The Beauty-Full Week – Top five looks for the festive season

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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