Christmas Make Up After-Dark Sparkle

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Christmas Make Up: After-Dark Sparkle

Discover icy, ethereal make up shades and create a dreamy evening look this Christmas.


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Published 02/12/2009

Full-on evening Christmas glamour looks best with simple, striking make up so choose icy hues to freshen your skin and highlight your features.

What's the Look?

This flattering, ethereal look swaps smoky shades for silver and white hues, teamed with a flawless base.

Max Factor Natural Minerals Powder Foundation
How to do it
  1. A flawless complexion is essential, so try using a mineral foundation, which blends easily. Try Max Factor Natural Minerals Powder Foundation.
  2. Next, smooth a suits–all–skin–tones rose–pink cream blusher onto your cheekbones, blending upwards and outwards. We like Clinique Brushwear Cream Stick in Very Blush.
  3. On your eyes, use a soft eyeshadow brush to apply a layer of silver shadow over the lids and up to the brow bone, blending well. Work the shadow into the inner corner of each eye and take the colour underneath the lower lashes, too. Don't worry if any flecks of eyeshadow fall onto your cheeks – it only adds to the glowing effect. We like Lancôme Color Design Sensational Effects Eyeshadow in Silver Shines.
  4. Follow with two coats of black volumising mascara, such as Maybelline Volume Express Mascara.
  5. Let your frosted eyes take centre–stage this Christmas by teaming them with a muted baby pink pout. Press the colour onto your lips with your finger to ensure the look is soft and modern. Try Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Lipstick in Pink Diamond.

Elnett Hairspray Extra Strength
Complement the look with...

Try this elegant up–do that suits every hair type:

  1. Divide your hair into five equal sections and, one at a time, twist and fasten at the back of your head with grips or mini crocodile clips.
  2. Once all the hair is in place, pull a few strands free from around your face to create a slightly undone finish, and spritz with a strong–hold hairspray such as Elnett Hairspray Extra Strength.

Tip: Dramatic Christmas eyes should be teamed with lips in ultra–subtle shades. However, darker skin tones can get away with more colour, so go for a red or plum stain on the lips instead. Try No7 Autumn Collection Lip and Cheek Tint in Fire.

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