Want to add a touch of class to your Christmas event? Model and journalist Melissa Hanes shares her hot tips with Williamspromakeup
It is Christmas time and if you are anything like me, getting your makeup, hair and outfit must be on point for all those festivities.
Everyone tends to think that their makeup must match their outfit and suddenly everyone has a makeup meltdown! But let’s be honest, sometimes matching your makeup with your hot pink dress, doesn’t mean you need to have to walk around with pink eyes..
Being a model and a makeup artist has taught me that natural works best, and those bold dramatic smokey eyes are sometimes best left for the runway. You want to look and feel your best at your formal, with makeup that excentuates your natural features - with no dreaded camera flashback!
What to avoid: foundations that contain SPF. No doubt you will be taking lots of photos and selfies during the silly season and there's nothing worse than looking back at photos with high shine or flash back. Use a some translucent powder, particularly on your T-zone to reduce that shine.
Steer clear from black smoky eyes. Using too much black can over power your look, it can make your eyes appear smaller particularly for hooded eyelids and are almost guaranteed to smudge and crease, especially with all that dancing you'll be doing! Try using black in the outer corner of your eye to add depth to your look.
What to choose: Go with makeup that suits your eye colour and complexion rather than your dress. I found this eyeshadow palette by Kit Cosmetics, called Summer Fiesta (Nude eyeshadow palette) and was really impressed! The palette has beautiful warm tones that suits everybody. Using neutral tones can bring out the natural beauty within you without going over the top with lots of different colours that can take away from your look. My favourite features of this palette are the hint of gold reflects in each eyeshadow which adds a little natural sparkle to your look AND I love that you can use the eyeshadows wet or dry. Which means, if you want a really intense gold eyeshadow, you can use Mac Fix Plus or water to make the shadows look slick and metallic.
1. Start off with the light pink shade, all over your eye lid with a shader brush.
2. On a smaller blending brush and pick up a small amount of the light matte brown, shade 7 from the pallete and work it slowly into your outer-V and crease.
3. Using the darkest shade 8 on the same small fluffy brush, blend the matte brown and dark shade together to contour and add more depth to the eye.
4. Bring the whole eye look together by adding a touch of white (shade 1) in the inner corner of your eye and add a winged eyeliner for even more glamour.
You can pick up this palette at any Mecca store for under $40. Finish off your entire look with a winged eyeliner and a nude or pink lipstick and you are prom/formal ready!
Hot tips: Always remember to use a good eye primer! Primers are trending for a reason, they are vital for any makeup look. They prevent that oily crease line from occurring, brings out the most out of the eyeshadow colours and makes blending a breeze. MAC's Soft Ochre paint pot works wonders for heavier coverage, or try Smashbox's eye primer for light to medium eyeshadow application.
If your wanting a healthy glow to your look and can't afford those expensive highlighters, eyeshadows are not just for your eyes! You can use the lightest shades from the Summer Fiesta palette as a highlighter for your cheek bones! Yummy!
Also, to ensure you get the most wear out of your makeup, try using a setting spray, like MAC fix plus, you will find most brands have a similar spray. Just a sprits or two can make all the difference and also freshen up your face just before you step out.
Or if you feel like pampering yourself before your event, why not get your makeup done professionally by the makeup artists at Williamspro Makeup?