For those of you embracing the party season, you may be the type of person who has their New Years Eve dress organised in November, and thrives on watching their monthly planner rapidly fill up. You may also be the type of person who loves rushing to events after a spray tan, via picking up your lay-by from Scanlan and Theodore. You love the food and the bubbly, and getting your hair done for the office christmas party. I may even go as far as to say your last manicure was red and green.
I, on the other hand don’t even know what I’m doing for New Years, I have nothing to wear for any events this festive season and I am already exhausted from the slight increase in my social schedule. God help me. However, there is one thing I am excited about and that is this seasons on trend party makeup looks. Inspired by this years runway makeup, I have put together a list of makeup styles you must try over this coming party season. When you have the excuse to go all out and be a little more daring with glitter, and metallics, or a bit more glam with cats eyes and rhinestones, then why not give them a try?
Whether it be bright silver as seen at Chanel, or a subtle toned down brown copper version at Nannette Lepore, Metallics are a must. Creme shadows are best. Apply with finger to lid, set with translucent powder if formula is particularly creamy, add black eyeliner to top and bottom lids and in the waterline, a lick of mascara and you are done!
With metallics, an even base is super important. If your foundation is wearing off after a few hours, the rest of your makeup will look messy. Given that this can be strong look, you base should be clean and well applied and stay that way, to support whatever metallic look you go for. A primer such as Benefit’s Stay Flawless 15-hour primer will help to create a lasting base.
Whilst it is a metallic, the copper trend has stormed the runway and is fast becoming the look of the party season. Wear it sparkly, as seen at J. Mendel or metallic teamed with a darker shade on outer corners of the eye to add a touch a glamour as seen on the Chloe runway. I love to wear on the lid and under eye with a smokey kohl eyeliner on top lid and waterline. The best part about the copper trend is that it suits all skin tones and eye colours. Benefit’s Creaseless Creme Eyeshadow in My Two Cents is the perfect colour to achieve this look.
Listen here when I say that glitter is making a comeback! But for all of you ladies who don’t do things in halves. Take inspiration from Chanel and Dior and use crystal embellishment. It takes confidence to pull off but it is do-able for a straight-off-the-runway look that can be worn in “real life”. Finish the look off with clear-like gloss. Benefit Ultra Plush Lip Gloss in Icebreaker is a clear gloss is a perfect way to finish of a bold look like this. Lips need to be plump and glossy but appear bare as to not compete with the eye.
No new news here, colour has been a big trend this year and continues into silly season. Blue has been a big trend as seen in Monique L’huillier, although my personal favourite is the hot pink eye at Donna Karan. Typically it is rare for pink to be put near the eye, unless you want to evoke certain connotations, however this hot pink look is masterfully accomplished but using a slightly darker shade on the lid to add depth and lining the inner waterline with white or nude to keep eyes bright and not irritated looking. Make sure you use an under eye concealer that will make any flaws around the eye disappear and will brighten the underneath to make eyes sparkle. Very important when using bright colours around the eye area!
Where else can you go as glam as New Year’s celebrations? Add a touch or rock and roll glamour to your makeup and work black winged liner. Don’t be afraid to take it large as seen at Lanvin, and to add a twist, dot your liner underneath the eye as seen at Anna Sui. This technique enlarges the eyes and also creates a fun and flirty eye makeup look. Bobbi Brown’s new and improved Ink Liner in Blackest Black will help to create that extreme liner look.