The holidays are fast approaching, and with it comes party season! There will be plenty of opportunities to glam up your makeup look, between holiday entertaining with family and friends and office Christmas parties. ‘Tis the season to rock festive manicures, dramatic lipsticks and dazzling eye looks.
To help prep for the ever-growing list of social outings and soirées, Beauty Advisors from London Drugs have curated a list of the biggest beauty trends and colours that work best for the holidays.
You can’t go wrong with the classics when it comes to holiday manicures, but try upgrading to a formula that will survive the Christmas party hop. Essie’s new 2-step Gel Couture luxurious wear formula lasts longer than the 12 Days of Christmas (up to 14 days, in fact). Essie’s Gel Couture in Hang up the Heels and Gala-Vanting are both beautiful classic shades that will match any holiday outfit.
Got a last minute party invite? Throw on a set of Kiss Gel Fantasy Ready-To-Wear Gel Nails in Faux Real for gorgeous nails in a pinch.
With so many events and varying dress codes, London Drugs’ Beauty Advisors recommend an eyeshadow palette with a wide range of shades to adjust your look accordingly. A favourite is L’Oreal’s Colour Riche La Palette in Nude 1. With a selection of 10 neutral matte and shimmery shades, you can play your look up or down depending on the event. Creating a cat-eye with L’Oreal’s easy to use Superstar Eyeliner is the perfect way to amp up the look.
If a party calls for a little more sparkle, add a touch of glitter to the cat-eye. A long-time favourite is Lise Watier’s Eye Glitter Liner.
The easiest way to light up the room at any party is with a flawless glow. Our beauty experts suggest Makeup Revolution’s Vivid Baked Highlighter; it gives a beautiful shimmery golden glow to the cheekbones in just one sweep.
Investing in a lip palette with a variety of shades will make switching up your look between parties that much easier. The L’Oreal Colour Riche La Palette Lip in Ruby Red has the perfect gradient of bright to deep reds that will compliment all of your holiday eye looks. For an extra trendy pout, London Drugs’ Beauty Advisors recommend applying a coat of Maybelline’s Lip Studio Shine Shot Lip Top Coat in Clear Vinyl over top.
Products to Last the Party Circuit
To make sure your makeup lasts from secret Santa exchange to cocktail hour, it’s worth adding these beauty products to your holiday makeup routine. Applying an eyeshadow primer prior to your eye makeup will ensure that the shadow (and your super glam glitter liner) don’t budge all night. Try the Cargo HD Picture Perfect Eye Shadow Primer: eyeshadow will appear more vivid and will be locked in place. Once makeup application is complete, don’t forget to mist your face with L’Oreal’s Infallible Pro Mist & Fix Makeup Extender Setting Spray. This spray will keep your makeup looking flawless all night long.
For more holiday beauty inspiration from London Drugs’ beauty experts, watch this L’Oreal Holiday Makeup Tutorial!
A twist on the ‘no-makeup’ makeup look this season is the gym skin trend. The look gives a natural flush to cheeks and a fresh dewy texture to the skin, similar to a post-workout glow. It’s the perfect minimal makeup routine for the upcoming summer months. Fashion and beauty blogger Brittany of Life Set Sail shows you how to achieve the look with some key application tips and products!
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Whether you’re planning on a hot date or a night out with your best friends, Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to have some fun with your makeup routine. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to get doll-like lashes and a bold matte lip for a sweet yet sultry look. Our Beauty Advisor Amanda has handpicked the best products to use, with both budget-friendly and splurge-worthy options, so you can look gorgeous no matter what your budget is!
Lise Watier’s International Makeup Artist David Vincent shows us his all-time favourite Lise Watier products, as well as some pro application tips for face, eyes and lips.
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Not sure what vegan makeup is all about? Or looking to find an affordable vegan and eco-conscious makeup brand? Emani Cosmetics is a fantastic line of vegan makeup products now found at London Drugs. All products in the line are 100% vegan and gluten friendly, 100% cruelty free, 100% talc and paraben free, are made with no harsh chemicals or petrochemicals, and the packaging is even recycled and biodegradable! Beauty Blogger Britta walks us through a fall makeup tutorial using a wide range of Emani products, to show you the benefits, colour pay-off and coverage.
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You’ve probably used primers and white eye shadow bases to make your shadows vibrant and your eyes pop…but have you ever tried a black eye shadow base before? Beauty YouTuber Stephanie of SLMissGlam shows us how this black eye shadow base from NYX can make your eyes really pop- especially when used with the new NYX prismatic eye shadows.
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