Top beauty tips for the festive season
Gold is very much a party colour. It also happens to be right on trend. Summer essential? That would have to be gold lip gloss. It works over just about any shade of lipstick, adds warmth to the skin and flatters everyone. And if you get caught short, you can always use just a little of it as a cheek highlighter. Just dab a line of gloss dots onto the high points of the cheekbones and gently pat into the skin. A favourite is Nars Lip Gloss in Giza, $51.
Metallic shadows go way beyond the classic silver and gold. For dramatic effect, turn to Stila's Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Metallic Cobalt, $60, from Mecca Cosmetica. It is a cream-to-powder shadow with an impressive foil finish and comes with its own primer to ensure stickability. If you're less game, go for the beautifully soft shades of Estée Lauder's Pure Color Instant Intense EyeShadow Trio in Gilded Chocolates, $79, each designed to complement the other. The colour can also be dusted underneath the bottom lashes to give a pretty halo effect.
The rest of your makeup should be toned down - a sweep of a shimmery blush, two coats of mascara and a nude lip. If you're not so keen on metallic shadow, experiment with a glittery liner such as MAC Superslick Eye Liner in Pure Show, $42, which has a sleek, longwearing wet look.
Few things look as polished as a beautiful manicure or pedicure. The trend is for longer, rounded nails but short and 'squoval' will always be classic. There's still time to squeeze in a pre-Christmas pedicure and, if you manage it, you'll probably find your toenails will remain in good nick for at least a couple of weeks. To extend the length of your manicure, apply topcoat daily. This refreshes the enamel and protects it from damage.
When it comes to making a statement, few products are as exciting - or as transforming - as a bright lipstick. Try fuchsia, which is slightly more flattering to all than red or orange, and keep eyes neutral. Bold lips have been fashionable for an age, but if you're not already a member of the punchy-pout club, there's still time to put a flashy fuchsia or molten magenta on your pressie list. You can do no better than YSL's Rouge Volupte Shine in Fuchsia in Excess, $65.
Sure, tousled curls are sexy; poker-straight strands are hip. But nothing is quite as easy when it comes to whipping your hair into party shape than a ballerina bun, says top stylist Danny Pato from D&M Hair Design.
1. Blow-dry your hair straight; no need to be perfect. Davines More Inside Moisturizing Relaxing Fluid, $42, will help, says Pato.
2. Part hair in the centre and smooth into a low, tight ponytail.
3. Wind hair into a perfect round shape. (If you like you can use a donut-shaped bun accessory, easily found in pharmacies.)
4. Secure hair with bobby pins and finish with hairspray.