The power of one... A TOP MODEL’S MAKE-UP TIP

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - BODY & SOUL -

Glam­our — it’s what we all want to ex­ude at Christ­mas­time and it’s sim­pler than you might imag­ine. For­get try­ing to over­haul your whole make-up look; mid-De­cem­ber is not the time to con­sider brows­ing beauty coun­ters (un­less you’re gift shop­ping for some­one else, that is!). In­stead, take a model’s in­sider tip: choose just fea­ture to change and re­vamp your ap­pear­ance in one easy step. Here are four sug­ges­tions to try — but re­mem­ber, un­less you want to look clown­ish, pick just one!

1. The smoky eye. Sounds dif­fi­cult? Well, don’t worry: it re­ally isn’t. The more smudged and messy the fin­ish, the bet­ter, so don’t be in­tim­i­dated if you’re a beginner; you can’t re­ally get this wrong. If it does start to go pear-shaped, mop up any mess or spilled eye shadow with a cot­ton bud dipped in make-up remover. To start, line the in­ner rim of the top and lower lid with black eye-liner pen­cil. Cover the eye­lid and un­der­neath the lower lashes with a bronze eye shadow. Then, us­ing a char­coal or black shadow, trace along the up­per lash line and sweep out to the socket of the eye to cre­ate a more elon­gated shape.

For speed, you might pre­fer to try a jumbo shadow pen­cil — these are eas­ier to han­dle and con­tain soft waxes that you can smudge us­ing your ring fin­ger. Fin­ish with lash­ings of mas­cara and go for nude lips.

2. Al­ter­na­tively, you can skip the smoky shadow and con­cen­trate on your lashes for added drama. Don’t go the Amy Childs route —the TOWIE star wears fake lash frills that are too heavy and solid­look­ing. In­stead go for a nat­u­ral set that will am­plify your own eye­lashes. A lit­tle prac­tice will serve you well, and a touch of eye liner com­pletes the ef­fect.

3. My next tip is the glam­orous red lip. It’s the ul­ti­mate Christ­mas ac­ces­sory and there’s a shade to suit ev­ery­one. For those with very pale skin, look to cool, blue-toned reds. If you are medium-toned or wear­ing tan, pick a darker red with a warmer or­ange base. And if you have dark skin, choose a vi­brant pink­ish red for a stun­ning pop of colour. Go for a long-last­ing matte fin­ish or lip stain for this look — and be sure not to overdo it with the eye make-up.

4. If red is just not your thing, you can still have a dra­matic pout — and the bare min­i­mum of make-up else­where — if you go brave with berry. Dark, vampy lips are chic and look stun­ning paired with pale skin. On top of that, they make the teeth ap­pear whiter. Com­plete this luxe look with groomed brows, nude­coloured lids and two coats of mas­cara. Gor­geous!

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