A Guide to Christmas Party Make-up

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From drinks with friends to your annual work do, Christmas party season is officially in full swing, which means it's time to pull out your favourite party dress, get your blow-dry booked in, and of course, bring on the bling! The festive season is the perfect time to mix up your make-up and have fun with new textures and colours you may not ordinarily adorn. Because if you can't embrace the glitter at Christmas, when can you? 

So whether you want to keep things chic with a swipe of killer lipstick and liner, or go all-out with a shimmery smokey eye, here's our guide to the make-up looks that will see you through all your Christmas parties.

Glowing Skin

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Regardless of the make-up you opt for, your skin is always the starting point. Make sure it’s looking its best with a treatment mask pre-party. This revitalising mask from La Mer purifies, revives and deeply hydrates the skin for a healthy, plump finish in under 10 minutes.

Create dewy skin with a rich moisturiser, like this ultra-emollient balm from Bobbi Brown that keeps skin moisturised all day and doubles as a primer to keep your foundation looking fresh all day. Tackle pale winter skin by mixing a few drops of the Clarins golden glow booster with moisturiser for a natural radiant colour that will give skin an instant boost.  

Perfected Base

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As the majority of Christmas parties take place after work, or will go on until early hours of the morning, the longevity of your make-up is key. Giorgio Armani’s bestselling Power Fabric Foundation gives skin a luminous, medium to high coverage that boasts impressive staying power, without looking caked on.

Follow with Charlotte Tilbury’s handy compact, which hosts a beautiful bronzing power to warm up the skin and a highlighter that imparts a gorgeous, grown-up glow to high points of the face. Whether you’re going for a bold lip or eye, blusher can tie the look together and give you a youthful hit of colour. We love this Multiple stick from NARS that can be blended into the apples of the cheeks and thrown into your handbag for touch-ups throughout the night. 

Statement Eyes

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If you don't want to commit to the maintenance of a bold lipstick, a statement smokey eye is the way to go. Bobbi Brown's Caviar & Rubies Eye Shadow Palette allows you to create an array of eye looks thanks to the mix of matte, metallic and shimmer shadows in gorgeous jewel tones. To recreate the look above (see featured image), apply Golden Beige from lashline to crease, then blend Cool Grey and Caviar along top and bottom lashlines. Then layer Gilded all over the lid and into the corner of the eye.

If you’re after a more paired back look, a flick of liner and nude lipstick is an elegant choice; this Eye Definer Pen from Tom Ford has both a standard and very thin applicator for extra precise application. Always finish with lashings of mascara – Lancôme's newest offering promises extra volume that won’t smudge (even after a couple mulled wines).

Fuss-free Lips

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Whether you’re rocking a berry, nude or red lip, the range of impressive formulas on the market mean you don’t need to compromise on comfort or longevity when it comes to your lipsticks. YSL’s iconic Rouge Volupté Shine Lipsticks come in an array of stylish shades, including this festive Smoking Plum, and the moisturising oil-based formula gives a sheeny finish that feels like a nourishing balm on the lips.

If you’re wearing a strong eye look, balance things out this a nude or pink based gloss, like these creamy Lipglosses from bareMinerals. But if you want to fully embrace a bold lip this season, it doesn’t get more festive than this Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in the shade ‘The Red’. This lip lacquer has a surprisingly comfortable formula that dries down to a matte finish for a non-sticky stain that you won’t need to worry about all night.

By Grace Gargini