Words by Sarah Jane Lanagan
December 16th, 2016
The festive season is upon us and with that comes some decisions; what to wear to the Christmas party? Heels or no heels? Statement jewellery or minimalism? Then of course, there’s the whole question over what to do with your hair and make-up.
Most of us naturally revert to fail safe options when it comes to make-up, this year though, why not try something a little different? We’ve hand picked 3 looks straight from the runway that are wearable, but have enough of a twist to get you noticed.
A statement lip colour is the quickest and easiest way to brighten up your complexion come party season and while a lot of designers chose to go for deep plum and oxblood shades for autumn/winter, Atelier Versace took things up a notch with their show stopping glitter lips.
The trick with this look is to let your lip colour do all the talking, so keep eyes simple with a couple of coats of mascara and groomed brows to give definition to your face. To create the glitter effect, apply a moisturising lipstick first and then pat on glitter using a cotton bud. Remove any fall out with a little cellotape using light dabbing motions so as not to ruin foundation.
Smoky eyes are always a popular choice for any special occasion or event but this Christmas season give yours a spin by adding in some shine and texture, as seen on the Roberto Cavalli runway. The over all effect of this kind of textured smoky eye look is more relaxed than the traditional style, which means fewer retouches too.
Start by lining eyes with black kohl pencil – this helps to make your lashes the real focus. Then blend cream sheen eye shadows in shades of pewter or grey up towards the socket line and underneath lashes. Finish by tapping on a little Vaseline or balm over the shadows for a high shine. Plenty of waterproof black mascara will give lashes added volume and length, without the smudges.
Quite often, the most beautiful make-up looks are the simplest. We love this look from Stella McCartney’s AW16 show because the make-up itself takes a back seat and instead, it’s all about enhancing natural beauty – starting with glowing skin. To get the look start by blending a sheer to medium coverage liquid foundation over skin, followed by concealer where needed.
Create points of highlight using a pearl colour cream or liquid illuminator, focusing on the inner corner of eyes, cheekbones, brow bone and Cupid’s bow of lips. Using your ring finger, buff pink or red lip stain onto the centre of the lips, working out to the natural lip line to enhance the natural colour. Blend any remaining colour left on your finger to the apples of cheeks to give a natural flush. Brush through brows to define them. Add mascara as the final touch.
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