Steal the spotlight with these gorgeous party
make-up ideas that are easy to achieve with just one hero product that costs £12 or less. Beauty editor Emma Robertson shows us how it’s done
Use: Autograph Cream Shadow Stick
Party season is full of surprises, so be ready for anything with this megawatt metallic-effect eye – it’s the perfect way to create a festive look straight from the office and it takes just minutes to pull together (yes, really).
1. Cream shadow sticks are quicker to work with than powder – simply apply a shimmery chocolate bronze up to the eyelid crease and along the lower lash line.
2. For added intensity, dip an eyeliner brush into a foil-finish eyeshadow and sweep across the lower lash line. Add another layer for extra drama.
3. Keep a cotton bud dipped in make-up remover on standby to fix any slip-ups.
Use: Lola Highlighter
The social season can be tiring, but the hot new trend for strobing (make-up trickery that uses highlighter to make your features pop) cancels out the effects of one-too-many late nights so you’ll still look radiant come Christmas Day.
1. Make small circles with your fingertips as you massage in your moisturiser for a lit-from-within glow.
2. Apply highlighter strategically to spotlight your look – down the bridge of the nose, along the brow bones, top of cheekbones and on the Cupid’s bow.
3. With a fine eyeliner brush, gently paint highlighter around tear ducts to brighten the look of partied-out eyes.Shop now
Use: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick
For a glamorous make-up look that lasts as long as the party, go for bold with a maximum-impact, long-lasting lip colour that stays put even when the cocktails flow. The bonus? It looks best when the rest of your make-up is minimal.
1. Look-at-me lips pop against a flawless face. Help your foundation go the distance by exfoliating first, then add a redness- or pore-reducing primer to minimise the amount of make-up you need.
2. Before lining and adding colour, blot foundation over your lips so your lipstick lasts longer.
3. Balance the look with mascara, brushed-up brows and softly shaded cheekbones – skip the eyeliner for a modern, youthful effect.Shop now
Photographer: Jason Kibbler / Stylist: Niki Brodie
Hair stylist: Raphael Salley / Make-up artist: Amber Pitkin
Manicurist: Emma Welsh / Model: Erika at Models 1