As the new season arrives, so does an array of fashionable eye-catching colours. A great way of finishing off a look is with complementary nails.
Nail art is a great way to add an extra dimension to your Christmas party outfit. It works best on long nails since it gives the beauty therapist a larger canvas to work on. If you’re a nail biter, it may be worth considering some temporary party nails — they will show off your design to the best effect.
If you are on a budget, nail wraps are a great way to add a design to your nails. They can be applied to your nail like stickers and come in an array of fabulous designs.
This season’s lips speak louder than words. Just like mascara lips are back, bold and beautiful. From rich deep reds, effervescent pinks, coppers and mauves, there is a myriad of intense colours that can add a splash of colour to achieve Christmas party make-up with attitude.
To keep your pout looking perfect all evening, blot your lips first with foundation, and then use a lip liner to prevent the lipstick from bleeding.
If it’s the Sixties that you prefer, kohl rimmed eyes with bare nude, or pale pink lips are perfect. Remember for this look, brows should be defined, skin should be matte (a good translucent powder will keep the shine away) and lashings of mascara will give the renowned ‘Twiggy’ open-eyed look, but remember to allow each coat to dry to avoid clumping.
Intense colours not only feaure on the lips but on the eyes too this season. Generally if you decide to opt for plenty of colour on your eyes then it is best to tone down the lips and vice versa. However, with the 1980s trend all the rage, it is acceptable to go bold with both — that’s if you dare!
At the moment, greens and petrol blues are very popular, as well as pinks, mauves, coppers and gold.
Most people feel more comfortable with neutral earthy shades. So if you want to play it safe, you can add a bit of glamour to your usual make-up palette by utilising gold or copper shades as highlighters on the top of the lid.
Glitter is a must for the Christmas party season and you can use as much or as little as you feel comfortable with. You can choose glitter eyeliner and eyeshadow and even lip gloss in a metallic shade. These may be a bit extreme for some people. However, I would receommend using a bronzer brush with glitter. This will give a subtle covering of glitter particles that will reflect light and give your skin a superb understated glow.
The Christmas party season means lots of off the shoulder dresses and tops, so it is a great excuse to use body glitter on the tops of arms, shoulders and back area. Body glitter can also be used to highlight the cheekbones.
Thankfully, this season also singles out the large clutch as a fashion must-have, so there’s no need to streamline your Christmas party make-up! So go on, treat yourself, you know you want to!