Before I had children I was a fashionista. I went to the London College of Fashion, worked in fashion PR, read every single glossy magazine that came out for young women during the majority of the 1990s and lived, breathed and salivated at the latest fashions! This includes the wedges, platforms, heels or biker boots that I wore on my feet to the metallic skirts, tartan trousers and angora jumpers that I wore on my body (remember – it was the 1990’s!) to the dazzling make-up looks that I wore on my face! I had all the hours in the day to try out new looks and an insatiable appetite for the next big thing!
Fast forward to today and whilst I still adore fashion and beauty, I no longer have all the time in the day to create my look. I go for more natural shades with make-up as I know that they suit me and can take me from day to evening with little fuss, and whilst I’d love to do my ‘going out make-up’ like Jem and the Holograms, I’m afraid that as a 42 year old mother of two, I have opted for classy rather than edgy!
My Christmas night out make-up look is easy to recreate and I’m using some fabulous brands, you can find them on the High Street and online and the one thing they all have in common is quality. These days I’m less interested in a passing fad and more interested in products that last and are value for money, so let me share what I did!
An artist needs a blank canvas so on a clean face, I use the Jojoba hydrating day cream (£22.99). It is vegan friendly and now winter is well and truly here, it’s important to nourish our skin well. This day cream is clinically proven to increase the production of elastin by up to 97% according to the manufacturers and it contains olive leaf extracts and Siberian ginseng!
After moisturising I did my base. I used a Max Factor Colour Adapt foundation (£9.99) to even out skin tones, which has a cream to powder formula to give me a smooth finish. Then I used my long time favourite Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Highlighting Pen by Yves Saint Laurent (£25.00) to erase my under eye dark shadows. I’ve been using that since the 1990s too! I tend to buy it at the airport in Duty Free to save a few quid, but it’s also online. Then, I go for the cheeks. The Max Factor Creme Puff Blush (£8.99) is swept onto my cheeks with a fat blusher brush and blends effortlessly. It has multi tonal pigments for a modern look and my shade is Alluring Rose!
Now that the base is done, it’s all about the eyes! I love smokey shades but to keep it quite natural too, so the Max Factor Smokey Eye Drama Kit (£8.99) is perfect! This palette is Opulent Nudes and has a nice, light colour which I used as an all over the eye ‘base’ then I layered up the browns putting the next shade up over the socket area of my eye; then the really dark shade over the lid, followed by the shimmery colour as a highlighter just along the eye-line. You can also use the really dark shade as a brow kit, but I had a separate brow product for that.
The No Bare Brows pencil (£18.00) from Know Cosmetics is a 4 in 1 brow fix. It comes as a double sided pencil with a taming wax nib at one end to smooth out any stray hairs, then a pencil in a universal shade at the other for definition. The extra lids come as a pencil sharpener and a brow brush! You get the extra lids in the box as plain ones are on the product as it comes, so you can swop and change as you need.
After the brows, I did a thick swoop over the lid with my Seventeen Make Your Mark Soft Eyeliner Pen (£3.99) which has a really easy to apply felt pen style tip then I smudged under the eyes with the Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Stick crayon in ‘Blackmail’ (£4.49) before putting on a layer of Max Factor False Lash Epic black mascara (£11.99).
To complete the look, nothing says ‘party time’ like red lipstick! First I used a lip plumper for a bee sting look, the No Thin Lips (£15.00) provides the perfect pout, then I used the Max Factor Lipfinity Long Lasting Lipstick (£8.99) to sweep over a dash of colour making me party ready!
Part of being able to get party ready in a hurry and out of the door on time, is being organised. The gorgeous acrylic make-up storage container you can see in my photos is from a brand called Beautify from a retailer called Domu. The 6 tier large storage box (£46.99) is great for make-up and jewellery storage but in the range they also have smaller units and different kinds of modern storage options to suit any dressing table.
So there you have it! My easy to recreate party look that is both natural and quick! My teenager gave me her seal of approval when I created this make-up look for a Christmas night out. She told me that my eyebrows look nice – high praise indeed! Brows seem to be the main focus these days amongst teenagers in the know. In my teenage years it was all about the base and we often created many a look with a slightly orange face more suited to one of Willy Wonka’s Oompa Loompa’s rather than high fashion!
However over the years products have got better and my technique has got better but I still defer to the teen on important matters like make-up looks. After all, she has all the hours in the day to investigate these things!
Have you ever used any of these products? What did you think? What is your one ‘must have’ product for a Christmas party look? Let me know in the comments!
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