London Evening Standard - 2021-11-25



Puzzles & Games

There’s something quite cathartic about getting all dressed up for a Christmas party. After months of dealing with cold weather and dark days huddled up in big coats, the opportunity to let loose and show of your glamorous side during the end-of-the-year festivities can feel decidedly thrilling. While the outfit itself is key, once you’ve swapped your long johns for your LBD, make sure you think about your beauty look – because if there’s ever an occasion to go all-out with your makeup, it’s Christmas. But what exactly makes the perfect party beauty look? The knack is to take something classic and elevate it. That way, you’ll feel like yourself with some extra pizazz, instead of trying something new and resembling a six-year-old let loose on their mum’s make-up bag in the process. EYES HAVE IT First up, let’s think about the eyes. For something subtle-yet-sophisticated, you can’t go wrong with a sheer cream or liquid eye shadow with flecks of sparkle. By opting for a clear shade, you can add a touch of festive glitz without feeling over the top. Consider it grown-up glitter – the perfect option to pair with a simple feline flick and a statement lip colour. To take things up a notch, reach for the frosted shades in baby blues and lilacs. The recent resurgence of this ultra-divisive trend – spotted on Iris Law at her Year 2000-themed birthday party – is definitely a fun way to add a contemporary edge to your look. Skinny brows = optional. If you’re after a slightly more edgy finish, try the 2021 twist on the smoky, grungy eye. Fuelled by a recent TikTok trend that has seen fresh-faced youths smudge dark browns on their undereyes in an attempt to look more ‘undone’, the effect has a more lived-in rock’n’roll vibe. Take inspiration from Dior’s AW21 beauty and keep the centre of the lid bare for a subtle halo style. STATEMENT SKIN When it comes to your skin, colourful, statement blush remains centre stage. Use cream formulas blended high on the cheeks to lend your finished look a youthful feel, keeping coverage soft and glowy. For longevity, the key is all in the preparation. Make sure you use a hydrating serum and primer to maintain freshness – and then you’ll be free to dance without a care in the world until the early hours. RED ALERT Finally, the lips. While sticking to your go-to nude with a layer of gloss can easily feel like the comfortable option, why not up your game for the festive season? No, a bold red isn’t exactly ground-breaking, but its power to transform your make-up from everyday to disco-ready is unparalleled. Just take one look at the AW21 shows and you’re sure to be convinced. From pillarbox red at Prabal Gurung – main image and above– to cherry at Moschino, there’s a spectrum of shades to choose from, but if you’re yet to find your perfect colour, choose a ‘true red’. A shade with neither blue nor orange undertones is not only universally flattering, but also one you’ll revisit for years to come. Bring on the Christmas party season!


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