Today's Makeup #4: Christmas Party


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Yesterday I headed through to Glasgow for a wee bloggers Christmas party, so I decided to go a little more festive than usual with my makeup. The words "Christmas party" just scream gold glitter and red lips to me, so that's exactly what I went for. I've fiiiiinally got round to starting up my Youtube channel again so I thought I'd film a get ready with me video to go along with this look. You can subscribe here if you haven't already, and do let me know if there's anything you'd like me to do a video about!

Anyway, back to the makeup, I started off with a little bit of Vita Liberata Capture the Light* in the shade Buttermilk; it's a multi-purpose highlighter that can be used all over the face and body, but I like to use it to give my skin a nice all-over glow before I apply foundation. I used my all time favourite Estee Lauder Double Wear Light in Shade 1 which provides the perfect amount of coverage and lasts all night. As both the lips and eyes are quite bold, I wanted my skin to be looking perfect so I used two different concealers - one for brightening and one for covering up. I only bought the Collection Illuminating Touch Concealer recently but I really like it, it does a great job of brightening up my whole under-eye area. Then when it comes to covering up blemishes, I've opted for the NARS Creamy Concealer in the shade Vanilla. This is another recent purchase but I'm not quite sure if I like it or not, some days it seems to do its job really well and other days it just looks heavy and obvious. I'll keep using it to see how it goes, but at £21 a pop I was really hoping it would be a lot more amazing.

I wanted my brows to look defined but still natural, so I used my new favourite product, the Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette. This will be a definite repurchase, I love this product! It makes doing your brows so quick and easy, and you can get them looking really sharp and defined without overloading on product. My only complaint is that Brunette (the second darkest shade) is a smiiiiidge too light for me, but I'm not sure whether Ebony might be too black - not being able to test it out in a shop is a little bit annoying! To finish off my base makeup, I went for some subtle rosy cheeks with the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Frisky. My pal Jenn brought me this back from America earlier this year and I've used it almost non-stop ever since, it's beauuutiful. Frisky is the perfect natural blush shade, rosy pink with a tiny hint of shimmer, and it's really long-lasting too. If you have the chance to get your hands on one of these cult blushes, I'd definitely recommend it!

And finally, on to the eyes and lips. I've gone for my favourite classic cat-eye, but Christmasified it a little bit with a slick of gold glittery eyeliner in the shape of Urban Decay's Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in the shade Baked. I love love love this product as the glitter is densely packed so you don't have to spend ages trying to get it too show up in a solid line, and even though it's super glittery it's not actually too much trouble to remove at the end of the night. As for lips, there could only be one choice: MAC Russian Red. Usually I like my lip products a bit more low-key and hassle free, but you can't have a Christmas party without bold red lips, can you? Russian Red is the perfect deep red shade, and I've used a little bit of Barry M lipliner to help it stay in place too.

What's your favourite kind of festive makeup?

Gillian x


  1. Love seeing the difference in someone's face once they have put their brows on! That pencil looks great.
    You looked gorgeous, Shame I never got a chance to have a chat.

  2. I LOVE that gold eyeliner! So pretty and sparkly. This makeup is so lovely!

  3. I love what you did with your eyeliner! I love the NARS concealer and Anastasia Brow Wiz...wearing them everyday at the moment.

  4. Absolutely stunning, I love the glitter liner a lot & it goes perfectly with a classic red lip <3

    Jennie xo |

  5. That UD liner is PERFECT for the holidays...may be picking some up myself ;)

    xx -b.

  6. Your make up is absolutely gorgeous Gillian. Wish I could have gone to party!
    Water Painted Dreams xxx

  7. This make up is simply amazing :)

  8. Ah after watching that I want so many new things! I looove the look of the Double Wear Light foundation, the NARS concealer, the Anastasia brow wiz and the Tarte blusher! They all look so amazing :) I used to swear by the Urban Decay Heavy Metal eyeliners back when I was fifteen, but it was more of a 'slap it all over the eyelid' approach then!

    lillies and lipbalm

  9. Love this! I definitely want to get a bit sparkly for my work Christmas party on Monday (especially as the theme is 70s disco!!)

    Milly // Mini Adventures

  10. Genuinely hilarious we both brought out the Urban Decay Glitter Liner in contrasting shades. FESTIVE x

  11. It looks so perfect and I love the touch you did with the eyes making it look more festive and lovely for the holidays and parties!

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

  12. Gillian you are smoking! Twit twooo! need to check out that Barry M lipliner :) x

  13. The glitter liner is gorgeous!!! Love this! x


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