Working from home has so many benefits and one of them is being able to head to the office without a scrap of make-up on. But it also means that when I do get the chance to put my face on, it’s going to be something of an event in itself. If you hadn’t gathered by all of my Instagram and blog posts, I’m pretty excited about Christmas and apart from THESE annual traditions, creating a festive make-up look is another way I like to ‘mark’ the special occasion.
When I’m at home over Christmas it’s very much a PJ’s, dressing gown, bare face and top knot in front of the fire situation. But when I do have to venture out to socialise and see loved ones, I like to go the extra mile with my look, because, well, if you can’t at Christmas, when can you?! I’m not the best or the most adventurous with make-up as I have such small features that those beautiful techniques on Insta would just not suit me at all!
But if there’s one think I can nail it’s a dewy base and a classic smokey eye. Since my wedding, I’ve been experimenting with different variations of the make-up classic and a metallic or copper ombre effect has become my go-to for a flattering eye. It’s so easy to do and opens the whole eye area making the face look bright and glowy. So, I thought I’d share the products I use for my festive make-up and the must-haves for the finished look.
The test of any good festive make-up look is a great base. The kind that is barely there so skin still looks like skin but with enough coverage to give a flawless finish and enough moisture to give your complexion a bright and healthy appearance. I start with an oil-free skin-plumping serum and moisturiser to make sure my foundation lasts and doesn’t look greasy. I then go in with a light primer to give the base longevity and ensure it blurs any oily T zones.
My favourite foundation to use for my festive make-up look is Bare Minerals BARE Pro. Packed with vitamins and skin-loving ingredients, it’s light and easy to apply while moisturising the skin just enough for a stunning lit-from-within glow. I apply it with a damp Beauty Blender to set it and extend it down my neck to blend in.
I then add a light-reflecting concealer under my eyes, around my nose and on any blemishes and blend in with the Beauty Blender, making sure I pay particular attention under the eyes to avoid that white look. If you want a little more highlight to really make those cheekbones gleam, I dot a little bit of my favourite ICONIC London highlighter on my cupids bow, the tops off my cheeks and above my eyebrows for a subtle glisten. To set the whole base, I dust over some translucent powder with a fan brush on the T-zone, taking care not to mattify that dewy sheen.
Until I get my brows micro bladed next year, I’m still LOVING the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. It’s the best product I’ve ever used on my eyebrows and that little pot lasts around 6 months. It’s creamy and highly pigmented so you need a really small amount and it doesn’t budge all day – just what you want for your festive make-up.
I use a specific eyebrow brush for razor sharp accuracy (a MSUT for brows and worth the investment) and I’ve had so many compliments about my eyebrows since I started using it.
I feel like 2018 has been my year of eyeshadow! I never really used it that much before but this year I’ve loved experimenting with different tones and have fallen in love with a few nude palettes. Finding the right tones for your eye colour and skin tone can instantly give you a more polished, wide-awake look that I can’t be without now. I’ve included a few of my favourite palettes below but my festive make-up look was created using Bare Minerals Gen Nude Eyeshadow Palette.
Opting for a softer smokey eye for your festive make-up is perfect to add a little definition to eyes without it being too ‘done’ for a festive, family day. It’s perfect for daywear and the copper / brown tones are really flattering on all skin tones. I used the lightest hue under my eyebrows and in the inner corners of the eye to make the whites of my eyes pop before covering the whole lid in the copper shade.
I finished the look with a wash of the slightly more sparkly colour across the lid and blended the darkest shade into the crease of my eye and out to the outer corners. If, like me, you’re not so hot with the application DEFINITELY buy a blending brush, it does all the hard work for you and I totally underestimated what a huge difference it would make.
I then used a copper eyeliner to line the top lashes for a deeper, more dramatic finish and lined the bottom lash line from the outer corner to the middle of the eye so it’s not too much. A brown or grey eyeliner is ore subtle and softer than black giving a lovely feminine effect. The whole look is bought together by curling my eyelashes and applying lots of mascara!
My eyelashes are very blonde so mascara is a total lifesaver for me and makes my eyes really pop open. I use the absolutely amazing YSL primer and mascara for really dramatic long and curly lashes. It’s curved brush makes sure it picks up every eyelash and coats it in its glossy, pigmented formula without clumping or drying out. I have at least one person a day ask me if I’m wearing fake eyelashes with this mascara because it really is that good and is ideal for a long-lasting festive make-up look.
With such a gorgeous, striking eye, I’d always opt for a nude lip to keep everything classic and elegant. By pairing down the lip colour, you let the eye do all the talking and make sure it’s not too much for a daytime look. A nude lip is my thing. It’s my comfort zone. My safety blanket. And I’m forever in search of a great nude lipstick that’s not too pink, not too brown and not too pale.
I’ve found a few over the years which I buy time and time again because they’re long-lasting, moisturising, and offer just the right shade to compliment the skin, not wash it out.