We all know the power of a perfectly-executed makeup look. And to really bring the drama, there's got to be some shine! Many people are nervous about attempting these looks on themselves but, as intricate as it looks, it couldn't be easier, or quicker, to DIY.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to creating an effortless face beat that works on all skin tones, is beginner-friendly and should take just a minute to apply. Because less time getting ready means more time for wine-filled fun with the girls!
Step 1: Black Eyeshadow
Apply a matte, jet-black eyeshadow, focusing the pigment on the base of your lid as close to your lashes as possible. Then blend it in a circular, upward motion to create a smokey eye.
Step 2: Shimmer – Round One
Add a shimmery shadow in the centre of your eyelid using a flat brush and blend it well. I find that using my middle finger gives me great blend-ability while being gentle on the lids.
Step 3: More Black Eyeshadow
Thought you were done with the dark shades? Nope! Using the same brushed you applied the black eyeshadow with, apply more black eyeshadow and blend out the corners of your lids.
Step 4: Shimmer – Round Two
As I like to say, more is more, honey! So add some more glittery eyeshadow but, this time, concentrating on the innermost corners of your eyes. Then use two coats of mascara to bring the drama.
Step 5: Dramatic Eyeliner
Using a black eyeliner, start by lining the inner corners of your eyes, over your crease and stopping at your brow bone. Then created a winged liner look.
Step 6: Flawless Face
Apply your foundation, followed by your highlighter and blend until seamless and flawless. Follow this up with a dusting of setting powder, using a colour that’s a shade or two lighter than your cream highlighter to set it.
Step 7: Contour
Use a setting powder one to two shades darker to contour. This is a way of recreating the way that light would naturally fall on to your face and can help to make your features more defined.
Step 8: Setting Spray
Makeup setting spray not only helps to keep your cosmetics in place all day but can also help to make your makeup pop? You can also apply even more shimmer and highlighter after a spritz for really great colour and shine payoff.
Step 9: Lastly, the Lips
Apply a dark lip liner to the outer edges of your lips, followed by a nude gloss in the centre. Press your lips together gently to blend the two together. Another option: apply a gold lip vinyl in the centre of your lips if you are feeling extra festive.