Here's how to get the professional party look for less.
Look No. 1
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Guilty Pleasures — The classic smokey eye gets a jewel-toned update for the holidays.
Gently fill in brows with soft feathery strokes emphasizing and enhancing your arch, then comb through to soften. Eyebrow pencil by Anastasia of Beverly Hills in a multitude of colours. $22 at Sephora (sephora.com).
With a dark jewel-toned eyeliner pencil, rim all around the outer edge of the upper and lower lash line. With a brush, blend the pencil into your lash line and outer corner. Clarins eye pencil shade 09 Outremer $25 at select department dtores.
Sweep a jewel-toned eye shadow across your lid and upwards into and over your crease. Blend the shadow so there are no hard lines or edges. Single shadows ‘Garment’ and Bikini Gold’ $22 each by Lancome at counters everywhere.
Curl and apply mascara, paying special attention to working the wand into the base of lashes. Diorshow Extase $28 at select counters.
A light swirl of delicate pink flecked with gold on the apples of your cheeks brightens and adds instant life to a pale Holiday complexion. Angelika by NARS $26 at select retailers.
With your eyes taking the spotlight keep your mouth instantly kissable with a sheer wash of soft coloured lip stick in soft pink or tawny beiges. Perfect Rouge in ‘Baby’ by Shiseido. $30 at select retailers.
Look No. 2
Read My Lips! — A modern twist on the old Hollywood glamour look.
Use a pale eyeshadow as a wash colour all over the eyelid and blend upwards to the brow. Color Intrigue Eyeshadow in tulle by Elizabeth Arden, $23 at select retailers.
Using a liquid liner against the top lash line, make short feathery strokes out and upwards to achieve the desired thickness. When you get to the outside corner, lift your stroke upwards to give a small wing. Liquid Liner in Black Ink by Lise Watier $18 at select retailers.
Curl lashes with a lengthening mascara and give your upper lashes a generous coat or two. L’extreme Lengthening Mascara Instant Lash Extension by Lancome $31 at select retailers.
Sweep a soft bit of blush in tawny neutral shades to accentuate the cheek bone and sculpt your face. A pop of soft peach or pink on the apple of the cheek gives warmth to the complexion. Blu ray Bronzer and Blush in pink by Cargo, $26 at cargocosmetics.com.
Gently exfoliate dry or flaky lips by using a soft toothbrush or wet facecloth to remove dead skin, then use a lip balm.
Apply lipstick to your bottom lip only to start, sliding the tube back and forth several times. Gently press lips together and use your fingertip or a lip brush to distribute pigment evenly. For the perfect party pout all night long, first use a matching lip liner to colour in your entire mouth before you apply your lipstick. Rouge Artist Intense lipstick in satin bordeaux red and Matte Dark Raspberry lip liner by Make Up Forever, $19 and $17 at select retailers.