I may as well admit that I’m writing this post in my pyjamas. This has become a pretty regular sight in my house for the last week and it’s still not getting old! I’m sorry I haven’t posted much over the festive period, as you probably saw from my Instagram and Twitter pages, I moved house over the course of about 3 weeks and it was a nightmare. So, instead of throwing a tantrum (and i did) about not having any time left, I decided to embrace it and just take Christmas off, recoup, get my house sorted and come back bursting with ideas. So, to kick that off I wanted to invite you guys to join me in my practice run of my New Years Eve make-up look.
I really like New Years. Granted, I get pissed off that everything’s so expensive and it’s a bit of an anticlimax and NOTHING like the films, but I love that it feels like a fresh start. I know, generally 2016 has been a bitch – we’ve lost some greats and gained one giant douchebag (I’m looking at your Trump) but personally, this has been an amazing year. So, I feel like I should kick off my PJ’s and celebrate it in style. I’ve been really mixing it up when it comes to my make-up lately and something I’ve been really enjoying is ditching my beloved nude lipsticks for colour.
Now, I am no make-up expert (which is pretty obvious) and I’m with you, hunched over a YouTube tutorial, but here’s how I like to get ready for NYE.
As a starting point, my base is the most vital stage of my make-up because it needs to last all night. I normally begin by really massaging my moisturiser in to boost the circulation and give my skin a glow. I then apply a concealer under my eyes and around my nostrils such as YSL Touch Eclat. Next, I pump my foundation onto a brush 2 or 3 times. My go-to for day-to-night wear is Makeup Forever’s Ultra HD Foundation because it’s creamy, not chalky and gives a beautiful even coverage. As it gives a dewy finish, my T-zone tends to look a bit shiny so I take the edge off with Bare Minerals Perfecting Veil. You’ve probably seen from my other posts that I love this powder, it just really lightly mattifys the areas you need it.
By now my complexion is looking even but a little flat, so I use L’Oreal’s Glam Bronze compact to lightly contour my cheekbones and around my hairline to add definition. It’s thin, angled brush is perfect to trace the natural contours of your cheeks so it’s fool-proof for beginners.
Because I’m doing a strong lip, I like to keep my eyes really natural, especially because I have small features so too much make-up will make me look like a clown. I use the highlighter from my L’Oreal Glam Bronze to dot into the corners of my eyes and on my brow bone to lift the area and make the whites of my eyes look brighter. It’s such a simple and subtle step but I’ve noticed such a huge difference in how I look since I started doing this. Next up is to make sure my brows are flawless. Whenever you do a bright lip, your eyebrows are the second thing to stand out as they frame the whole look. I brush mine up and boost the colour with the Dipbrow Pomade by Anastasia Beverly Hills and brush them through again. To give my blonde eyelashes a hint of colour, I’m loving Charlotte Tilbury’s Full Fat Lashes. Although I have long eyelashes, they too are blonde so this really clings on to them and doubles they’re length and volume. I’m so picky with my mascaras but this one is a winner!
The final touch is the stand-out step for my New Years Eve make-up look. Because I’m fair, I have to be really careful what shade of red lipstick I choose. As much as I’d love an exotic coral shade, alas I’m not blessed with olive skin so it’s blue-tones for me. This Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Harlow Red is perfect for those, like me, who don’t wear a red lip that often because it’s a liner and lipstick in one. You do feel like you’re colouring in your lips with a Crayola but it’s really precise with no bleeding. It’s creamy and matte and highly pigmented so you get this gorgeously rich colour that stays on all night – even after a few champagnes!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!