Christmas is speeding towards us faster than Ramona Singer reaching for a glass of pinot - and that only means one thing… it’s party season! Arguably the most glamorous time of year, it’s all about donning that sparkly frock, a slick of sultry lippy, and dressing up that smoky eye with a sprinkling of glitter. So what should you be popping in your make-up bag for the festive party season? We’ve got the game changers right here.
Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick
Familiar with Jeffree Star? The pink-maned Internet celebrity and make-up guru now his very own line of slap, and his Velour Liquid Lipsticks are loved by everyone from make-up artists and drag queens to big-name celebrities. They come in a variety of weird, wonderful, and pretty shades, and whether you’re eating and drinking they last – as in, they REALLY last. We’re obsessed with Redrum, a true scarlet matte, and No Tea, No Shade – a beautiful metallic plum, perfect for winter.
Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow
Nothing screams “Christmas Partyyyyy!” like glittery lids. While most of us own a glitter-speckled pressed powder or two, Stila’s Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow amps up the sparkle like you’ve never seen before. Available in a range of dazzling colours, just one swipe over the eyelid delivers some seriously glittery payoff – enough to out-slay even the most glamorous drag queen.
Benefit The Porefessional Primer
There’s a reason online make-up gurus have been raving about this best-selling primer since 2015. Silky, lightweight and oil-free, it disguises pesky pores and fine lines, provides a beautiful base on which to apply your make-up, and it keeps it on all day long. It’s a little on the pricey side, but you certainly get what you pay for.
Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
This foundation has mastered what most foundations struggle with – getting an almost-matte finish, with just a hint of glow. The perfect match for anyone with combination skin, this oil-free foundation goes on like a dream, giving you a flawless complexion that lasts. For best results, apply with your trusty beauty blender or duo fibre brush, and set with a little translucent powder.
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
Ever struggle getting your liquid liner wings on-fleek? If you’re not blessed with a steady hand or the patience of a saint, then Kat von D’s Tattoo Liner might be the answer. The ink queen has created a long-lasting formula in a user-friendly pen-like design, giving you ultimate control of your liquid eyeliner – and therefore your life.
Every make-up junkie is highlighting these, and if it’s not part of your routine then you’re missing a trick. For those who like to “strobe” (that’s make-up talk for making the high points of your face, such as the cheekbones, very very shiny) Jouer’s highlighters are a dream. The much-raved-about powders deliver long-lasting shine with just one or two swipes, and most shades look good on everyone. If you’re pale we recommend Rose Quartz for an icy glimmer, and if you’re warmer or darker, Citrine or Topaz will make you glow for the gods.