By Celina Keywood, Nov 30 2015 04:12PM
So Christmas parties are upon us and you’re wondering what on earth to do with your make-up? Well, here’s a little inspiration - it’s actually the make-up I wore for the Essex Wedding Awards a few days ago, so I thought I’d share it with you.
Everyone loves a smoky eye, right? So what could be better than a smoky eye with a pop of glitter for a little Christmas sparkle?!
This foundation is one I’ve been using on my clients for years - I love it and they’ve just upgraded it to ‘Ultra’. One of the main reasons to use it is because it has no SPF in it (most foundations have it these days). ‘So what?’, I hear you say - well, SPF causes flashback in flash photos (which they’ll be loads of at an evening function, including all of those selfies!). It’s where the light from the flash, bounces back from your face and you look whiter than your body. I’ve seen it in lots of photos (celebs in magazines, as well as friends of friends on Facebook - where I’ve wanted to add a little comment to give advice, but restrained myself!). It looks great in person and even better in photos.
After powdering, I contoured my face using Benefit’s Hoola (a matt bronzer powder), under my cheekbones, head, jawline and nose (not forgetting under my chin, to help reduce the podgeness!). I used a neutral blusher on my apples, MAC’s Gingerly, before using a shimmery highlighter on the tops of my cheekbones for a radiant look.
A staple in my kit is Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion, which is essential to pop on before eyeshadow, to help it stay in place (you don’t want any creases creeping in, spoiling your hard work after a few hours wear). It also helps the colour stay true to the colour you see in the pallete too - not a wishy washy version of it. So a win, win if you ask me.
I used six colours out of the Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Pallete to create my look (detailed below), blending well as I went along, using a mix of MAC and Real Techniques brushes.
If you’ve never used MUFE’s Diamond Powder before, you’ll love it, it’s fine glitter particles that sparkle a champagne gold colour - perfect for using over my gold eyeshadow. I sprayed a little MAC Fix+ on my brush and then dipped it into the powder and pressed it onto the inner part of my eyelid. Voila, sparkly eyes!
I applied the black eyeliner with an angled brush to create a decent black line with a slight flick - the flick has to be done first, with an open, relaxed eye. If you do it with raised eyebrows, although it looks fine when you apply it, the flick can end up pointing downwards, when you relax your eye - not the kind of look you were probably after! Anyone that I’ve done the make-up for knows, that I’m a firm believer in adding lashes - they really do complete the look. I went for quite dramatic ones, being a night out - love a bit of va va voom.
I don’t wear red lips often, but being a Christmas party look, I thought, it has to be done, so I applied the lipliner all over my lips (to leave a stain when the lipstick wore off) and then popped on a deep matt red on top. Finally a good old spritz of setting spray, to ensure my make-up didn’t slide off my face in the midst of shaking my thing on the dancefloor!
I’ve listed all of the products I used to create my look incase you’re looking to treat yourself (or you need to make a ‘Christmas Wish List’ - to be left lying around for someone else to get the hint!).
Oh, and I only recently found out that Debenhams stock MAC and have just added my other fav brand, Make Up For Ever too - so you can get all of these products (except the lashes) all in one place. That’s pretty fab if you ask me! http://www.debenhams.com/christmas
Stay Gorgeous, Love Celina x
Make up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation Medium
Make up For Ever HD Powder
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
MAC Powder Blusher - Gingerly
MAC Mineralize Powder - Soft & Gentle
MAC Veluxe Eyebrow - Brunette
Benefit - You’re So Christmas Party Gift Set:
Hoola - for contouring
They’re Real Mascara
Lipgloss (in the kit but didn’t use for this look)
Urban Decay - Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Pallete:
1) High - inner corner of eye & under brows
2) Dirty sweet - inner eyelid & under eye
3) Radar - outer eyelid & under eye
4) Combust - above eyelid
5) Whisky - socket & outer lid
6) Black market - outer lid
Make Up For Ever Diamond Powder
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner - Black Ink
MAC Brick Lip Pencil
MAC Russian Red Matte Lipstick
Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray
Eylure Exaggerate Lashes No.145
Hair curled with Cloud Nine Waving Wand