1. A PALETTE IN A PEAR TREE
A great way to dabble in daring or discreet looks with zero commitment is via sophisticated numbers such as the Giorgio Armani Holiday Collection 2015 Luxe Is More Palette; it has eyes, base and contouring covered in its clutch-ready pouch. If sweet and sexy is more your style, May Sum, make-up artist at L’Oréal, recommends sticking to classic nude and pinkish eye make-up for the season: “A rosy, shimmery, smoky eye will offer a radiant complexion for your face.” L’Oréal La Palette Nude in Rose Shade includes matte and sheen shades to complement all skin tones—in 10 easy-to-handle colours.
2. TWO-TONED EYELASHES
If you can’t have gold-tipped lashes at Christmas, when can you? Tom Ford Lash Tips Mascara in Burnished Gold adds a flirtatious flash of light. Simply pair with nude lips and onyx-black nails to complete the alluring look.
3. THREE CLEVER PENS
A slick of liner can lead you from desk to dance floor in just two flicks. Model Alexa Chung is a fan of Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner. “Do the flick on the outer corner, then draw the lash line from the inside out,” she says. Like to adapt your line to your mood? Pick up Estée Lauder Little Black Liner for three looks—ultra-fine, thin or thick—in one savvy pen. And tomorrow you’re going to want Rodial Instaglam Magic Pen Eye Glow to simulate a good night’s sleep—apply on the waterline to counteract redness and make eyes look brighter.
4. FOR ALL THE GIRLS
Red lips simply sing Christmas—and Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Dora is the perfect pop for a festive pout. For a shade that will last the full rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas, Tom Pecheux, make-up artist at
Dolce & Gabbana, recommends using a lip liner to create a clean edge and applying the lipstick with a brush.
5. FIVE GOLD THINGS
Golden essentials for the party season:
• Shu Uemura Curious
Eye-Opening Premium Curler
• Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Perfect Blacks Mascara
• Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Can’t Be Tamed
• Dior Diorific State of Gold Poudre Compacte Lumière d’Or
in Luxurious Beige
• Nina Ricci Nina Gold Edition
6. SIX SLICK SINGLE SHADOWS
Stay starry-eyed all night with a creamy waterproof base such as Lancôme Hypnôse Dazzling Eye Shadow. “It can keep the colour off your make-up for a whole night, even during crazy dancing,” says Tanya Tin, national make-up artist at Lancôme. Meanwhile, the marbleised Bobbi Brown Sequin Eye Shadows truly capture the magic of the holidays.
7. SEVENTH DAY SAVIOURS
Love it or hate it, New Year’s Eve is an opportunity for a final blowout before you start afresh tomorrow. The Face Lace range of ready-to-wear make-up designs by Phyllis Cohen is the answer to a swift transformation that shouts mystery and glamour—even if you’re feeling more like a partied-out glutton once December 31 rolls around.
8. EIGHT GREAT WAYS OF GLOWING
Christmas can exhaust even the most seasoned socialite. Illuminating products such as Chanel Joues Contraste Lumière in Coups de Minuit add a little sparkle when you’re fading fast, while the lightly fragranced Les Merveilleuses de Ladurée Mixed Face Color in Rose Ladurée will leave you with a fresh glow.
9. NINE SHADES OF LIP TINT
Multiple meet-ups under the mistletoe are going to require a fuss-free lip fix. Sisley Phyto-Lip Twist comes in nine different shades that soothe while delivering stay-fast colour in a single twist. Pucker up with the balm in Chestnut for a festive tint.
10. TEN LONG- LASTING NAILS
This season, reach for those metallic finishes or try your hand at nail art. There are only two rules to remember: 1) always use a base coat and 2) three layers is the magic number—just let each one dry before applying the next.
11. ELEVEN ESSENTIAL EYEBROWS
A well-defined brow brings balance and polish to your look. The perfect colour and shape is easy to obtain with Estée Lauder Automatic Brow Pencil Duo. Or, if you’re feeing daring, try the full-feathered look using the Urban Decay Brow Beater and Brow Tamer.
12. TWELVE (OR MORE) DAYS OF RADIANCE
Fake it until you make it to February with a radiating primer such as Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance. Containing vitamins A, C and E, it visibly minimises imperfections and can be cooled in the fridge to help reduce any party-induced puffiness.