The best Christmas Day makeup ideas
As well as being the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas usually also ends up as the busiest day of the year for most of us gals. But don’t let endless present-wrapping, cocktail planning and meal prepping get in the way of looking pretty and polished.
Here are 10 ways to look glam with minimal effort and bring your beauty A-game all day (and night) on the 25th.
Chances are you’ll be serving food all day, so why not complement hands with a bright manicure? If you don’t have time to duck out for an appointment, chose a hardwearing, gel-like formula that should go the distance applied a few days before. bh loves: Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Lingerie in Bare it Girl, $20
Make eyes sparkle with a touch of glitter. A simple silver line along the top lashes will catch the light beautifully, or you can pull out the stops and apply gold or bronze glitter shadow to the lids. bh loves: DB Cosmetics Liquid Glitter Eyeliner in Silver, $9.99
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Or, go full throttle à la Chiara Ferragni with a bold festive sparkly eye.
A slick of bright lippie is the ideal way to brighten your face in no time flat and if red’s not your thing, try a punchy coral or vibrant pink. Highly pigmented yet nourishing formulations are a treat to wear, while crayons make application a breeze. bh loves: Natio Intense Colour Lip Crayon in Pink Petal, $12.99
Pop of blush
It’s surprising how much a pretty flush on cheeks can wake up a face and give it a youthful glow. Even if you’re not usually a blush wearer, give a cream or gel formulation a whirl by using your middle finger to tap and blend it gently to the apples as a finishing touch. Elizabeth Arden Cool Glow Cheek Tint, $68, blends seamlessly and creates a healthy-looking tint without disrupting makeup underneath.
Strategically applied liquid highlighter applied to your body will really bring a summer dress to life and ensure you look sensational in photos from the day. Depending on what you’re wearing, a little applied to the tops of shoulders, along your collar bone and up your shins will really pop. bh loves: Bondi Sands Glo Lights Gold, $24.99
Ace your base
A good base that’ll last the distance with minimal top ups is key. For those who like full coverage, choose a longwear liquid formulation and give it a spritz of setting spray to ensure it will not budge. For women who prefer to keep it light, opt for a BB or CC cream. They provide a sheer to medium coverage, hydration and imperative SPF protection. bh loves: It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream SPF 50, $70
Apply false lashes
Whether you wear them all day or take your face from day to night by applying a set, nothing adds more drama to a makeup look than false lashes. Manicare’s latest invention makes life a lot easier for anyone who has been nervous about trying them or is scarred for life from a previous failed attempt. To apply Glam by Manicare Magnetic Lashes use the special eyeliner to create a thick liquid line on the upper lashline, paying special attention to the inner and outer corners. Leave to dry for 60 seconds, then simply click the lash into place.
bh loves: Glam by Manicare Magnetising Eyeliner, $49.99 and Glam by Manicare Alexis Magnetic Lashes, $15.99
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Forever our beauty muse, Olivia Culpo always nails falsies.
Spritzing your favourite special occasion fragrance is the perfect finishing touch. If you’re a fan of the original La Vie Est Belle, you’ll adore the sparkly silver lacquer bottle and silver bow of this special Christmas edition, Lancome La Vie Est Belle Holiday Collection, $169
Dress up your 'do
No time to wash and blow dry in the morning? Do it the night before and add a sparkly hair accessory to a simple, elegant pony on the day. Channel red carpet celebs and pull hair right to the top of your hair, then add a statement clip to the side. bh loves: Mita Floral Jewel Clip $11.99
Set the mood
Whether you’re hosting the festivities or just want to set the mood in the morning, lighting a Christmassy-scented candle is a sure-fire way to up the ante. Ecoya’s iconic Fresh Pine fills the gap for those who don’t have a real tree, while the new Wild Strawberry Frose variant is a fruity, uplifting fragrance that screams summer fun. bh loves: Ecoya Christmas Madison Jar Fresh Pine, $52.95
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How do you like to spend Christmas Day?