PARTY MAKEUP

READ OUR GUIDE ON CHRISTMAS PARTY MAKEUP & GET SET TO SPARKLE

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 Christmas is 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

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STEP 1: PREP YOUR SKIN

Make sure your makeup lasts as long as you do on the dancefloor by prepping it like a boss. Throughout the day your skin collects dirt and grime, which can act as a barrier between your skin and makeup. Make sure your skin is free from excess dead skin cells and any impurities by following these three steps. They’ll help your makeup go on easier, look smoother and sit tighter for longer. For more tips, read our guide on how to build a skincare routine.

1. CLEANSE

Remove any excess oil, bacteria and dead skin cells that may have built up throughout the day with a good cleanse. Have you tried our Vitamin E Cream Cleanser? It’s suitable for all skin types and leaves skin feeling softer and squeaky-clean.

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2. TONE

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.

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3. MOISTURISE

And last, but by no means least, finish your skin prep with a moisturiser. It’ll help create the perfect canvas for your makeup by making your skin feel softer and fresher. Not sure which moisturiser is best for you? Check out our guide to find the best moisturiser for your skin type.

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Fresh Nude Foundation range

STEP 2: PERFECT YOUR BASE

Now your skin is prepped, it’s time to have some fun. Perfecting your base doesn’t mean covering any ‘flaws’, it’s about enhancing your natural beauty, smoothing out any unevenness and balancing your colour. Our Fresh Nude Foundation is enriched with Community Fair Trade organic aloe vera from Mexico and offers radiant, natural-looking medium coverage, so you look fresh-faced even when you’re not feeling it.

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 minimise 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.

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STEP 3: ADD COLOUR AND GLOW

Bronzers, highlighters and blushers are a great way to sculpt and contour your face, add some colour and round off a fresh and healthy-looking complexion. With our new and improved, vegan Lip & Cheek Stain, you’re in complete control. Whether you’re going for a delicate everyday tint or a dramatic flush of colour after dark, our four vibrant shades blend like a dream. We’re crushing on the new Sunshine Orange shade. A little goes a long way with this guy, so start off with a couple of small dots on your cheeks, pat it in and build it up to your desired look. These multitasking heroes are a heaven sent on nights out, delivering 12hrs moisture to lips and cheeks, perfectly sized for your pocket or clutch in case you want a top-up.

BRONZER

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.

HIGHLIGHTER

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.

Lip & CheekStain
Lip & Cheek Stain

Brilliant! These are highly pigmented, smooth and non-drying. Last really well... apply very thinly and layer till you get the look you want.

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STEP 4: STYLE YOUR PARTY EYES

Whether you’re looking to master a muted daytime smoulder or something bold and shimmery, we’ll break down the basics for you. Before you start to get creative, it’s good to consider your skin tone when picking out colours, and your eye shape when thinking about styles. Experiment and embrace what makes you beautifully unique. Practice really does make perfect, but the real magic happens when you get stuck in and play.

SET THE TONE

When picking your eyeshadow shades, opt for a mix of light and dark colours – 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 Colour 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.

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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.

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STEP 5: CREATE A STATEMENT LIP

According to makeup pros, a supreme party look makes one feature the star of the show. If you’ve held back on your eyes, go bold with a pop of colour on the lips. Or if your eyes are the main attraction, a sweep of gloss or a sheer tinted lipstick can polish off the look and accentuate your features. Read our lipstick buying guide if you need a helping hand, but here are some lip-tastic tips.

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.

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FROM SHEER TO POW

Let your lips do the talking with a texture to tie the look together. A sheer wash of colour can look natural, effortless and utterly glam. Our satin finish Colour Crush™ Lipsticks are soft and creamy, delivering a high dose colour. Or make a statement with our Matte Lipstick in Sienna Rose or Osaka Plum. With their long-lasting formula and high-impact colour, they’re a perfect match for party season. Our Matte Lip Liquids pack a pow with a bold colour payoff that won’t crack. They glide on like a gloss but set like velvet for the ultimate matte finish all night long.

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When the party’s over

As tempting as it may be, you should never go to bed with your makeup on. We’ve all done it and have woken up with the dirty pillow and blemishes to prove it. Get to bed faster with our bestselling Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter – it helps melt away your makeup in no time, even the hard to get off waterproof stuff. It’s also great for sensitive skin types.

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