Yay Christmas is actually here and the party season is well and truly upon us!

This is the time of year when you can and should really let your hair down (make-up wise) and enjoy having fun with make-up, daring to express yourself just a little bit more than you might normally do.

There are so many different make-up looks to go for for a big night out, but let’s split them into 2 make-up camps to make things as easy as possible.

  1. Strong eyes – smokey eye/glitterOlivia-Palermo_glamour_21oct15_rex-b_720x1080

  2. Strong lips – bright or dark lip colour













Either way, you’ll want to get your base looking gorgeous – check out my recent post on “strobing” to make sure you are on trend this season with beautiful dewy, shimmery skin.

Once you’ve decided whether to go for eyes or lips, here are some of my top tips to help you on your way…

Smokey/Glitter Eyes

My Quick 5 Step Guide:

  • Do your eyes before your base so you don’t have to worry about your eyeshadows dropping down and ruining your makeup
  • Apply an eye primer/base before you start applying any colour, this will help your makeup stay on all night
  • Go for a 3 eyeshadow colour palette in brown/gold/bronze shades 1) highlight under the brows and a little around the tear ducts 2) apply a mid tone all over the eyelid 3) use a darker colour to emphasise the eye socket area then apply a little bit of glitter eyeshadow with your finger to the centre of the eyelid to create a pop of drama
  • Use a black or dark brown eyeliner inside your waterline and above and below your lashes – smudge and blend with a bit of your darkest eye shadow
  • Apply tons of mascara and either curl your lashes (before you apply mascara) or apply fabulous false lashes for full on glamour











Bright/Dark Lips

My Quick 5 Step Guide:

  • Keep your eyes less dramatic so the emphasis will be on your amazing lips
  • If you are opting for a bright lip, think about whether you suit warm or cool colours – do you tan and have a yellow undertone? then go for a warm red or pink – don’t tan and have a pink undertone? go for cool pinks or reds
  • For a sultry dark lip colour check out my recent post on some stunning Autumn/Winter 2015 lipsticks for inspiration.
  • To ensure your lip colour stays on all night, apply a lip pencil all over the lips to create an “undercoat”
  • Apply with a brush for a more precise finish

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I have really enjoyed passing on some of my make-up know-how to you during 2015! For a more in-depth make-up lesson with me or for beautiful wedding make-up please visit my website www.melenglandmakeup.com for more information.

Have a fantastic Christmas 2015!

Mel England
Professional Make-up Artist