The 4 Party Looks That Need To Be In Your ‘Beauty Dress Code’

It’s holiday season and these looks are ready to impress.

Is it just us or do summer’s festivities start earlier each year? Not that we’re complaining – and we have a calendar full of after-work events, weekend brunches and big nights out to prove it. Cue the planning of those all-important party ’fits and the makeup looks to match them.

Done right, makeup is one of the best accessories you can have. Simply changing your lip colour has the power to completely switch up your entire look. So go ahead and embrace it – be bold and get creative with these four trends that will take you right through the holiday season.

Peach delight

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A tonal makeup look in cool coral or warm peach is so pretty for a daytime or early evening event. Playing within the same palette is also a savvy technique for adding pops of saturated colour in a more understated way. The matte shades in the Napoleon Perdis Glam Desires Eyeshadow Palette have a long-wearing finish that’s ideal for creating a wide range of day-to-night looks. Use a flat blush to deposit the colour onto lids, then switch to a small fluffy blush to blend, extending the colour from the outer corners of the eyes.

Apply blush in a similar shade to the tops of cheekbones and finish the look with a swipe of Napoleon Perdis Decadent Lustre Phat X Juicy Plumping Lip Gloss in Showstopper. It’s enhanced with menthol and a next-gen peptide formula to leave lips naturally plumped, while the luscious peach shade and high-shine finish is giving glazed donut.

Statement lips

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Winner of the maximum-impact-in-minimum-time award will forever be a statement lip. Bonus points if it comes in a matte finish for a long-wearing flawless colour. Napoleon Perdis’ Matte Longwear Lipstick Trio has the pigment-rich velvety-smooth colour payoff you’d expect from a matte formula, but with none of the dryness. It’s infused with botanical oils and vegan emollients to keep lips feeling hydrated and soft for hours. The deep crimson shade called Unapologetic plays true to its name and totally steals the show. Team it with clean fresh skin and groomed brows for a devastatingly elegant look.

Sultry eyes

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Smoky eyes are a failsafe party look but when you add smouldering shades of burgundy and plum into the mix, it instantly turns the dial to 11. Napoleon Perdis’ Festive Fantasy Eyeshadow Palette is a pigment-rich colour range for statement eye looks, with a sultry combination of eight warm tones in matte and shimmering finishes. Sweep the matte shades of plum or terracotta through the crease to define and contour and use the soft gold on lids to make them pop. The shimmering jewel-tone metallics can be used as an accent on the inner corners of the eyes or extended along the brow bone when you’re feeling extra festive.

Lit-from-within skin

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For a complexion that looks flawlessly radiant, try underpainting. It works by applying face makeup – concealer, bronzer, brush – to bare skin, and finishing with lightweight foundation or tinted moisturiser over the top. Sounds strange but it helps to diffuse any harsh lines and is ideal for when you want a no-makeup makeup look.

Cream and liquid products work best. Napoleon Perdis’ Cheeky Desires Liquid Gel Blush Duo is ideal as the vitamin E-rich formulas are intensely hydrating and blend like a dream. Use fingertips to stipple the colour on the apples of the cheeks, blending out the edges. Allow it to dry for a couple of minutes before applying a sheer foundation over the top – then admire your lit-from-within glow.

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