The Beauty-Full Week – Top five looks for the festive season
By Emma Grace Bailey

Inspired by the catwalks and the cold weather, WGSN Beauty Assistant Emma Grace Bailey helps you perfect your festive season beauty look

Nov 26, 2015


The Christmas party season is almost upon us so I’m once again scouting out a few favourite beauty looks that I can attempt to re-create when the all-important office party comes around. Looking to the autumn/winter 15 catwalks, here are five styles I’ll be trying to master – but don’t hold your breath that the outcome will be anywhere near as perfect.

1. Christian Dior’s Burgundy Eye:

Peter Philips used his first self-created collection for Dior to create this look, and the subsequent amoeba-like sphere of reddish purple is bold but simply sophisticated. Mixed with water and applied with a sponge, it’s all about clean lines and a smooth, stable consistency, which means I’ll be attempting this before I sample any fizzy holiday cheer. Nude lips and a fresh, blush free face shouldn’t be quite so hard to achieve.

2. Carven’s Winter Flush:

Bracing winds and freezing temperatures are here to stay so Carven’s beautifully flushed cheeks are a prerequisite of the season. Paired with gently tousled locks, bitten lips with a balmy overlay and lashes coated in clear mascara, it’s a look not too tricky to achieve. Pair with a festive frock and this seemingly easy effort transforms into a natural beaute.

3. Zac Posen’s Golden Eye:

I’ve always been one to accentuate the eyes – normally with thick flicks of kohl liner that make me look cat-like and cryptic in equal measures. This look however, created by make-up artist Kabuki, is a little more understated yet still has that level of interest that draws you in. Described as a mixture of Grace Kelly and Chaka Khan, lids are smothered in layers of metallic copper with cheekbones buffed and sculpted to a sheen. Hair – if I had any length to play with – is silky smooth and side-parted, created by stylist Odile Gilbert and moulded into large, undulating waves.

4. Acne’s Over-Lip:

I’m really not a lipstick person but it’s surprising what a little festive cheer will inspire you to do. Acne’s deep orange-red hue appeals to me mainly because the application is just slightly of centre – taken over the lip line on purpose for that rebellious twist. But it’s also paired with heavy brows and strong wet-look hair that ensures it can never be misconstrued as girly – I’m just not. I’d even opt for the showoff nose ring if I thought I could pull it off.

5. Nina Ricci’s Ethereal Glow:

I might not be girly but that doesn’t mean I don’t seek that all-over glow just as much as the next person. And Nina Ricci’s winter beauty look has it down to a tee. All about the highlighter, I’ll be brandishing mine this Christmas and concentrating on my nose, cheekbones, inner eye and T-zone. If I had the skin I’d leave it at that but I’ll still be needing a cheeky dash of concealer and a swipe of mascara to top it off. Paired with a ridiculously lavish outfit and knockout jewellery elevates this look to another level.

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