‘Tis The Season for red lips, sparkling eyes and perfect nail polish. Christmas is the event on the beauty calendar to bring out the classics or try something bolder and so treat yourself in time for festive parties or hope you’ve been good this year and Santa puts them in your stocking.
Unless you’ve been extremely busy buying presents or ice skating in the market square then I’m sure you’ve been counting down the days for Urban Decay’s Naked 3 Palette to arrive in shops on the 16th December. With some beautiful rose gold shades and bloggers already using them as blushes or over matte lip colours, this palette seems to have it all Sample sizes of their cult eye shadow primers are included to keep your makeup after a whole night of dancing to Shakin’ Stevens.
Eyeliner flicks are a must have during the holidays. For super smooth application, a fine tip and long wear you can’t beat Maybelline’s Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner Pen (£5.99).
So your summer tan has now gone completely so fake it with a good bronze blush powder such as Benefit’s Dallas (£23.50) for a light shimmer without the usual peachy or pinky tones of blusher.
For illuminating use e.l.f. Facial Whips (£1.50), my night-time favourite being Golden Peach. Liquid highlighter that gives a sunny glow and a purse-friendly alternative to Benefit’s Sun Beam.
What better way to honour Father Christmas than wearing bright red? The ultimate red lipstick that suits everyone is MAC’s Ruby Woo (£15), a matte finish with blue undertones to make your teeth look whiter.
For mistletoe kisses without the smudging use Lipcote (£3.69), the award-winning product that gives lipstick long lasting staying power.
To match those golden eyes and red lips use Illamasqua’s Nail Duo in Throb and Spartan (£24). The classic red colour has been celebrated by the professionals for being “blood red” and paired with glossy finish gold glitter varnish that dries flat so no scratchy surfaces and let’s face it- who doesn’t love some sparkle at Christmas.
Don’t commit a beauty sin and sleep in your make-up. Even in the early hours of the morning, use Johnson’s Daily Essentials Gentle Eye Make Up Remover Pads (£3.29) to get off even the toughest, waterproof mascara in seconds.
Philosophy Skincare are a great stop for last minute gifts such as their Spice Gingerbread Cookie Bubble Bath (£14) that smells just like the freshly baked gingerbread houses and is so cutely packaged you won’t even have to wrap it!
To make the countdown to the big day a little more fun and to help you slip into a sparkly dress this winter why not treat yourself to the Boots Beauty Advent Calendar (£30) that is filled with 24 mini beauty treats from some of the best brands such as Soap & Glory, Nails inc and Rimmel.