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makeup class: how to get your CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY GLOW on

Nikki Yazxhi


{they’re also anti-ageing!}

* To get radiant skin: Use a luminising primer and stick to liquid or cream foundation, as powder can be drying. Make sure your foundation is not too pale – lighter is not always more natural and it can make you look washed out. Set with powder only where you are oily.

* Remember concealer is your friend: Use it not just to conceal redness but also to highlight. Brush or pat it under your eyes, blending it down so it fans out into the middle of your face. {It can be very ageing if it sinks into wrinkles, so use as little as possible.}

*Spend time on your eyes: A touch of glowing or bright shadow on the centre of your lid and inner corner will instantly brighten your eyes. {Avoid shimmer, which brings out texture like fine lines.} Give your eyes a lift, line the top lash line with a brown pencil or shadow and highlight your brow bone, which adds a beautiful halo around the eye.

*Define your brows: Use a pencil in a tone slightly lighter than your hair colour – and blend well with a spool brush.

*Max out your lashes: A few individual false lashes create a youthful and wide-eyed look. Stay clear of thickening mascara as it can weigh down thin lashes and cause clumps – so look for one that separates and curls.

* Cream blush adds an instant glow: Apply it with a foundation brush so you can control where it goes. If you have oily skin or large pores use a powder instead.

* Lip liner can work miracles: In your 40s, the sides of your top lip lose fullness so use a neutral lip pencil to softly round the outer corners of the lips and soften the Cupid’s bow. A satin-finish lipstick will add moisture and give good coverage – anything that’s rosy or beigey is most flattering.

{Pic: Elle}


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