How to wear your make-up on Christmas day

For the perfect nod to the festivities, a bold red lip is a must and a quick way to nail your look when you’ve only got minutes to spare

Sarah Young@sarah_j_young
Sunday 24 December 2017 15:38
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In between unwrapping your presents, basting the turkey and filling up guest’s glasses with bubbly, your beauty look can often take a back seat on Christmas day.

But, whether you’re getting dressed up or vegging out at home, there is a way to keep up appearances during the festivities with little-to-no fuss.

First things first, you have two options here – go all out with merrymaking maquillage or keep your make-up simple and natural, albeit with a hint of sparkle.

For the perfect nod to the festivities, a bold red lip is a must and a quick way to nail your look when you’ve only got minutes to spare.

The trick here is to go for a formula that can withstand the endless supply of mince pies and prosecco you’re about to consume and for this we suggest opting for a liquid lipstick; our favourite being Fenty Beauty’s Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored, which apparently suits every skin tone.

Alternatively, is there anything more Christmassy than glitter?

Fenty Beauty, Stunna Lip Paint, £19, Harvey Nichols

If you prefer to put the focus on your eyes, a wash of sparkly colour across your lids is a great and grown-up way to embrace the trend and for this we direct you towards Bleach London’s Glitterati palette – a collection of nine dazzling shades that guarantee a statement finish.

For a look that’s just as glam teamed with your best dress as it is a pair of stretchy lounge pants it’s time to nail no make-up, make-up.

Glitterati Palette, £35, Bleach London

Here, your focus should be on your complexion and if you’re rushed for time take it back to basics with a foundation that will apply with ease.

To amp it up, finish by applying a sweep of highlighter along your brow bones, cheeks, down your nose and dotted in your cupid’s bow, before coating your lashes with mascara.

Eyes to Mesmerise in Marie Antoinette, £22, Charlotte Tilbury

While you can leave your lids bare, eyeshadow sticks are serious game-changers when it comes to saving time. Simply swipe over the lid and use your finger to dab and blend.

Similarly, opting for a nude, buttery lipstick will mean you avoid the need for touch-ups throughout the day.

Bobbi Brown, Crushed Lip Colour in Angel, £24, Net-a-Porter
Anastasia Beverly Hills, Liquid Glow in Perla, £26, Feel Unique
Nars, Sheer Glow Foundation, £33, Nars

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