In case you haven’t noticed, the festive season is fast approaching. In a sensation that feels both old and new every year, it starts with holly and wreaths in shopping centres at the beginning of November, and is quickly followed by busier shop floors, and annual parties with friends, family, and colleagues. The onslaught of champagne, cheese plates, and festive accoutrement aside, Christmas, and holiday parties provide ample opportunity to go a bit bolder with your makeup statement, with a new shade of lippie, or shadow a welcome change from your everyday get-up. Embrace the season and all its new offerings – bubbly, carbs, and luxe new Christmas collections , and read on for your new go-to party look without a smokey eye in sight. 

Vintage Glamour

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In the spirit of Iris Apfel’s oh so quote-worthy statement ‘more is more and less is a bore’, embrace a full and bold face reminiscent of the silver screen sirens of the 60s.Think groomed brows, with eye-catching eyes, and lips (with a bit of colour on the cheeks to balance the colour). Lily Collins (pictured here) keeps it current with an on-trend plum, and aubergine smoky eye, and keeps the look from becoming dated.lip1
Rimmel, Glam Eyes HD 5-Pan Eyeshadow in Brixton Brown, $15.95. SHOP NOW
Charlotte Tilbury, Luxury Palette in The Dolce Vita, $78. SHOP NOW
Lancôme, Hynose Iconic Eyeshadow Palette in Montmartre, $92. SHOP NOW

Rusted bronze

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Rusts, blush pinks, and rose-gold shadows are all the rage at the moment, with the sultry shade vying for a top spot as the ‘smoky-eye’ of 2016, as seen on the likes of Stella Maxwell, Bella Hadid, Lily Rose-Depp, and Hailey Baldwin (pictured). Simply wear blended all over the lid with multiple coats of mascara and that’s your party look sorted. 

Josie Maran Cosmetics in Rio de Rose Gold, $26. SHOP NOW
Nude by Nature, Loose Eyeshadow in Coral Sand, $22.95. SHOP NOW
By Terry, Ombre Blackstar Cream Eyeshadow in Frozen Quartz, $55. SHOP NOW

Nude on Nude

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Contrast textures in matching shades for maximum impact and go nude on nude. It’s all about a maximalist minimal approach on the lids, with plump and glossy, paired-back lips. Voluminous curls circa the 1980s optional.

TheBalm, Meet Matt(e) Nude Eyeshadow Palette, $90.50. SHOP NOW
Hourglass, Femme Nude Lip Stylo in Honey Beige, $46. SHOP NOW
Glam Glow, Plumprageous Matte Lip Treatment, $35. SHOP NOW

Poppin’ Peepers

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Instantly make your eyes pop, and inject some life into tired (read: hungover) complexions with a slick of metal around the inner corner of your eyes.  However, make sure you opt for a shimmery versus glittery formula to avoid irritation around the eyes. 


Laura Mercier, Face Illuminator in Addiction, $40. SHOP NOW
M.A.C Cosmetics, Eye Shadow in Nylon, $33. SHOP NOW
3CE, Under-Eye Flash in Lovable, $34. SHOP NOW

Statement lip

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The classic statement lip never goes out of style, with a bright red pout as synonymous with the festive season as excess bubbly. Either embrace this season’s trend with moody purples tones, bold poppy shades, and rich burgundies, or stick to a staple rouge. 
Stila, Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery, $35. SHOP NOW
M.A.C Cosmetics, Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in High Heels, $46. SHOP NOW
NYX, Simply Vamp Lip Cream in Enamoured, $11.95. SHOP NOW

Colour Pop

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The flash of colour along the lower lash line was a constant trend on the red carpet this year, and it’s not hard to see why… minimal effort that’s eye catching. Get extra mileage out of the look and match brown eyes with purple, blue with brown, and green with blue to make the colour pop. 

Revlon, Photoready Eye Art Lid Line Lash in Cobalt Crystal, $21.95. SHOP NOW
Tom Ford, Cream Color for Eyes in Midnight Violet, $68. SHOP NOW
Maybelline, Colour Tattoo Eye Shadow in Tencious Teal, $11.95. SHOP NOW