Festive Makeup

I’m not sure about anyone else, but I blinked and December was here! So I asked a make-up artist for her little secrets for the festive season for eyes, lips and foundation applications.

It’s the season to be jolly and it’s the time of year when we put our posh frocks on and go to a few more parties than normal, so I got some tips on how to glam up your makeup from makeup artist Jess Ridley. 

Jess says less can be more when it comes to the eyes. The key is to balance the eye look with the rest of the face. When it comes to Christmas time, we all love a bit of shimmer and glitter but the key to success is knowing where to apply it. The shimmer of an eyeshadow can accentuate any textured skin or lines, so it’s best to use it where we have less texture staying below the crease line. A touch of light shimmer on the inner eye can really open up the eyes and make them shine.

Jess explains that we must take into account our age when choosing what suits our skin. Foundation can settle into our skin and make our fine lines and wrinkles more visible. Armani Luminous silk is lightweight and blends beautifully. Another great choice is the Charlotte Tilbury unisex healthy glow with buildable coverage that feels like a moisturiser. 

As we all know, eyebrows frame the face and make a huge difference to our makeup. You can never go wrong with a good shape and tint.

Then we move to the lips. We always associate red with Christmas but bear in mind your skin tones when choosing red lipstick. Is your skin colour warm, cool or neutral? If your skin is on the cooler side, then pick a warmer tone of red. If your tones are warm, pick a cooler blue tone of red. If you fall into the neutral tones, then you’re lucky, as any red will suit you! 

Finally, paint those nails a glitzy red and you’re good to go!

Top Tip:

If you’re not sure which skin tones you have, then look at the veins on your wrist. If they look blue, then you’re cool, but if they look green, then you’re warm. If you can’t tell, then you are neutral.

Merry Christmas and a very happy and healthy new year!


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