18.12.2019 | Sophie Beresiner 
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Big Beauty: Go bold or go home
Christmas makeup doesn't have a glitter and gold rule. 'Tis the season to be jolly after all
Christmas makeup doesn't have a glitter and gold rule. 'Tis the season to be jolly after all
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PHOTOGRAPHER I DANIEL THOMAS SMITH

BEAUTY DIRECTION I SOPHIE BERESINER
MAKEUP | KATIE-JANE HUGHES

Christmas is the time of twinkling lights and sparkling wine, but your party makeup does not have to adhere to the same adjectives. Matte (the cool-girl texture of choice, FYI) is much more than the absence of shine. SO much more, in fact. Whilst convention dictates that we’re drawn to shiny things like magpies at this time of year, in many ways bold bright mattes make much more sense. Low maintenance for one - gloss moves, glitter drops, metallics can crack. Attention-grabbing for another; both for the bold colour joyfulness, but also the point of difference. You'll be the brightest star in a sky full of twinkling ones.

Why matte? It's touchable; who can resist the inscrutable allure of a flocked anything? It taps straight into some primordial penchant for poking at moss (ah the joy of moss!) and fuzzy felt. It’s deliciously tactile; the textural embodiment of ASMR. The makeup equivalent of wearing faux-fur.

For your festive face it's the only way forward. While shimmer can slip into naff, glossy into ‘glam’, matte stays resolutely chic. Whether it’s used as an eyeshadow or a lipstick it makes a statement precisely because it’s the perfect contrast to your real skin. Real skin has pores that produce sweat and oil, so in comparison matte lends a kind of supernatural stamp. To wear it best, layer over skin that is ALWAYS fresh and natural rather than overly powdered, for the coolest contrast.

It's a party in makeup form...

Fire IT Up

Develop a passion for pigments with a two-tone lip. For the Burning Man (aka fully dedicated to the cause) version; Press powdered pigments over the top of your matte lipstick for a deeper intensity. For everyone else (especially those fond of talking/eating/drinking), there are tons of great matte lipsticks out there, just make sure your lips are flake-free to start (a lip scrub is your friend here) and use a Q-tip to mellow out the edges for a soft-focus finish.

BROW DOWN

Thinking outside of the makeup box is key for this look (why should lids and lips have all the focus when brows are prime facial real estate?) and makeup artist Katie-Jane Hughes was keen to show that sometimes it’s more about the bits you leave out. Case in point this arresting negative spaced wing. Bold brows, bold mascara, bold eyeliner? Give us a minute, we’re vibing.

Yves Saint Laurent Luxurious Mascara for False Lash Effect, £26.00

brow down

Thinking outside of the makeup box is key for this look (why should lids and lips have all the focus when brows are prime facial real estate?) and makeup artist Katie-Jane Hughes was keen to show that sometimes it’s more about the bits you leave out. Case in point this arresting negative spaced wing. Bold brows, bold mascara, bold eyeliner? Give us a minute, we’re vibing.

Yves Saint Laurent Luxurious Mascara for False Lash Effect, £26.00

FALL (FOR) FLAT

Step away from the taupe and employ a little colour exposure therapy to overcome any fears alluding to non-neutrals (if this image isn’t self-explanatory enough, this essentially means going the whole hog and wearing all of the colours). Precision has no place in this get-up and you don’t have to be a texture purist either – some matte pigment applied over metallic, for example, results in a subtle interplay of texture as well as a joyous cacophony of colour.

VICTORIA BECKHAM BEAUTY LID LUSTRE IN BLONDE, £28

BOLDER IS BETTER

In case massive colour isn't your makeup happy place, a little extra option for your bolder side; embellishment. Matte actually goes out the window with this one, it has more of an ethereal vibe, so start with gently glistening lids, keep everything else supremely minimal, and get creative with some craft supplies. Yes. Hobbbycraft is an excellent source of delicate pearls and beads you can apply over the top of your base makeup using lash glue. Keeping it simple is key - a row of pearls along your socket line is beautiful and bold all at once.

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