Christmas Party Picks: The Makeup

For those of you who’ve yet to experience the ‘never boring, always gossip-filled’ event of the Christmas party yet this year, whether it be with friends, family or colleagues, I thought I’d make the whole thing a little easier by pre-selecting makeup, clothing and accessory options for the upcoming evening. I’ll serve each course up over the next two days, but I’m kicking things off with three beauty edits to satisfy every need; whether you’re searching for the perfect red lip that will still be hanging around after a glass (or three) of wine, a smokey eye to seduce the guy from your section (swit swoo) or a speedy selection that you can slap on without even leaving your desk, I’ve got it covered.

THE RED LIP. Common’ it’s a classic. May I suggest a full coverage start consisting of YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation and Estée Lauder Double-Wear Stay In Place Concealer – a no-budge base is key. Whenever a rouge pout comes out I like to keep it simple on the cheeks; Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder in Medium and the RMS Living Luminizer are a good carving out combo. The Maybelline Brow Gel, L’Oreal Pais Superliner Blackbuster and MaxFactor False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara club together to create a glamour puss-like definition to the eye and then for lips I’d put forward the YSL Glossy Stain in 9. A straight-up red that coats the lips with a pigmented, high-shine lacquer that once worn away leaves a ‘I’m still here’ stain.

THE SPEEDY SOLUTION. If your party set-up calls for a desk to dinner makeover then I’ve got just the selection that can easily be thrown into your bag in the morning along with your heels. It all boils down to the Laura Mercier Colour-to-Go Portable Palette in Natural Nudes. Inside it houses three shadows, a liner, a bronzer, blusher and a lipgloss. Pair with a flat brush for the shadow and liner, smoke things out with your fingers and grab a fluffy brush to take care of bronzer and blush – done. The inclusion of a concealer and powder (maybe a bit of YSL Touche Elcat and the CHANEL Les Beiges Powder?) to correct any complexion woes and a brow tamer (hello Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil) to put things back in place might be worth chucking in your makeup bag too.

THE SMOKEY EYE. A glammed-up progression from an easy peasy everyday look. When things are heavier on the eye I like to keep things dewy on the face; a mix of CHANEL Le Blanc de CHANEL and Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation do that (it’s my favourite foundation blend right now actually). A bit of concealer to cover any bags or blemishes, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is a good’un and a touch of colour on the cheeks like BECCA’s Mineral Blush in Flowerchild, is next on your list. To keep all your hard work in place an eye primer is essential; NARS’ Pro-Prime Smudgeproof Eye Primer is the best that I’ve come across, then it’s time to get to work on the eyes. For that I plumped for the NARS And God Created the Women Palette (which is now back in stock on Space NK FYI), a mix of amped-up neutrals that have that whole bronzey thing down. I actually did a very similar combo that I buffed on in this video, complete with a touch of the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Bronze and the YSL Faux Cils Waterproof Mascara. To finish off may I propose a balmy au naturale offering for the lips? Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Lustre in Seduction.

For the festive style drop of clothing, shoes and everything in between, check back tomorrow. I may even be sporting a dress. Shocker.

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  • Talisa Lauren Tossell

    The second look is my favourite, you’re so naturally gorgeous!

  • Anna Blush

    Your new hair cut suits you so well Anna! I love the smokey eye look, think I’ll be stealing some ideas for my Christmas party this weekend x

  • Alice Porter

    You look beautiful in all of these looks! That YSL Foundation photographs so nicely! Thanks for the ideas 🙂


  • Deirdre

    This was so useful and you look gorgeous! As always 🙂 will be trying out these looks very soon, thanks for the looks 🙂 xxx

  • Gemma
  • emma motion

    Lovely looks . Really pretty xx

  • beautiful Anna!! def love all the looks but the last is my fave 😀

  • Two Pretty Birds

    These are all SO pretty!! Am going to have to get that YSL stain.

  • Oresiri teru

    The red lipstick looks lovely

  • Valentina

    i really like the laura mercier palette!i think it would be a good idea for a Christmas sister it’s gonna love it!

  • The Red Lip is definitely my fav! You beaut!

    Tiny Alis.

  • Puri

    Can we just take a moment and just ….WOW holy moly you are flippin gorgeous girl!

  • I bow down to you.

  • The idea of putting products pictures and then the makeup looks is brilliant, I love it!

  • Supria

    You look drop dead gorgeous in every single one of these looks!!!

  • Amber Hunter

    Three perfect, never fail looks! If you’re feeling brave, you could always go for a muted red lip with a smokey eye. But both alone look stunning. Thanks for sharing these looks!


    Lovely Notions

  • Sarah Beth

    The red lip photo is particularly stunning, tempted to run out and buy everything you used to try and recreate it- although thankfully I do have a few of the products tucked away at home- that YSL stain is gorgeous, I hope it’s not too sticky! xxx


  • Jocelyn

    Anna, you are so chic and beautiful! Love this post <3

  • Annie Davies

    Love these looks, deffo inspired!


  • Kayla

    I like the YSL Lip Stain, I need to try that 🙂


  • Nicole

    I don’t think any of these looks looks good…..

  • Stacey

    Love your new hair, you look amazing!


  • Maddy Cane

    Your hair looks gorgeous like this, and I love all three looks! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


  • Astrid W.

    Woah Anna your eyes are beautiful! I love your last look, they really make them stand out even more 🙂
    x Astrid |

  • Neverwithoutmylipstick

    I love this 3 Makeup !!! They are beautiful on you 🙂

    xx From France 🙂

    Laura from

  • Chrissabella

    Those looks are all beautiful and love your new hair cut!

    Greetings from London,

  • Ruby@TotalModisch

    I love your hair!! All these looks lovely, but my favourite is the smokey eye 🙂 x

  • Natasha Kembrey

    love the look of the laura mercier palette x

  • Love these looks, and loving your new hair cut shorter hair really suits you! 🙂

  • Rachel

    Looks amazing

  • SharonCoffee Gal

    Beautiful & love your new hair

  • Cassie

    I love that red lip, it’s so gorgeous.

  • Leeanne Baldwin

    All these looks are so lovely on you, the first is my favourite though!

    Leeannelle | Fashion and Beauty


  • Cara

    I love all of these looks! Can you do a tutorial on all three?

  • All 3 look great but especially the red lip! x x

  • Ivy

    how do you style your hair with this length? A video tutorial would be lovely

  • great post! I love all the looks, but damn girl you sure can pull of the red lip. You look supper classy might I add

  • bonham

    Hi Anna! The nars yachiyo brush is my all time favourite brush, perhaps you can do a review on it as im very interested in what you think of it 🙂 xx

  • I have to say I still haven’t picked up a YSL glossy stain, I really really want one but when I am in the department stores and cosmetics fever strikes I forget allll about the YSL counter (I have always been a Chanel girl really) I must remember next time to pick up a red! xx

  • Mona Malpacita


  • Hannah Moseley

    I absolutely love the second look. I am partial to a red lip at Christmas though! Hannah xxx

  • Syeda Mehj бухари

    you look so beautiful in all three looks !!

  • Raihan

    I love the looks! But mainly, I just want to compliment you on your new hair — it looks absolutely fab!!

  • Rachel

    Love the looks – the second one is especially gorgeous!

  • Absolutely loveeee this post, Anna! Your Christmas looks are so pretty 🙂

  • RimantÄ— GrigaravičiÅ«tÄ—

    Dear Vivianna, You are a Beauty. I wish You do a ten videos a day – I like Your taste and humour so much! Best wishes and kisses from Lithuania! :}

  • Smile

    Could you do a makeup tutorial on the last look (the smokey eye)?? Thank you!!!

  • WhatLoreloves

    The second look is just breath taking, honestly. Not that the other ones are not..Now I really do feel prepared meeting old friends at home, looking glam!

    Cheers Lore