Party Season - My Makeup Must Haves

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'Tis the season to SPARKLE & that is exactly what I plan on doing this christmas. 
There is nothing more I love than getting all dolled up for an evening, even if I tend to go a teeny bit over board sometimes. But now it's officially party season, what better excuse to glitter your eye lids and wear that bold bright lip!
I have put together some of my party makeup essentials that are bound to make you feel gorgeous this christmas...

Base. Your base is so important when you want to make sure your makeup will last all night. I am not a great believer of primer, but a finishing mist like the fix+ spray from MAC is a god send. It makes your foundation look so much more even when previously sprayed onto a clean face, and I always see a difference in my makeups staying power when I use it. 
I will also prime my eyelids before doing any dramatic eye look. A good eyeshadow base will stop your eyeshadow from creasing, and will create an overall more flawless look. My favourite is Painterly from MAC.
In this weather, you also need a good daily moisturiser. My skin has taken a battering from all the cold, harsh winds we have been experiencing and there is nothing worse than applying makeup onto a dry, flaky base. I am in love with Celestial Facial Moisturiser from Lush at the moment, as it is great for sensitive skin and full of calming ingredients.

Nails. I usually wear acrylics, but when I am giving my nails a break, I have been loving this shimmering polish from Urban Outfitters. Although it is not a super bright colour, I think its iridescence makes it perfect for this time of year for someone that wants a subtle sparkle.

Eyes. On nights out, when it comes to eyes it is simply 'go hard or go home' for me, and at christmas time, you shouldn't be looking at anything other than shimmery shades. My ultimate favourite shadow to wear this time of year is this gorgeous gold shade from Lancome. I literally had love hearts in my eyes when I first saw it, I have never seen a more pigmented shimmering gold! Unfortunately this was limited edition, but they could have brought out something similar in one of their new christmas sets. 
With christmas in mind, I just bought this amaaaazing pigment from MAC in the shade 'Bronze Sparkle'. A rusty bronze, high shine pigment that makes blue eyes pop. Pigments are great for adding something special on top of an eyeshadow, or equally fabulous swept over the lid with thick winged black liner, my favourite is Stay Precise from No7. I will usually team these looks with false lashes for a dramatic effect, or a great mascara I have loved for christmas time is Midnight Lash from No7. This spectacular product is in a combination of 'black pearl' and 'saphire' that makes your lashes dazzle when the light hits you - amazing!

Top Tip - Apply MAC Fix+ to your brush before using a glittery shade to intensify your look!

Lips. Stand out from the crowd and grab the brightest shade in your makeup bag! Your lipstick is your chance to really inject some colour into your party look and what better way to start than with a bright red shade? My favourite is All Fired Up by MAC which is a bold pinkish-red that is a little bit different than your classic crimson. Or if red isn't really your colour, purple or fuchsia shades are really on trend this time of year and can add a touch of glamour to your finished look. My newest purple lipstick is Flat Out Fabulous from MAC and is what I'll be wearing to all my christmas parties.

So there you have it! A few of my christmas party make up must haves! I hope this has inspired you to add some sparkle into your life this season. 


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