What do you mean you just trowel on some concealer, chuck on your usual mascara and run out the door with no time to spare to your Christmas party? That’s not what I do at all (ahem)….Come on Ladies (and yes, I am giving myself a pep talk here), it’s Christmas! The time to glitter and sparkle! If you can’t make a little effort now, then when can you? Sadly, I am stuck in a rut when it comes to make-up, but thankfully, beauty guru extraordinaire Rachel Fiddes is at hand to help with her fail-safe guide to party season beauty i.e. how to look HOT on the night and how not to look like you’ve done five rounds with Mike Tyson the morning after. And, these days we all need a little help with that….
“From desk to dusk to dawn, we’ve trawled the beauty counters to find the best hard-working, long-lasting beauty treats to get you through the party season. (Including the morning after!)”
Winter skin that’s been wrapped up in woollies for the best part of two months, isn’t keen on a sudden display – but that’s exactly what we do in the party season. So before you put your dancing shoes on and head out to party, give your limbs a chance to shine with Nourish Golden Glow Toning Body Shimmer. Golden light-reflecting particles even out the skin tone, giving limbs a healthy, smooth luminosity. Sweep across collar bones and décolletage for instant glamour.
If you’re heading straight out from desk to dancing and don’t want to fully reapply your make-up, use a good long-lasting foundation in the morning. Rimmel Lasting Finish Skin Perfecting Foundation is brilliant for staying put, no matter what. Sweat, heat, humidity and transfer-proof, it lasts up to 25 hours – or so Rimmel claim. Not convinced? I tried it pre school run and it lasted through toddler group, after-school swim lessons (that is one seriously humid gallery next to the pool), tennis lesson drop off and pick up in November drizzle, followed by a splashy humid bath time with 3 kids. I’m not dancing till dawn these days, but it did look good 15 hours later when I finally fell into bed. Top marks for longevity, and it’s available in full and medium coverage.
I love a hard-working multi-tasker that saves space in your make-up kit (especially if you’re going straight from work to party), and this innovative mascara/liner in one tube does just that. Kiko Hypnotic Gaze is perfect for post-office, peeper pick-me-ups (try saying that after a few mulled wines!). It contains a black mascara and either a shimmering rose gold liner or a pearly black sparkly liner.
Primed and Ready
Eyeshadows are often the least high performance product in our make-up bags – they often slip and slide all over the place and by the end of the night, you’re lucky if there’s any left. But not with Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Champagne. Apply straight over foundation or powder and wear alone for a pale nude beige shimmer, or apply your shadow on top and just watch it stay put. A luminous primer that ensures you remain crease-proof for 24 hours. This will see your make-up through dancing all night.
And while we’re on the subject of eyes, Max Factor Excess Shimmer shadows are all you need for festive peepers – a simple smudge pot of creamy shimmery loveliness. No need to carefully blend, just finger-dip into the pots and smooth over eyelids from lash line into the crease and sweep up to the brow bone. Go softly nude with Copper, bolder still with Bronze and for a full-on smokey sultry eye, try Onyx.
Get in the festive spirit right down to your nails with this trio of glittery offerings from Mavala in festive red, green and silver – Glitter & Super Shine Nail Colour in Rouge Rubis, Magic Confetti and Magic Snow.
All that Glitters
Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Gold Glitter is not as terrifying as it sounds. It’s actually a rather beautiful and ultra-flattering soft champagne gold with a slight rosy hint. Wear alone, or add on top of your usual lippie for a little Christmas sparkle.
If there’s one beauty rule that should never be broken, it’s taking make-up off at bedtime – skin desperately needs to breathe and recover overnight, particularly if you’ve been out in full make-up. But in reality we get home, kick off our shoes and fall into bed without so much as a thought for our poor skin. So make it your New Year’s resolution to swipe-off before sleep. This Works In Transit No Traces will literally wipe away even the most stubborn waterproof mascara in just a couple of swipes and is much easier in the small hours than creamy cleansers and cotton wool balls. Plus their powerful Bio Boost blend of repairing plant oils combined with rosewater calms and supports partied-out, hungover skin.
It’s worth investing in hardworking over-night treats to prevent a dehydrated, partied-out complexion the morning after, and Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair is one of the best. Multi-award winning, this serum addresses all the visible signs of ageing – reducing wrinkles, hydrating, evening out tone and boosting radiance. Well worth using regularly during the party season to keep skin in tip top condition.
Partied out complexions need some perking up the morning after and L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfection Anti-Fatigue Perk-up Cream Daily Moisturiser does just that. It refines skin texture, tightens pores, targets dullness and reduces dark circles.
We’d all like to live life in soft focus – especially the morning after the night before. And now we can with new blurring technology. Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Fatigue Blur is a lightweight formula that smoothes and evens out the complexion, leaving it refreshed and revitalised – just the ticket for hungover skin.
Images: pinterest and Mario Testino