Ruth Griffin: Party perfect - the essential looks to master for the festive season
Tis the season to be social, so master these looks to take you from dawn to desk to dusk
Between work, present-buying, wrapping, cooking and all the usual life responsibilities, it can be an overwhelmingly frantic time coming up to Christmas - and that's before we even count all the Christmas catch-ups and parties.
Lots of us are going to events straight from work, meetings or a busy day at home and want to look groomed and gorgeous within as short a time frame as possible. With that in mind, I've put together some of my favourite party looks - and the products used to get them - that can be achieved quickly.
The best tip is to be prepared. Assemble your make-up bag and hair products first thing and bring everything with you to work. Most women are fine to do their own make-up but struggle a bit more with doing their own hair. Check out what salon near you takes extra early hair appointments (many salons now open from 7am) and stay open later over the party season. Alternatively, you can book an appointment during your lunch hour.
Kendall Jenner, main photo, gives us a modern take on Christmas party style on the Amfar Gala red carpet. Just slick on the orange/red-toned Chilean Sunset lipstick from the gorgeous Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Paris collection, €40, with a dusting of her Java Sun bronzer, €58, on cheeks and eyes. Ask your stylist for a straight blow dry with lift at the front and a soft pull back, for an easy but polished party look.
4 of the best: Party looks for every age
OLD SCHOOL GLAM
Look: Old school, groomed glamour.
Use: Urban Decay Razor Sharp liquid eyeliner in Retrograde €20, below; Vichy Dermablend fluid foundation, €21.50; Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipstick in Dialogue €34; Chanel le Crayon Levres in Rouge Profond, €22.
Best For: 40+Desk to Dark Difficulty
Verdict: Very easy look to achieve. The focus is on a strong red lip and subtly defined eyes. For best results, ask your hair stylist for a side-parting blow dry with a Veronica Lake soft wave, or use the smaller barrel on your wand if you're doing this yourself.
Look: A fresh take on the '90s brown-toned make-up.
Use: Nyxx liquid lipstick in Teddy, €9.25; Rimmel MagnifEyes KeepCalm, below, and Wear Gold eyeshadow palette, €11.50; L'Oreal Volume Million Fatale Mascara, €15.35.
Best For: 20s+
Desk to Dark Difficulty rating: 1/10
Verdict: This is a super-easy to achieve glam look. Just slip your make-up items into your handbag and refresh your visage before heading out to your party. Remember to apply lashings of mascara to finish your look.
Look: Minimal, neutral make-up with focus on flowing, full, gorgeous locks.
Use Babyliss Curling Wand Pro, €31.50; L'Oreal Tecni Art Dust, €11.50; Clarins Nude eye palette, €43 and Joli Rouge lipstick in Rosy Nude, €23.
Best For: Everyone
Desk to Dark Difficulty rating: 8/10
Verdict: This look is focused on neutral minimal make-up and making your hair the star of the show. It is a difficult look to re-create coming straight from work. You could bring your hair wand and products with you to the office, but to be honest, I think this is best left to the professionals. The make-up, however, is actually really easy to achieve and keeps lips, cheeks and eyes warmly neutral.
Look: Strong, smoky eye and 1990s-style poker-straight hair.
Use: MAC eye shadow in Cork, below, €16.50; Inglot eye shadow brush in 40TG, €25; Lancôme Le Duo Kohl, €20; Make Up For Ever Nude Lipliner in 010 with lip balm, €12.
Best For: 20s, 30s, 40s
Desk to Dark Difficulty rating: 4/10
Verdict: Easy to re-create yourself. Just bring your extra eye make-up products with you and smooth on extra kohl on the inner eye to make eyes pop. A quick go of a hair straightener, finished with a spray of anti-frizz hairspray should sort out your ‘do.