One of the great things about this time of year – other than the fact that it’s nearly Christmas! – is that there are plenty more opportunities to spice up your beauty routine and experiment with new make up looks and products that you might not use on a normal day to day basis. Whether you have a Crimbo party to attend, or if you just fancy sprucing up your style in honour of the festive season, I’ve found a few really easy product pairings that can help to give your beauty look a bit of a Christmassy lift in no time.
First up, a liquid liner and a bold blush – I like to use the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner ($20) paired with the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Natural Flush (£23.50), which is a really bright and beautiful pink that adds the perfect amount of colour to your cheeks, when applied with a nice light hand. Together, the two add a bit of interest and intrigue to your face, and make you look like you’ve put it loads of effort, when really the whole thing has taken less than 10 minutes to do.
The next pow pairing option is even easier – a matte red lip and simple brown eye, which I like to do with the Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil (£4.99), probably my favourite ever (semi) matte red, and a Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow (£4.99), which glides on so quickly and easily and blends out to create a really beautiful colour on the lids. Plus, it’s metallic enough that it creates a good shadow in the crease, making it look as though you’ve taken the time to whack on a few shadow shades.
Another bold lip option is up next, but this time it’s all about the berry and wine stained lips, using a deep and plummy lipstick shade, such as the Kate Moss x Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in 30 (£6.99), which I then pair with a bold lash look using a lengthening and volumising mascara. Currently, I’m really loving the Fairydrops Scandal Queen Mascara (£18.50), which adds great length to the lashes, while helping them to look much thicker and luscious – can you even use that word when it comes to lashes?! All in all, a ruddy great product.
The last look makes a move away from colour in favour of some trickery of the eye. Contouring and a bold brow are the last two make up skills I think can work really well together in order to make your face stand out – for all the right reasons, I might add – at a party. Add some structure and definition to your face using a contour and highlight combo (my favourite is the Sleek Make Up Face Contour Kit in Light (£6.49)) and then frame your face with a solid and bold brow, which I like to create using the Studio 10 Brow Lift Perfecting Liner (£22). While I wish it had a wee brush on the end, it’s pretty much perfect other than that – and even comes complete with a highlighting pencil to help you add a bit more definition.
So, there you have it, a few double trouble party tips and tricks to help carry you through this most jolly of times!