It’s one of the most Googled make-up questions ever – not just because it’s cool but because it’s one of the trickiest looks to get right. In the first of our series of ‘Feeling Beauty’ films, Iris Law shows us how she wears hers…
When the camera pans to Iris Law she is a cat stalking her prey, becoming more and more transfixed by the bird’s feathery flutters. Her eyes deepen and in the moment before she pounces, the camera zones in on her lashes, which go from sparse and poker-straight to long and luscious.
Burberry Cat Lashes Ultra Black Mascara, £24, is behind the magic here, a brilliant all-rounder that makes even short lashes look dramatically thicker, thanks to a brush that gets all the way down to the root, lifting and fanning out the hairs as it goes. You can even swipe a second coat on to still-wet lashes without clumping – it’s that good.
Oh and ditch the lash primer – you don’t need it with this formula and it stays put all day without depositing so much as a smudge or flake under the eyes.
‘I avoid heavy make-up with too much coverage and like to keep the focus on my cheekbones and eyes,’ says Iris of her favourite feline-like beauty look. ‘I use lots of blush and Burberry Cat Lashes Ultra Black Mascara on my top and bottom lashes to give a little lift and make my eyes pop in a cat-like way.’
How to get that feline shape
Director Jason Hetherington at Serlin Associates, Beauty and Concept Director Lisa Oxenham, Makeup Artist Gina Kane at Caren Agency using Burberry Beauty, Hair Stylist David Wadlow, Junior Beauty Writer and Producer Sarah Barnes
2. Draw another line below the original and start to connect it to the lower lash line.
3. Fill in the triangle of space between your top lash line and your lower line, pushing the formula down in between the lashes, making sure there’s no skin peeking through.
4. Repeat that same process on your other eye and make sure both lines are symmetrical. Follow with multiple coats of Burberry Cat Lashes Ultra Black Mascara, £24, and pull the wand out to the side to create a cat-eye flick.
Which means I should start looking like her right? Right?
If you asked me what my favourite part about being a beauty editor is, I would tell you it’s getting to test out some of the most incredible skincare products and nailing my skincare routine. For I am a skincare junkie, not a makeup one.
However, I’ve recently started experimenting more and am desperate to change my ways. I want to go from someone who whacks on some concealer, mascara and blusher then heads out the door to applying two shades of eyeshadow, followed by a pop of glitter and a statement red lip.
I’m all ears when it comes to makeup tips at the moment. And if you’re going to take makeup tips from someone, who better than the woman who makes Rosie Huntington-Whiteley look like this…?
Nikki DeRoest, bareMinerals Global Makeup Artist, is a complete glow-genius. So when I found out I was to spend an evening with her in a makeup masterclass, I was sure to take notes.
These are the tips and tricks that I learnt…
Where to apply your highlighter
We all know that the best highlighter can transform a look, but knowing exactly where to put it and how much to use can sometimes be tricky.
We’re often told to apply it to the high points of our face – the cheekbones and the bridge of our nose – and DeRoest agrees with this, but she also recommends popping it on to the end of your nose: ‘selfies tend to be taken side-on, so highlight the sides of your nostrils.’
She also takes her highlighter just south of your under eye: ‘I like to go pretty far under the eyes, because I really like to reflect the light under the eyes. It’s really brightening.’ An excellent tip if you have really dark circles.
She prefers to use a liquid highlighter, for its natural look, and uses her fingers to press it into the skin to ensure it properly sinks in.
How to fake fuller lips
We’re not all blessed with lips like Rosie, however DeRoest says that we musn’t worry about that, because there is a simple trick to fake full, voluptuous lips.
No matter what colour lipstick you plan to apply, grab a nude lip liner that’s a slightly darker than your skintone. Use it to trace your natural lip line, but overline it ever so slightly at the corners of your mouth. This will give the illusion that you’ve got a perfect pillowy pout.
Follow this up with any colour, even the best red lipstick, for a polished, but not harsh look.
Where you should actually start to fill your brows
It seems pretty obvious, but DeRoest says the part of your brow that needs filling the most is the area that has the least amount of hairs. So, whichever brow product you use – for there are so many of the best brow makeup products out there – ‘start by filling in the tails on the outer corners, then brush in the same direction using a spoolie as you go.’
Once you’ve done this, looks at your brows and judge whether you need to add any more to the bit closest to your nose. Nobody wants tadpole-esque eyebrows, what you’re aiming for is textured, brushed up brows.
So there we have it. Three really simple tips from the woman who repeatedly makes Rosie Huntington-Whiteley look glowier than the sun.
These tips and tricks will make sure it looks like you’ve just come from the salon, every time
Not everyone has the time to visit the hair salon, let alone sit in the stylists hair for a good three to four hours whilst you get your hair dyed. Sometimes colour in a box is the only option, which is why it’s super important to know how to dye your own hair properly.
There’s a reason why being a ‘hair colourist’ is an actual profession – it’s all about getting the right formula to get the exact shade you want – so if you are thinking about drastically changing your colour, we’d recommend visiting a specialist with a few hair colour ideas in hand.
But, if you’re thinking about covering up your greys, going a few shades darker or adding blonde highlights to frame your face, here a few tips and tricks will help you get salon results at home.
How to dye your own hair at home
1. Buy two boxes.
Imagine getting halfway and realising you’ve run out. If your hair is past your shoulders, or short and thick, we recommend you will need two boxes to cover your full head.
2. Do a patch test.
You have no idea whether you’re skin is going to react to the chemicals from the hair dye or not, so you must always do a patch test. It’s better to find out now, rather than later…
3. Do a strand test
We know you’re excited about change, but you need to do this properly. You need to check that your current hair colour reacts well with the formula, because if the change resembles something more like swamp water, you won’t be so happy. (Keep scrolling with our tips on exactly how to do both a patch and strand test.)
3. Keep your hairline clean.
Swipe some lip balm along your hairline where you don’t want any dye to go. This will stop it from dying your skin, which can take days to get off. It’s one of the biggest tips on how to dye your hair.
4. Brush your hair.
Make sure your hair is untangled before you begin, even the smallest knot can cause a big problem.
5. Section your hair.
Professionals always section hair into four parts – down the middle, and then from ear to ear across the crown. Dye the front sections first because these are the most visible, so need the full processing time.
6. Don’t use the bottle.
Yes, that’s what’s normally provided in the box, but squeezing dye straight onto your hair won’t give you a salon finish. Instead, play colourist and use a mixing bowl and a colour brush to apply the dye.
7. Use a toothbrush.
If you just want to add some highlights, use a clean toothbrush or mascara wand and apply where the sun would normally lighten your hair (i.e, around your face and on the tips). This will give you natural looking highlights.
8. Start from the top.
Always start at your roots when dyeing your whole head a different colour – this area will need longer to develop the colour – then comb through to the ends.
9. Wash your hair properly.
Don’t shampoo immediately after dyeing your hair, just rinse out with water initially. When you do shampoo your hair, make sure it’s sulphate-free Sulphates cause your hair shaft to swell and encourage the colour to leach out.
Hair connoisseur Josh Wood released his own line of professional haircare for consumers to use at-home. The range includes shampoos, conditioners, root touch-up brushes and a ‘colour shot’ toning mask. The hair dye is exceptional, easily blending through your whole head of hair to cover all outgrown roots without painstakingly combing through paper-thin layers. It’s easy to use, with the results you’d get in the chair. Going that one step further, you can pop onto his website, answer a few questions about your hair’s needs and you’ll be directed to the products that you need. And you can even pop onto YouTube for extra tips and tricks from the man himself.
If you’re feeling adventurous and, rather than muted brunette, you would rather bright yellow or punchy blue tresses, then there really is no other brand to consider. Bleach London are the kings & queens of alternative colour and their completely vegan range is available in Boots for the deliciously low price of £tktkt. Incidentally, these are the colours that are used in their salons as well. With names like Awkward Peach, The Big Pink and Washed Up Mermaid these colours aren’t for the feint-harted, but you might just be tempted once you take a look at their Instagram…
Here are Josh Wood’s tips on how to do a patch test:
1. Mix a coin-sized amount of the colour activator and the colour together in a bowl.
2. Use a cotton bud to apply a small amount behind your ear.
3. Leave it on for 48 hours, you shouldn’t even notice it’s there. Try not to wash it off within this time frame.
4. Tip: It’s very important to fasten the caps on the bottles tightly after you have opened them for the patch test. If you do not, the products may oxidise, and the active ingredients will not work.
5. If you have any signs of reaction to the patch test, wash it off immediately and do not use the colour.
6. If you show no signs of reaction to the dye, go ahead and use the colour as instructed.
How to do a strand test
You may have heard of a strand test, but still be asking yourself, what the heck is it? A strand test is a preliminary test of the hair. It determines its suitability for processing, aka dyeing. Here’s how to do a strand test:
Do a strand test on a section of hair about 1/4 inch thick (choose from underneath so you can hide it) to see if your hair will pick up the colour you’re aiming for.
1. Put on protective gloves.
2. Choose a strand of hair to test.
3. Separate the rest of your hair away using plastic clips so that the strand does not touch the rest of the hair after the hair colour is applied. Then dye that strand.
4. Wait 24 hours to make sure you are happy with the hair colour results.
5. If you are happy with the colour, go forth and dye away.
The key to getting a great blonde shade is to work with the natural colour on the parting to allow for an organic texture that doesn’t look stripy. If your hair is naturally a more ashy tone, go for an ashy blonde. Similarly if your roots have a touch of redness, go for a champagne hue.
And remember, you might have to dye your hair more than once to get the blonde you want. The best thing you can do for your hair is have an Olaplex hair treatment to improve the quality of hair in between these sessions, as this will stop it form going brittle, and to use one of the best purple shampoos when washing your hair.
How to dye your hair silver
Many of the same rules apply to dyeing your hair silver, or any other lighter colours like pink and blue. The key is to ensure your hair is bleached beforehand. Once this is done, you can then apply your silver rinse.
First, don’t wash your hair for 48 hours. The natural oil will help protect your scalp against any bleaching irritation. Apply a purple toner first to take out any yellowness from your bleached hair. Then, apply your dye as per the steps above. Once you have the desired colour, maintain it by shampooing with the best sulphate-free shampoo.
We’ve all had to remove fake tan before. Whether it be a tanning disaster – obvious tell-tale lines on your wrists, stripes that make you look like a tiger or fingers that are so multi-tonal you consider wearing gloves to work (in July). Or you might just need to get rid of a patchy four-day-old tan. The art of fake tan removal is something that everyone should know.
Even if you’ve invested in the best fake tan out there, and you’ve swotted up on all the fake tan tips we could possibly give you, chances are you’re not going to get it right 100% of the time. But don’t worry you are not alone.
Luckily there are ways to remove a terracotta disaster and give yourself a more naturally sun-kissed glow. We spoke to Jules Von Hep, fake tan guru and founder of Isle of Paradise, who gave us all the tips and tricks on how to remove fake tan.
How to remove fake tan
‘Don’t panic scrub. You’ll end up taking the tan off in patches and it’ll become a snowballing effect,’ Jules warns.
Instead, try using a light body polish (choose from the best body scrubs) mixed with a tiny amount of bath or massage oil and repeat this a couple of times for an even all-over fade. (Oil breaks down the DHA in tanning fluid – a good thing to remember if you’ve just had a cracking spray tan. Don’t moisturise your body with anything containing oils, use a body cream instead.)
Alternatively, make a trip down to your local swimming pool if you don’t mind being a bit stripey in public (yes, really). ‘Go swimming,’ Jules recommends. ‘The chlorine will break down the tan. In the showers afterwards, take a pair of exfoliating gloves and work in circular motions. Steam rooms and saunas will soften the tan, too.’
If it’s all gone to pot and you need to get rid of your tan straight away, then look no further than Bondi Sands Self Tan Eraser. When this super product first launched it sold out in three hours which goes to show how many of us want to know how to remove fake tan. It can be used on old tans or freshly applied bronze. Simply pump onto skin, smooth over the area you want to diffuse, leave for five minutes, then wipe away with a damp cloth. It’s that easy.
If your self-tanning session has turned into a streaky mess, don’t panic. The easiest way to wave goodbye to mismatched colours on your limbs is to run a bath and fill it up with a bath oil, which will soften the tan. Whilst you’re in there, use a remover mitt in circular motions – it will ensure that any stubborn patches are evenly removed.
How to remove fake tan from hands and feet
Orange, patchy hands and blotchy feet are often the biggest giveaway that you’ve been hitting bottle, but luckily there’s a kitchen cupboard staple could be the answer to your prayers.
Add two tablespoons of baking soda to some water and mix to create a paste. Then rub this it over your hands or feet, leaving it on for a few minutes and ensuring you haven’t missed any particularly bad creases before washing it off.
How to remove fake tan patches before applying more
If you’re a regular, self-confessed tanning addict who can’t go a day without a bit of colour, then it’s actually so important that you are removing your old tan before applying your new one. Jules, being the clever chap that he is, created Isle of Paradise Over It Magic Self-Tan Eraser, which works best on three-day old tan. It contains glycolic acid to exfoliate skin. Mist your entire body, until skin is saturated, wait five minutes, then jump in the shower and buff it off with a sponge or a flannel.
Vaguely remember hearing something about lemons and brushing it off as an old wives tale? Turns out there’s something in it. ‘The old faithful combination of lemons and sugar mixed together will work to an extent but you really need a mitt or glove to get deeper,’ Jules advises.
It’s also worth investing in ModelCo’s Exfoliate Double Sided Body Wipes – they’re an essential item in the at-home tanning kit. First you use the granulated exfoliating side, which breaks down the tan, then the smooth side for the final bit of removal.
Getting fake tan stains on your favourite, goes-with-everything, white shirt or your super spenny The White Company bedsheets can be an absolute nightmare. You need to try and remove the stain while it is still wet.
Reversing the fabric and running it under cold water will help to loosen the product, but try not to rub it as you could end up smearing it and making it far worse. Instead, mix warm water and some detergent and sponge onto the affected area, repeating until the stain has disappeared.
So there we have it. We have just solved all future fake tan disasters from happening.
Take your shine to the next level by smoothing down cuticles with the cool air setting- simultaneously, pull hair from the roots if pouffy ends are a problem. Then, smooth flyaways with the new ghd Platinum+ Styler, £175, sweeping it through your locks twice. Finish with a light-weight lotion like Colour Wow Dream Coat, £24, to keep your ‘do’ slick for the duration.
Full-bodied, swishy hair (NOT an 80s ‘power’ blowdry) is considered de rigueur these days. Better still, you can master it at home. Thickening sprays and mousses give the illusion of bulk. Both contain polymers that coat the hair and make it seem bigger, but also protect it and ensure the style lasts. For straight hair, go for a spray formula- distribute the Aveda Thickening Tonic, £22, evenly through damp hair from roots to ends. Or, rake an egg-sized dollop of mousse through it if you’re adding waves or curls – we rate Evo’s Macgyver Multi-Use Mousse, £17.50.
Need height? Wrap each section around a large round brush and aim your hairdryer at the roots. Finally, apply a light mist of hairspray. Oribe Thick Dry Finishing Spray, £38, does more than simply lock your style in place; it contains panthenol to swell the hair shaft. Plus, you can brush it out as you go so you’ll get lift but without any stickiness.
Photography by Jason Hetherington
Skincare for hair
More often than not when we talk about shiny hair, we’re really talking about straight hair – light-reflecting strands that hang in sleek curtains around the face. So it follows that the same moisturising steps we take to make our skin look dewy can also ramp up the sheen on poker-straight locks. Start with a hair serum. In the same way that a face serum targets specific concerns and absorbs beyond just the top layer, Pureology Style + Protect Shine Bright Taming Serum, £23.50, locks in frizz-fighting coriander seed oil while Virtue’s Perfect Ending Split End Serum, £19, seals down frayed cuticles.
Afro hair is making waves in fashion and beauty spaces – and frankly it’s about time. But more importantly, this once-marginalised hair type is set to become one of the most influential – so much so that the US market for black hair is estimated to reach approximately $2.5 billion (around £1.9 billion) in 2019. Cue haircare that specifically targets the needs of tight coils, which are the most porous and more damage-prone.
Knowing that Afro hair is more likely to drink up potentially drying chemicals, Boucleme only uses plant derived ingredients. The Curl Conditioner, £17, for example, is packed with omegas 3, 6 and 9 plus virgin coconut and argan oils to prevent breakage. Additionally, haircare founder Vernon Francois, whose clients include actress Lupita Nyong’o, has this tip for using his Pure-Fro Shampoo, £19.50: ‘Part hair into four sections and apply the shampoo on to dry hair as this ensures your scalp is cleansed but not dehydrated.’
Photography by Jason Hetherington
It’s official: Brits prefer blonde. Last year 42% of women who coloured their hair transformed their tresses to blonde, with 18% opting to go platinum. But as anyone who has gone to the light side will tell you, the biggest bugbear is unwanted brassy and yellow streaks.
The minerals and metals in hard water are the main culprits. Dyed blonde hair is more porous so high levels of copper, in particular, can kill your shade – one reason Clairol has included technology in its hair colours that encapsulates copper and prevents it from reacting with water and other free radicals. Think long-lasting colour and mirrorball shiny highlights.
Photography by Jason Hetherington
Play it safe
Sometimes you want to switch things up by changing your colour. Unless, of course, you fall into the rare one per cent of the world’s population who suffers from an allergy called paraphenylenediamine, or PPD, a chemical used in most commercial hair dyes. Clairol have come to the rescue with an innovative molecule called ME+ that reduces the risk of a reaction for those without an existing allergy.
Photography by Jason Hetherington
How? The ME+ molecule in the Clairol Nice’N Easy Permanent Colour range, £6.49, has a new shape that is harder for your immune system to recognise. ‘This molecule doesn’t fit so easily into the protective cells that can trigger an immune response,’ explains Dr. Casten Goebel, COTY’s toxicology expert. Expect the same glossy finish as your regular dye – minus the risk.
Pick up a copy of the January issue of Marie Claire on newstands now.
‘Tis the season of the party. Yes there are presents to be wrapped and carols to be sung, but there are also many, many parties to be attended. Which means that you your party makeup and party hairstyles need to be on point. However, this can prove tricky when you have an event every night of the week.
Thankfully, Adam Reed – ghd brand ambassador and co-founder of one of the best hair salons in London Percy & Reed – has come up with a five-day hair plan to get you from party to party. ‘If you’re partying all five nights of the working week, you’ll want a different look for every night without having to spend much time styling your hair,’ he explains. ‘Your hair plan is just as important as your outfits.’
Day 1 – Get a blowdry
Reed suggests getting a blowdry to set the foundation for the week ahead. ‘Starting the week with a good blowdry will create a base that will last all week as you won’t have time to wash and blowdry your hair mid-week and those extra 30 minutes in bed each day can take priority.’ Book in on your lunch break, or on your way to your first party.
Day 2 – Tong your hair
On the second day, your blowdry should still be going strong, so you’ll just need to joozh. Reed recommends adding in a few loose waves, ‘Tong sections of your hair using the ghd Curve Soft Curl Tong. I would wrap your hair around the tong, facing away from the face, then massage the roots and brush through the curls using your fingers.’
You’re about halfway through now, so your hair will most likely be a little flat, so it’s time to refresh. You want to add texture and volume to the roots, so spritz around the crown with a texturising spray. ‘This will add instant glamorous volume and a more beachy texture than the day before.’
You’re on event four, your hair is most likely looking a bit greasy now, so Reed says don’t fight it, work with what you’ve got: ‘disguise greasy roots by creating a super sleek, straight look with a statement centre parting. Straighten you hair, then tuck behind ears and smooth down.’
You’re on the final day, so you’re either falling asleep as you walk or dangerously hungover. Make things easy for yourself and go for a simple ponytail. Reed says, ‘This strong party look actually holds better on hair that isn’t super clean.’ Pull hair into a high, tight ponytail, then tie it off with a pretty ribbon. This will draw focus and attention away from the front of your hair.
So there we have it, your five-day party hair plan. On the sixth day we recommend binge-watching Xmas films on your sofa.
While the best sheet mask and best face masks can work wonders for your skin, sometimes you don’t have the time or money to go treat yourself to such luxuries. We get it. Enter, homemade face mask recipes that actually work.
Once upon a time, most of the things in your pantry were Cleopatra’s preferred weapons in her beauty arsenal. Seeing as she was considered a ‘woman of surpassing beauty’ and the pioneer of treatments, following her suit and embracing the world of natural recipes seems only, well, natural.
Need to quench your skin’s thirst, combat spots, get glowing skin or make your pores appear smaller? Grab your mixing bowl and try one of these homemade face mask recipes…
Homemade facemask for acne prone skin
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon – helps stop bacteria in its tracks thanks to its anti-microbial properties.
1 tablespoon of honey – naturally antibacterial
1 teaspoon of baking soda – known for its exfoliating abilities and midl antiseptic properties.
1 tablespoon of green tea powder (such as matcha) – an antioxidant powerhouse that also acts as an anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory agent.
Combine all of your ingredients in a bowl and mix together until you get a smooth, even consistency. Rub the paste over your face in circular motions and then leave it on for 10 -15 minutes. Runs off with tepid water, using a soft washcloth to promote exfoliation.
Homemade face mask for dry skin
1/2 ripe avocado – packed with antioxidant carotenoids to protect your skin and moisturising monounsaturated fatty acids, know to help maintain moisture in the epidermal layer of your skin.
1/2 ripe banana – rich in powerful antioxidants to protect your skin from free radicals like pollution, as well as amino acids, known to help maintain skin elasticity and potassium to hydrate your skin.
1 teaspoon of plain organic yoghurt – chock full of lactic and alpha hydroxy acids able to dissolve dead skin cells, calcium to facilitate skin renewal and zinc, known for its anti-inflammatory properties and sebum regulation.
1 teaspoon of honey – extremely moisturising thank stop its humectant properties, which draw in moisture from your environment.
Mash your avocado and banana until it’s a smooth paste, then add your yoghurt and honey and mix together until it forms a paste. Apply your mask to your face, leaving it for ten minutes, before rinsing off with tepid water.
Homemade face mask for blackheads
2 tablespoons of brown sugar – naturally inhibits bacterial growth and is a source of glycol acid, known to break down the protein that keeps deda skin cells hanging onto your skin as well as boost new cell production.
2 tablespoons of olive oil – cleanses the skin while softening the outer layer to help with the exfoliation process.
1 teaspoon of honey – know for its powerful moisturising, anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties.
Combine all of your ingredients in a bowl and mix together until you get a smooth, even consistency. Once ready, rub your scrub over your face in gentle circular motions. Remember, you don’t want to tear your skin, so take your time and exfoliate gently.
Homemade face mask for glowing skin
3 tablespoons of ground rolled oats – has anti-inflammatory properties to stop any irritation from the lemon juice.
1 tablespoon of honey – known for its moisturising properties to plump your skin.
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric – has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to slow down cell damage and can help reduce pigmentation.
1 teaspoon of lemon juice – rich in Vitamin C, which reduces the amount of melanin produced to give you brighter looking skin.
Combine all of your ingredients in a bowl and mix together until you get a smooth, even consistency. Apply the mask to your face and leave on for 15 – 20 minutes before rinsing off with tepid water and a muslin cloth to get rid of any yellowing.
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Homemade face mask for pores
1 egg white – contains astringent properties that help tighten your pores.
1 teaspoon of lemon juice – known for its exfoliating action thanks to the levels of citric acid.
Whisk your egg white until it becomes thick and fluffy, adding your lemon juice slowly as you whisk. Apply the mask with a makeup brush (a flat foundation brush works best). Leave the mask to dry completely – it should take around 5-10 minutes and your skin will feel tight. Remove by rinsing with tepid water.
Homemade face mask for sensitive skin
2 tablespoon of ground rolled oats – contains a cleansing agent called saponins and has anti-inflammatory properties.
1 tablespoon of plain organic yoghurt – gently exfoliates the top layer of your skin without causing redness.
1 tablespoon of honey – known for its ability to reduce redness, fight bacteria, moisturise and reduce inflammation.
Combine all of your ingredients in a bowl and mix together until you get a smooth, even paste. Apply all over your face and leave for 10 -15 minutes. Rinse off with tepid water, working the paste off in circular motions and then pat dry with a towel. Work any residue into your face in gentle, circular motions.
Because we don’t all want to look like we fell into a bath tub of sequins
The Christmas season is upon us and December a mere two weeks away. Have you bought your presents (Christmas beauty gift sets are always a good shout)? Have you been practising your party hairstyles? What on earth are you going to say to your mother-in-law over the Christmas table? There’s so much to think about, but luckily you don’t have to worry about your beauty look, because I have created two stunning party makeup looks that will work at any festive occasion this year. You are welcome.
When you think of Christmas party beauty looks, what’s the first thing that pops into your head? Glitter makeup, right? I totally get it – you’re planning on wearing a sequinned jumpsuit that you had to fight a girl in Zara for, and you want your eyelids to match. However, not everyone is keen on looking like a walking, talking disco ball. I’m here to show you how to wear sparkle in the grown-up way.
Party makeup look: Glow Getter
Sparkle, shine, glimmer, sheen, all of these words basically refer to the same effect: glow. If I had a pound for every time someone asked us how to get beautiful, glowy skin I wouldn’t be writing this article, I would be sat in my palace made of solid gold, counting my diamonds. Alas, here I am.
Glowy, vibrant skin is the perfect party makeup look, as it goes with everything and makes you look really healthy.
‘Glow skin always starts, unsurprisingly, with skin,’ explains Ruby Hammer, the international makeup artist who helped me create these looks. ‘You have to begin by really prepping the skin with a good routine, as you want to glow naturally, and then accentuate with makeup.’
Here’s how to get the look:
Step 1: Skincare
Cleanse skin with a micellar cleansing water on a cotton pad. Follow with a serum – the best face serum for this look is a super hydrating one that will plump the skin and promote hydration. Apply an eye cream around the eye socket and tap in. Depending on your skin type, you might want to follow with a moisturiser if you’re on the drier side.
Step 2: Primer
The ‘lit-from-within’ look requires products with light reflecting properties and the easiest way to start that is with an illuminating primer. Using a Beauty Blender tap the primer onto the brow bone, nose, cupid’s bow and top of cheekbones.
Step 3: Foundation
You don’t want the sheen to be lost by applying a heavy duty foundation, so try and opt for a sheer base. Using the same part of the beauty blender that you used for the primer (it’ll still have some of the gleam on it) apply your foundation to the centre of your face and buff outwards.
Step 4: Define Features
‘You will just look greasy, if you only apply glow on the face,’ Ruby warns. ‘So it’s really important that you define your features.’ Touch up any blemishes or dark circles with concealer. For the eyes she recommends opting for a neutral eyeshadow and matching eyeliner (don’t wing the liner, just trace your lash line) and a slick of black mascara on both sets of lashes. Follow this with a touch of matte bronzer on the cheeks and a natural pinky lip.
Step 5: Glow Again
Using a finely milled shimmery powder, touch up the glint on your face with a brush.
Party makeup look: A Touch Of Frost
If you’re feeling slightly more adventurous and are game to let your eyes do the talking, then this molten metal eyeshadow look is really easy to do and provides just enough drama to draw attention.
It has a very similar effect to 3D glitter, without the rigmarole.
‘Keep your skin looking fresh,’ suggests Ruby. ‘But really allow your eyes to be the focal point.’
Here’s how to do it in three simple steps:
Step 1: Base
Do your base as you would normally (any foundation will work with this look) but instead of using an illuminating primer, use a blusher to bring colour to your cheeks.
Step 2: Glint Those Eyes
Wet a dense eyeshadow brush, then dab it into a silver shimmery eye shadow before applying it to the very inner corners of your top eyelid. Then blend outwards. Using a clear lipgloss diffuse the colour across your lid. This will add an extra level of sheen to the eye and will give the most stunning illusion.
Step 3: Holographic
Avon have this amazing lipstick called Epic Transformers in HolograFX. It creates this really cool iridescent look to your lip. Don’t worry though, it’s super subtle, so your eyes remain the focus.
Both looks were inspired by the Molton Metal and Divine Dream collections from the Avon Winter Edit.
There are make-up artists, and then there’s Val Garland. You may not know her by name, but you will know her work; Mario Testino, Kate Moss, Lady Gaga, Alexander McQueen, countless fashion weeks. You name it, she’s done it. There are very few faces in the fashion and film industries that haven’t been painted by this make-up guru.
She also happens to be L’Oreal Paris’ Make-up Director – helping to develop product, as well as her boundary-pushing artistry. She says her aim when designing beauty images, is to create something ‘I would want to hang it up on my wall.’
In celebration of the launch of her book, Validated (which is out now and would make one heck of a great Christmas present for fashion lovers), we sat down with her and demanded that she share some of her knowledge with us.
Here are her go-to tricks that make make-up that much easier:
The Feline Flick
‘Always do your liner looking down into a mirror. For the complete novice, you want to start with your flick. The best way to sort out your flick is to take a pencil, or a business card or some tape, and go from the corner of your nose to the edge of your eye, and that will give you a good diagonal. Draw a little tick along that line. I like to use a felt tip pen to do my own eyeliner – it’s quite idiot proof. Then, draw another line from the top of the tick to the centre of the eye. Next fill in that negative space. Then draw a thin line from the inner eye out to meet the centre. Then the secret is to match the other eye with the same angle. Every single person can do one eye great, and one not-so-great. So always do your not-so-great eye first.’
‘If you want that super high shine gleam, then you want a powder highlighter that’s not going to move. If you’d rather something a bit more subtle, then the L’Oréal Paris Glow Drops are great. You take a tiny drop of that and using a fluffy brush buff it into the high points of your face. If you’re really scared of highlighter and looking too shiny, once you’ve finished your base take a little bit of moisturiser and just tap it in with your fingertips.’
‘When you have big bags under your eyes, you want to draw attention away from them. A lot of people make a mistake by choosing a light colour of concealer, in the hope that it will hide the bags. But invariably it makes the area just look grey. So the secret to camouflaging a good under eye area is to use a peach coloured concealer, because eye bags are green-blue so you want to bring the red back a bit. Use this first, and then put your base over the top. Concealer placement is also very important. Instead of applying concealer right up close to your lash line, you should be placing it more on the bottom of the socket line. You’re using concealer to reflect light up into the eye.’
‘Applying lipstick is so easy. I think lipsticks are so fantastic today that you can just go straight from the bullet. You can soften the look by going over it with your fingertips, so there isn’t a harsh line. What I sometimes do with models is just apply lipstick onto the lower lip, and then get them to press their lips together, and then you’re half way there.’
‘It totally depends what sort of effect you want to achieve, but I think if you’re unsure of how to apply eyeshadow the best way is to use a soft eyeliner or creamy eyeshadow pencil and buff it out. That way you get the ease of the buffing of the cream, and then it will set and won’t move. And you’re done.’