The festive season is in full swing and it’s that time of the year when the glittery outfits are out and the red lip is back (not that it ever left!). With many festivities over the month from Christmas to the New Year it’s all about the sparkly Christmas makeup that I just want to wear all day everyday (anyone else?). So here is my picks for an evening out: Christmas style.
For base, I always stick to my trusty products that I know will deliver long lasting results. I always begin with primer with my favourite being the Smashbox Photo Finish primer that helps prolong my makeup and makes my base go on smoothly. My foundation of choice of course is always Nars Sheer Glow which I can always rely on for a night out. On top of that, the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer ensures my base is super flawless. I’ve also been trying out the Mac Prep and Prime Highlighter in Light Boost which I apply under the eyes and also on my brow bone to highlight. Then I set it all using my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit (obviously!) with the Diffused Light shade. This palette also completes the look with the blush and bronzer. Lastly for the face, I love a good highlight and the The Balm Mary Lou Manizer is the perfect glow-getter!
I always like a more dramatic eye look and Christmas is no exception. Firstly, eyebrows are tamed and groomed with a newbie in my collection. Yup, I’ve got my hands on the Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade which creates much fuller and sleeker brows. In terms of eyeshadow, there is no better time than present to bring out the big ones. Yup the Mac Pigments. I recently got my hands on the set which I spoke about here and the shade Out All Night is both appropriately named and the perfect gold pigment for the festive season. On top of that, lashes of the Too Faced Better than Sex mascara for the added volume and even the addition of a little false lash or two from the Eyelure Fleur De Force Individual lashes although I do have to master this skill first! Any advice!?
To finish off, what is a Christmas makeup look without a red lip!? I am obsessed with the Fleur De Force lipglosses, non sticky with the perfect amount of pigment and the shade Lucky Star makes the perfect glossy red lip. What more could you want!?
Despite still being in my teen years I have a rather poor social life. I rarely venture out for nights out on the town instead favoring staying in to watch a load of crap weekend TV. Since it’s such a rare occasion I do step out I do like to up my makeup game and put in the effort. All my favourite and top makeup picks come out to play in being those trustworthy products that I know will stick around for a long night. There is no surprise really that it’s all high end products that made the cut as I do like to make good use of my investment pieces that I know work well for me. I did surprisingly head out last weekend although for a very special occasion as I headed to see One Direction in concert so obviously I wanted to look my best. There is a mix of newbies and old favourites that I have put together to form a killer night out look.
Starting with base, this is really were I put a lot of trust in my products to be long lasting and work for my skin. As always I start with primer and of course my holy grail Smashbox Photo Finish Primer excels in helping makeup last longer and still looks fresh throughout the night. I’ve never found as good a foundation as Nars Sheer Glow. It provides a buildable satin finish and blends beautifully into the skin. Another favourite from Nars is their Creamy Radiant Concealer which does the best job at concealing blemishes and redness. Mine is currently running low which does make me panic cause pricey repurchase may be necessary! In terms of concealing eyes, I start with my Bobbi Brown corrector to cancel out any discoloration under the eyes then use my Clarins Instant Concealer over the top.
On to the more exciting products to give my complexion a little bit of life. I am so excited to say that I finally own the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow Palette. This palette is what dreams are made of. It is so gorgeous. I firstly use the sculpt shade to warm up my complexion and give my cheekbones a little definition. Then I like to go a little crazy with highlighter by patting it on to the tops of my cheekbones for that intense glow. To perk up the cheeks you can never go wrong with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes in particular the shade Diffused Heat. With highlighting properties these blushes really light up the skin and don’t appear flat.
Onto the eyes. As usual my Benefit Gimme Brow for a little sweep through the brows to make them a little fuller. In terms of eyeshadow, I have been going a little palette crazy recently. I finally picked up the Urban Decay Smoky palette cause obviously I had to, right? With deep intense shades it works perfectly at creating more full on night out looks. The shimmer shades in particular in this palette are truly stunning and the shade Radar is one I am forever reaching for. For the full on dramatic eye look I like to finish by curling my eyelashes with the Shu Uemera eyelash curlers and many coats of the Benefit They’re Real mascara.
To finish off, I like to add something a little bold to the lips. I find going out gives me the perfect opportunity to crack out the bold dark shades. One shade I have been reaching for recently has been Mac D For Danger, a bold berry red shade in a matte finish that sticks around from dinner to drinks to home time.