Looking to elevate your party make-up arsenal but not sure where to start? Pro make-up artist Ruby Hammer shares how to achieve her top three looks with Lisa Oxenham
Now that party season is in full swing, glam make-up is a key accessory for those feel-good festive vibes. “It’s that time of year where we can play and really have fun. We also feel more confident trying something new and different,” says our shoot’s pro make-up artist, Ruby Hammer.
Of course, the best looks start with a premium foundation, which is why we’re excited to be introducing YSL Beauty’s newest launch All Hours Foundation, £36 – an easy-to-use skin embellishment that will see you through the party season and beyond. The flattering formula is creamy, lightweight and infused with hyaluronic acid to plump up your complexion. Plus, the formula sets to a smudge-proof, fresh-from-the-bottle finish that will outlast dancing till dawn.
Indeed, creating a glowing base with the right products is key if you want to get creative and keep your skin looking healthy during the hectic party season, so here’s how to reinvigorate your arsenal for stunning results at your next festive soirée and beyond…
Firstly, a seamless complexion should form the basis of any look. “It’s really about enhancing natural beauty, not creating a mask – and the new YSL Beauty foundation is perfect for this,” says Hammer.
Start with a pearl-sized amount of YSL Beauty’s Touche Éclat Blur Primer, £32, and distribute evenly to create the perfect canvas. Next, blend the YSL Beauty All Hours Foundation – a skin-enhancing, sheen-perfecting base – with your fingers or a brush. Apply only where you need it to even and unify the complexion, then pinpoint-conceal with YSL Beauty’s Touche Éclat High Cover Concealer, £28, using thin layers, buffed and blended so your entire face is in synergy and lasts throughout the night with minimal touch-ups.
“It’s really about enhancing natural beauty, not creating a mask – and the new YSL Beauty foundation is perfect for this”
Finish by going over the high points of your face with the YSL Beauty Touche Éclat Illuminating Pen, £28. For the eyes, Hammer recommends dabbing YSL Beauty’s creamy Touche Éclat Shimmer Stick, £28, onto lids, then blending with YSL Beauty’s Satin Crush Eyeshadow, £27, in Scandalous Beige and finishing with a single coat of YSL Beauty’s Lash Clash Mascara, £29.
Meanwhile, the ’90s-inspired lip from our shoot was created with YSL Beauty’s Nu Lip & Cheek Balmy Tint, £20, in Pinch, followed by a thin layer of the Rouge Volupté Candy Glaze, £32, in Pink Sensation for extra shine.
A go-to for dialling up your make-up for after-dark dancing is a smokey eye. “When I think of the party season, I think metallic eyeshadows – and blue is this season’s hue,” explains Hammer, who used the cobalt shade from YSL Beauty’s Couture Colour Clutch Eyeshadow Palette in Tuxedo, £100, to create a modern, sultry smokey eye in seconds.
“Metallic electric blues make every eye colour pop,” she says. But when using a shiny eyeshadow, make sure you apply a primer that works well first. Hammer washed the YSL Beauty Touche Éclat Blur Primer over lids to hold the look in place, then applied All Hours Foundation across the T-zone and gently dabbed a small amount onto the lids, too. “Then, with a fluffy eyeshadow brush, I blended the shadow over lids, into the inner corners [of the eyes] and into the sockets.” For slightly less drama, use a smaller, densely packed brush to smudge it along the lash line to thicken lashes and create a smoked-out, feline effect.
Alternatively, to amp it up a notch, add lashes and, for extra luminosity, sweep over an extra touch of the Touche Éclat Illuminating Pen on the brow bone inner corners. Hammer finished her dramatic lip look by lining the mouth with YSL Beauty’s Rouge Pur Couture The Slim Velvet Radical Lipstick, £32, in Beige Instinct and following with a layer of Rouge Volupté Candy Glaze in Nude Pleasure.
“Metallic electric blues make every eye colour pop”
“I’m just loving glossy lips right now,” says Hammer. “For the festive season, it’s all about bold berries and deep reds – and adding shine makes them super-wearable.”
To create the illusion of fuller lips, slightly overline the upper lip line with YSL Beauty’s velvety, long-lasting Rouge Pur Couture The Slim Lipstick, £21, in 1966 Rouge Libre, paying attention to the cupid’s bow area and bottom lip, before extending the colour upwards towards the outer corners of the mouth, then diffusing and blending with a brush; blot to remove any excess.
Once the lip is in place, add a sheer layer of YSL Beauty’s translucent Rouge Volupté Candy Glaze in Red Thrill and set the edges with powder to prevent feathering as the night goes on.
For the shoot, Hammer created a fresh dewy base with All Hours Foundation and Touche Éclat High Cover Concealer before complementing the base and lips with a soft natural hue on the eyes, applying YSL’s Satin Crush Eyeshadow in Scandalous Beige. She finished with a double coat of the YSL Beauty Lash Clash Mascara to balance the look.
“I’m just loving glossy lips right now. For the festive season, it’s all about bold berries and deep reds – and adding shine makes them super-wearable”
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DIRECTOR AND PHOTOGRAPHER: SIMON EMMETT
SHOOT AND FILM DIRECTOR: LISA OXENHAM
EDITOR IN CHIEF: ANDREA THOMPSON
MAKE-UP ARTIST: RUBY HAMMER USING YSL BEAUTY
HAIR STYLIST: TYLER JOHNSTON USING BUMBLE AND BUMBLE
NAIL ARTIST: LUCY TUCKER
STYLIST: GRACE WRIGHT
SENIOR ART EDITOR: ANA OSPINA
PRODUCER: SOFIA PIZA
CHIEF SUB-EDITOR: NICOLA MOYNE
DIGITAL TECHNICIAN: CLAUDIA GSCHWEND
LIGHTING ASSISTANT: TOM FRIMLEY
LIGHTING ASSISTANT: OSCAR ECKEL
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: MARTIN ROACH
SOUND TECH: BEN ADAMS
VIDEO EDITOR: ANTHONY SHURMER
MODEL: THARA PARAMBI AT MILK MANAGEMENT
LOCATION: BIG SKY STUDIOS, LONDON