Wow. How is it almost December?! Black Friday panicked me into starting some Christmas shopping but otherwise I am supremely unprepared for our first festive period with Barnaby. He’s just over 8 months old and creating chaos by crawling everywhere at speed and pulling himself up on anything and everything. Luckily we have a few nights out coming up so we can get dressed up and have a little glimpse into our pre-baby lives (only to be yanked back with a raging hangover the next day!). As party season is almost upon us, I thought I’d share a few ideas for makeup. I’ve based four different looks on things people always tell me about their festive makeup, so whether it’s a family get together or you’re going “out out” then hopefully you’ll find a bit of inspiration.
Problem “I have no time”
Answer – stick on a bright or berry lipstick. Whether it’s a fruity orangey, seasonal berry or festive red, keep the rest of your face simple (either no eyeshadow or neutral, a bit of eyeliner/mascara and whatever you like to use as your base). Use a lipliner to outline your lips and then apply the lipliner all over your lips – sounds odd but helps it to stay put and try to apply your lipstick with a brush, blot lightly with tissue and then blot again. Hey presto, you’re ready to go! Some of my favourites are MAC Ruby Woo (a red that suits everyone), Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip in Rich Berry and NARS Heatwave.
Problem “My makeup normally vanishes or melts by my second drink”
Answer: Long wear products and a setting spray. My favourite eyeshadow that doesn’t budge is the Bobbi Brown Longwear Shadow stick (colour in the pic below is Goldstone), you can just blend with your finger and voila! If you prefer to use a powder shadow then try Urban Decay Primer Potion underneath. To set all of your makeup when you’re finished, spritz with Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray – this is a product that my kit would never be without.
Problem “My attempt at a smokey eye makes me look like I’ve been in a fight”
Answer: Blend, blend, blend. Apply a little shadow at a time, concentrating the colour around the lashline at first, and blend upwards towards your eye socket. Keep adding a little and blending to build up the colour. If you’re doing a strong eye or you’re not that confident with your eyeshadow then start with your eyes and do your foundation etc afterwards so you don’t have to worry about any dark powder spoiling your foundation. Make sure you go for it with the mascara, lots of layers and add some false lashes if you want some real drama. To finish and add intensity, add your eyeliner in the waterline of the eye. For this quick smokey eye, I used a taupe and a black powder eyeshadow and black gel eyeliner. Go for a nude lip if you want to keep the focus on your eyes
Problem “My sparkle is always better in the pot”
Answer: get the right product and apply with a flat brush by patting. Some products look amazing and sparkly in the palette, only to look really disappointing when you put them on. Always apply glittery or sparkly eyeshadow with flat eyeshadow brush and pat (rather than drag) them onto your eyelid. To increase the intensity, dampen your eyeshadow brush with a little water first. I use MAC Prep + Prime Fix Spray to spritz onto brushes for this. I am also a big fan of Glitter Eyes pressed glitter – they are such good value and they have an amazing range of colours (I used Rose). Always do a quick google before you order any as they always have a discount code kicking around! To apply these, make sure you use a damp brush and gently pat on. Again, do the glitter and eye makeup first before the rest of your makeup so you can wipe away any that ends up on your cheeks.
An Endorsed Guest Blog from Elizabeth Spry
Elizabeth is a freelance make-up artist, trained at the London School of Make-up, specialising in Bridal and Special Occasion make-up. She also offers make-up lessons and makeover parties.
Based in Cheltenham, she is also about to become a Mum for the first time in 2017 and lives with her husband Ben and working cocker spaniel Humphrey. Aside from make-up, Elizabeth is keen on fitness and the outdoors and has a very serious shopping habit.
Her make-up philosophy is easy, natural and hassle free make-up that helps people to be the best version of themselves. She also volunteers for the Look Good Feel Better charity, which helps women being treated for cancer face the day with confidence.
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