How to achieve that... FLAW­LESS FES­TIVE FACE!

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

Last week we looked at sim­ple party make-up tricks that would add some drama to your reg­u­lar look — a smoky eye, false lashes and the ubiq­ui­tous red lip, all fes­tive favourites. But to­day isn’t about that kind of beauty. No, this week we re­lax a lit­tle bit and choose a more sub­tle look that’ll work equally well at a fam­ily get-to­gether or ca­sual night out with old pals. Ide­ally we’re hop­ing to achieve a fes­tive make-up look that is more in keep­ing with ‘so­phis­ti­cated gift wrap­ping’ rather than ‘colour­ful nov­elty rein­deer jumper’. What’s more, we want to ap­ply it quickly and keep it in place all day, so the ap­pli­ca­tion must be easy and the prod­ucts durable.

Start­ing with the skin, ap­ply con­cealer where needed (on dark cir­cles or red­ness) and sweep a layer of foun­da­tion pow­der on top for all-day cov­er­age. Try MAC’s Stu­dio Fix Pow­der Plus Foun­da­tion, €31.50.

For eyes, metallics are the best op­tion. Fresher than a smoky eye, metal shades in­stantly brighten the eyes and, teamed with black mas­cara, need no other lid colour un­less you want to add a del­i­cate touch of liner to de­fine the up­per lid — if so, use char­coal rather than black. Choose gold, cop­per or bronze as be­fits the sea­son — look for Maybelline’s Bold Gold or Back to the Bronze, € 7.49 each, for richly pig­mented, long-wear­ing shades.

Cheek colour is im­por­tant, tan not so much. To tan or not for Christ­mas... your de­ci­sion, but if you de­cide not to ap­ply it, wear­ing a touch of blush over your foun­da­tion adds youth­ful­ness and vi­brancy. Peach is a nat­u­ral pair­ing with a gold or bronze eye (choose pink and you had bet­ter be un­der 25!). A light dab on the cheeks is suf­fi­cient; pop this on in nat­u­ral day­light to be sure you haven’t over­done it!

For the lips, keep with the peachy theme or go stronger with a red or berry (see be­low). The metal shade on your eyes will guar­an­tee lu­mi­nos­ity and warmth; the cheek colour is sub­tle and fresh, so add a peach hue and you’ve a pretty day­time look. Go for red and look party-per­fect, or try berry for a date.

Com­plete the look with nail colour to match your cho­sen lip colour. If you’re wor­ried about overco-or­di­nat­ing lips and nails, try dif­fer­ent fin­ishes. Matte lip­stick was fin­ish of A/W 2013, so pair this with a high-gloss pol­ish. Two coats of var­nish are al­ways bet­ter than one, so ap­ply a top­coat such as Sally Hansen’s Mir­a­cle Shine, €10.95, or if you haven’t time to wait for the pol­ish to dry, the glossy In­sta-Dri, €7.95, hard­ens var­nish in a trice. Happy Christ­mas!

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