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Party makeup without the performance

— by Vicci Bentley

 

At this time of the year, there’s a pressure to whack on the shimmer and go all glitzy. Yet grown-up effortless style is chic, not shouty. We do, however want stand-out effects that make us look as though we’ve tried – but not too hard. So we challenged makeup artist and beauty expert Sara Raeburn and hair stylist Enzo Volpe to come up with ingeniously quick fixes that translate as statement makeup and hair. Day to night fabulousness made easy…

 

PARTY-READY HAIR: An easy ‘zhoosh’ and our guest model Nicola de Burlet is good to go. Aveda Texture Tonic defines hair’s texture and fixes the shape. Spray on dry hair, rake through with fingers and leave to dry. It easily brushes out, or spray with water to re-shape. Think of styles like this as up-do’s for short hair. The quiff’s the defining factor – that little focal point of difference like a sleek chignon would be on longer hair.

STAND-OUT MAKEUP: Give a basic natural makeup just a couple of dynamic tweaks and the look gets fierce. Brushing soft grey shadow into the creaseline, then winging out towards the temples is easier to perfect – and more impactful – than conventional lid lining with a rushed and wobbly hand. Try Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow or Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Charcoal. If you need more definition near the lashes, try a ‘secret’ line on the upper, inner lid with a liner like L’Oreal Paris’s waterproof liquid Superliner Tattoo Signature. And the power lip? This one’s Sisley Phyto Rouge Lipstick in Rouge Monaco.

EFFORTLESS STYLE: Nicola dials down the sparkle in an elegant silk shirt from Winser London and leather leggings by Dante from Style Lyrical. Her white ankle boots are Autograph at M&S (online only).

 

This beauty project is brought to you by the TNMA Dream Team: Feature written by: Vicci Bentley  Photographer: Annie Johnston. Make up: Sara Raeburn. Hair: Enzo Volpe. Stylist: Alyson Walsh.

 

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