Who’s with me that one of the best parts of a night out is getting ready? I love spending ages doing my makeup and on the average day I’ll only have chance to spend 15 minutes, so I take full advantage (excessive but I have been known to spend an hour and a half on my makeup…) I’ve picked out some of my essentials for a winter evening makeup look, honestly I go all out for most nights out I go on, but there is something about feeling all festive that just makes me put on even more!
THE PERFECT BASE
My perfect base starts with a mattifying primer, I love having a luminous finish but because of my oily skin I have to work on that after my foundation. The Body Shop Instablur really helps to keep my makeup in place so it will last all night without budging or needing touch ups (it is also fab dupe for the Benefit Porefessional). Once I have a base I know will last I’m adding highlighter, probably too much but I love it! For something more intense I layer liquid and powder highlighters. I always reach for the TempleSpa Instant Radiance Booster as my liquid option, it doesn’t move around the makeup underneath and provides a gorgeous luminous glow to my skin, then to follow would be something more intense depending on my eye makeup and if I’m wearing fake tan.
I’m always torn between golden, warm toned shadows and silver cool toned shades for the winter. However this year it was easy for me to pick these, I think the stand out product for me is MAC’s Tan Pigment, all MAC pigments in general are gorgeous and add dimension to any eyeshadow look or work amazingly on their own. Tan is a golden bronze shade with pink under tones, an easy way to wear pinks if you are pale like me. I love applying this wet to make it even more intense.
I’m yet to see one bad review about the Maybelline Colour Tattoos, and with good reason. They act as the perfect base for eyeshadows or look nice blended out on their own. My favourite for the festive season is Eternal Gold, if I’m wearing a bold smoky eye I’ll put this in the inner corners to brighten everything up and it works a treat. These are really long lasting and are similar to the MAC paint pots but thankfully a fraction of the price!
I couldn’t write this without including the Sephora shadow in Hollywood’s calling. It is like a pressed pigment, amazing pigmentation but blends easily and the colour is one of my absolute favourites and looks amazing with blue eyes, it is a bronze shade with gold flexes running through it… It is going to be so hard to choose what to go with when I come to doing my makeup! If I’m wearing a lot of eye makeup I feel bare without lashes, my favourites are by Eylure, especially the “Fleur Loves,” lashes from the Fleur De Force range. I think lashes are a personal thing, I can’t wear any with a thick band or that look too obvious.
I’m not one of those girls to have clothes everywhere because I can’t decide what to wear, for me it is lipstick where I struggle! It seems like a simple choice but I never know what to go for, especially during winter. A bolder option I’m loving at the minute is the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu, it is bloody scary looking but there is something really flattering about it. The deep purple/ berry shade works well with my pale skin and with some pale gold eyeshadows it looks stunning. It is a high maintenance option though so I’ve also included MACs Lip Pencil in Dervish, this colour matches my lip colour perfectly it works really well at making my lips appear fuller and more even, my go to lip option for when I’m going for a bold smoky eye.
I’m so excited for Christmas and starting to feel so festive already… What are your Christmas party makeup essentials?