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The Internet is flooded with ideas for Christmas party makeup looks, so we’re going to make it really simple for you. This is the ultimate makeup look for any festive fun in 2017. It will take you from an office party to a date at a Christmas market. It’s low maintenance, classic, foolproof and easy to achieve when you’re hungover as f*ck. Plus, it actually makes you look more alive and whole lot less tired.
How to achieve the ultimate Christmas Party makeup look of 2017:
Because of all the booze and late nights, skin is going to take a bit of a beating this month, so opt for a base with skincare benefits. Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation, £10.99, is packed full of anti-fatigue (v. v. important) vitamins, so you’ll get a boost of nourishment as well as a radiant complexion. Aim: to look glowier than the star on top of the tree. Apply with your fingers to get your blood pumping. Conceal dark circles and hide any late-night-induced blemishes with their Healthy Mix concealer, £8.99, which contains all of the same skin-loving ingredients.
Rather than a high-shine highlighter, grab a primer with a pearlescent sheen to it. Stay far away from anything glittery, you’re looking for brightness not sparkle. Rosie for Autograph Amazing Radiance Cream, £18, is a good dupe for the Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder Morning Aura, £72. Using your fingertips, work this into the tops of your cheekbones and across your eyelids. When your eyes catch the light, your eyes will instantly look awake.
You want to keep your eyes simple – eyeliner will only make sleepy eyes look smaller. So with a volumising mascara, like Clinique High Impact Lash Elevating Mascara, £18, add a couple of coats zig zagging from the base to the tip of the lashes. Brush your lashes through with Lash Star Lash Styler Brush, £14, this will remove any clumps and create a fluttery look.
Again, we’re going for the fresh-faced look so rather than overdoing it on the bronzer – a classic mistake at many parties – go for a cream blush instead. Creamy formulas mimic skin, so look more natural. You want to look a little flushed, not like you’ve slapped so go easy. Our favourite cream blush at the moment is Glossier’s Cloud Paint, £15 – there are four shades, so one to suit every skin tone. It blends seamlessly and won’t overpower.
Unsurprising, there’s a red lip. If you aren’t a red lipstick wearer, may we suggest you give it a bash over the next couple of weeks, because we promise that it will be worth it? There is only one product that we recommend you use at the moment and it’s Fenty Beauty’s Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color, £19. This classic, pillar-box red suits every single skin tone, it has an easy-as-pie-to use applicator wand and lasts for a full 12 hours (even through a Christmas lunch). A bright colour on the lips distracts attention away from the eyes and there is no colour more festive than this perfect red.
How long will this look take me?
15 minutes or under. This isn’t a precise look, you don’t have to look perfect.
Photographer - Matt Monfredi, makeup by Fenty Beauty artists.
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