First things first, work out your party make-up:
A smokey eye is always a winner, dark eyes will go with anything and are low maintenance. A black kohl is a quick and easy way to get a sultry look. Draw the pencil around your top and bottom lashes, your application doesn’t have to be perfect because you can then smudge it out. For a stronger look, take the pencil all over your lid and blend it in with a brush. Go over the pencil with an eyeshadow of your choice, blending it so you have no hard edges. Smokey eyes don’t have to be black, experiment with colour – purple and silver can look great. Finish the look with lots of mascara.
Red lips will brighten any outfit. A pillarbox red is sure to get you noticed, while a deep red can be more alluring – these reds were all over the autumn/winter runways. Maintenance is required for a strong lip, so be prepared to check in with the bathroom mirror. Use a lip liner and a brush for a perfect application. Wear colour as a stain if you want more of a relaxed feel. Keep eyes softer - a flick of liner works brilliantly with a lip. Try Ilia’s Crimson and Clover for a wearable vibrant red.
A bit of shimmer can never go amiss but be careful where you put it. Put it in the wrong place and you can look sweaty in photographs, not a good look. Apply it to areas like your cheekbones, brow bones, inner corners of the eyes and cupids bow – anywhere you want to highlight. Be sure to blend well so it looks like your skin is glowing, rather than a stripe of shimmer. If you have more skin on show, then dust a little on your décolletage and shoulders.
Whatever your look, make sure you take your make-up off at the end of the night. Leave it on and your eyes may feel sore the next day - your skin will not thank you either. Keep wipes by the side of your bed for emergency removal, not something I’d recommend for every day, but acceptable at 2 o’clock in the morning and better than leaving your slap on! Neal’s Yard Remedies’ Organic Facial Wipes are a great option.
Late parties teamed with winter weather can play havoc on your skin. Central heating, not drinking enough water and one too many festive tipples can cause many people to become dehydrated. This can result in dull, lacklustre and flaky skin. It’s time to step up your moisture levels and be clever with your skincare. Cheat some sleep by applying a hard working serum before bed; Beyond Organic’s Ultra Radiance Age Defying Serum is magic in a jar. Use at night and wake looking well rested. A good eye cream is essential at this time of year, Tata Harper’s is my current choice. Make sure you exfoliate and treat your skin to a regular mask – Nude’s Miracle Mask is like a two in one. It sloughs off dead skin to reveal fresher, brighter skin underneath. It is great before a night out too.
For the mornings after:
Don’t try and disguise late nights with heavy foundation, this can make tired skin look worse. Instead use lightweight products to help lift skin, try RMS’ Living Luminiser to brighten a jaded complexion. Oskia’s Get Up and Glow is another saviour in a bottle, doing just what it says on the label, while adding essential nourishment too.
Don’t forget that simple but often overlooked beauty rule - water, drink lots of water. We’re all guilty of it, especially in the colder months when a hot mug of tea is much more appealing. However water is one of our strongest allies all the year round. You know it’s true, so make sure you’re getting your quota.
Article by Louise Dartford who started her career in make-up over 10 years ago. She has always been interested in natural products and experiments with them in her kit making sure that it is as clean and ethical as possible. Louise aims to show that eco-beauty is cool and we don’t need harsh, unsustainable or untested chemicals to look good.