If you’re intimidated by doing eye makeup, or if you prefer to an understated, classic look, these tips are for you. Follow these easy instructions and you’ll be creating a Christmas look that you can in fact wear all year round.
1. Put on cosmetic lenses
With little or no eye makeup, your eyes may look tired and this can make your overall look seem fatigue. Wearing cosmetic lenses that enhance the look of your eyes is one “cheat” that you can try, so that your eyes look lively even without significant eye makeup.
Try: Acuvue Define. These dailies are equipped with the Lacreon technology that creates a cushion of moisture so that your eyes can feel comfortable and hydrated for up to 20 hours. On top of this, it also offers UV protection, so it doesn’t just make you look better.
2. Prep your skin well
The very first step to long-lasting makeup is skin preparation. Apply toner and moisturiser before you begin your makeup routine. These steps help skin become more hydrated so that your makeup can glide on more easily and stay on for a longer time.
Try: Bevy C. Lumiwhite Moist Up Emulsion (SGD37) from here. This Taiwanese product can be used in place of a makeup primer, and on top of hydration, also offers brightening effect on the skin so that makeup look more luminous.
3. Start with flawless skin
Your skin preparation regime should make your skin look hydrated already, and now it’s time to achieve flawless-looking complexion. For dewy complexion, go for a hydrating liquid foundation, and apply with a sponge for a natural-looking finish.
Try: Estee Lauder Double Wear Makeup To Go Liquid Compact (SGD68). This is a hydrating liquid foundation compact that gives long-lasting coverage. And the best part about it is that its smart packaging allows you to use liquid foundation on the go. All you need to do is to push one button to dispense a small amount of product for use. Read our review of it here.
4. Warm up your complexion
For selfie-ready complexion, use a bronzer to sculpt the appearance of your cheeks so your face appear slimmer. Simply dust the bronzer right under your cheekbones and along your jawline. Remember to blend it out for a natural look.
Try: Etude House Snowy Dessert Cookie Contour Maker (SGD23.90). Designed especially for the Christmas season, this baked (no pun intended) powder is in a shade that flatters the skin undertone of Asians. Check out the other adorable Etude House Christmas products here.
5. Achieve a healthy glow
Blusher helps light up complexion immediately, and make your complexion look more rosy and healthy. If late nights have been making your complexion look pale and lifeless, you should certainly be generous with the blusher.
Try: Sulwhasoo ShineClassic Premium Multi Powder Compact (SGD188). You would probably have a regular blusher that you’ve been using, but if you’re looking for something more fancy and of collectible value, go for this limited edition beauty. Its casing features mother-of-pearl that’s created using traditional Korean line engraving technique, and the designs are created in collaboration with top accessory craft masters from Korea. The blusher features a motif of plum blossoms and contains crystal-clear pearls to add radiance to your skin.
6. Apply a striking lipstick
Iif you’re not intending to spend time creating an attention-grabbing eye makeup for Christmas, you should invest in a bold lipstick. An outstanding lipstick that is hydrating and long-lasting is going to be your best investment this holiday season.
Try: Lancome L’Absolu Rouge. The lipsticks from this range have rich colours without compromising on wearability. They are also infused with Pro-Xylane, an anti-ageing ingredient, so your lips will look smooth and soft. Check out some of the gorgeous colours Lancome has launched in Christmas.
7. Stick on false lashes
False lashes are an easy way to dress up your eyes effortlessly. Go for a natural-looking pair for the your-lashes-but-better look.
Try: Make Up For Ever Lash Show false lashes (SGD32 per pair). The collection includes 30 different pairs of lashes, in both natural and creative styles. If you’re not going for a dramatic look, pick the natural ones. Made from high quality synthetic fibres, these handmade false lashes aren’t just lightweight, but also flexible enough to fit your eye contours perfectly. They’re available at Sephora ION and Ngee Ann City, and at the Make Up For Ever Pro Loft.
8. Bring on the glitter
Finally, to complete the glamorous look, spray on some shimmer on your décolletage. A festive party is the best occasion for you to do so.
Try: The Body Shop Sparkler In Golden Shimmer (SGD39.90). This comes with a puff so you can easily dispense the shimmer on your body. The glittery particles are very fine so it’s going to give you a flattering glow.