This time of the year, we all have various social occasions to go to, including the work Christmas party. Getting ready in the toilet is not anyone's idea of glam. Rubbish lighting, makeup falling in the sink, colleagues hurrying you along while the taxi waits outside - it's really not the best place to get glammed up, is it?
The solution? My vote is do most of your makeup in the morning, reset it at night, and use a few key products to glam up your look. Wondering how? Then read on for a step-by-step guide to glam.
The night before your night out, use an eye makeup remover, something like Clinique's Take The Day Off. Then exfoliate, cleanse and moisturise before heading to bed to get party ready skin.
In the morning before work:
1 Apply a little of your favourite day moisturiser, I like Arbonne FC5.
2 Smooth primer all of your face, right now I'm using Clinique primer right now.
3 Add a 10p size of your foundation to the back of your hand, dab a brush into it and apply all over your face. Only add more if you need more coverage, as less is more here, and if you need to, use concealer
4 To set your makeup, apply a loose, translucent powder, Mary Kay have a fantastic one out just now, or try the Mac Prep & Prime version. Use a big fluffy brush and apply all over the face. Add a little bronzer or a touch of blusher for more colour in the face.
5 Pencil in those brows with your favourite brow pencil or brow kit. Benefit Brow-Zing is a personal favourite.
6 Apply mascara to lashes.
That will give you a great daytime look to build on before you go to your party.
When you're getting ready in the office:
1 Don't take your makeup off, because it'll not do your skin any favours. Keep on what you added this morning.
2 Reset the foundation and put some moisture in your skin - spray Mac Fix+, or Body Shop Vitamin E spray lightly on your face. If you need more coverage now, add a little more foundation to your face and blend with your fingers, only where you need it.
3 Give your eyes some colour by applying an eyeshadow stick. I love the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow stick. Use a light colour, something beige, stoney grey or gold.
4 Use a pencil with a little shimmer, try Mac Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner in the shade Black Line or Black Swan. Apply right along the top lash line, and make a semi circle shape on the outer corner of the eyes. Then, take a blending brush (try Mac 217) and in circular motions, blend the eyeliner to give you instant smokey eyes. Then add another quote of mascara if you need it. If you're a false lash fan, apply your favourite set.
5 Highlight and conceal under the eyes with something like No7 Instant Radiance Concealer.
6 Add a bronzer or blusher to add colour to the face, apply your favourite lipstick or lipgloss.
7 Give your face one more spritz with Mac Fix+ to set your makeup, and you're good to go.
Hey presto - party ready smokey eye makeup without all of the eyeshadows and brushes you'd use at home. Enjoy your Christmas party!