Merry Christmas! With everything getting a festive upgrade in the run up to New Year’s Eve, we figured it’s only fair that your makeup gets one, too.
So instead of riding out the week with that one practiced holiday makeup look, we’re breaking out a few classics; except this time around we’re going for easy, last-all-night looks which, in keeping with the trend for effortless, natural beauty, don’t take ages to put together. We’re talking 5 festive looks from now until New Year’s Eve which need 4 products or less (not including foundation) and can be done in 15 minutes or less. For real!
We roped in supermodel Nidhi Sunil to show us her favourite looks for a night out – lucky for us she’s both a treasure trove of beauty advice and a bit of a sponge when it comes to functional makeup tips, thanks to all the time she spends with makeup artists everyday.
Let the countdown begin!
To work this simplified version, pick an eyeshadow that has really small specks of shimmer (not glitter). Gold just works better than silver for this, because it warms up any skin tone. Because we’re all about multitasking, we’re using Revlon’s Highlighting Palette in Peach Glow, which features individual shades which can be used as eyeshadow or, when swirled together, a highlighter for your skin. For a natural lip stain to counter the shimmery eyes, we’re using Nidhi’s favourite, the Body Shop’s Lip & Cheek Tint.
Start by applying the brown shade from the palette all over your lids – a flat or rounded eyeshadow brush is best for this but in a pinch, your fingers work just as well. Work the shade a little above the crease towards the brow bone and blend it in well.
“While I don’t like a full on, glittery eye, I like wearing a bit of gold shimmer on the innermost corner of my eyes, just around the tear ducts,” says Nidhi. “It makes your eyes look bright and awake, which I love.”
Sweep the brush along the gold strip of the palette and dust off the excess so you don’t spill tiny specks of colour under your eyes. Then pat the shade onto the inner corners of the eyes and blend. Stretch it inwards just enough to create a tiny “V” shape.
Staying true to the understated look, Nidhi decided to wear a lip stain instead of lipstick for this one – this also means not having to worry about it wearing off through the night. Nidhi’s a huge fan of The Body Shop’s Lip & Cheek Tint. “It looks like a deep pink in the bottle,” she says, “but it comes on as a subtle rose colour that you can layer on until you’re happy with the colour. It’s one of my hero products, and it goes great with all skin tones.”
Tip: To enhance the gold eyes and create a subtle glow, dab a bit of the lip tint on your cheeks and blend in with your fingers. Then, top with a quick dusting of the highlighting palette.
And there you have it! Shimmery eyes, glowing skin and a longwearing, deep berry lip that took all of 10 minutes to put together. Check back in tomorrow for Nidhi’s simplified version of the classic red lip!
Photographed by Manasi Sawant.