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Christmas make-up: Two looks to get you in the festive mood

Ladies, frost yourselves...

Christmas is just around the corner and what better way to get in the spirit than to add a bit of glitter and gold to your every day make-up look. Whether you’re heading to a glamorous event, a special Afternoon Tea or simply spending the day ice skating, these looks will get you in the festive mood.

Christmas make-up tutorial: Glowing Frost

Brighten up your face with cleverly placed highlighting powder and make your skin glow with just the right amount of shimmer.

1. Apply your foundation

Dab your foundation where you need the most coverage – so your nose, cheeks, forehead and chin.

2. Blend your foundation

Using a soft face brush, buff your foundation into your skin. If you want a dewy finish, do this in circular motions. And if you want a matte finish, do this in an up and down motion.

Make sure you blend down to your neck and all the way up to your hairline for a natural look.

3. Apply your eyeshadow base

I’m using a lipgloss as my base because I’m going to use a loose pigment for my colour. But if you’re going to use a cream or powder eyeshadow, prep your lids with primer beforehand.

4. Brush on your eyeshadow

To create the look of frost, use an iridescent pigment and pat it onto your lipgloss base. Metallic eyeshadows work great for this look too.

5. Add mascara

You’ll need to apply at least two or three layers of mascara to add definition to your eyes because lighter eyeshadow will take away your natural definition.

6. Brighten up your face

The best way to brighten up under your eyes is to draw a triangle with your concealer from the inner corner of your, down to the centre of your cheek and then back up to the outer corner of your eye, before filling in. Draw a line of concealer down the bridge of your nose, the centre of your chin and in between your brows up to the centre of your forehead. Now use your brush to blend – but make sure you don’t blend out of the areas you’ve highlighted. Use a patting motion to keep your concealer where it’s been placed while blending the edges.

7. Contour

Use a gel contour stick to draw a line form your ear to the end of your cheekbone and then sweep back and forth with a contour brush to blend. Try to not stray form the line you’ve drawn to keep the definition where needed.

8. Add bronzer

Define the natural contours of your face by brushing bronzer underneath your cheekbones and along your hairline. Then, define your jaw by brushing bronzer along your jawline.

9. Highlight your face

Dab highlighter along the top of your cheekbones up to your temples. Then, swipe any excess across the top of your brow. Now, highlight your cupid’s bow and down the bridge of your nose to make your skin glow.

10. Add lipstick

You don’t want your lips to take centre stage, so go for a lipstick shade similar to your natural lip colour.


Christmas make-up tutorial: Red and Gold

Embrace old school glamour with a dark red lip and put a twist on the classic smokey eye by mixing an array of golds and bronzes.

1. Prep your skin with primer

Give your make-up an even base by applying primer. Spread it evenly over your hands and then pat and roll into your skin. Make sure you apply primer wherever your foundation will be going – so don’t forget places like your neck.

2. Apply your foundation

Use the back of your hand as a makeup palette and then dab your foundation where you need most coverage – so your nose, forehead, cheeks and chin.

3. Blend your foundation

Using a sponge or brush, blend your foundation from the centre outwards for a natural finish. Make sure you blend all the way up to your hairline and along your jaw line.

4. Shape your eyebrows

Using a brow pencil, draw short hair-like strokes to fill in sparse areas, focusing on your arch first. Work out whether you need to elongate your brows by placing your pencil on a diagonal angle from the outer corner of your eye. The end of your brow should stop at the tip of your pencil.

Now, fill in the centre of your brows, but go lightly. The start of your brow shouldn’t be as dark as the rest.

5. Prime your eyelids

Take a small amount of eyeshadow primer and apply over your whole lid – right up to your brow. This will stop your eyeshadow from dropping or fading throughout the night.

6. Apply your darkest shade of eyeshadow to the outer corner of your eyelids.

Using a small, fine eyeshadow brush, work the powder along the socket of your eye. Then, create a V by taking your brush down to your lash line on a 45 degree angle. This will give you a nice flick at the outer corners of your eyes. Keep blending until the edges are softened. Then, create definition on your lower lash line by brushing your eyeshadow underneath your eyes.

7. Apply your blending shade

When creating a smokey eye, you need to have a middle shade to bring the darkest and lightest shades together. Take your middle shade of eyeshadow – in this case, a rich gold – and blend it from the inner corner of your eye over your lid.

8. Add a pop of shimmer

Using a very small eyeshadow brush, apply your lightest shade of eyeshadow to the inner corner of your eye and blend outwards to the centre of your eyelid. This will really open up your eyes and make them sparkle.

9. Define your eyes

Using a liquid eyeliner, draw along your top lash line. Start from the centre of your lash line and draw outwards towards the outer corner of your eye, before filling in the inner corner. Follow the natural curve of your lash line to create a flick at the end.

10. Brighten up your eyes

Use a white or nude eye pencil to draw along your lower waterline.

11. Add mascara

Apply at least two coats of mascara to your top and bottom lashes.

12. Conceal under your eye

Using a concealer in a few shades lighter than your natural skin tone, draw a triangle under your eyes from the inner corner of your eye, down to your cheek and back up to the outer corner of your eye. This will brighten up the whole area. Then, blend with your brush or sponge.

13. Define your cheekbones and contour

Starting from your ear, lightly sweep your bronzer or blush back and forth, underneath your cheekbones. Then dust the excess powder along your hairline and jawline to create definition.

14. Highlight

Using a cream or powder highlighter, gently dab the top of your cheekbones to give your skin a radiant glow. Also highlight the bridge of your nose and the tip of your nose for extra radiance.

15. Define your lips

Follow your natural lip line with pencil and fill in. This will stop your lipstick from smudging at the edges.

16. Finish with lipstick or lipgloss

Smooth your lipstick or lipgloss over your lips to add extra depth.

And there you have it. Christmas inspired red and gold festive make-up.

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