Beauty Knowhow: Pamper or party? Your choice
FOR FULL-ON GLAMOUR
Now, time to spruce things up for those planning to party a little – whether that’s on your own, virtually or with your bubble – and shake some of those 2020 blues away
Firstly, a bit of skin prep. It’s always great to hydrate before you apply your make-up. It just makes skin look that bit juicier, plumper and brighter. For a quick and easy option try Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask with Pomegranate & Hyaluronic Acid (£1.99, boots.com), which super-saturates with moisture. For a more deluxe option I’m a long-time fan of Charlotte’s Magic Cream (£49, charlottetilbury.com); it’s rich but not heavy and makes skin look its best. Then apply your favourite foundation (I’m not going to recommend any here as there are some great new launches coming in January so I’d say stay with what you currently love – at least for now!).
For some party eyes I really don’t think you can beat Elf’s latest Liquid Glitter Eye Shadow (£5, elfcosmetics.co.uk). It comes in 11 great jewel shades and is made with a long-wearing gel formula that offers buildable colour and easy application – just swipe and go.
If you prefer a more neutral shade then Max Factor Masterpiece Nude Palette in Cappuccino Nudes (£14.99, superdrug.com) is excellent, too. Top off this look with Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes! Mascara (£23, charlottetilbury.com). It really does give a dramatic curl and life to lashes and covers them in a seriously black coat of colour. In truth, I found I had to practise a little with this to apply the brush in exactly the right way, but it doesn’t take long to master and you can add multiple coats without clogging lashes.
If you want to stay under a tenner then I’m still a constant cheerleader for Maybelline The Falsies Lash Lift (£9.99, boots.com), which is as good as its name suggests.
For your lips, I highly recommend beginning with an often overlooked little gem: Guerlain Kiss Kiss Liplift Smoothing Lipstick Primer (£29, guerlain.com). It’s great to smooth lips, isn’t drying and helps lipstick to last longer.
To add an easy-swipe colour, you could try Chanel Rouge Coco Flash (£27.90, johnlewis.com). It’s a light formula that spreads on to lips easily, delivers a good – but not heavy – dose of colour and has a dash of a shiny finish. My favourites are Ultime (pictured) for a great red and Boy for a good nude.
Get that salon finish… at home
For easy DIY hair styling these two new tools nail it.
To achieve a loose, beachy look the Babyliss Cordless Waving Wand (above left, £180, babyliss.co.uk) is simple – no tethered lead makes it less convoluted for cack-handed types like me. It also heats up quickly, is lightweight and comes with a protective glove so a brief encounter with the heated wand leaves you unscathed.
For a more volume-focused style, the GHD Rise Hot Brush (above right, £169, ghdhair.com) is a very trusty steed. It delivers even heat, easy curls and if you go wrong there’s no need to wet hair and restart – just re-swipe the brush, curl and go.