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Grown up and glamorous party makeup

So it’s the party season so we thought we’d share some tips for grown up, glamorous festive faces.

Foundation is essential to even out imperfections. Choose a light diffusing one  with a satin finish. Too matt is ageing and shows every wrinkle, too shiny and it just won’t look ‘finished’.  We like Bobbi Brown’s illuminating foundation.

We thoroughly recommend using a foundation brush, but trial and error has taught us that the best way to apply it is firstly with the fingers. Press a little foundation into the skin all over the face but focussing more on the central panel where uneven colouring and pores are more likely to be a problem. Using fingers warms up the foundation so it glides on smoothly and you’ll use less than you would if you apply with a brush. Once you have completed the application, take your foundation brush and brush all over your face to even it out, ensuring there are no heavy patches, and creating a soft, cashmere finish.

Blusher (we prefer a cream one) should be applied to apples of cheeks, on the temples, the tip of the nose and chin and thoroughly blended. This will give a more contoured effect and you’ll look healthy too!

Depending on your skin type you may like to add a little powder, it creates a wonderful finish but you have to be careful as too much powder can be ageing and settle into wrinkles. Pressed powder applied with a pad can set too matt but loose powder can look flour-y.  We have a tendency to shine on the T zone so we always use powder and have found the best approach to use a pressed powder (we like MAC) but to apply it with a large powder   brush.

Shiny eyelids Use a highlighting eye shadow (MAC does an excellent one called ‘Nylon’) and just dab your ring finger into it and touch it onto the centre of your eyelid and the inside corner of your eyes so it lights both the top and bottom part of the inner corner. Using fingers rather than a brush or sponge applicator keeps it subtle – you want to see the effect (which is spectacular) not the eye shadow.

Elongate eyes and create a feline look with false eyelashes attached to the outer half of the eyelid. Use individual lashes to build volume, or cut a regular pair in half (the added bonus is that you get two pairs of eyelashes for the price of one)!

liz_taylor_brows_budget  A nice pair of groomed and coloured brows   frames the face and also adds vintage        Hollywood allure. Threading is our eyebrow grooming technique of choice, and having them tinted also means less work is required with your eyebrow pencil.

Lipstick is of course essential. Marilyn Monroe would use multiple lipsticks to create that famous full lipped look. You can achieve it too with some cunning tricks. Firstly, use a nude lip pencil to line your lips, taking it just outside your natural lip line and correcting any imbalances as you go.  Use a subtle highlighter such as Touche Éclat300px-Marylnn-monroe lips and apply along your upper lip just above your new lip line and under your nose. This will create a more ‘pouty’ upper lip. Apply one coat of your favourite red lipstick, blot thoroughly and apply again, this will give it staying power. Finally apply a dab of lipstick in a pale pearly colour in the middle of your bottom lip to create a fuller looking lip. Note – don’t be tempted to add lip gloss – a satin finish is the most you should aim for, with a strong red lip colour gloss just looks too much like jam!

Now you’ll rival any screen goddess,  so  go forth and be glamorous!

Merry Christmas X