There are so many different festive looks you can create, and whether you have a few Christmas parties coming up in December or you’re already planning your New Year’s Eve outfit, read on for some inspiration on some super chic, modern and easy-to-wear festive looks…
I’ve been seeing jewel tones everywhere, from Beautyblender’s Jewel Box, £19, and Bobbi Brown’s Luxe Eye Shadow Rich Gemstone, £27, to Herbivore and Pixi Beauty’s jewel-inspired skincare. Colours such as emerald, sapphire, amethyst, citrine and opal are fun and flattering to wear on the eyes and can create incredibly versatile looks – don’t be afraid to play with colour. If there was any time for it, it would be now!
Red and gold are a classic Christmas pairing, and it looks just as good together on the face as it does on your tree and table decorations. Get Christmas party-ready by adding a wash of gold eyeshadow to the lids (I love the Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise in Bette and Jean, both £22, to create this look). Finish your look with a bold, red pout. Line the lips first with a red lip liner such as Dior’s Lipliner Pencil in 999, £22, and then fill with a bright red lipstick of your choice.
Go for glitter
Glitter is the ultimate festive accessory, but it can get messy (and you’ll be finding specks of it everywhere for about a month afterwards). If you’re looking to add a little sparkle, try adding some subtle touches to your look instead.
Transform your usual black eyeliner into something more magical by going over the top with a glitter liner, such as Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner, £17, or the NYX Glitter Goals Liquid Eyeliner in Holographic Black, £8.
If you’re not brave enough to try the full-on glitter lip, try a shimmering, sparkling lipstick instead. The NARS Studio 54 Disco Dust Lipstick in Lisa, £26, is the ultimate Christmas red with specks of glitter and a high-pigmented finish. Or, for a slightly more subtle approach try Chantecaille’s Lip Cristal in Rose Quartz, £42, for a frosty, gilded mauve tint.
Of course, no party look is complete without some glow. Whatever look you go for, make sure to finish with a bit of frosting. Add highlighter to the inner corner of the eyes and along cheekbones for a beautiful, radiant finish. I’m loving the Dior Backstage Face Body Glow, £36, which has a beautiful golden shimmer pigment that adapts to all skin tones, and can be used on the face or body.
I like to mix this into foundation to create a super dewy base, or apply as a normal highlighter. For a body glow that has more coverage for an airbrushed finish, try Alleven’s Glow, £42, that’s like a luminous foundation for the body. Mist over the skin for a gorgeous iridescent finish that adds subtle glow, and it’s sweat- and water-proof which means it stays on all night and won’t transfer onto clothing, creating the ultimate winter glow.