Festive party make-up
easy-to-master trends to try this festive season!
the Five minutes is all you need to create line and perfect statement lip – just prep, slick of colour. Team with fresh skin and a mascara for understated glamour. look that ✽ If you’re heading out, you want a smooth over will last, so prime your lips first to for colour. fine lines and create a neutral base makes the B. Lip Primer, £7.99, Superdrug, perfect blank canvas. your shade ✽ Lip liner is tricky to master – pick an ageing carefully (anything too dark will have Wunder2 effect) and apply with a gentle hand. £9.95, Wunderkiss Gloss Lip Liner in Cherry, used with gloss, wunder2.co.uk, is designed to be shine. giving a softer colour with lip-boosting bullet, ✽ Easy to apply thanks to the tapered in Shiseido Modernmatte Powder Lipstick a strong, Exotic Red, £25, John Lewis, delivers Blot and rich colour with a retro matte finish. re-apply twice for extra staying power.
Swap nudes for darker hues – navy and deep reds are neutral enough to go with any outfit. Or for a little extra festive cheer, pick a metallic in classic gold, bronze or silver. ✽ just don’t forget to finish with a high-shine top coat (we love Seche Vite Gel Effect Top Coat, £9.95, John Lewis) for extra staying power.
For a glowy look that’s more shine and less shimmer, lay the foundations with a hydrating base and use a silky, liquid highlighter to catch the light. ✽ Max Factor Radiant Lift Foundation, £14.99, Boots, gives a dewy finish that lasts all day. With hyaluronic acid, skin is noticeably plumper. A foundation that makes you look younger as the night goes on? Count us in. ✽ Full of pigment, MUA Luxe Light Lustre Liquid Highlight in Marvel, £5, Superdrug, packs a real punch. Perfect for adding extra glamour to your party look, a little goes a long way. Apply over foundation on your nose, cheeks and brow bones for a look-at-me glow. ✽ Spritzed on to your finished look, Nip + Fab Illuminating Fixing Mist, £9.95, Superdrug, stops your make-up from budging, while pearlescent particles perk up your complexion.
Leave brow mascara and holographic lip paints to the kids and put the focus on your eyes. The key is wearable shades – think shimmery versions of your trusted favourites. Primary colours are best avoided. ✽ Just one swipe of Iconic London Chrome Flash Eye Pot in Mystic, £18.50, iconiclondoninc.com, will leave your entire lid with a foil finish. ✽ For Rimmel Wonder Swipe Eyeliner in Lock ’n’ Loaded, £6.99, Boots, use as a liner or blend when wet for a sparkly shadow. ✽ Mix the mattes and shimmers in Zoeva Premiere Eyeshadow Palette, £18, cultbeauty.com, for a stand-out finish.
A smoky eye is a beauty fail-safe. Pick soft browns over ageing greys and blacks, and finish with bold, could-be-false lashes. ✽ Prep your lids with a light shadow before dusting a medium hue along the eye socket creases to add definition. Finish with a darker shade across the lower and upper lashlines. Elf Mad For Matte Eyeshadow Palette in Nude Mood, £10, Boots, has everything you need. ✽ Thanks to the narrow nib, Kiko Dark Treasure Waterproof Eye Marker, £8.90, makes it easy to draw a clean line. If you struggle with a steady hand, draw the line in kohl first and trace over with the marker. ✽ Pixi by Petra Lashlift 188 Mascara, £16, M&S, contains a wide brush to load your top lashes and a smaller wand to carefully coat the lower ones.
Mavala Nail Colour in Versailles, £5.20, John Lewis Nailberry L’oxygéné Nail Lacquer in Number 69, £14.50, nailberry.co.uk Jessica Custom Nail Colour in Mauve-lous Nights, £11, feelunique.com