Sure, you could just play it safe with the standard smokey eyes and nude lips, but what fun would that be at every festive gettogether, sangeet, wedding and party you presumably have pencilled in for the next few months. Here’s everything you’ll need for a make-up repertoire worthy of your wardrobe.
For your eyes: Bold brows and glitter
Nothing sparks a festive mood like a happy make-up shine. Stila’s Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow let’s you build colour from a twinkly shimmer to an opaque shine. For all-day events, try Bobbi Brown’s new sparkle eyeshadow which promises to last without creasing for up to eight hours. Inglot’s Freedom palette has empty slots which you can fill up with your choice of their AMC pigments.
Our experts unanimously agree that if you must wear glitter, it better be in the form of a liner. Lakmé’s Absolute Shine Liner in gold fits the bill.
When in a rush, MAC’s Temperature Rising Powerchrome Eye Pencil in Copper Strip is another one-step way to beautiful, bronze eyes.
Rimmel London’s Waterproof Gel Liner just won’t budge or blur, making it perfect for long nights. While Revlon’s Photoready Kajal is a double-edged pencil with kohl on one end and a white highlighter (to use on your waterline) on the other.
Our favourite new mascaras are Guerlain’s Noir G de Guerlain Mascara because it’s refillable and comes with a little mirror and Bourjois Twist Up The Volume Mascara — twist and the brush changes from a lengthening one to a volumizing one.
Bold brows are still in. The Shiseido Eyebrow Styling Compact has two colours and a dual-ended brush — one to mimic hairs and the other to fill in sparse spots.
For your lips: Deep wines and tinted balms
We’re still championing statement lips but as the temperatures drop, the colours get deeper.
Try Lancôme’s rich deep wine shade called L’Absolu Rouge Rose Desire (186) or MAC’s Retro Matte Flat Out Fabulous, an intense pinkish purple shade. The problem with matte, dark colours is that they can be drying or else tend to bleed, but the Rimmel Moisture Renew Invisible Lip Liner will take care of that. Top with a lip gloss like Estee Lauder’s Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Electric Wine.
Tinted lip balms are big on our must-buy lists this year. L’Oréal Paris Glam Shine lip balms give you strong colour and shine while keeping your lips well moisturized. Rimmel London’s Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses pens won’t let your lips leave any marks on wine glasses and the shimmery balm on the other end keeps your pout hydrated. You’ve got to love superhero products that work and play as hard as you!
For your face: Perfect palettes and touch-up gadgets
To even out the texture of your skin so that your make-up will stay on better and longer, we recommend Benefit Cosmetics Stay Flawless 15-hour primer. Make Up For Ever’s High Definition Foundation will give shield your skin’s imperfections from all hi-def, high megapixel selfies!
Elizabeth Arden’s Flawless Finish Sponge On Cream Makeup is super handy to have in your handbag at all times for those mid-party touch ups. If you’re aiming for flawless perfection, one shade of concealer won’t cut it. E.L.F Cosmetics has launched four correctors along with a range of concealers that disguise dark circles as well as they do pimples and blemishes.
NARS Adult Content blush palette has everything — a bright pink to add a pop of colour, a contouring brown, a highlighting shimmer and a soft pink for a natural flush. Dusky skins should try Chanel’s deep magenta shade called Fantastic but be wary of being heavy handed with it.
For your nails: The best golds
Gold polish (Estee Lauder Pure Color Vivid Shine Nail Lacquer in Brushed Gold and Maybelline Color Show in Bold Gold) is a festive staple but change it up by adding a matte top coat for a burnished effect. We also like King’s Road Foil by Nails Inc (a pink-tinted pearl) and Gold Digga by Sephora (a sunset bronze).
And there’s always our all-time favourite rock chic gold by Chanel in Peridot.
For seriously stand out festive nails, gild them in lots of glitter with Deborah Lippman’s Glitter And Be Gay or try a different texture with Sally Hansen’s Sugar Coats.
Dior has made DIY French manicures ridiculously easy with their French Manucure, an instant French manicure pen. Just paint your nails in a transparent pink and draw on the white tips.