Spruce up for Santa

Get your glow back in time for the big day with our fast-fix beauty guide

So it’s Christmas week. You’re tired after one too many parties (and glasses of fizz), the freezing weather has ­ravaged your skin, and a lack of sleep combined with gift-buying stress has left you looking less than your normal glowing self.

So, how can you get your glow back in time for the big day?

We asked top make-up artist Alice ­Theobald (who has just finished a ­marathon stint on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing), to share her insider tips and tricks for ­creating perfect Christmas make-up, meaning you can whip up a fresh-faced, bright-eyed look that will last all day. 

Winter beauty: Don't let the cold weather ruin your looks

Winter beauty: Don't let the cold weather ruin your looks

SKIN

Liz Earle’s Brightening Treatment Mask (£12.75, lizearle.com) needs to be applied for only 30 seconds to two minutes, and instantly perks up pallid skin.

Follow with Aromatherapy ­Associates Instant Skin Firming Serum (£38.75, ­aromatherapyassociates.com), a divine-smelling and more effective version of Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, which tones and tightens. Then apply Illamasqua Primer (£19, illamasqua.com) for a face that’s perfectly prepped for make-up.

BASE

Always use a brush to apply foundation to get a smooth finish. Alice likes Mac’s version (£25) or Chanel’s (£34) and, for a flawless, dewy finish, the Chanel Pro ­Lumiere foundation (£31).

Applying highlighter on the brow bone and right in the corner of the eye will help open it up — try Benefit’s Moonbeam (£17.50, benefitcosmetics.co.uk).

But don’t stop there. If you want to plump lips ­without a needle, try an insider’s trick and apply highlighter as you would a lipstick, and layer a clear gloss over the top.

For a professional look, make sure your concealer is invisible. Laura Mercier’s Undercover Pot (£28, spacenk.co.uk) makes it easy, as each pot comes with
two shades of concealer — so you can blend to suit your skin tone — and powder to set everything.

EYES


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If you’re feeling bleary-eyed, try an industry secret, Boots Brightening Eye Drops (£2.99), which will soothe tired eyes and make them look clearer.

Another of Alice’s tricks is sculpting eyebrows with a subtle arch that helps to open up the eye and give the face an instant lift. She recommends Paul & Joe eyebrow powder (£14.50, hqhair.com) to create the perfect browline.

When it comes to shadow, look for Shu Uemura’s cream version (£18.50, spacenk.co.uk). It is non-greasy and won’t crease — Alice used it on Strictly Come Dancing host Tess Daly on a long shoot under hot lights and it didn’t budge.

Try using beige over the whole eye area, then applying a taupe colour up to the socket, and finally creating more ­definition with a darker brown or black shade applied to the outside corners of the lid and blended in.

For a strong look, add in a slick of Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Zero Smudge ­Liquid Eyeliner (£17.50), which is as good as its word.

Finish with waterproof mascara, so that even if you’re reduced to tears, it won’t run. Make-up artists love L’Oreal. This combination will give eyes a ­dramatic party look that’s not too sparkly — you don’t want to look like a Christmas bauble.

LIPS

If you’ve gone heavy on the eyes, keep lips low key. If you’re ­worried about leaving lipstick splodges on your wine glass, go for a simple moisturising balm, such as Smith’s rosebud salve (£7.50, houseoffraser.co.uk) or Le Metier de Beaute Colour Core Moisture Stain ­lipstick (£20, Selfridges), which won’t budge.

Once everything is in place, spray your face with Clarins’ Fix Make-up (£18), which will, as it suggests, keep make-up fixed throughout the day.

HAIR

Keeping hair looking glossy and gorgeous throughout the day can be tricky, especially if you’re standing over a hot stove. The secret is styling products.

The John Frieda Weather Works range (from £4.99) works as well in a humid kitchen,
and Babyliss’ latest brilliant invention, the Big Hair styler, combines a rotating brush and dryer for a professional style. ­

Finish it with a spritz of heavy-duty hairspray — try L’Oreal Professionel Infinium (£9.95), as used on Strictly Come Dancing.

For more information about Alice, go to wonderlandhairandmake-up.co.uk

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