Dust off those dancing shoes, put on something glittery and take our party makeup for a whirl. It’s time to be a little bit extra with your looks.
We love a simple, natural makeup look, but the holidays are all about the sparkle. And you don’t need loads of new makeup to do it. Our top tip is to invest in versatile, buildable products, so you can wear them every day and dial up the drama when you need. So, whether you’re going full glam or just adding a touch of sparkle, we’ve created a step-by-step guide to help you sleigh it. Get ready for the wildest winter party season ever.
HOW TO DO PARTY MAKEUP
If you’re a skincare pro, you’ll know to always follow up cleansing with a toner. Choose a gentle toner that’ll help pick up any last traces of grime. From oily to dry to sensitive, we have a toner for every skin type right here.
And last, but by no means least, finish your skin prep with a moisturizer. It’ll help create the perfect canvas for your makeup by making your skin feel softer and fresher. Not sure which moisturizer is best for you? Check out our guide to find the best moisturizer for your skin type.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR FOUNDATION LAST
Applying a primer before your foundation helps it to settle and stay put for longer. Our Instablur™ Primer helps minimize the appearance of pores and helps tone down shine. This gentle formula feels weightless and is enriched with vitamin E and marula oil. To get that smooth, all-over, even finish you need to apply your foundation (read our how to here) with the right tools. Our bamboo Foundation Brush is ideal thanks to its soft, tightly-packed bristles and flat edge which makes distributing and blending foundation a doddle. And, if you want to reduce the appearance of dark circles, don’t forget our Fresh Nude Concealer. It helps give you that fresh-faced, I’ve slept for 100 hours look.
Want a sun-kissed glow? Not only will bronzer give you this, but it’ll also help contour your face. Apply it to your cheekbones, brow, jawline and any other places where your skin naturally catches the light. Use with our bamboo Domed Powder Brush to effortlessly dust product over your whole face.
Add a luminous quality to your skin with highlighter. Dust along areas such as your cheekbones, brow, the bridge of your nose and your cupid’s bow, to help define your features. Our Pointed Highlighter Brush works beautifully with powdered highlighters as its tipped point makes it easy for precision application.
Brilliant! These are highly pigmented, smooth and non-drying. Last really well... apply very thinly and layer till you get the look you want.
SET THE TONE
When picking your eyeshadow shades, opt for a mix of light and dark colors – start with the lighter shades first and apply all over your eyelid using the fluffy, short-haired brush. Then, apply a small amount of your darker shades to the outer area of your eyelid. Use a fluffy domed brush to blend together. Our Paint In Color Palette is our most pigmented palette ever – play it safe with natural mattes or go wild with rich, vibrant shimmers. Or, if you want to keep it neutral, our Own Your Naturals Palette is the one for you.
Both palettes are vegan, have 12 buildable and blendable shades each and are enriched with marula oil from Namibia.
DEFINE, DEFINE, DEFINE
When it comes to applying liner, always follow the natural curve of your lash line. Whether you’re going for a subtle flick, a dramatic tick or something more artistic, our Eyeliner Liquid adds drama to any look. It’s smudge-resistant and easy to apply. Complete your party eyes with a slick or two of our bestselling Happy Go Lash mascara. This makeup must-have is enriched with Community Fair Trade organic virgin coconut oil from Samoa and feels gentle on lashes without clumping or flaking. The end result? Your lashes will look fuller, longer and more defined.
PUT DRY LIPS ON MUTE
Like the skin on your face, to achieve maximum impact and longevity you need a good base. If your lips are dry, give them some TLC with our lip care essentials before you even think about colour. We’ve got balms, lip butters and scrubs to get them feeling pillowy soft and smooth.
That includes our rather fruity Lip Juicers, which are enriched with marula oil, Community Fair Trade organic olive oil from Italy and Community Fair Trade shea butter from Ghana. They come in five juicy shades and scents and leave your lips feeling smooth and oh so soft.
FROM SHEER TO POW
Let your lips do the talking with a texture to tie the look together. A sheer wash of color can look natural, effortless and utterly glam. Our satin finish Colour Crush™ Lipsticks are soft and creamy, delivering a high dose color. Or make a statement with our Matte Lipstick in Sienna Rose or Osaka Plum. With their long-lasting formula and high-impact color, they’re a perfect match for party season. Our Matte Lip Liquids pack a pow with a bold color payoff that won’t crack. They glide on like a gloss but set like velvet for the ultimate matte finish all night long.