A big shout out from this week’s blog, where you find me in serious party mood. It’s that time of year when Christmas is starting to happen and the party invites are piling up on the mantelpiece.
I love the party season because it’s the perfect chance to have all sorts of fun with your make-up. And Christmas parties mean double the glitz and glamour. The festive season is all about dazzle and sparkling colour – it’s the opportunity to try on all those glistening eyeshadows, luscious lippies and gleaming beauty adornments that, any other time, might look over the top.
With weeks and weeks of parties ahead of me, I decided to come up with a really special party look. Flicking through the backstage beauty shots from the new-season catwalk collections, I spotted these incredible jewelled faces at the Dior Spring/Summer 2013 show. The stylists at Dior started with a wash of bright colour across the eyelids then scattered rainbow gems on top, and the effect is incredible!
As always, I like to take catwalk looks as my starting point, then adapt the idea to achieve my own, more wearable result. So I decided to leave off the neon eyeshadow and just dot colourful gems along the eyeliner line, near the lashes. I picked up some stunning orange and silver individual gems from a local haberdashery store and used eyelash glue to attach each one (definitely a bit fiddly).
But guess what? You don’t have to do all that because Dior has done the hard work for you. Dior Grand Bal False Lashes are long, glossy falsies that come ready-sprinkled with gems. There are two styles – Pearl Drops, which are thick lashes with two subtle silver pearls decorating the far corner, and Gold Crystals which feature sparkling Swarovski crystals all along the lid-line (just like my party eyes, but far easier to achieve).
I’ve invested in both styles and will be wearing jeweled lashes all through party season, but there are plenty of other creative festive looks you can try out. Paperself Eyelashes are one of my party favourites as they are simple to apply and they look spectacular, and Mister Mascara does a whole range of flattering fake lashes – I use the Glam Lash Kit.
However, if falsies aren’t for you, then Christmas has to be all about sparkle. You could choose a simple slick of glittery eyeliner in place of everyday black – Too Faced Starry Eyed Liners are amazing. Or why not add an extra layer of sparkle over a classic black smoky eye – it looks gorgeous in these pictures. Stila Jewel Eye Shadow in Black Diamond would work a treat.
One thing’s for sure, I’ll definitely be sporting bling-bling eyes at this year‘s parties. After all, a girl has to make an effort to get noticed and I have no plans to be a Christmas wallflower. To paraphrase Dirty Dancing: No one puts Binky in the corner!