Glamorous make-up artist Lora, returns to TheBAY this month after an extended break while she had her baby Harri. Lora has some great hints and tips on putting on the glitz this Christmas
Tis the season to be glamorous fa la la lal la la la
This time of year many of us have Christmas parties to go to and we all want to look our best. This is the time of year when virtually anything goes makeup wise so why not experiment with some new looks?
Try false eyelashes – they really open the eyes and will complete your look.This time of year many of us have Christmas parties to go to and we all want to look our best. This is the time of year when virtually anything goes makeup wise so why not experiment with some new looks?
Eylure do a fantastic range of lashes. False lashes are tricky to apply to begin with, so if you’re new to applying them don’t do it when you are in a rush – take your time to perfect the look.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a bit of glitz, but where do you start?
Too much and you’ll look like you’ve had a mishap in Santa’s grotto! My advice when applying glitter is ‘less is more’. If you’re applying it to your eyes, then avoid any sparkle on your lips .The look you want is that of a glamour puss not sugar plum fairy. Urban Decay do a great range of glitter eyeliners that are fool proof to use, for a bolder look, paint them all over the eye-lid for the real wow factor.
At this time of the year one of the most requested looks I get is the smoky eye look. Nothing says smoulder-ing and glamorous like a smoky eye. When doing this look it’s important to apply an eye-shadow primer first as this will help give the eye shadow to adhere to the lid and also prevents creasing. You will also need two dark eye shad-ows – they don’t have to be black, why not try greys, browns or even shades of aubergine? You will also need a soft kohl eyeliner to add definition to the lash line, and a blending brush or two. It is poss-ible to do this look without brushes but they make the whole blending process much easier and more professional looking. To achieve a smoky eye look you want blend the eye shadows to a cloud effect. The darkest colour will be at your lashline then gradually fading out. This look does take time to perfect and remember to blend, blend, blend.
I don’t know what it is about the festive season that makes me and many women want to go out and stock up on some red lippie! Pillar box red is striking and can look great but it’s not for everyone. Don’t be put off if you tried this shade and thought you looked more like Aunt Sally than a 1950s pin-up as there’s a shade of red for everyone. Don’t be afraid to ask the beauty staff in the department stores to help you find the right shade. They’re trained in makeup so will be happy to help.
As a rule of thumb a bright pillar box red looks best on very fair skins with pink undertones – think of Dita Von Teese, Marilyn Monroe and Fearne Cotton.
An orangey red looks best on dark, bronzed skin such as Beyonce and Jamelia.
A wine red suits and flatters most people, but looks best on medium skin tones. It can also look great on fair skinned people that have dark features, like Nigella Lawson and Nadia Sawalla.
Rasberry red lipsticks suit fair/medium skin tones with fairer features – think Holly Willoughby and Ruth Langford.
You’ve got your party dress, Your nails and hair are done and now you’ve got your make up look sorted so have fun with it and experiment with different looks and I wish you all a merry Glitzmas!!!