Party makeup: two looks that show there’s a grown up way to glow this Christmas

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  • Because we don't all want to look like we fell into a bath tub of sequins

    The Christmas season is upon us and December a mere two weeks away. Have you bought your presents (Christmas beauty gift sets are always a good shout)? Have you been practising your party hairstyles? What on earth are you going to say to your mother-in-law over the Christmas table? There’s so much to think about, but luckily you don’t have to worry about your beauty look, because I have created two stunning party makeup looks that will work at any festive occasion this year. You are welcome.

    When you think of Christmas party beauty looks, what’s the first thing that pops into your head? Glitter makeup, right? I totally get it – you’re planning on wearing a sequinned jumpsuit that you had to fight a girl in Zara for, and you want your eyelids to match. However, not everyone is keen on looking like a walking, talking disco ball. I’m here to show you how to wear sparkle in the grown-up way.

    Party makeup look: Glow Getter

    Sparkle, shine, glimmer, sheen, all of these words basically refer to the same effect: glow. If I had a pound for every time someone asked us how to get beautiful, glowy skin I wouldn’t be writing this article, I would be sat in my palace made of solid gold, counting my diamonds. Alas, here I am.

    Glowy, vibrant skin is the perfect party makeup look, as it goes with everything and makes you look really healthy.

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    ‘Glow skin always starts, unsurprisingly, with skin,’ explains Ruby Hammer, the international makeup artist who helped me create these looks. ‘You have to begin by really prepping the skin with a good routine, as you want to glow naturally, and then accentuate with makeup.’

    Here’s how to get the look:

    Step 1: Skincare

    Cleanse skin with a micellar cleansing water on a cotton pad. Follow with a serum – the best face serum for this look is a super hydrating one that will plump the skin and promote hydration. Apply an eye cream around the eye socket and tap in. Depending on your skin type, you might want to follow with a moisturiser if you’re on the drier side.

    Step 2: Primer

    The ‘lit-from-within’ look requires products with light reflecting properties and the easiest way to start that is with an illuminating primer. Using a Beauty Blender tap the primer onto the brow bone, nose, cupid’s bow and top of cheekbones.

    Step 3: Foundation

    You don’t want the sheen to be lost by applying a heavy duty foundation, so try and opt for a sheer base. Using the same part of the beauty blender that you used for the primer (it’ll still have some of the gleam on it) apply your foundation to the centre of your face and buff outwards.

    Step 4: Define Features

    ‘You will just look greasy, if you only apply glow on the face,’ Ruby warns. ‘So it’s really important that you define your features.’ Touch up any blemishes or dark circles with concealer. For the eyes she recommends opting for a neutral eyeshadow and matching eyeliner (don’t wing the liner, just trace your lash line) and a slick of black mascara on both sets of lashes. Follow this with a touch of matte bronzer on the cheeks and a natural pinky lip.

    Step 5: Glow Again

    Using a finely milled shimmery powder, touch up the glint on your face with a brush.

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    Party makeup look: A Touch Of Frost

    If you’re feeling slightly more adventurous and are game to let your eyes do the talking, then this molten metal eyeshadow look is really easy to do and provides just enough drama to draw attention.

    It has a very similar effect to 3D glitter, without the rigmarole.

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    ‘Keep your skin looking fresh,’ suggests Ruby. ‘But really allow your eyes to be the focal point.’

    Here’s how to do it in three simple steps:

    Step 1: Base

    Do your base as you would normally (any foundation will work with this look) but instead of using an illuminating primer, use a blusher to bring colour to your cheeks.

    Step 2: Glint Those Eyes

    Wet a dense eyeshadow brush, then dab it into a silver shimmery eye shadow before applying it to the very inner corners of your top eyelid. Then blend outwards. Using a clear lipgloss diffuse the colour across your lid. This will add an extra level of sheen to the eye and will give the most stunning illusion.

    Step 3: Holographic

    Avon have this amazing lipstick called Epic Transformers in HolograFX. It creates this really cool iridescent look to your lip. Don’t worry though, it’s super subtle, so your eyes remain the focus.

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    Both looks were inspired by the Molton Metal and Divine Dream collections from the Avon Winter Edit curated by Rankin. Shop the looks now.

    Makeup by Ruby Hammer; Photography by John Rowley

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