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8 Grown-Up Christmas Makeup Ideas for Every Office Party Goer

Stock up on Party Feet and hairspray as party season is finally upon us. While far too many champagnes and drunken debates with a colleague you’ve never seen before are the modus operandi of many office soirees, leaving a party with a face of makeup that resembles The Joker will never be passé.

In order to avoid this cosmetics crime, we here at Code8 have put together a guide of eight of our favourite makeup looks that will make you the talk of every Christmas party (in the best way possible).

1. Instant – Party Red Lips

A classic red lip and a smoky eye are as quintessentially Christmas as Santa Clause and a glazed ham.

They are also two timeless beauty looks and when done correctly they can pack a punch in a way that not even a little black dress and a killer pair of heels can.

The Iconoclast Eye Shadow Palette in Velvet Chrome will deliver a classic, rich smoky eye owing to the palette's rich, highly-pigmented shades that can be used to create a high-voltage look that won't fade out as the night goes on. Add a dash of Lash Sophisticate High Definition Mascara to elevate your eyes and add to your sultry aesthetic.

 A dab of highlighter will balance out your smoky eye with Code8’s Highlight HD Palette - Between Two Women, formulated from revolutionary Knead Technology, providing a shiny, sculpted long-lasting aesthetic.

For the perfect red lip, we love the Glazé Lip Lacquer in Gala which delivers a glossy and rich pout that can be built up or worn naturally.

2. Rock’ n’ Roll Look

Unlike client lunches and Friday drinks, end-of-the year celebrations call for a rare chance to push the boundaries when it comes to your appearance at the office.

So, why not opt for a cutting-edge beauty look that is more Courtney Love than Courteney Cox?

We here at Code8 can't say no to an effortless rock glam vibe, and with just a few essentials you will be on your way.

A smoky eye is the key to giving your beauty look that extra edge, which can be achieved using the Iconoclast Eye Shadow Palette in Velvet Chrome and Lash Sophisticate High Definition Mascara.

Pair your edgy eye look with Radiate Beauty Balm, a liquid formula that can be worn naturally or built-up for a more dramatic finish, Seamless Cover Concealer in N10 and Highlight HD Palette to give your face a radiant glow.

Complete the look with Glazé Lip Lacquer Minimalist to give your lips an extra dose of rock-chick glam.

3. Polished Look at 40

Most women are at their most confident when they reach their 40s’.

This confidence couldn’t more evident than at Christmas time when women are opting out of trendy, Kylie Jenner-approved beauty looks and sticking to a signature classic aesthetic.

Give your complexion the perfect polished palette using Code8’s Radiate Beauty Balm – winner of Attracta Beauty Awards’ Best Illuminating Cream for Skin Radiance. Packed with Argan seed oil and SP15, this lightweight balm provides a radiant finish and nourishes, hydrates and soothes the skin.

To enhance your complexion, we like to use Seamless Cover Concealer, a buildable medium-to-full coverage concealer that is enriched with active ingredients such as Glucan Biopolymer, that lifts and gives the skin a smoothing effect.

Although a natural summer glow may be out of reach, you can fake a subtle glow with Bronze Summer Glow Powder, a finely milled bronzer that provides long-lasting coverage and can be built up throughout the night or worn for a more natural look.

The perfect eye palette can be hard to come by but we have finally found it in the Iconoclast Eyeshadow Palette in Lustrous Corduroy. Formulated from Knead technology, this palette offers highly-pigmented and rich neutrals in brown, beige, charcoal, gold and honey shades that will provide a  polished and subtly sultry eye look.

Elevate the look with the ultra-soft Contour Eye Pencil in Mocha and voluminous Lash Sophisticate High Definition Mascara.

For a proper polished finish, Blush Palette in Rosé is the perfect product. Created once again all-mighty Knead technology, this vegan-friendly, weightless blush is super blendable and offers an array of colour intensity that can be built up or worn down.

Last but not least, AM/PM Tinted Lip Balm in At the Barre is a nourishing, tinted lip balm that glides onto the lips with ease to give you a dewy pout.

4. Purple Haze Sultry Eyes

Festive cheer is all about shaking things up in the beauty department and what better way to keep people on their toes than by giving your eyes an all-over shimmer.

Purple is one of those eyeshadow shades that is universally flattering, edgy yet sophisticated. With the highly-pigmented and long-lasting Iconoclast Eyeshadow Palette in Velvet Chrome and Lash Sophisticate High Definition Mascara, your eyes will channel Studio 54 glamour all night long.

Complement the look with a warm glow using a light touch of Highlight HD Palette, Between Two Women and a perfect pink pout using the Colour Brilliance Lipstick in Cappadocia.

5. Polished Look Using Jaipur Marbles

A polished beauty look is alike fine wine or a man with good dress sense – you can never get enough!

We like to have multiple options for beauty looks and one of our favourite polished looks is inspired by the popular Iconoclast Eyeshadow Palette in Jaipur Marbles.

This super chic palette features rich, highly-pigmented shades that can be used to create a high-voltage nighttime look or a sophisticated and glowing daytime aesthetic.

Pair your glittering eyelids with Radiate Beauty Balm for a polished complexion and Bronze Summer Glow Powder in Positano for glowing cheekbones.

6. A Wet Bronze Look

If you like to put a sultry spin on your festive aesthetic and channel your inner vamp, say hello to our Wet Bronze look.

This is our beauty edit for the woman who knows exactly where she sits on Santa’s naughty and nice list and she isn’t afraid to show it through her beauty choices.

Give your skin the gift of high coverage with Day to Night Foundation, a liquid foundation suitable for all skin types that lasts all night and hydrates the skin for up to 12 hours. Although winter can wreak havoc on our skin and leave it feeling as dry as paper, Day to Knight is the ultimate buffer, keeping your skin hydrated during the cold, bleak months.

Use Seamless Cover Concealer to cover up any imperfections or unwanted blemishes that may be lingering from the night before.

Next, Iconoclast Eye Shadow Palette in Velvet Chrome will be your best friend when it comes to obtaining the ultimate smouldering smoky eye. For the woman who prefers to play on the dark side, Matte Velour Lipstick in Lost in Translation is the only product you need for a rich pout, while the Glazé Lip Lacquer in Pisco or Midnight in London will offer a more glossy, playful finish.

7. Dramatic Look Using Iconoclast Lustrous Corduroy Palette

You don’t need a Kardashian-style glam squad to be a drama queen in the beauty stakes. One of our favourite looks to do from home requires just five products.

Using just your fingers, Radiate Beauty Balm can be applied with ease, using just your fingers to glide it over your face to achieve a dewy, radiant complexion. Formulated with Argan seed oil and SPF 15, this is one skin product that can take you from the office to the after-party with ease.

Formulated from Knead technology, the Iconoclast Eyeshadow Palette in Lustrous Corduroy offers highly-pigmented and rich neutrals to create a dramatic eye. Use Lash Sophisticate High Definition Mascara to offset the look.

Pair your show-stopping eyelids with Bronze Summer Glow Powder in Positano for glowing cheekbones and Matte Velour Lipstick in Lost in Translation for a sultry pout.

8. Dramatic Look Using Iconoclast Burnt Sienna Palette

The Iconoclast Eyeshadow Palette in Burnt Sienna offers beauty aficionados a chance to give their eyes a red earth-themed makeover. Packaged in Code8’s slick, black-and-gold packaging, this palette offers six, highly-pigmented, long-lasting shades that will suit the taste of every woman.

To really bring out the palette’s earthy tones, line your eyes with Contour Eye Pencil in Classic Black and Lash Sophisticate High Definition Mascara.

Apply a dash of Blush Palette in Merlot to your cheeks enhance your glowing aesthetic and use Matte Velour Lipstick in Pop Art for a pout that packs a punch.