Facing the final festive tweaks
The outfit is chosen, accessories are at the ready, all that’s left to complete your festive look is the beauty part. For most of us, a classic make-up and hair style is the direction we take at Christmas – it really is the best pairing with anything sparkly or sequined.
While the make-up look is straightforward – long lashes, a feline flick and red lip covers it perfectly, take time with the hair styling. Perhaps you have this season’s lob, a long bob, and can play with large curls tucked under and pinned in a flapper style, or hair long enough to tie in a high ponytail or side braid – make some effort to have an actual style.
After you’ve curled or plaited, spritz the hair lightly with strong hold hairspray for all-day glamour.
On to make-up, and the classic festive shades suit everyone and every age. After applying foundation and concealer where needed, and a final touch of powder to set, start to add shape to the make-up by defining the eye brows.
Your favourite tool might be powder or pencil, but if you have brow wax or gel use it too to keep the brows looking chic and perfectly formed for the entire day.
Across the lids, sweep a neutral cream or ivory shade of colour. If you need eye socket definition, apply a very light tan colour into the socket area. If you have time, search online images of Marilyn Monroe and see how she and others like Liz Taylor used to start this clever definition from right below the innermost point of the brow, it entirely changes the shape of the lid.
All that’s left after shadow is that feline flick. Choose your weapon, be it gel liner, pencil or liquid, and ever so carefully line the upper lids until both are even.
That done, curl your lashes and apply mascara from above and below to thoroughly coat each hair. If you need another coat make sure you apply quickly, before the first coat sets, otherwise you will have clumps to deal with.
To create a rocking red lip, get that tan shadow and place a little dot right into the Cupid’s bow area above the top lip. This gives the illusion of a better pout. For longevity and the perfect outline, use a lip liner pencil to draw in the shape of the mouth. Fill with red lipstick, the more matte the better. Reapplication isn’t necessary if you use a long-wear formula, but you might want to pop the lipstick into your bag for touch-ups throughout the day.
Happy Christmas ladies! Laura x