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.
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.
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.
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.
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.