of your face, pull small sections of hair back and tuck them into each loosened loop of your braid. As you entwine these new sections of hair into your braid, make sure you pull them all the way through so that they become part of the other side of hair. Once you reach the end of your braid, take out the clear elastic and weave that small section down towards the ends. Since you’re continually adding more hair into each stitch of your braid, it will get longer, so you’ll need to re-braid the ends to be able to incorporate the loose hair at the ends. Once you finish braiding, re-secure your braid with the clear elastic. OK, so this may take some practice, but once you nail this look you’ll never want to wear anything else!
3. Try a boho, layered braid. Get ready to look like your favorite mother of dragons, y’all! To get the look, grab a small section of hair on one side of your hair an inch or two down from your part. Twist this section of hair back towards the crown of your head and pin it in place on the opposite side of your crown as if you’re wrapping it around your head without going fully around to the other side. Before pinning your twist in place, hold it with one hand and use your other hand to gently fluff it up for a more whimsical feel. Next, move to the opposite side of your head and create an identical twist, only this time pinning it to the crown of the side where your first twist was created.
Repeat these back and forth twists two more times. Once you’re finished twisting, split your remaining hair into two equal sections, a top and a bottom. Then split the bottom section into two equal side-by-side sections so that you have three sections altogether. Split each bottom section into three strands and weave a traditional braid with each. Secure them each with a mini elastic before fluffing them up. Next, split the remaining top section into two sections to create a fishtail braid. Once you reach the ends of your fishtail braid, secure it with a clear elastic before gently tugging at each weave to create a more voluminous braid. Now that all of your braids are woven, it’s time to combine them into one gorgeous, boho look. All you have to do is pin the fishtail braid on top of the two side-by side traditional braids and secure them at the ends with a clear mini elastic.
If you’ve always wanted to get the bronzed faux glow that your favorite celebs rock on the red carpet, there’s no better time to DIY it than on your girls’ night in. With a variety of different self-tanner formulas available, like the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Hydrating Self-Tanning Milk Medium, L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Self-Tanning Lotion, L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Self-Tanning Gelee, L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Towelettes For Body and the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ ProPerfect Salon Airbrushed Self-Tanning Mist, you can stock up to offer your GFs multiple options. Now, before applying self-tanner, exfoliate your skin to help slough away any dead skin cell buildup on skin’s surface, as this can cause color to go on patchy. Then, follow up with an oil-free moisturizer and you’ll be good to go—or should we say glow? (Here’s How to Use Self-Tanner for a Streak-Free Finish.)
Rainbow hair colors are all the rage right now. Think you might be interested? Use your girl’s night as an opportunity to test drive a hair color that might be slightly out of your comfort zone, that way, you can get all of your BFF’s opinions in real time. Simply spray your hair with whichever shade(s) of the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray suit your fancy, and you can wash out the unconventional color with your next shampoo.
Think your plans may change from a GNI to a girl’s night out? We’ve got you covered! Here’s How to Do Your Makeup and Hair for a Girl’s Night Out.