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  • Lips VS Eyes

    When it comes evening make-up we always choose between a statement eye or a statement lip. The more subtle the clothes, the more dramatic the make-up. So a full-on tulle dress might only require a dab of gloss on the lid while a monochrome ensemble requires more of a powerful, deep red lip. Here are our four favourite party beauty looks that will never let a good outfit down. 

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    Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Raven£25

    Hourglass simply does the best statement matt lipgloss in my opinion. I have a couple of glosses I use regularly, but I find I always go back to Hourglass, and I wonder why I ever bothered to stray. The pigment is beautifully rich and it glides on easily. It has a matt finish, but it’s not cakey or drying, which means it doesn’t need an expert hand for application. This bright geranium red works for both summer and winter.

    Yves Saint Laurent Eyeliner Automatique£25.50

    My dress-up failsafe is a black eyeliner flick – nothing too big or statement, but something that makes my lashes look thicker and frames my eyes. So I am always on the look out for a good eyeliner that will do just that in one easy application. This YSL felt-tip liner is one of the best I have used. It makes a wide enough line that I can actually see it, but not too wide for it to be unwieldy. The application is smooth and it comes off easily with make-up remover.

    Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise in Bette£22

    There’s never a time when I do my ‘Bette’ eye look that I don’t get asked where my eye shadow is from. Charlotte Tilbury’s cream shadow pots have been a favourite of mine for years, and nothing else quite cuts it since I discovered them. This shade will give your eyes a copper metallic ‘wet lid’ look that is both noticeable and wearable. Just dab your fingers in the pot and spread it over your eyelids; for a more dramatic effect add a little to the corner of your eyes and lower lashes.

    NARS Matte Velvet Lip Pencil in Cruella£21

    You know you’re onto something good when you have to buy it again: currently I’m on my Nars Cruella crayon number two and that is a lot to be said for a product that can last you years. Why do I love it? Because it’s just the perfect shade of wintry red, a dark cherry hue perfect for a festive lip that is matt and modern. Just a tip: invest in a large pencil sharpener to fit the chunky pen. 

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