The Christmas parties are beckoning but if you're anything like us you're still chained to your desk with a to-do list that won't seem to get shorter. Sarah Simpson takes you through three simple steps to getting party ready by working with what you already have.
When you don't have time to completely re-do your base makeup, adding some highlighter is often all that's needed to breathe new life into your complexion. A light dusting of these luminous powders is the first step to party-prep - brush some onto your forehead, cheekbones, and even decolletage to give your skin a beautiful touch of luminosity.
Elizabeth Arden Limited Edition Beautiful Color Bold Illuminating Liquid Highlighter, $49. Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix highlighting Stick in Gold Light, $35. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, $72. MAC Extra Dimension Skin Finish in Beaming Blush, $64. Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio, $69. YSL Touche Eclat Complexion Highlighter, $65.
The beauty of eye makeup is that it's buildable, so a neutral shade that sees you through a day in the office becomes the perfect base colour for a smokey eye in the evening. A smokey eye is also a best friend of ours because it doesn't need to be perfect, in fact the more buffed out the better - colour like this looks sexy and 'lived in'. Switch it up by choosing tones of cranberry, aubergine and dark brown which are flattering on the eyes and are a welcome change from black.
Stila Eyes are the Window Shadow Palette, $78. Guerlain Ecrin 1 Couleur Eye Shadow in Browni-Clyde, $57. Lancôme Hypnose Drama Eyes Palette in Bain de Minuit, $105. Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Eye Shadow in Spice, $50. Revlon Not Just Nudes Shadow Palette in Passionate Nudes, $35. Chantecaille Protect the Lions Eyeshadow Palette, $132.
For the party season, we say it's time to ditch the matte lipstick and opt for a gloss. Shiny, sparkly and super-sexy, the colourful mirror-like finish of these are party-perfect and can really work to complement your look. Choose either a clear option over your favourite lip colour or opt for a tinted variant which gives shade and sheen at once.