There’s less than a dozen sleeps ‘til Christmas, so chances are you still have a few a few fancy do’s to attend. Instead of sticking with your same old makeup routine, why not use what’s left of the festive season as an opportunity to tap into some head-turning new trends? Here are three of the easiest and prettiest makeup looks to try, fresh off the Aussie resort runways.
Bold Red Lips
The red lip never really goes out of style, and it’s big news again this season. But there’s one significant alteration: it’s matte. Which might be a little scary if you’ve ended up with a dehydrated prune-like pout from some of the matte formulations out there… To prevent this, opt for a hydrating lippie like the Unleashed Lipstick in Singular Red from Gilded Cage. Enriched with all sorts of nourishing deliciousness like mango butter and orchid flower, it glides like a dream and keeps lips soft and full of moisture.
To ace a truly matte finish, apply two layers to lips, blotting with a tissue in between (line and fill lips beforehand if you have a little extra time to prep). Once the final layer is in place, peel apart a tissue and pop one layer over your lips, dusting lightly with translucent powder. And you’re done!
We’ve been doing neutral beigey/nudey/taupey eyes for ever. Now it’s pink’s time to shine. And it really is surprisingly wearable, if you know how. Firstly, it’s important to dial down any redness and perfect your base with your favourite foundation or CC cream, and concealer (a green-based concealer works best to cancel out redness). That way your eyes will really pop.
The Revelation Eyeshadow in Vander Pink from Gilded Cage taps into two of the season’s biggest trends: pink and metallic. A modern neutral shade that’s flattering for all eye colours, it comes in a clever cream to powder formulation for long-lasting, crease-proof wear. Apply your pink shadow in a wash all over the eye area, or as a highlight hue with your usual nude tones (try dabbing and blending with your fingertips just in the centre of your lid). Gorgeous!
No-makeup makeup continues to rock the runways and red carpets, calling for dewy skin, pinched cheeks, a lick of mascara and soft, kissable lips. Always a fresh, youthful look, keep lips low-key with just a slick of translucent nude, pink or peach gloss. Gilded Cage’s Charisma Gloss comes in a bunch of shades to complement different skintones, and contains nourishing kendi oil to treat lips as you wear. It also cleverly reflects light to hide any fine lines.
Nude lips are also the perfect foil to summer’s graphic eye trends and platinum lids. Look to Ginger and Smart and Christopher Esber for inspo. Or have a go at Tome’s bedazzled brows if you’re game!