How to be beautiful: The party line
Sunday 18 December 2011
Successful party make-up involves turning up the volume to the right degree. A glamorous outfit with an undone face produces a strange effect best left to Tilda Swinton. Conversely, a full-on make-over may attract such incredulous compliments from others that you will spend your evening wondering just how unattractive you look on a day-to-day to basis.
In the beauty halls, the most-requested look for party season is the smoky eye – with good reason, since it brings low-maintenance drama. While high-colour lipstick requires perfection, a smoky eye looks OK when a little worn-in. You needn't take the name literally, either; navy or aubergine can be softer and more flattering than charcoal.
Fiddly they might be, but never underestimate the prettifying power of false eyelashes. Enlist help with application if necessary and you'll be pleasantly surprised when you inspect the inevitable barrage of photos – there's a reason they're a red-carpet staple.
A neutral lipgloss should be your plus-one, far more forgiving than lipstick when it comes to eating, drinking and talking. Which, after all, is what a party is about.
Life & Style blogs
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Who is Teresa Fidalgo? Debunking the fake ghost story that's got Instagram spooked
Ukip's official health spokesperson: 'Honestly, I have no experience in health whatsoever'
Deliberately urinating before sex can increase risk of urinary tract infections
Doctors to trial 29-point checklist for elderly patients facing 'unavoidable' death
- 1 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 2 Mother of newborn Baby No 59 trapped in sewer pipe told Chinese police she 'heard crying' when she raised alarm
- 3 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 4 Tennis fan suing Australian Open organisers for 'failing to shade spectators' during Murray match
- 5 This crazy skiing video will leave you feeling queasy
Excellent Salary : Austen Lloyd: OXFORD - REGIONAL FIRM - An excellent opportu...
Super Package: Austen Lloyd: BRISTOL - SENIOR CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE - An outstan...
£15000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Fantastic opportunities are ava...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Compute Engineer is required to join a globa...