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I love the ritual of getting dressed up and applying make-up for parties, and when I lived in London, I went out all the time. Make-up makes me feel better and more confident, and I think most women feel the same. These days, going out is a rare treat, but when I do, I like to make an effort, as that’s part of the fun!
I’m a great believer in the idea that ‘anything goes’ when it comes to make-up, as long as you follow a few simple rules. If you fancy wearing glittery eyeshadow, go for it, but just be aware that it’s not what you wear, it’s the way that you wear it!
If you’re in your teens and 20s, you can literally pile it on – and get away with it. But after that, be aware that anything that emphasises lines should be applied with caution. Follow the ‘less is more’ rule, and you can still sparkle. Just use a shimmery creamy shadow instead of full-on spangle!
I’m a real fan of make-up, and one of my favourite pastimes is to have a good rummage in my make-up artist friends’ kits, along with asking them for their top make up tips and tricks.
My friend, facialist and make-up artist, Frances Prescott, recommends cream blusher and keeping away from overly iridescent eyeshadows and harsh black eyeliner. On her advice, I use creamy textures whenever possible, keep sparkle to a minimum, and have switched to brown eyeliner as it’s softer. I also avoid matt lipstick these days, as I’ve found that as I’ve got older, my lips seem to be drier too.
With Christmas just around the corner, I’ve asked some of my favourite make-up experts to share some of their secrets.
Get ready to party with these Christmas party makeup looks!
Top make-up tips for the party season
Prep and prime!
Ask any make-up artist for their top make-up tip, and they’ll almost always say it’s skincare!
Make-up artist, Viorela Coman, has worked her make-up magic on campaigns for Burberry, Wrangler, Heidi Klein, Charlotte Tilbury, and Chanel.
Her number one make-up tip is to prep your skin first.
‘Start by cleansing with a product that suits your skin type,’ she advises. ‘ Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is a great choice for most skin types. I then use a serum to moisturise and plump your skin from the inside out. Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum is a favourite of mine.
Layer moisturiser on top of your serum for maximum hydration. Weleda Skin Food is ideal for normal to dry skin types and creates a great base for make-up.’
And just because it’s winter, don’t forget to protect your skin from UV rays which are present all year round. ‘Sun damage knows no season, so use a daily SPF to protect your skin from premature aging, either with a moisturiser with a built-in SPF, or an application of a layer of sunscreen after your moisturiser.’
One of my favourites is Organii Anti-Aging Facial Sun Cream SPF 15, which is both organic and vegan.
Pick the right foundation
One of the things that I’ve learned over the years, both from personal experience and from working on photoshoots with top make-up artists, is that finding the right foundation for your skin type, tone, and age is absolutely key. Wearing foundation that’s too matt, opaque or thick will do you no favours. It will accentuate lines rather than soften them!
A lightweight foundation is your skin’s best friend as it makes skin look dewy and fresh. One of my own favourites is Chantecaille Future Skin Oil-Free Foundation, as it’s a really lightweight oil-free gel formulation that you can build up easily if you want more coverage. I also love The Ordinary Serum Foundation for everyday use – and it’s so affordable at under $10. Amazing!
If you like your base with a bit of a glow, make-up artist, Dani Guinsberg, has this advice.
‘In in the winter months, add some extra radiance with glow-boosting primer. Charlotte Tilbury’s Unisex Healthy Glow Hydrating Tint, can be used on its own or mixed with your favourite foundation (and its cruelty-free).’
Viorela Coman loves a radiance-enhancing foundation, BB Cream or tinted moisturiser.
‘Look for a BB Cream or foundation with a ‘glow-boosting’ finish. My absolute favourites are Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Gel Cream and or Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation.’ Both give just enough coverage and create a dewy, radiant finish, flattering for all skin types, tones, and ages.
The eyes have it
A bit of cream eyeshadow paired with a flick of eyeliner is one of my favourite looks for winter evenings. Teamed with a red or berry-tinted lipstick or a sheer gloss – and you’re good to go.
If you don’t want to spend hours getting ready, keep things simple. ‘An easy but glamorous look is to apply a creamy eyeshadow to your lids – I love Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise in Verushka which has a beautiful silky pearlescent finish and creamy texture. ‘
Wear with an eyeliner and a couple of coats of mascara for maximum impact. Accentuate lashes with Ilia’s Limitless Lash Mascara, which is formulated with organic Shea butter and arginine to help boost and enhance lashes.
Get mistletoe-ready lips
To complete your festive make-up look, add a slick of berry red or plum lipstick or a lip-plumping nude-toned gloss. Lips can be prone to chapping in winter, so make sure you prep them before applying a bright or dark lipstick.
Pixi founder, make-up artist Petra Strand shares her tip for buffing lips.
‘I use a clean baby’s toothbrush to gently exfoliate my lips, especially if I’m wearing a more opaque lipstick. I saturate my lips with a plant-based oil, such as olive or almond oil and gently slough away dead skin cells to leave my lips super-smooth.’
Next, apply your lipstick.
‘One of my favourite shades for winter evenings Lipstick Queen’s Rear View Mirror Lip Lacquer in Berry Tacoma, a head-turning plum,’ says Viorela. It creates a kissable pout in no time and has a plumping and hydrating effect.
Create fuller lips or extra definition by lining lips with Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat pencil in Berry Naughty.
Blush and go!
When it comes to blusher, a hint is all you need to create a natural, rosy glow. You can also save time (and space in your clutch bag) by doubling up and using your lipstick as a blusher. ‘Use your fingertips to apply a little bit of your lipstick to the apples of your cheeks and blend well for a natural-looking flush,’ says make-up artist Viorela Coman.
Make-up artist, Frances Prescott, is a fan of Stila’s multitasking Convertible Color Dual Lip & Cheek Cream.
‘It’s a brilliant versatile two-in-one product which can be used on lips and cheeks, and gives a really natural, skin-enhancing blush.’
Finish with a dusting of powder to keep shine at bay.
‘Finish by dusting on a translucent powder onto your t-zone (nose, chin, and forehead) – and you’re ready to go!’ Try Lily Lolo Finishing Powder, a vegan-friendly shine-busting mineral powder for a natural finish.
Hope you all enjoyed these Christmas party make up looks, I loved these tips and will be using them for my holiday makeup and party makeup looks this year!
I’ll be back in the New Year with lots of new healthy tips but until then you check out my 7 Health Remedies to Stay Well this winter.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas – and a Happy New Year!
|Natalie Shirlaw is passionate about healthy living and writes posts about wellbeing. If you enjoyed this article, be sure to pin it or share it!|