It’s March 17th tomorrow and if you’re in the UK, you know that this is the day when everyone’s getting sh*t-faced downing litres of Irish stout. Astonishingly, most people have forgotten the actual relevance of St Patrick’s Day, because, guys, it’s not just about beer and Leprechauns (stop drinking, you’re seeing things). In fact, it’s the day when the patron saint of Ireland, St Patrick, died. However, now the widely celebrated holiday has become about raising a toast to the Irish culture, and people all over the world are joining in—c’mon, who wouldn’t jump at the chance of a pint, or five, of Guinness?
So, in the lead up to St Patty’s Day, we’ve made a list of do’s and don’ts that will make help you get your drink on, while keeping your hair barf-free and saving you from a makeup meltdown.
Go Green, But Stay Comfy
Green’s the colour of the day and you really must stick with the colour code because that’s half the fun of the festivities. Work the shade of envy into comfy separates from your wardrobe: Pick pants or shorts over dresses and skirts, and most importantly, avoid jumpsuits and rompers—they make washroom experiences horrid, especially considering you have to make double the runs once the booze has gone down. Choose a top that is easy to manage; basically, NOT an off-shoulder or a tube top. You don’t want your lady bits to jumpstart the celebrations or play peek-a-boo once you’ve had a couple of stouts.
Learn From Cinderella—The Right Shoes Can Go A Long Way
Ladies, this is the Number 1 Rule for St Patrick’s Day: Do not wear heels. Period. Flats or sneakers will keep you steady on your feet and make pub-hopping all the more fun and chill. You don’t want to go home with blisters or worse, barefoot. They also make it easier to dance and have a good time.
Bobby Pins To Keep Your Hair Back (Because, Blech)
Okay, we may be making an outright assumption here by saying, “Gurl, you’re gonna be hurling your guts out.” But… it is a very real possibility. Chances are, the gobs of beer and corned beef may not get along in your belly and would want to make a quick exit. So, for those times, it’s best to have loads of bobby pins and hair ties at your disposal. Also, just keeping your hair out of your face is a great save when you’re dancing—no sweat, no knots, no drama the next day!
Be A Makeup Boss
Light makeup is the trick to staying fresh and smudge-free on this day of fun and frolic. A few thoughtful swaps can go a long way: Clear waterproof mascara instead of eyeliner, compact powder instead of liquid foundation, tinted balms instead of lipstick. Basically, less is more when it comes to makeup on St Patty’s Day.
Stock up on loads of tissues and wipes because they’ll come very handy right through the day. From restroom runs to cleaning up food and beer spills, or even dabbing the sweat off your face, the humble saviours will help you deal with all sorts of nasties.
Since we’ve had your back with this list, we figured it’d only be fair to help you with your shopping (in case you don’t have these necessities already). Here are our top 7 picks to make it a fab and fun St Patrick’s Day.
- Superdry vest top, buy here.
- Isabel Marant shorts, buy here.
- Sleek tinted lip balm, buy here.
- Guerlain compact powder, buy here.
- Superdry trainers, buy here.
- Tom Ford waterproof mascara, buy here.
- Jigsaw hair ties, buy here.