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Christmas Party Look - From Head to Toe!

The makeup trends from the Autumn/Winter 2013/2014 catwalks prove that the strong, bold brow a la Lily Collins and Keira Knightley are still reigning supreme. Other trends include flawless skin which can be achieved through foundation; deep dark lips - plum colours or deeper reds as seen at Lanvin and Vera Wang. Smokey, bronzed eyes and smudged out feline flicks as seen on the Marc Jacobs runway - think less perfect, structured, 1950s looks and more undone, grungey ones. Traditionally, Christmas makeup consists of reds and golds and precise liner but why not incorporate the trends into Christmas makeup. Below is a Christmas party makeup look, which stays true to the gold and red theme but features a smokey version of the gold eye and a deeper red than the traditional cool toned, bright lipstick.



For the eyes: Firstly apply some kind of eye primer to ensure the shadows will have staying power and won't crease. Next, apply a gold eyeshadow all over the lid, Urban Decay's Halfbaked from the Naked Palette, is a really pigmented gold colour, apply this with a flat shader brush and press onto the lid rather than sweep because pressing it into the lid will cause less fallout. Also, due to fallout it is a good idea to apply foundation and concealer after doing the eyes.




Next apply Smog - a darker gold colour, also from Urban Decay's Naked Palette - to the outter corner of the eye, blending into Halfbaked to give the effect of getting gradually darker. Lastly, take Dark Horse and with a small angled brush or a pencil brush and apply to the outter 'v' portion of the eye, basically making a sideways v shape and keep blending (to blend, take a clean fluffy brush and use small circular motions) and building up the colour until it is the desired level of smokiness.

For eyeliner, I prefer to use a dark brown gel liner rather than black as I feel brown gives a more grunge effect, the one I used is Maybelline's Eyestudio Gel liner in Brown. Apply a thick line close to the lashes and flick up where the lashes curl up. For added smoke and an even more undone look, you can also smudge the line. Then apply a few coats of mascara, whichever brand/type is your favourite. Once the eyes are done, apply your usual foundation and concealer.

Maybelline's Colour Sensation lipstick in the colour Red Revival is a great deep red colour for this look, either apply it straight from the bullet or press onto lips with a lip brush. I find applying the colour with a brush makes the colour last longer.  



Now that the makeup look is done, it's time to move onto an outfit for a Christmas party. I really love the t-shirt pictured below by Street Rose:




I love the little owl winking, it's incredibly cute. Who says a t-shirt can't be dressy? To make it a little more office party appropriate, I would ensure it was well fitted - meaning buy the correct size, so it's not too big, nor too small, then I would pair it with a good pair of black skinny jeans. There was a time when black jeans were considered to be only suitable for a certain type of people (think back to the 90s) but they have really come a long way, although I would recommend dark black jeans, not faded. If you are feeling adventurous you could even go for a pair of black leather trousers. Or if you want to move away from black, I think a pair of blue coloured jeans would go really well. Once you've chosen what type of trousers you would like to wear, I would suggest teaming your ensemble with a pair of heels, nude, black, whatever you fancy. Why heels? Well, heels are a little bit more sophisticated and dressy than flats and they also force you to have better posture. Little tip for walking in heels: forget everything you think you know about walking and lead with the heel. If it's a little chilly out, you can add a structured blazer to the outfit.

Don't forget to accessorise. Street Rose has some really amazing bracelets but my personal favourite is this one:



And we're done. A complete Christmas party look but this look - both makeup and outfit could be worn for everyday as well, no need to limit yourself.
By Tania Collins
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  • Tommy: May 15, 2015

    You are right I actually used the new line from MAC caelld acrylic and then I airbrushed the white on her face and painted the rest, and then stuck on Rhine stones around her eyes. The next day the girl caelld me and told me they had gone to a party later on that night and met Marylin Manson and he loved her makeup she said I made her dream come true! :)Actually MAC acrylic is hypoallergenic and doesn’t seem to irritate the skin the only thing I do not like about it is that it is a real pain in the neck to remove it takes a whole lot of cleanser and scrubbing!

  • Inez: December 12, 2013

    I love the naked palette, so many looks can be achieved with it, including this one, xoxo.

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