Take this post as more of a musing about what make-up I should wear for Christmas. A red lip? Black smokey eye? Or should I go more off-piste and go for full-on colour pop? Maybe something else? Taking time out for deciding on what makeup to wear and the act of applying makeup to me is precious time away from the troubles of world and I view it as an integral part of my self-care routine and if one of these following looks serves as an inspiration to some who are stuck in a rut and not sure what makeup to wear for the next office party or big family Christmas do, that’s a bonus.
Rambling over, there are so many options it’s really hard to pick one look this year. I’ve dug up some classics like the red lip and black liner but then who can resist a blue or green smokey eye? Being unable to decide I’ve sat down one day and started to try on different looks that I love at the moment. My main criteria were: using products I already own, no Instagram makeup, it has to be wearable, comfortable and a bit of fun.
For all the looks I’m wearing Chanel Perfection Lumiere in No. 10, Mac Pro Longwear Concealer in NC25, L’oreal Baby Roll mascara in black and a brow pencil from Kiko in No. 4.
Last year I wore red lipstick with a black flick. I don’t think I will go for that this year but this look is undeniably one of the most loved by people. Let’s be honest, with my hooded eyes it’s not the most visually appealing look, because as I open my eyes, (I always have to giggle about this) everything disappears. I did give it a trial run anyway, here I added a bronze glitter eyeliner that runs along the black one. It’s nice as the light catches it as it’s peeking out from the inner corner. Matte lips definitely work with this look and is still very much on trend.
Products used: Mack Blacktack cream liner, an old Mac glitter liquid liner from the Rihanna collection (you can swap that with one of the brilliant new Urban Decay glitter liners), Chanel blush in Rose Initiale, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid in Pearl, Mac lipliner in Redd and lipstick in Ruby Woo.
Here’s a make-up right up my street: a taupe smokey eye with a bronze sparkle in the inner corner and a satin finish nude-pink lip. This one is well within my comfort zone: I love it and wear it a lot. For a Christmas party, it is quite comfortable too, the satin finish lips are long lasting so even if you have a few drinks, it stays on and you don’t have to touch up every five minutes.
Products used: Tom Ford Silvered Topaz eye quad and the bronze glitter eyeshadow from the Tom Ford Cognac Sable eye quad, Mac Orpheus eye pencil, the blusher is the slightly darker one from the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Natural Beauty edition, highlight from the same palette, Pillow Talk lip liner and lipstick.
Next up, a proper wintery look finished off with a dark plum lip. The eyes are similar to the previous one only without the bronze sparkle that was swapped with a champaign highlight in the inner corner. I am not sure I will pick this one though, only because I don’t necessarily like to leave a dark lipstick mark on my glasses and I AM planning to have a good few drinks during the day, mind you, straw is always an option. If you really want to impress or make an impact, go for it, dark plum lips are right on trend this winter.
Products used: Tom Ford Silvered Topaz eye quad, Mac Teddy eye pencil, the blusher and highlight are the same as in the previous look both from the Charlotte Tilbury Natural Beauty Palette and I mixed Kittenish, Strong Woman and Heroine lipsticks from Mac to get the lip shade.
Look number four is a serious contender. Still a smokey eye but with a little twist of green and a bit of bronze. I love this look because I usually wouldn’t go for it, it is eye-catching and fun.
Products used: an old limited edition Mac palette with a lovely green eyeshade (there are nice green shades you can find in the new NYX palettes called Earth or the Ultimate Shadow Palette), Tom Ford Silvered Topas eye quad, Mad Mineralize eyeshadow in Smutty Green, Mac cream eyeliner in Blacktrack, the blusher and highlighter is the same as above from the Charlotte Tilbury Natural Beauty Palette, Boho Nude lipstick from Rimmel and a lipgloss called Birthday Cake from Tanya Burr.
Here’s another favourite out of the five. I rarely use blue eyeshadow but I feel this could be unique for Christmas. Even though I have green eyes I love how the deep blue shade brightens up the face and gives a very classy feel to the make-up with the glowy cheeks and paired down lips.
Pop on some hair glitter from Sally’s to make it look even more festive:
Products used: Tom Ford Cobalt Crush eye quad, Mac Chromagraphic pencil in High Def Cyan, the blusher is the same as above from the Charlotte Tilbury Natural Beauty Palette, the lipstick is Crystal Baby from Estee Lauder.
Bonus minimalist look
If you don’t have time to mess around with a detailed eye make-up, then you can aim for a fresh, glowy skin and just pop a few gold hair glitters around the eyes for a subtle impact. It’s quick and easy but most of all, very comfortable to wear. I love this, it makes me smile, it would almost seem brave to turn up to a party like this in the world of Instagram make-up.
Products used: Eyeshadow is the Pop shade from Charlotte Tilbury’s Natural palette, Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Powder Pink on the cheeks with Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl, on the lips: Glossier Generation G lipstick in Like.
For now Look #4 and #5 are the ones I like the most but I might change my mind and go for something else in the last minute, I will get back to you on this. What will you be wearing this Christmas?