The Biggest Makeup Trends Of Winter 2015 And How To Achieve Them


As Christmas draws nearer, party season is almost upon us. As busy career girls, you may be filling your calendar with a long list of Christmas parties, and could be in need of some makeup inspiration. Here at CGD, we’ve rounded up the best makeup trends for you to try this Christmas season.

#1 The Smokey Eye

Few looks are as timeless as a classic smokey eye, and this party season the smokey eye is making a big comeback. As seen on the AW15 catwalks, shades of warm browns were used at Tom Ford whilst darker shades of black were a firm favourite amongst designers such as Diane von Furstenberg and Chanel.

To create the perfect smokey eye this party season, try Urban Decay’s Naked Smoky Eye Palette. This palette is perfect for creating whatever smokey eye you feel like as it’s packed with twelve shades consisting of rich browns, gorgeous taupes, warm bronzes and deep blacks making it a perfect starter kit for the smoky eye beginner.

For a darker smokey eye, Chanel’s Les Ombres Eyeshadow Quad in the shade Tisse Smoky is ideal. The quad is perfect for an intense and sexy Christmas party look as it features a selection of shimmery and matte shades that you can build to create the smokey eye that’s as dark and intense as you want.

#2 The Statement Lip

Nothing suits the party season more than a bold, matte lip and nothing looks better than wearing it with a bronzed, golden eye. Red lips are a party classic and Estee Lauder’s Pure Colour Matte Sculpting Lipstick in the shade Restless, is a gorgeous limited edition shade chosen by model Kendall Jenner. This orange toned red is one of the boldest shades for this year’s party season whilst the formula is smooth and hydrating so will last all night.

For a cool-toned red, Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipstick in the shade Red Carpet Red is a gorgeous choice. Tilbury’s Matte Revolution range is renowned for creating the illusion of fuller and wider lips. Enriched with Lipstick Tree and Orchid Extracts, the lips are soothed and hydrated for a soft, buildable cashmere finish.

If you want to go for a bright pop of colour, then pink can be the perfect shade to brighten up any look this party season. Yves Saint Laurent’s Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in the shade Fuchsia Innocent is a hot pink shade perfect for the party season.

#3 The Bronzed Eye

Golden, smokey eyes can be one of the most wearable and flattering makeup looks this party season. Unlike black or dark grey eyeshadow, bronzed eyes brings both brightness and definition to the eye.

If you want a colour to sweep all over the eyelids before adding eyeshadow for extra definition, then the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots are ideal. The creamy eyeshadow base dries to an intense highly pigmented eye colour that lasts all day. Try the shades Let’s Skate and Bare Study for the best eyeshadow base for a bronzed eye look.

One of the best palettes for creating a warm golden smokey eye is Urban Decay Naked 1 Eyeshadow Palette. This original Naked Palette is packed with 12 gold-hued eyeshadow shades with a mix of matte, satin and shimmery shades. The shades Half Baked, Smog and Darkhorse blend seamlessly for the perfect bronzed eye whilst Sin can be added to the inner tear ducts to give you the illusion of bigger and brighter eyes.

#4 The Glowing Skin

One makeup look that is always on trend season after season is glowy and luminous skin. Nothing can make you stand out as much at a Christmas party than a flawless looking complexion and it can be achieved with a few simple makeup products. The key to achieving glowing skin comes from knowing how to highlight and contour correctly. When highlighting you need to add light to the centre of your face to make your skin shine, whilst creating bone structure so add to the tops of your cheekbones, down the centre of your nose and dab a small amount on the cupid’s bow.

For a gorgeous highlighter, try NARS’s Illuminator in Copacabana or Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector and Perricone MD’s No Foundation Foundation Serum. If you have dry skin, the Shimmering Skin Perfector doubles up as a great smelling moisturiser, so no worries there! The light-reflecting liquid glides seamlessly onto the skin and enhances the skin. Plus, these highlighters can be used to highlight bare skin or you can mix a small amount in with your foundation to give you an all over glow.

Then contour to the areas of your face the sun would naturally hit so around your temples, in the hollows of your cheeks, down the sides of your nose, along the jawline and down your neck. For a natural contour, try NYX’s Highlight And Contour Pro Palette as a budget alternative to more expensive contour palettes, that works just as well! The matte powder gives the illusion of shadows without looking chalky or orange.

#5 The Doll Like Lashes

The power of mascara stood out on the AW 15 runways this year as designers channelled 60s model Twiggy in the luscious lashes of their models. Designers such as Carolina Herrera and Rachel Zoe all channelled the look by layering lengthening and volumising mascaras on the top and bottom lashes.

You can achieve this sultry makeup look, add a pair of Illamasqua False Eyelashes in Captivate. These handmade lashes come in a range of styles and instantly add glamour to any makeup look this party season.

If you don’t want the hassle of applying false lashes this party season, then Dior’s Iconic Overcurl Mascara is a must have. The mascara is super lengthening while giving your lashes a full curl that lasts all day.


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