The party season is upon us, the shops are full of sparkly dresses and fabulous shoes and we’re wondering what to wear to the myriad events coming up. With so many parties, so little time to prepare and so much Christmas shopping to do, here are the top trends that will see you through the office Christmas party, nights out in Knightsbridge, New Year’s Eve and beyond:
Dewy skin is in. Go for light, sheer make-up that won’t dry up or sink into your skin, like a tinted moisturiser with a little glow in it. Stick to a mineral make-up that will feel light and not cause congestion.
Michelle Hart, senior practitioner at DestinationSkin’s Muswell Hill clinic says, “I’m all about the mineral make-up. Youngblood mineral make-up is light, breathable and good for your skin.
“I always keep the rice powder in my bag to help blot away any shine on my face. When you’re partying in the Christmas season make sure you’re not blocking your pores with heavy make-up.”
It may sound dull, but be sure you drink water with your wine and try to get a little sleep where you can, to help skin survive repeated nights out on the tiles. Always remove your make-up before bed, and top up with a rich, nourishing moisturiser and a good eye cream before you hit that pillow.
Camilla Kay, beauty editor at Gloss and Content says, “Hydration is the key for the party season, both topping up water levels and moisture levels in the skin, so look for sprays, primers or moisturisers that include Hyaluronic Acid, the key hydrating skincare ingredient. Hydrated skin creates a smoother base for makeup to ensure it lasts the night.”
Eyes, lips and fingertips
All that glitters is gold this season; glitter and sequins are a huge trend and not only on clothes. Try topping a deep red lip with a fine dusting of cosmetic glitter and match with a dewy complexion and a pale, glossy eye for the ultimate in evening glamour. Make an impression with carefully applied sequins and glitter around the outer eye to catch the light and highlight your cheekbones. (Opt for cosmetic glitter where possible for staying power and comfort.)
Camilla Kay, adds: “Go for party season glamour with the autumn/winter trend of matching lips and nails or add a sophisticated shimmer with a spot of glitter on the centre of the eyelid (daubed on top of your eyeshadow). The reflected glimmer creates the illusion of widening the eyes.”
From metallic nail varnishes to eye shadows, metallics provide a sleek sheen and instant glamour. Try dusting a shimmer of gold or silver eyeshadow over the eyelids for day and wetting your brush to apply a more intensive look to take you through to the evening. Experiment with something different like dots of colour under your lower lashes or highlighting the inside corners of your eyes to make them seem wider.
Sexy, smoky eyes are a must at Christmas and this year you can mix it up with deep purples, blues and reds for a colour pop that matches your outfit.
There are no rules when it comes to eye liner this Christmas. Sweep long strokes across the lid above the eye-line, following the shape of your eye out to the side and adding a swish of shimmery shadow. Or conversely, follow the line of your eye up from under your bottom lashes and see how it strengthens the line of your jaw and cheekbones.
What to wear, what to wear?
Camilla Kay, says continue on the sparkle with your accessories: “Add sparkle with shoe or bag accessories or opt for an outfit in the luxe, tactile fabric of the season, velvet.”
Velvet is having a huge moment, from delicate crushed-velvet shoes and party-ready ankle boots to wrap dresses and jumpsuits, velvet is unmatched for warmth, depth of hue and luxurious texture.
Faux fur is glamorous, ethical, takes you from day to night and above all will keep you warm and cosy from party to party. Coat styles are big and teddy-bear soft this year so you can envelop yourself in your own bear-hug whilst still looking fabulous.
Or try adding a faux fur scarf or snood to upgrade your day coat from smart to luxurious. Key colours are soft caramel and light brown.
Ditch the black, instead paint the town red. Little red dresses are everywhere and the frillier the better. Go for a high neck and voluminous sleeves to counter a short skirt and team with patterned tights. This Christmas wearing tights with open-toed shoes is perfectly acceptable.
To the immense relief of feet everywhere, block-heels are here to stay. Be it an embroidered ankle boot, a scrappy sandal or a platform, there are no excuses for leaving the dance floor early.
Messy hair, don’t care
Festive hair is all about that dishevelled look this season. Loose waves and bouncy curls are go. Tie your locks half up with a velvet ribbon in black or crimson for a classic Christmas look.
Alternatively, you could throw your hair up in a loose chignon with soft waves falling around your face in a soft faux-bob, or try a fishtail plait all around your head, accessorised with stars, sequins and glittery clips to truly shine.
There is nothing you can wear more radiant than a smile, so once you have your glad-rags on and those Christmas bells start ringing, just relax and enjoy yourself. It’ll be January soon enough.
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