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My Festive Makeup Picks

It’s pretty much been Christmas for the best part of 2 weeks already – and for me there’s nothing better than festive, glittery, Christmas makeup!
I’ve discovered quite a few new products this year that are perfect for special occasions. I like to go for makeup that’s long lasting and flawless, but not too heavy. Here are my top festive makeup picks…

There has been the odd occasion that I’ve checked my makeup whilst on a night out to find the majority of my foundation has disappeared – never a good look. Now I always opt for a primer, which definitely helps, I use the Benefit Porefessional just around my nose (a game changer if you have oily skin or open pores), then I’ve been absolutely loving the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer* for everywhere else. I tend to go for mattifying foundations so this combo works well to keep everything in place, whilst leaving my skin looking glowy and fresh.

During the winter months I always have the Estee Lauder Double Wear around as a back up, but recently I have been absolutely loving the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk* foundation. I’ve tried the Power Fabric which I thought I would prefer as it’s supposed to be more long lasting, but surprisingly the luminous silk is my favourite by a mile. It’s lightweight, offers a good medium/ full coverage with a satin finish AND it lasts so well on the skin. It’s beautifully packaged and I just think it’s a really good all rounder. Well worth the hype!

I’m not a massive blusher fan usually, but I have been reaching for Nars Orgasm blush just to add a touch of colour back into my cheeks. It has flexes of gold shimmer running through it that look subtle yet lovely on the skin. Combined with the Becca Glow On The Go Set in Opal which is my absolute ride or die highlighting duo, my skin ends up looking nice and glowy which I love. The thing I love about Opal most is how natural it looks on the skin, it isn’t too blinding or obvious but gives a gorgeous glow.

When it comes to eye makeup every single year the MAC pigments make an appearance, I have Vanilla Pigment and Tan which are both beautiful. Loose pigments are well worth the hassle and the perfect finishing touch to festive eye makeup. Having said that, this year a product that’s stole the show when it comes to eye makeup is the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette, I’m actually obsessed with this and I’ve neglected pretty much all of my other palettes for it. The palette contains 12 different shades, both matte and glitter, split up into different categories depending on the occasion. The shadows are pigmented and the glitter shades show up beautifully, it’s pricey but something that’s hard not to love – look at that packaging too!

If I don’t want to wear lashes (which is rare) I’ll use the Giorgio Armani Eccentrico mascara* – I’ve mentioned it so much over the past couple of months but it’s just so good, perfect for volume and length that lasts on the lashes. When it comes to false lashes I’ve been obsessed with the Fleur Loves lashes.

For lips if I’m not going for a nude (sometimes I’ll be boring, depends on my outfit) it will either be Tom Ford PUSSYCAT or Laura Mericer in Temptation. Pussycat isn’t a shade I reach for as much anymore, but it’s a beautiful mauve that dries down matte without being drying. It lasts really well too and tends to compliment the warm toned glittery eyes I tend to go for. For a red lip the Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lipstick in Temptation* is absolutely beautiful for the festive season. It’s the only true red shade that I’ve found which I actually like to wear. The formulation is perfect too, it’s matte without being drying and doesn’t make my lips look flat, it also lasts a good 4-5 hours before being touched up too.

Once my festive makeup is complete I always set it using the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray. This is one of those products I’ve repurchased over and over again for the past 5 years, like a primer I notice such a difference in how long my makeup lasts when I use this. I always purchase the travel size as it does seem quite pricey to spend over £20 on what feels like water – but trust me it’s worth it!


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    Leanne Page

    December 7, 2017Reply

    I really need to try Luminous silk, It sounds like a foundation I would love! Pussycat looks like a gorgeous shade

    Pumpkin Lemonade

    December 7, 2017Reply

    The Charlotte Tilbury palette looks so perfect for party season. The Laura Mercier lipstick looks gorgeous too – very festive!Pumpkin Lemonade

    Lucy Alice

    December 7, 2017Reply

    Such beautiful festive photos Jodie – I've always wanted to try NARS Orgasm blusher, it looks so pretty! I heard that Sleek's Rose Gold blush is quite a good dupe though, so maybe I'll crack that out again this winter!Lucy | Forever September

    Ana Céline

    December 8, 2017Reply

    I love those pictures, everything looks so festive and beautiful! I need to try Charlotte Tilbury makeup, her products look insanely good

    Amber Gregory

    December 8, 2017Reply

    I have and LOVE Nars Orgasm blusher – it gives the skin the nicest pink, gold sparkle xAmber |

    Caroline Malone

    December 8, 2017Reply

    Is it even a Christmas makeup look without Mac pigments?! They are the most beautiful Christmas makeup edition and I am obsessed with wearing mine around this time of year!

    Anika May

    December 8, 2017Reply

    I definitely need to try MAC Pigments at some point in my life, they seriously look like a dream product!Anika |

    Charlotte Morgan

    December 8, 2017Reply

    Loved this post Jodie! Some absolutely stunning picks, and I too can't wait for the Christmas party season!

    Jessie-Ann Lewis

    December 8, 2017Reply

    That Laura Mercier lip liner is the perfect Christmas shade! What a wonderful post and amazing photography as always xxJessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

    Dany Queen

    December 9, 2017Reply

    The eyeshadow palette looks gorgeous, I've love the shades you picked up! I try to branch out to reds during the holiday season because during the rest of the year, I'm a serial nude lipstick wearer. The Laura Mercier lip liner is beautiful, it's such a perfect shade for the holidays! xxDany | Danielle Reine

    Gemma Louise

    December 9, 2017Reply

    I want that CT palette so badly, it's absolutely gorge! Also that Laura Mercier red lip is such a beautiful Christmassy shade! xxGemma Louise

    Danielle Alexa

    December 9, 2017Reply

    I am seeing so many people using MAC pigments recently, I am going to have to dig mine back out!Danielle xx


    December 10, 2017Reply

    Such gorgeous makeup pieces! ANd so obsessed with both those lipstick choices Ellie xx


    December 10, 2017Reply

    I always wanted a Estee Lauder foundation :/ I absolutely love your swatches. Colors are just beautiful and I would wear it all, but the photo itself is really really good!I was thinking of doing a similar post, I just love holidays and makeup as well :Dxo Honey – blog Royal Lifestyle – Twitter – Instagram

    Charlotte Lane

    December 11, 2017Reply

    Wow that Tom Ford Pussycat Lipstick is absolutely stunning and I want it!! The CT Eyeshadow Palette looks absolutely beautiful, so I'm not surprised you're obsessed with it. These are all great picks Jodie 🙂 xoChar |

    Jasmine Stewart

    December 17, 2017Reply

    Becca highlighters are my go-to when I want that amazing glow 🙂 I need to check out MAC Tan tooJasmine xx Jasmine Talks Beauty

    Alicia Johnson

    December 17, 2017Reply

    I love Nars orgasm blush, and the MAC pigments look so lovely as well. Alicia x

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