Low-Key Festive Makeup

By the time you’re on your third hangover in a row, the motivation to apply a full face of glitter kind of disappears. So from yesterday’s cheap bling, we go to a more sophisticated look. I’m not talking about evening makeup here, by the way. I’m talking about the kind of daytime makeup that we all imagine we’ll be applying every morning, before coming down the stairs to greet the parents/siblings/long-lost Uncles who have been sleeping in the spare room and who, inexplicably, feel they have to get up at 5am every day and start clanging around in the kitchen. (Whoa. Long sentence. Must dot some short ones in. Oh. I am.)

Yes, the makeup ‘situation’ I speak of is the ‘Morning Groom’. The Morning Groom, or MG, should leave you looking a little fresh and polished, but not ‘done up.’ After finishing the MG, there should be absolutely no ‘well-meant’ exclamations of “you look tired dear! Did you get any sleep?” or, “feeling rough, are we?” Equally, nobody should be raising their eyebrows at the brightness of your lipstick, or the sexiness of your smoky eyes. We’re talking polished, a bit glowy, a teeny, tiny bit sexed-up, and then….stop.

The MG should take just a few minutes – if you’re hungover, then there are a couple of videos that might help, see 5 Minute Rescue or Party Skin. Do try and pay a little attention to your skin rather than just slapping on a big thick layer of foundation – it’s worth the effort, and you’ll be less likely to break out into spots. I’ve kept the makeup light and fresh in the video, but seriously – if you feel you need that extra bit of help, foundation wise, then go for it. I filmed this with five non-drinking days behind me, so it’s not as though I was looking particularly rough. I hope. With a stonking hangover, I’d certainly not think twice about using some nice dewy foundation!

Products: Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer, £32 from Space NK. Benefit Confessions of a Concealaholic, £28 from Boots. Le Metier de Beauté Precision Liquid Liner, £25 from Selfridges. Lancome Matte Black Shadow, from Les Gris palette, Nars Blush in ‘Sex Appeal’, £19.50 from Liberty. St Tropez Skin Illuminator, £15 from HQHair, Estee Lauder Lip Gloss in Star Ruby, £15 from House of Fraser.

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  1. Debbie
    December 21, 2010 / 2:05 pm

    This looks so lovely on you. Am sat here full of cold looking like hell and am only wishing a bit of tinted moisturiser and some nice gloss would make me look even half human, am desperate to avoid going to a wedding next week with a chapped nose so lower half of my face is lagged in vaseline which is such a good look – I keep forgetting about it and opening the door to the post man and other delivery people!

    • December 21, 2010 / 3:23 pm

      All in the name of beauty, Debbie – who cares about the postman?! Haha. I answer the door wearing the most crazy things that you have ever seen. Don’t worry. Hope you feel better for Christmas!

  2. Kim
    December 21, 2010 / 2:34 pm

    Great look! Love the nailpolish too, which one is it?

    • December 21, 2010 / 3:22 pm

      Sorry, forgot to put that in! It’s Glitz and Glamour by Orly x

  3. Estelle Kealy
    December 24, 2010 / 8:43 am

    Really pretty look, perfect for Christmas day, I hate wearing loads of makeup around the house and this is perfect. Merry Christmas to you, have a good one! x

  4. Hannah
    January 3, 2011 / 12:29 am

    Managed to stumble across this treasure heat of a website!
    You have vey helpful tips and all that :) thank you! Haha x

  5. Sechari
    July 13, 2011 / 10:34 pm

    I know this is absurdly old, but I just wanted to thank you for not making me feel like a freak for not piling on tons of make up around Christmas usually.

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