When it comes to get­ting glam, these beauty looks are tried and true, but it doesn’t mean they’ve lost any of their im­pact,

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - CONTENTS - says Me­gan Bedford.

clas­sic beauty looks for the fes­tive sea­son

If you en­joy it, putting in a bit of ex­tra ef­fort with your make-up for a spe­cial event can make you feel like a mil­lion bucks. The trou­ble is, some­times it feels as if buy­ing the prod­ucts to cre­ate that spe­cial look costs about the same! That’s why this sea­son we’ve cho­sen to high­light three clas­sic looks that won’t date quickly. It means if you buy one new item – say, a lip­stick or an eye­liner – you’ll be able to use it for any fu­ture spe­cial events, as well as it be­ing ver­sa­tile enough for more ca­sual oc­ca­sions. Each item can be eas­ily sourced at a range of price points too.

Smoke sig­nals

A truly time­less look, a sul­try, smoul­der­ing, smoky eye is the LBD of your make-up reper­toire. The prob­lem is it can seem like one of the hard­est looks to per­fect! There are a few ways to make things eas­ier. The first is to book in at a beauty counter to get your make-up done for a spe­cial event; ask lots of ques­tions about their tech­nique and prod­ucts, and then try to copy it next time.

Se­condly, start sim­ple. Use a shim­mer­ing shadow in a neu­tral shade all over the eye­lid, then run a dark shadow or eye pen­cil along close to the lash line and use a cot­ton bud to gen­tly smudge un­til it’s softly blended.

If you’re con­fi­dent with eye­shadow brushes, an­other tip is to buy an eye­shadow pal­ette. The pre-se­lected shades make match­ing easy. Use the lighter shades across the lid. Blend the deep­est shade into the crease of the eye, start­ing from the outer cor­ner, us­ing a fluffy eye brush in a wind­screen wiper mo­tion. Start with very lit­tle prod­uct on your brush, then build colour slowly.

A hy­drat­ing foun­da­tion that won’t set­tle in lines is a great op­tion for skin. Don’t be tempted to over-pow­der – fresh, real-look­ing skin is more youth­ful than a thick dry mask of colour.

Defin­ing your eye­brows by run­ning a soft brow pen­cil through them can help cre­ate a more put-to­gether look.

Lastly, choos­ing a berry or brick shade of red lip­stick can be slightly more un­der­stated than a fire-en­gine hue when wear­ing a strong eye look.

TIP: You don’t have to con­tour your eye with mul­ti­ple colours. For a sim­ple smoky eye, use a sin­gle colour lightly over lids, then go back and in­ten­sify it in the outer cor­ners. Then use an eye brush to blend, blend, blend. →

1. Lancôme Teint Mir­a­cle Hy­drat­ing Foun­da­tion, $73. 2. L’Oréal Paris Par­adise Mas­cara, $27. 3. Nude by Na­ture Mois­ture Shine Lip­stick in Gar­net, $29. 4. De­signer Brands Ab­so­lute Brow Pen­cil, $13. 5. Givenchy L’In­ter­dit EDP, 50ml, $163. 6. Bobbi Brown Camo Luxe Eye and Cheek Pal­ette, $155.

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