Our beauty writer picks out the best products to add a touch of festive fun to your look
Well, we’re back. Invitations are being extended, calendars are filling up, and Christmas is only weeks away. I don’t know about you, but all this socialising is taking it out of me. I’m not exactly match fit when it comes to events, meetings and dinner dates.
This return to ‘normal’ is an adjustment, which I’m sure we’re all processing in our own way. I have no doubt that we’ll get there, though, and one thing I have no complaints about is the fact that makeup is back in a big way. Not just any makeup, either — party makeup!
Although I advocate for doing what you want on your face, whenever you want to, there is something about a proper party that makes me feel even more empowered to go a little mad. I have a makeup drawer dedicated to ‘extra’ looks, and it’s on these occasions it gets opened most. It’s filled with neon products, gems, glitters and gold leaf, and any one of them could end up on my face if there’s a big night ahead.
I appreciate not everyone wants to spend an hour gluing gems to their face (if you do, a wax-tipped applicator and some good eyelash glue will be your pal), but there are simple ways to get your makeup to feel a little bit special. Glitter, for example.
There is a huge array of glitter makeup products on the market these days, whether you want something subtle and pretty or chunky and in-your-face. The easiest way to get a bit of sparkle going is to use a shadow or cream with glitter in it, because the application is straightforward and can often be done with your fingers. (1) Charlotte Tilbury’s Palette of Pops (€50 via brownthomas.com), for example, features four sparkly shades easily popped on the lid with your finger.
(2) Pat McGrath’s new Celestial Odyssey palette (€83 via patmcgrath.com) delivers sparkle that’s a little more dramatic, with fantastic colour pay-off. For something that packs an even bigger punch, try (3) Collection Glam Crystals Glitter Balm (€6.75 via boots.ie), which is a gel packed with glitter which can be smeared on with a finger. Tidy and subtle this will not be, but tidy and subtle isn’t always what we’re going for, is it?
For the greatest impact, loose glitter like (4) NYX Professional Makeup Metallic Glitter (€8 via boots.ie) can be applied to a layer of glitter glue (eyelash glue will work too). If you’re choosing this method, it’s best to do it first so that any errant glitter can be removed from your face before you apply foundation etc (sellotape is the best method in my experience). Apply a thin layer of glue, then pat on the glitter using your fingers.
If glitter feels too messy or just not your style, a touch of neon can elevate your look to party status. Use a thin eyeliner brush to pop a neon line above your lashes. Orange looks fantastic with brown eyeshadow, while yellow is stunning with a purple. Experiment to figure out what you like the most: a full line or flick, or maybe just a short dash of colour along the first half of your lash line.
Most eyeshadows can be used as liners if you use a wet brush, but my favourite products for this purpose are (5) Glisten Cosmetics’ Wet Liners (from €7.95 via glistencosmetics.com) and (6) Danessa Myricks’ Colourfix Neon range (€20.99 via makeupbyclaire.ie).
Well, she’s done it again. Aimee Connolly’s Sculpted by Aimee brand has launched a new product and, as usual, it’s great. Sculpted specialises in making beauty accessible. The products are easy to understand and simple to apply. The new Sultry Stories Eyeshadow Palette (€39 via sculptedbyaimee.com) features 12 shades, categorised for easy application. From mattes made for blending to shimmery colours made to highlight (or indeed, take your look to party status), this is the perfect palette for people who like classic beauty with the option of an occasional experiment.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (€51 via brownthomas.com) has been a staple of most makeup artists’ kits for years thanks to its natural-looking finish and integrated luminosity. Light to wear, this is easily applied via brush, sponge or fingers, and consistently results in a flawless result. Luminous Silk is available in 40 shades and has won countless awards over the two decades it’s been around. If you’ve never tried it, you’re missing out.
Last week I wrote about makeup artist Lisa Eldridge’s much-celebrated Velvet Lip Colours. Now I want to tell you about her new foundation. Seamless Skin (€53 via lisaeldridge.com) launched recently, and is available in 40 shades. The bottle is a beautiful oval shape, which looks great, but may prove irritating for those with space concerns. The product itself is beautiful. It’s self-setting, meaning it dries down quickly and doesn’t necessarily require powder. The finish is not dewy but not matte — it’s truly skinlike. It wears beautifully too, lasting well throughout the day, leaving you with a natural look and even coverage.