Beauty: Be the Belle of the Ball

The festive season has sprung upon us once again so whether you like it or loathe it, its time to up the ante and inject some festive glamour into your evening look.  We’ve given you the savvy shopping tips but here’s a lowdown on how to work your beauty box to secure maximum Mistletoe kisses.

Beauty Queen

An upheld Hollywood pout is always admirable, even more so come Christmas time when there are mulled wines, mince pies and… mistletoe spontaneities to navigate through. For the festive season, it has to be red. Opt for a matte to create the classic glamour of yesteryear and steal the party spotlight. If you’re a shine-maven, don’t buy a specific sheen-finish lipstick, just add a slick of clear gloss or Vaseline- a product that is far more versatile.  This Kate Rimmel London Lipstick is one of our favourites and it fits happily into a student-friendly budget.

Diamante Darling

Before you judge us when we say eye lid crystals are cool, we weren’t the ones who thought this up. They’ve emerged as a catwalk frenzy. The thing to remember with this trend? Avoid cosmetic overload. Keep everything else natural and understated with a tinted moisturiser base, a slick of mascara and soft, luscious lips. Then, embellish your eyes with some twinkly treats! These stick-on Eye Rock crystals are easy to apply and will earn you serious party kudos.

Golden Girl

December is all about golden girls. Be it accessories, nail colours or eyeshadows, it’s the month to go for gold over silver or bronze. For daytime, aim for ethereal chic with pale gold cosmetics and vintage-esque accessories. Come the cover of darkness, plump up the drama with high-contrast use of black and gold. Let Model’s Own gold nail polish be your early Christmas present.

Glitter Princess

 Its time to take inspiration from your 1999 vanity case, as glitter is a given for Christmas glam. We’re not suggesting you don the roller-ball body-glitter (though we wish we could) or the glitter hair mascara (another reminder of how cool we were), but instead gather your glitter nail polishes and dazzle up your digits. Glitter polishes and shiny nail foils are all the range at Topshop and American Apparel, but for a savvy student tip- try dusting real glitter over a wet base coat. Lock in place with a clear top coat, and voila!

Rimmel London ‘Kate’ Lipstick, £5.49, available at ASOS

Topshop Nails in Hope Floats, £6, available at Topshop

Detox Kit, £8, available at Urban Outfitters

Eye Rock Eye Crystals, £7, available at ASOS

Sisters of the Black Moon Essential Oil, £25, available at Urban Outfitters

Model’s Own Nail Polish in Gold Rush, £5, available at Boots

Ciate Caviar Limited Edition Nail Polish in Stop The Press, £18, available at ASOS

Champneys Spa Shimmer Body Oil, £10, available at Champneys

American Apparel Glitter Nail Polish in Meteor Shower, £9, available at American Apparel

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in 24 Karat, £35, available at Bobbi Brown

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