Christmas beauty: 6 easy ways to look party-ready in no time (even if you are staying at home)
Office parties are cancelled, dinner dates are down and that little get-together is getting smaller by the minute. All the more reason, says beauty writer Jo GB, to let your makeup shine.
Love a smoky eye? Avoid makeup looking too heavy on crinklier or hooded eyes by swapping a harsh eyeliner for a softer looking powder eyeshadow and use a fluffy brush to shape and contour. Focus most of the colour on the corners of the outer lids and keep the inner corners clean and naked. Play with the two crease-proof powders in Inika Organic Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow in Choc Coffee Duo, £22 using the Fluffy Shadow Brush from Ariane Poole’s Vegan 7pc Brush Set, £33.
Next, take a fine eyeliner pencil, such as the fantastic Hourglass Mechanical Eyeliner Pencil, £47 for 3, or Jillian Dempsey Khol Eyeliner in Jet Black, £18.50, and work in the secret style of tight-lining. Make sure you pencil is soft enough, then from where your lashes start, gently pull your lid up to expose the upper waterline and trace a dark pencil line along inside. Tight-lining doesn’t show but it miraculously makes lashes look thicker, and eyes more defined. You’ll love the effect so much, you’ll get used to doing it in no time!
YES GIRL, YOU CAN SHIMMER.
Don’t believe any of the nonsense, glittery eyeshadow isn’t ruled out for grown-ups, it’s just better to shimmer rather than sparkle. Take a fingerprint of a subtle glimmer shadow and print it on your eyelids. Silvery gold, champagne, pinky nude or bronze powder work best; it’s a nod to party without going overboard. And applying the powder with a damp finger tends to help the glimmer stay in place longer. My favourite eyeshadow, all year round, is the E.L.F. Cosmetics Rose Gold Eyeshadow Palette in Nude Rose Gold, £10, with ten shimmering options. For speed on the night, try Kat Von D Beauty Dazzle Vegan Eyeshadow Stick in Storm, £19, as the shimmery particles won’t drop on your cheeks.
RAISE THOSE BROWS
If you do one thing before we go into another lockdown, get your eyebrows shaped. Enhancing your brows instantly makes you look groomed, wide awake and ready to party. Draw tiny featherlike strokes along the brow using Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil, £33. Brush hairs into place and keep a magnifying mirror on hand to help fine tune any tweezing.
LOVE A RED LIP
The best thing about wearing a strong, bold lip colour is that it barely needs any other makeup to go with it. The trick is just a little definition for drama. Easy. The latest velvety lip textures are rich in pigment, so they tend to stay in place all night without drying, no matter how much cheese and wine you get through. The best lips to wear right now, include: The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick in Athens Anemone, £8; Lisa Eldridge Luxuriously Lucent Lip Colours in Atomic Cherry, £26, and Inika Certified Organic Vegan Lipstick in Auburn Ambition, £19.50, with avocado, jojoba and argan oils. Wear it well by coating your lips first with a pencil as a base ( see Lisa Eldridge’s video on how to create a Power Pout ).
QUICK PICK ME UP
From daylight to candlelight, my favourite go-to party pick-me-up is a face mask. Transforming the skin in under 10-minutes to give a pre-party energy boost, plump out fine lines and hide any tiredness and dehydration. Favourites include Marie Reynolds Restore, £68, a probiotic scrub-like mask that mixes fresh into a paste, or The Body Shop Pumpkin Instant Radiance In-Shower Mask, £18.
Since the goal is healthy-looking skin, you want a base that’s effortless and just covers the areas that need covering, leaving the rest bare. This is the key to more youthful, less caked makeup. I absolutely love Monika Blunder Beauty Blunder Cover, £45, which comes in 14 blend-able shades and bridges the gap between a concealer and foundation. It covers flaws to help fix skin in seconds and can be easily applied with fingertips or a brush.
Then, highlight the tops of cheeks, forehead, eyelids, or collarbone to give skin that ethereal glow. Cruelty-free favourites include the beautiful Hourglass Ambient Lighting Infinity Powder, £49, or RMS Living Luminizer, £36, an all-over creamy highlighter. Pat on eyelids and cheekbones as an all-over shimmer. Finish with a pop of creamy bronze on the cheekbones using Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand, £29 to help warm up the complexion and give skin more of a bloom.
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