Christmas party season is upon us and it’s as much about the makeup, as it is about the dress. We catch up with Kelly Mitchell, a professional makeup artist from London’s leading freelance makeup academy, AOFM Pro, to talk the perfect party look.
Prep: During the colder months it’s very important to take extra care of your skin. You may need to switch your Summer cream for something a little richer and more hydrating. In the winter I like to use Dermalogica’s Barrier Repair as a base between my day cream foundation. This will soothe and reinforce the protective barrier of your skin and give you a very comfortable and soft finish. Another tip to prep your skin before you start on to the makeup is to exfoliate your lips with a gentle toner on a cotton pad and then apply a touch of eye cream to the lips.
Skin: The skin trend for the season is all about the flawless velvet finish. My favorite is Bobbi Browns latest, Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation. It’s available in a vast range of 18 shades from pales to dark. The lighter tones are great if you have a hard time finding a light foundation during the winter months! Use a tiny amount of sheer translucent powder (only where needed) and bring your blush softly into the temples to define the eyes, using a tone that complements your choice of lip colour.
Eyes: Trend alert! The perfectly blended glamorous smoky eye has been replaced by a more edgy biker chick version. To get the look, try using a creamy waterproof eyeliner and draw a thick line along the top and bottom lash line, then use a dense blending brush to soften the edges. Continue buffing the pencil toward the top of your lids, and then create the same effect on the bottom. The effortless smoky eye can be applied in a variety of shades including deep burgundy, plums, greens, greys, and of course your classic black or browns. You can intensify the look by finishing off with a volumising mascara. Don’t be scared to try new shades including browns or auburns!
Lips: To create balance with the eyes, keep the lips natural looking, but stray away from pale nudes or pinks. Let your natural lip colour shine through or use a lightly tinted balm. Following the catwalk makeup trends from Autumn/Winter 2012, as seen on London Fashion Week designer, Corrie Nielsen's collection designed by Yin Lee for AOFM Pro, you can also try a stronger lip with this look, using deep reds in semi-matt textures. This season the classic red lip has been reinvented again…slightly more bronze or burgundy undertones will be all the rage.
By Kelly Mitchell of AOFM Pro
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