December 10, 2021
Christmas Day Makeup
There’s lots to love about Christmas. Mince pies become our go-to snack, mulled wine flows freely, and there’s mistletoe all over the place.
But between the food, festivities and family time, Christmas also gives us the chance to really go for it with our makeup. To go bold, go sparkly, go glossy, or go for gold. Or, to go back to basics.
Because when it comes to festive makeup, there are no rules. You might want to spend the big day in your new loungewear with just a swipe of hydrating colour on your lips. Or maybe you want full-on glamour, glitz and sparkle from head to toe?
Whatever you decide for your Christmas Day look, make sure it’s one that makes you feel good. And choose products that are hard-working and buildable to give you a look that will last all day. After all, who wants to break away from the fun to reapply makeup when there are presents to be opened!?
If you’re searching for makeup inspiration, here are a few ideas that will look amazing and add something merry and bright to your festive look.
Is there anything more Christmassy than a bold, statement lip? To be honest, you don’t really need much else. Make sure you hydrate your lips with a balm first, followed by lip primer to help the colour stay put for longer. Next, lip liner will create a perfectly symmetrical pout before applying your lipstick shade of choice. It’s your version of bold, so anything from a classic bright red to a 90s-vibe peachy nude.
But if, come Christmas morning, you’re simply not feeling a multi-step lipstick application, not a problem.Code8’s 5Secs Express Lip & Cheek Colour is one part hydrating lip balm, one part sheer lip colour. Apply a sweep of that in the morning and again whenever you want a burst of moisture and colour and you’re done.
Glittery eyelids aren’t just a summer festival look. They’re an any-time-of-the-year festive look. Whether you choose to rock a joyful gold, silver, red, or green is up to you. Go all out with lashings of glitter if the mood takes you. Otherwise, keep things natural with a golden-bronze hue. Feel free to experiment - if you want purple glitter from your eyelash to eyebrow, now’s the time to sparkle and shine.
For a subtle effect, a quick glide across your eyelid alone will suffice. For a more dramatic look, why not pair a bright eyeshadow colour with its glittery cousin? Apply both to the eyelid and as much of the upper lid as you dare and pour yourself an eggnog to celebrate.
If all you want for Christmas is glowing skin, you’re not alone. The trick here is to make sure your skin is fully hydrated and prepped before adding any other products. That means exfoliating, moisturising, and using a good primer to act as a base. Put in the prep work, and you’ll be rewarded with a finish that’s breathable, soft-focus and full of moisture.
Code8’s Highlight HD Palette is a two-tone compact of rose gold and bronze highlighter. Depending on your skin tone and the amount of glow you want to achieve, you can build up colour gradually until you create your perfect look. Its light-reflecting properties and flattering shades boost radiance whatever your complexion.
Glossy lips were one of summer’s big beauty trends so there’s no reason why that trend shouldn’t continue into winter, too. A glossy finish makes lips look instantly firmer, smoother and more volumized. In fact, a slick ofGlazé Universal Lip Gloss might be all you need to create the perfect pout. Its unique formula stimulates collagen production to add natural volume, leaving your lips soft and subtle. Wear it on its own for a natural-looking sheer wash of colour. Or for ultra-gloss appeal, apply as a top coat over your favourite shade of lipstick. Now where’s that mistletoe?
Pair with a coat or two of mascara for thick, fluffy lashes (tryCode8’s Lash Sophisticate High Definition Mascara for lash-by-lash definition). Lash Sophisticate is buildable, meaning it has great staying power all day long. While vitamins E and A restructure the lashes and build their defence against environmental damage. What’s more, it comes in a glass cylinder, meaning less plastic waste. That’s a win, win, win!
Christmas is the perfect time to try a graphic liner look. Dramatic and precise, you need a steady hand and a super-sharp liner to get it right. Be as creative as you dare with your design. You can either pair with natural makeup and let your eyes do the talking or spice things up for the big day with a brightly coloured eyeliner. Naughty or nice? You decide.
Our top tip - keep a handful of cotton buds and a bottle of micellar water close by to sweep away any mistakes in an instant.
Festive beauty, your way
For minimal-fuss festive makeup, why not try one of Code8’s limited edition beauty sets? The Gloss and Go Getter Set (with the award-winning Highlight HD Palette and Glazé Universal Lip Gloss) is all you need for a glowing complexion and gloriously glossy lips.
Or there’sThe Essentials Edit (lip and cheek tint and mascara) which comes in two shades –Off Broadway (a deep, natural and universally flattering pink) andMiss Saigon (a brownish mauve for medium undertones, or a nude colour for naturally darker lips).
These looks can work for any occasion, from laid-back dinner and drinks at home to full-on festive parties.
The most important thing to remember is to go for a look that you love and will last the distance. Christmas Day makeup needs to be your makeup – just with a bit more pizzazz. If you’re unsure, why not trial a few looks before the big day so you know what works for you?
Treat yourself or a loved one to a makeup gift set this year and make everyone’s spirits bright.