It's often difficult to gauge just how full-on to go for Christmas parties, so it's often the case we just plump with an extra coat of mascara or a slick of red lipstick. But get noticed at the party – for all the right reasons. The celebrity make-up artist Ruby Hammer shares her five secrets to help you shine...
A vibrant cheek is very modern and instantly lights up the face. Using a powder brush, add blush on the apples of your cheeks, sweeping up to the temples. I’ve used Rouge Blush Couture by Dior in shade 999, £34, which suits all skin tones. Just remember to blend for an extra 30 seconds once you think you’re done. A bold blush looks great with a matching lip shade, but in a softer texture. Try Lip Veil in Impatiens by Chantecaille, £38.
Join the glitterati
Don’t be afraid to try new textures: shimmer and pearl effects can work really well for women over 35, provided the product doesn’t have huge chunks of glitter in it. This is especially the case on the eyes, where a soft shimmer catches the light beautifully. Try the 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 617 Lucky Star by Dior, £48.50, which is a fantastic neutral palette. Pair with a deeper lip colour, such as the Color Sensational Matte Lipstick in Cruel Ruby, £6.99, by Maybelline.
Be all aflutter
The easiest way to amp up the drama for a Christmas do is to push the boundaries on your liner and mascara. The Gel Eye Liner in Obsidian by Hourglass, £16, is very long- lasting and adds impact to the eyes. For lashes with va-va-voom, try Diorshow Pump ’N’ Volume Mascara by Dior, £27.
Fire it up
For a pop of colour on the eyes, the Rose Gold Palette by Huda Beauty, £56, has a good array of warm pinks, oranges and reds. Apply with a dampened make-up brush to intensify the eyeshadow, and use a little iridescent lip gloss to catch the light and make lips appear fuller. I love the Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss in So Real, £26.
All products available nationwide. Make-up: Ruby Hammer using Dior. Styling: Thea Lewis-Yates. Hair: David Wadlow. Nails: Kim Treacy at Stella Creative Artists using Dior. Model: Lucan at Select Model Management