Fun and festive makeup

Beauty ed Nimra Rafique looks at a few different looks that you could try for this season’s festivities...

Nimra Rafique
26th November 2018

The festive season is just around the corner and with it come lots of celebration and many parties to attend. With the ongoing evolution of makeup over the past few years there is so many looks to choose from it can make finding the right look for the occasion a bit overwhelming. No need to worry, I’m going to give you a few different options that will bound to give you inspiration this festive season, no matter what your preference, whether it be glam or natural, I’ve got you covered.

Let’s start with something simple and classic. Why not choose a natural eye, a blend of neutral shadows, maybe add a winged eyeliner to get that timeless, elegant look and a beautiful bold lip? You can’t go wrong with this look. It’s perfect for any occasion, but especially in the festive season when dark, berry lips are the trend. Put a brown shadow on the lid, maybe add a bit of bronze shimmer to make it pop, even if you put it on the inner corner of your eye if you want to keep the lid matte. Add some false lashes for that dramatic effect or just coat your own lashes with mascara, either will complement this look. Then wear a dark, burgundy or red on the lips. Red is of course the perfect colour for a Christmas party, and with so many ones to choose from there’ll definitely be one right for you.

Now, for those of you that prefer to go a bit more glam glitter is the way to go, especially for the festive season. Maybe try a cut-crease, or half cut-crease, it’s the perfect option for those of you who want to play around with glitter. Use a range of different shades to create a beautiful blend of colours, maybe go for a classic bronze smoky using some brown shadows, or if you’re really feeling in the festive spirit use a range of reds and burgundies to get a bolder look. Then use a concealer to carve out the cut-crease and pop on some glitter of your choice. Another option is the spotlight eye, basically the same as the cut crease but you only put the concealer just in the middle of your eyelid and add the glitter there. If you’re not in the mood for too much glitter, why not just put a little on the under-eye area instead and leave the lid matte? Or how about just put some glitter on the inner corner of your eye? No matter what your preferences or makeup abilities are, there is a look for you.

With a bold eye look you might want to go for a more natural lip, a nice nude or taupe colour. However, you could always go all out and do a bold lip too. There’s really no rhyme or reason when it comes to makeup, it’s all about what you like and feel comfortable in. So if you want to go for a dramatic eye look and bold red lip, go for it. Another lip option that is perfect for a festive occasion is gloss. Lip gloss complements many different makeup looks, both glam and natural. There are many different gloss options on the beauty market to choose from. Some of my favourites are NYX Butter Gloss, which have a wide range of colours to choose from, and Fenty Beauty’s Gloss Bomb, especially the latest one called ‘Shimmering Pearl’ which can be applied on top of any lipstick shade whether it be a dark, berry or nude, it looks stunning.

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