With Christmas Day just 3 days away, like all beauty-lovers I'm just as excited for Christmas Day makeup as I am about gift giving. And although Christmas day for me is about scoffing the contents of a Quality Street tin and serious QT time with family and friends. I still like to get dolled up and look badass in my Christmas jumper. So here are of my favourite makeup picks to ensure I feel festive and look my best in any family photographs...
My go-to festive face is relatively simple. It's all about great coverage and dewy, healthy looking skin, plus a little sparkle. And the Backlight Priming Filter by BECCA (£32.00) gives a beautiful healthy glow, without looking greasy and keeps my foundation looking fresh, thanks to its 'soft focus' pigments that blur the visibility of imperfections. Greasy skin types may be put off by the extra glow, but if your skin is normal-dry you'll love it. For foundation, Makeup Up For Ever's cult-favourite Ultra HD Foundation (£29.00) is a winner, because of its weightless, natural-looking satin finish. It's perfect for those up-close selfies and you can reach the level of coverage you want by buffing the product into your skin in thin layers. It knocks-back any redness and it really does last. To disguise many late nights, Too Faced 'Born This Way Naturally Radiant' concealer (£20.00)*is creamy, provides a medium coverage but still looks (and feels!) like actual skin. And if you're worried about too much shine, set your foundation with a light layer of MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in 'Medium' (£24.00), which provides a tad more coverage with a velvety soft (and never cakey) finish. To add a touch of warmth, definition and to counteract the potential washing-out effect of flash photography, using Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow (£49.00) simply swipe the contour shade under your cheekbones and temples and then buff it in with a large fluffy brush. Then taking the 'Glow' shade and a fan brush, sweep on-top of the cheekbones, below the brow bone and inner corner of your eyes to ensure your skin is seriously lit.
Next fill in and brush up your brows. And it will come as no surprise that I'll be reaching for my holy-grail ABH Dipbrow (£15.00), just remember to use a light hand and a little, otherwise you'll resemble the pantomime dame! Whilst I will keep the rest of my makeup soft and natural, for my eyes I'll opt for neutral metallics such as gold, copper and bronze. These shades are not only my favourite, they work on all skin tones and are easy to build up into a smoky eye. Applying a little primer to hold the eyeshadow place all day, I'll take Makeup Geek 'Crème Brulee' (£6.00)and blend into the crease and pop the shade Makeup Geek 'Legend' (£9.25) a beautiful foiled warm copper onto the lid keeping the colour within the socket. It's super flattering and super simple. I love ultra black, defined and slightly exaggerated lashes. So apply a few coats of Maybelline Lash Sensational (£7.99), let them dry and apply another coat on the outer corners to create a feminine almond shape. And if I'm feeling super fancy, I'll add some Lash Unlimited False Eye Lashes in the style 13 (£3.49). Admittedly I'm not one to embrace the statement red lip come Christmas Day. My current favourite nude lipstick is MAC x Mariah Carey in 'MCizzle' (£17.00) it's the perfect amount of polish and enhances my assets without fuss and leaving any marks on the mince pies. But if you do wear red it's hard to perfect when applied straight from the bullet, so keep it clean and use a lip brush for extra control. And all you need to finish is a spritz of Gerard Cosmetics Slay(sleigh) All Day Setting Spray (£14.50) to stop any makeup meltdown. And voilà! There you have it, my Christmas Day makeup menu.
What makeup products will you be wearing Christmas Day?