LOOKING GOOD: Beauty writer Chantelle Azille creates the Christmas look
WITH THE party season upon us it's time to get over your winter blues and get in the mood for the glitz and glam that is Christmas. This winter go bold with statement red lips and luscious false lashes for that uber glam look. Beauty writer Chantelle Azille takes a look at festive makeup and beauty gift ideas.
Christmas is the time of year when you can experiment with different looks, an excuse to be bold, to try something new and to look fabulous at your Christmas party. Follow these simple steps to recreate this Christmas look!
Foundation: Apply the foundation all over the face, using either a sponge or foundation brush. You can try Mary Kay’s Timewise Matte-Wear Liquid Foundation, it comes in a wide range of shades and covers all skin tones. Visit www.marykay.co.uk to find your nearest consultant.
Highlighter: Apply to the darker areas of the skin, e.g. under the eyes, around the nose or just under the brow bone to highlight the skin and give it an all over glow. Try YSL’s Touche Éclat £17.50 www.yslbeauty.co.uk
Translucent Powder: Use the powder to set the face, I’d recommend Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. £29 www.houseoffraser.co.uk
Eyeshadow: To recreate the smokey eye look, apply a lighter colour all the way up to the crease of the eye, with a dark brown or black shadow apply a small amount from the outside corner of the eye in a sideways ‘v’ shape, along the lash line up into the crease, building up the colour slowly and blending with the lighter shade. Try Benefits ‘Smokin' Eyes’ kit £28.50 (Also takes care of your brows) www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk
Eyeliner: Apply black eyeliner, top and bottom to create a more dramatic look. Try Bourjois Liner Feutre £5.99 www.boots.com
False Lashes: False lashes can be tricky to apply so get some practice in before the big night out. Use the glue provided to stick the lashes. Try Eyelure lashes, which come in a variety of different styles, depending on whether you want a natural or more dramatic look. £5.25 www.boots.com
Lips: To finish of the look, hot red lips are a must. Try
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick £7.49 www.boots.com
If your stuck for Christmas gift ideas for the lady in your life, whether it be, mother, wife, girlfriend, or mistress, we have some fantastic pressies to get you in their good books this Christmas.
Elemis Glowing Beauty Gift Set £45
You can’t go wrong with this fantastic Elemis set. Not only is it great value for money the products are amazing too. It contains the following products:
• Elemis Melting Cleansing Gel (125ml)
• Elemis Maximum Moisture Day Cream (50ml)
• Elemis Tranquil Touch Creamy Body Wash (100ml)
• Elemis Tranquil Touch Body Polish (50ml)
• Elemis Tranquil Touch Body Cream (150ml)
FANTASTIC: Elemis Glowing Beauty Gift Set
Ruby and Miller Manicure Set £12
For the younger lady, the Ruby and Miller manicure set is the perfect gift, cheap, cheerful and just what you need for the party season. It comes with all the tools needed for perfectly manicured nails.
Paco Rabanne Lady Million £46.50
Everyone loves to unwrap a perfume gift set on Christmas morning. For a little extra you can get the luxurious body lotion included
YSL Beauty Icon Gift Set £46.50
If you want her to love you forever not just for Christmas, this YSL set will certainly do the trick. It contains the iconic False Lash Effect Mascara as well as Touche Éclat and Top Secrets Flash Radiance Skincare Brush.
AND FOR THE MEN….
The Elemis Superstar Grooming Kit £45
The male grooming kit is just the thing for the man in your life. Spoil him rotten with these four amazing products. They include:
• Deep Cleanse Facial Wash 200ml
• Ice-Cool Foaming Shave Gel 200ml
• Daily Moisture Boost 50ml
• Sharp Shower Body Wash 100ml
• Stylish black wash bag