Fac­ing the fi­nal fes­tive tweaks

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

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

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