With Christmas and New Year’s just around the corner, the winter festive season is fast approaching. Here are my top tips to stay looking gorgeous and dazzle whether you are attending a Christmas party or just going out for drinks with friends.
Keep up with your skincare routine: wash and moisturise twice a day and do not forget the number one golden rule… Never sleep with your makeup on. I’m sure we have all been guilty of this beauty crime at some point but try to avoid it as it will do the skin no favours.
To achieve a nice, bold look with this season’s colours, ensure that you a have a flawless base, as this will help draw attention to your eyes and lips. You can do this by using a foundation brush to apply foundation evenly across the face > Use your finger to apply some concealer under the eye. I would advise you use a concealer one or two shades lighter than your complexion to help hide dark circles > Once that is done, finish your base off with a sheer to loose powder for an effortless matte finish.
It’s the season for glitz and glamour so let your eyes do the talking when you step into that party. The easiest way to create dazzling eyes is to simply swap the black pencil bottom eyeliner for under eye shadows and coloured/glitter eye pencils. I would recommend trying some from Barry M. Barry M have a great range of metallic colours which are perfect for this season. If you prefer to use eye shadows Sleek also have a variety of different eye shadow palettes to choose from. For the eyelid try using a berry-coloured eye shadow with a hint of gold in the corner of the eye. And to finish use an ink (or pencil) eyeliner across you lash line for a perfect finish.
Say goodbye to the sensible nudes and flirty pinks we were wearing during spring and summer, it’s time to go for the sexy vampy lip. Simply go for a purple colour or a deep red. For a purple lip I suggest M.A.C Rebel lipstick and for the classic red lip try out M.A.C Ruby Woo as it’s very bold, rich with a matte finish. I think every make up-loving girl should have these two in their collection. You can also get the same shades for a cheaper price at Topshop or Rimmel.
Maintain the Look
My No.1 top tip to for maintaining your party makeup is to use a setting spray. I would recommend the All Nighter – Urban Decay setting spray. It’s weightless, seals in and sets makeup for up to 16hrs. It’s perfect for a night out as it minimises sweat. You can get this spray from Debenhams for £19. You wouldn’t want to spend half of your night touching up your makeup when you should be on the dance floor.
*This article was written by the make up connoisseur and cosmetics fanatic Mariam Miiro. She is my go-to guru when it’s about eye-shadow palettes and all things beauty. Be sure to check out her new blog Sansha Gloss!
Vintage YSL blazer; b Store t-shirt; Paul Smith shirt; Jil Sander trousers; Marc by Marc Jacobs socks, Clarks brogues.
Copenhagen Erfurt scarf; River Island skirt; clogs and jacket from Japan; Philippe Roucou bag.
Topshop scarf; Bruuns Bazaar green dress; Joop purple cardigan; vintage lilac dress; Topshop brogues; Jil Sander for Uniqlo coat.
End of the month = payday = shopping!
I’ve been on the lookout for something to buy for a while now (who am I lying to? I already had plenty of options in mind). It must be the spring-like, sun-lit, mild and breezy weather London is giving us of late, or all of these bright and rich colours invading every shop and clothes website. Whatever it is, we are all dying to inject some colour and new shapes into our wardrobes, so I thought I’d take a look at what’s cool and write a little list to give some inspiration, in case any of you was feeling stuck for ideas.
First of all: think mint. It is absolutely everywhere and my friend Sara is delighted as it’s her favourite colour. Just thinking of the high street, I saw this pale green shade in Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, Zara, Accessorize+Monsoon and Pull&Bear, just to name a few.
I thought the following top was probably the easiest option to wear this colour, so you could team it with pretty much anything under the sun.
I chose this mini skirt below because it encompasses two different trends which are huge at the moment and will remain with us through the spring and summer: the Aztec print and the pastel colours (and it goes with the top!)
I love Zara too much. And this skirt is edgy, short, cool and cute. It’s all you need, can’t beat it.
The Aztec print is also featured on this snuggly little jumper. It’s the first time I see neon colours toned down a little to make them look paler, and thought it was different and cool. I need it to wear it over my denim shirt, paired with shorts.
…And that’s when I got the email from Moda Operandi with a preview of the new Marc by Marc Jacobs FW 2012, Marc by Marc Jacobs FW Accessories 2012 and Jason Wu Accessories. So I absolutely had to share.
This sleeveless, round neck velvet cocktail dress has a quirky geometric waistline and an eyelet embroidered skirt, with a silk lining. The colour looks nice and rich and the velvet does not look too thick, preventing the frumpy look that this fabric can give at times. I can see this piece working with contrasting accessories. The red socks really complemented the look and were matching the red lips on the catwalk.
Très chic! I love this tri-tone satchel. It features a snake inspired laser cut suede panel on the front flap and the caramel, mauve and shocking pink work perfectly together.
And last but not least…These burgundy velvet loafers feature varnish red details and a low stacked heel, very comfy and easy to wear with ankle-grazer trousers, slim-fit midi skirts, shorts and mini skirts.
I now feel super impatient about getting a hold on those FW collections – skip the summer, I want a new MbMJ bag!