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When heading to a fancy event or gala, don't forget to stop for a facial, professional makeup application and professional styling session. We promise it's worth it! (Image: Joshua Lewis / Seattle Refined)

3 steps to gala flawlessness

You've gotten the ticket, the hair appointment and the dress. You're all set for the Gala and the inevitable amazing night out on the town. However, there are three stops many event attendees forget. I tried them all out (check out the gallery!) to make sure that these additional 'to-dos' were actually worthwhile - and they are!

Flawless skin is always a hit, and never is that more important than before a party when you want your skin to be fresh. Not only will it make for a smoother makeup application, but will make what's under all that foundation (your wonderful clean skin!) glow.

Skoah's new Bellevue location educates clients so that their great skin is not a one night event.

"Whether you're younger and struggle with breakouts or older and desire pampering, we always do what your skin needs," Skoah esthetician Christine said. "Facials, regardless of the location, are key to your start to finish look."

Professional Makeup Application
Hair appointments usually take precedence, however getting your face professionally done up as well is worth the $50-$150.

Faux lashes and contouring applications to bring out your features (and not worrying about reapplying for the evening) - those things alone will make you dance the night away.

High-end salons, such as Rosaline Hampton Salon on the Eastside, use makeup lines designed to last the entire event. Her salon carries Senna Cosmetics, an LA based makeup company created for TV and professional photo shoots. Hampton herself uses it daily.

"What I love about Senna is that it looks great on camera," said Hampton. "But also in person closeup."

Professional Styling
Obviously you bought a gown, shoes and jewelry. Yes, you will be gorgeous. But one way to take it up another notch is getting professionally styled by an expert in the latest trends, who is paid to know what would look best on you.

One of Seattle's longest standing styling locations is Karran Dannenberg Clothier on 1st Ave. Although the boutique has been featured as the longest retailer in Seattle, Dannenberg keeps everything current.

"If a customer comes in, we do the whole sha-bang," said Dannenberg. "Everything from outfit to accessories!"

Don't have a fancy event to go to? Here are a couple coming up for which you can test out our three stop:

Olive Crest's Wine, Women and Shoes Event . They will even have male models presenting trends on silver platters - all for a cause! Olive Crest is a non-profit that transforms lives of abused children by giving them stable living conditions, counseling and education. Less than 100 tickets are left, so be sure to grab one and book your new need-to-have appointments before the event on October 16th.

Fall Fashion Showcase at The Bravern Shops. The evening will feature two fashion shows produced by Neiman Marcus, exclusive in-store experiences and specials, a DJ and live band, sketch artists, live mannequins, a photo booth, bites, beverages and more.

Seattle Symphony Opening Night Concert & Gala. The theme of the night is An Evening in Paris, after the Parisian-inspired program. Conductor Ludovic Morlot and the Symphony will be playing alongside violinist Gil Shaham, and afterwards the black-tie cocktail reception and dinner at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel will continue with the theme.

Many events and galas are sponsored by salons, stylists & apparel shops. A feel good way to finish off your check list is booking with places that give back to something you believe in.