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