All that Glitters – tips and tricks for applying make up during party season


Christmas is the one time when a little, or even a lot, of sparkle and glitter is perfectly acceptable, in fact, it’s practically expected! The Christmas season sees make up trends showcase neutrals, metallic’s and rich deep hues of berry or festive red to provide you with a palette that can be worn seamlessly from day to night on those days when you have little or no time to spare for getting ready to party.

The city has a vast array of luxury London spa hotels and in order for you to be at your very best for party season, it is totally okay to splurge on a pre-Christmas facial.This will exfoliate dead, cells away and leave your skin refreshed, glowing, moisturised and ready to dazzle. Sp, for the ultimate indulgence, book yourself into a luxury spa hotel in London for a bit of ‘R and R’ before the festive season gets underway.

Since Christmas is a hectic time for most, you can let your make up multi task so that it is toned down for the office and vamped up to party. In order to ensure your make up stays on track and doesn’t wear off, you should invest in a really good primer for your skin to even out skin tone and moisturise before applying your foundation. Benefit’s ‘Porefessional’ and Mac’s ‘Strobe Cream’ are brilliant at making sure your foundation stay’s put for as long as you need it to. Make sure you prime your eyelids too to stop any eye shadow or creams creasing or coming off.

Once your skin has been primed, you’re ready to apply foundation that should be, as close to your natural skin tone as possible. Most people will need to purchase a different shade of foundation in the winter months due to seasonal sun exposure and tanning. Don’t forget that if you’re jetting off to the slopes for a winter ski or snow-boarding holiday, then be mindful that the sun is reflected by snow so be sure to choose a foundation with SPF in it to protect the face’s delicate skin. Where possible, foundation should always be applied with a foundation brush and then’buffed’ with a fuller brush to diminish any lines or streaks that may occur during application.

Next you will want to ‘shade’ or contour to enhance your natural bone structure, to do this sweep bronzer just under your cheek bones and lightly over your forehead and chin, to make it look as natural as possible, use the buffing brush to even the tone out, and brush away any excess.

Once your base make up is done, you will have a blank canvas on which to work to create your day to night Christmas look. Since the eyes are such a focal point of the face, address those next, it’s best to start with the eyelids and then work on the brows to frame the face afterwards. Warm neutral tones like taupe and gold are ideal for the base layer of colour; you can then build up this with darker tones of brown to create a smoky eye, which is the perfect party look for this glam season. You could wear the gold shadow alone to work in the day and build up the darker brown later in the day to create a different and striking look for night-time. Whilst you are shading your eyes, if any loose dark eye shadow ‘falls’ onto your lower lash line, apply a tiny amount of concealer with a foundation brush to get your peepers looking bright again.

To finish your eyes, add lashings of black mascara, don’t forget to use waterproof if you’re prone to watery eyes, as it will assist in keeping smudges at bay. Now is the perfect time to fill out your brows using an angled brush and some eyeshadow that matches the natural colour of your brows, use a little brow wax or gel to tame any strays, and always follow the natural arch of your brow to get the perfect result.

Now all that’s left to colour, is your lips. In winter, deep purples and reds are the most on trend and suit most skin tones and hair colours. If you have blue eyes and pale skin, opt for reds with blue undertones, whilst brunettes look great with a deep plum lip colour. You could start by applying a neutral liner to enhance your lip line before filling your lips in with your chosen colour. If you have a day at the office ahead, a subtler alternative to lipstick would be to apply a lip stain that can be built up to a deeper hue simply by adding layers. This is a great solution for those heading out to party straight from work.

To offset your gorgeous make up, add a quick slick of highlighter cream or powder above your cheek bones and above and below your brow arch to look your very best for a night on the town. Wherever you are going, whether to a night club or one of the swanky spa hotels, London has everything you need to show off your new party look!