Leading up to Christmas it’s all about survival – we're talking beauty survival. Whether you are contending with humidity levels sapping your skin of moisturising or a lack of natural glow restricting your wardrobe choices, no-one has time for a cosmetics crisis when the festive season is in full swing.
Thankfully, at Code8 are fantastic in a complexion catastrophe and we know exactly how to outplay the harsh winter elements.
We have curated the ultimate list of our top tips to get you through the festive season using some of our favourite products.
1. Balms are Back
As much as we love a foundation that offers full coverage, it’s important to let your skin breath when the weather cools down.
As an alternative, we suggest incorporating a lightweight and multi-purpose product such as the Radiate Beauty Balm into your routine. This award-winning beauty balm is packed with hydrants such as argon seed oil, castor oil and SPF15 with antioxidant action - ingredients that are key in keeping your skin nourished and calm in sweater weather.
If you want to up the ante on your base, we love our coveted Matte Velour Powder which helps stabilise your product of choice and gives your complexion a matte finish.
2. Multi-Purpose products are key
Multi-purpose products will you be your saving grace when it comes to saving time, energy and hours trailing through YouTube tutorials. With our Limited-Edition Party Essentials Kit say hello to endless beauty looks at your manicured fingertips, with the kit providing an array of options to experiment with.
Included in the Party Essentials kit is the festive season staple Iconoclast Eyeshadow Palette in Velvet Chrome, an arsenal packed with highly-pigmented and long-lasting rich eye shadow hues. Formulated from revolutionary Knead Technology, this palette will quickly take up a prime position in your beauty bag owing to its ability to create a casual-cool aesthetic or old Hollywood glamour.
As if that isn’t enough to make all your Christmas wishes come true, all shades included in the palette can be taken to the next level with just a touch of water. Simply wet a thin brush and apply a shade as a liner or blend it upwards into the lid for a dramatic finish.
This must-have kit has everything you need to create endless beauty looks and includes:
- Best-seller Lash Sophisticated High Definition Mascara, Precision Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black (used on Alex Chung during The British Fashion Awards), the “Glow Getter Award” Highlight HD Palette in Between Two Women by Get The Gloss, and Matte Velour Lipstick in Lima.
3. Fake it till you make it
To achieve a holiday-worthy glow that would normally require a week in the Bahamas and a 12-hour flight to obtain, adding a highlighter in the form of Highlight HD Palette in Between Two Women will save you from jet lag and result in a sun-kissed glow.
The Highlight HD Palette in Between Two Women was recently rewarded during the Get The Gloss Beauty and Wellness Award 2019 in the category “ The Glow Getter Award “ so it’s the must-have beauty product during your travels.
Simply apply the highlighter all over your cheekbones, brow bone and straight down your nose to create a natural, sheer glow. Use the golden shade in the inner corners of your eye and over the entire eyelid for a subtle glow and deepen the look applying the pink shade over your lower lash line and blend outwards.
Eager to take your party glow one step further? Those that dare can give their lips a golden touch by applying the product gently on the lips to add dimension to their pout. Pucker up we say!
4. Technique reigns supreme
Unlike filing a tax return from 2012, Code8’s Precision Liquid Eyeliner in Cardon Black was created with simplicity and efficiency in mind, making it easy to understand why it was recently spotted on Alexa Chung during the British Fashion Awards and actress Gwendoline Christie.
Using a thin brush to apply the liner will help you avoid making staining your face with ink and will create an elegant cat-eye.
Lift your chin when applying (this keeps your liner from smearing and keeps it even) to outline the shape of your eye, then trace backwards, starting at your inner corners, and work towards the end.
Another tip is to follow the direction in which your lower lash line extends. After tracing your upper lash line, create a flick at the end of the eye parallel to the direction of your lower lash line.
5. Pout play
Creating a perfect complexion and dramatic eye look without a statement lip would be like spending a day at Harrods food court without indulging in a pastry.
Our choice for a Christmas pout that will withstand even a kiss under the mistletoe is our Matte Velour Lipstick range. A universally flattering lipstick range will complement any type of makeup look.
The Matte Velour Lipstick range delivers a highly pigmented comfortable texture with a velvety look. Packed with a cocktail of essential waxes and oils, this range will give a matte yet moisturising finish that will last all day long.
If you want to push the lip envelope even further, Matte Velour Lipstick in Lost in Translation will help you achieve a dramatic lip.
6. You can have it all
Cocktail parties, festive drinks and dancing until dawn require products that can be tossed into your clutch and used to look runway-ready all night (despite how many champagnes you may have had).
Code8’s 5secs Express Lip & Cheek Colour and AM/PM Tinted Lip Balm both consist of an easy gliding formula that keep your lips hydrated and tinted.
Use 5secs Express Lip & Cheek Colour as an eyeshadow base or cheek blush. Simply draw the product into the lid or press it into subtly into your cheekbones for a rosy glow.
If a lighter hue is more to your liking use AM/PM Tinted Lip Balm for a light and playful eye look that will also deliver a perfect nude pout that is packed with moisturising actives.
You can use these products separately or purchase the One Palette 3 Looks sets which consist of all the above products mentioned. What are you waiting for?
7. Conceal it up
A post-holiday bash hangover may be inescapable, but losing face in the glam stakes is not.
Late nights and alcohol tend to leave their mark on your face by way of sullen skin and puffy eyes, but investing in a concealer will ensure imperfections are a thing of the past this Christmas.
Our pick? Code8’s Seamless Cover Concealer, a medium-to-full coverage product that offers maximum-comfort wear and long-lasting hydration properties.
Enriched with active ingredients such as Glucan Biopolymer that helps protect the skin from pollution and provides the complexion with a soothing effect.
8. Take It Off
Going to bed with a full face on after a night of celebrations is a beauty sin as bad as a bright orange spray tan.
To avoid a wrap on the knuckles from the makeup police, we suggest adding Code8’s Decode Makeup Remover 3-in-1 Cleanse Soothe Hydrate to your beauty bag this holiday season.
The ultimate skin saviour made from a gentle and soothing formula that removes all types of makeup such as foundation, mascara and eye shadow with ease, leaving your skin feeling fresh and hydrated.
9. Happy New Lashes
Speaking of lashes...is any holiday glam complete without fluttery eyelashes to peep out from the mistletoe? Whether you are going for a high-voltage beauty look or a natural aesthetic, full lashes are the one feature that will transform your face within seconds.
We love Lash Sophisticate High Definition Mascara, a Code8 hero product that lengthens and volumises all kinds of lashes owing to its super buildable formula.
With hints of vitamin E and an in the ingredients list to protect your lashes against the environment, this is one product that is a non-negotiable for the holiday season.
10. Inside the beauty bag
With the addition of new products to your makeup arsenal, you will need a cosmetics case equally as stylish to house them. We suggest something that is sleek, functional, compact and able to fit into your handbag of choice with ease.
We are coveting this sleek black clutch from Space NK.
11. The perfect finish
Now that you have the products, skills and knowledge to see you through the holiday season, up the ante one last time by finishing off your beauty look with a setting spray.
A spray is a perfect way to ensure your makeup holds, gives it a flawless finish and a dewy and natural glow. Our personal favourite is Glamglow’s Glowsetter Makeup Setting Spray, which works to re-energise the skin, smoothe and soften it and of course, provide the perfect finish.