Tis the time to party! Even the most minimalist of makeup wearers can embrace the fun and flair that party season offers. It’s a time to take risks with colour and texture, revel in drawing attention, and go all-out with sparkle.
These are our favourites for evening looks, a combination of perennial go-tos and brilliant bold products. For a simple quick look approach, keep skin soft-focus and neutral, and balance colour and depth with a strong, matte lip with a nude, shimmery eye, or vice versa.
Here goes our list…
A satin-y soft lip might be most comfortable for everyday wear, but high-gloss or matte is perfect for a party. It takes a while to get used to applying Colorbar USA Kiss Proof Lip Stain, a liquid that goes on glossy and dries to a perfect matte finish, but the colours are beautifully strong and it actually stays put. Our pick is the perfect “Blush Crush 04” for a twist on the standard bold lip red.
Occasionally, a new product lands on our desk that is nothing short of perfect, and this is one of them. Uniting six shades in one palette, this is a gorgeous collection of warm rose, gold, amber and soft brown in a mix of matte and shimmer shades that blend effortlessly. Lakme Absolute Illuminating Eye Shadow Palette, French Rose is our favourite go-to eye-shadow palette to give our party eyes the colour boost.
Loose powder has been out of vogue for a while, given as the majority are cake-y, not to mention messy. But this new launch from Lakme is a brilliant return to form for the formula. It keeps shine at bay (top up through the night as required) while giving a sort of soft-focus, luminous glow that makes you look infinitely healthier than your lifestyle lets you be. And the fact that it is natural and contains aloe vera and green tree extracts only adds to its usefulness.
The formula is black, lengthening and dramatic, but without clumps and natural enough to wear every day. Locks curls for up to 18 hours. Bonus is that it is safe for our contact lens wearing beauties.
Usually we’d recommend sleep and water as the best treatment for dark circles, but sometimes (a lot of the time) you just need a quick fix. L’Oreal Paris True Match Concealer is a desert-island product for us with its thin, easily spread formula and super intense pigment; no settling into fine lines and no eye-make-up smudging.
We love eyeliner and we love this easy glide gel with long staying power of more than 24 hours (no-one parties for longer than that). The applicator is slim and delicate and the formula has plenty of glide, so application is simple. And bonus is that it comes with a smudger.
There you go! All set for the party season. Go on, dance the night away!!!