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Make-Up Looks for Every Party Occasion

Feature: Long Read
Words by Nasreen Osman

The party season is upon us, and the invites are streaming in. Your diary is quickly filling up with a whirlwind of events and with every RSVP, you do the mental jig of wondering what to wear, how to style your hair and of course, how to do your make-up. One night you’ll be revelling in the glitz and glam of a Gatsby-esque soirée, the next brings the buzzing excitement of a grand cocktail party at Annabel’s annual event; and while every occasion may abide by a different dress code, one thing they do have in common is an invitation to exercise your creative skills. For instance, "playing with texture and colour adds drama to any look," according to celebrity make-up artist, Valeria Ferreira. "Experiment with a bold ultra-matte lip in a deep tone or go for an extra lacquer lip finish – it’s an easy and simple way to add a ‘special’ element to your make-up." From glitter-gilded lids and ethereal shimmers to a striking lacquered lip juxtaposed by pared-back eyes, this party season is about embracing the drama of it all. Lucky for you, we’ve done the hard work by breaking down your roster of events  and the looks you’ll tempted to don.

"Playing with texture and colour adds drama to any look. Experiment with a bold ultra-matte lip in a deep tone or go for an extra lacquer lip finish – it’s an easy and simple way to add a ‘special’ element to your make-up."
 


Valeria Ferreira, Celebrity Make-up Artist

Black Tie

Picture yourself at The Ritz where every guest is dressed to the nines and adorned in elegant jewels with glamourous make-up to match. If there was ever a time to stay the classic course, it’d be now – and nothing says timeless quite like a red lip. Build your base with the Armani Luminous Silk Foundation to blur and brighten skin, and carve out your natural contours with the Westman Atelier Face Trace Contour Stick. Reintroduce warmth to your complexion by working in the creamy NARS Afterglow Liquid Blush for a natural-looking, rosy-cheeked flush. As for your eyes? Try the latest season’s trend of contrasting a bold lip with barely-there eye make-up. Load up a brush with the pale celestial hues in the Pat McGrath Labs MTHRSHP Mega Eyeshadow Palette and finish with a swipe of the non-sticky, multi-dimensional formula from Kylie Cosmetics’ High Gloss for an ethereal touch.

Finally, we’ve arrived at the focal point: the red lip. Glide the  Prada Beauty Monochrome Hyper Matte lipstick   on your lips for a bold, matte finish that is the epitome of insouciant chic. For a red lip with an on-trend twist, seek out deeper tones like the  Pat McGrath Labs Mattetrance Matte Lipstick in the beautifully rich, burgundy Mcmenamy hue.

Life of the Party

A night on the town is all about having fun! That applies to your make-up, too. Embrace the quintessential elements of party make-up with the full coverage Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup foundation, a cult-classic beloved for a your-skin-but-better finish. The metallic hues of Charlotte Tilbury’s Luxury Eyeshadow Palette splayed across lids scream ‘party’ and encourage a carefree approach, while a generous helping of the Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish: Divine Glow Highlighter feathered along your cheekbones adds the kind of sparkle the season calls for. Amp up the look with the Lancôme Crayon Kohl – don’t overthink it, simply line your upper and lower waterline and smudge away. As for your pout, find your ideal nude hue in the Hourglass Unreal High Shine Volumizing Lip Gloss for an ultra-glossy finish that wears comfortably throughout the night.

Pro-tip: generously layering the   Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Setting Spray  between steps will help your make-up stay fresh for hours. At the end of the night, don't forget to cleanse away every spec of pigment to keep your skin in good shape between events. Ferreira's top tip? "Facials, steaming, masking and sleep! I also swear by sheet masks and a hyaluronic acid serum to keep skin glowing." 

"Facials, steaming, masking and sleep! I also swear by sheet masks and a hyaluronic acid serum to keep skin glowing."
 


Valeria Ferreira, Celebrity Make-up Artist

An Evening Soirée

There’s something magical about attending a dinner party with friends and family during the holiday season – pockets of spritely conversation take place in different corners of the room; the mood is laidback, yet jovial and hearty laughs drown out the background music. To match your make-up to the candle-lit atmosphere, think: romance. Emit a rosy glow using VIEVE’s Sunset Blush Balm, working the creamy pigment onto cheeks, up towards temples and onto lids for an effortless, monotone look. Given that out-of-bounds blush is having a moment, dial up the intensity with a swipe of the sumptuous warm rose pans in the Byredo Remembrance 18 Colours Eyeshadow Palette. With ambient lighting as your ally, go foundation-free, or for a second-skin finish, the Westman Atelier Complexion Drops impart a beautiful dewy glow. When we think of all the chatting, snacking on hors d'oeuvres and sips of prosecco that will be taking place, a low-maintenance, high-impact lip is key to avoid interruption. Look to the Huda Beauty Lip Blush for a lip stain that is hydrating, long-lasting and wonderfully pigmented.

One more thing: lashings of the Caroline Herrera Fabulous Eyes Smudgeproof Mascara are a must to add more oomph to this minimal look. Now you’re ready for your Polaroid shot.

After-Work Social

Switching off your professional persona as soon as the clock strikes 6 p.m. requires some make-up math. Forget spending two hours on your look. Instead, you're clambering to nab a spot in the bathroom with minutes to dress up. But it’s possible with multitasking make-up. Go from day to night instantly with a swipe of the Hourglass Scattered Light Eyeshadow; the creamy, high-impact formula applies without a hitch, leaving a glitter finish behind in a range of sophisticated holiday hues. No time to define your arches? Simply grab the Chantecaille Full Brow Perfecting Gel to fluff up brows for an effortless full, textured look. When it comes to mascara, don’t compromise on volume and length, do it both with Huda Beauty’s 1 Coat WOW Mascara. Another must for your on-the-go kit is the Iconic London Lustre Lip Oil. This non-sticky, high-shine gloss provides nourishment to lips while enhancing your natural colour and granting fuller-looking lips.

Remember that this is the moment to let your personality shine. Swiping an interesting accent colour like the striking blue hue in the Prada Beauty Dimensions Durable Multi-Effect Eyeshadow Palette makes for a conversation starter. To display your artistic talents, use the Lancôme Artliner to create a captivating, graphic gaze. What could be better than strutting out of the office with a playful winged eye?

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