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Treat yourself to luxury party prep, or save those pennies for when you’re out – you choose…

Dazzling eyes

A big hit for winter is ‘paint-box’ eyes. Update your make-up collection with a new eyeshadow palette with vibrant and smoky colours. We love the NARS New Wave Palette ($63; spacenk.com), with its mix of matt and shimmer tones, but we’re counting our change with the Vivo Colour Block Palette and its 12 shades ($6.5; available at Tesco). Apply a dark colour to the inside and outside of your eyes, then blend in a contrasting lighter shade to the middle of your lids for the hottest party look.

the NARS New Wave Palette

The NARS New Wave Palette

Luscious lips

The more expensive the lipstick, the more pigment it contains, so the colour will stay on your lips for longer. Blood-red lips never go out of fashion and Chanel’s Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick ($40; boots.com) is a classic. When you’re on a budget, a lip stain will give you the same effect, and if you want to add shine, use a sheer lip gloss on top. Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Lipstain Balm ($12.9; Superdrug) is a double-ended wand with a lip stain and a silky balm in one to add extra shine and moisture to your lips.

Chanel’s Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel’s Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Healthy skin

If your skin’s pale and lacklustre the morning after, apply a revitalising mask for 10 minutes. Açai berry, papaya and pine bark extract are the active ingredients in The Organic Pharmacy’s Enzyme Peel Mask ($78.5, 40ml; theorganicpharmacy. com). Dead skin cells and leftover make-up grime are lifted to reveal soft and wrinkle-free skin. If you’re susceptible to breakouts, our thrifty find is Aubrey Organics’ Sea Buckthorn & Cucumber Moisturising Mask ($14.5, 118ml; aubreyorganicsuk.co. uk). It clears away dead skin cells and debris and cools and calms your skin, leaving it feeling smooth and hydrated.

The Organic Pharmacy’s Enzyme Peel Mask

The Organic Pharmacy’s Enzyme Peel Mask

Base beautiful

Natural mineral foundations have great staying power, saving regular trips to the loos to touch-up your make-up. It’s also better for your skin. Build up the powder in layers with your brush to suit the level of coverage you’d like. We love Lily Lolo’s Mineral Foundation SPF15 ($20; lilylolo.co. uk), which is half the price of the equally brilliant Bare Minerals Original SPF15 Foundation ($38.5; bareminerals.co.uk).

Base beautiful

Lily Lolo’s Mineral Foundation SPF15

Fingertip glamour

Glitter and sparkles are mandatory at Christmas time. Last year, crackle polish was the ‘in’ thing; this year we love magnetic polish. Simply apply two coats of nail varnish and, before the second layer dries, hover the magnet provided over the nail to attract the magnetic filings and create the jazzy design. Nails Inc’s The Strand Star Magnetic Polish ($20.9; nailsinc.com) and Barry M’s Neptune Sea Magnetic Nail Effects Polish ($7.9; barrym.com) both create a festive star shape.

Nails Inc’s The Strand Star Magnetic Polish

Nails Inc’s The Strand Star Magnetic Polish

Barry M’s Neptune Sea Magnetic Nail Effects Polish

Barry M’s Neptune Sea Magnetic Nail Effects Polish

Fresh looks

Telltale signs of late nights and too many cocktails show up under your eyes, where skin is most translucent. A good night’s sleep and plenty of water works wonders, but a little under-the-eye cream at night can also help. Avoid using creams containing alcohol as it’s too harsh for the delicate skin here. Caffeine, fennel, aloe and parsley are natural rejuvenating ingredients. Skinceuticals AOX+ Eye Gel ($112; skinceuticals.co.uk), contains antioxidant vitamin C and caffeine to reduce under-eye puffiness, but Laid Bare’s budget-friendly Pack Your Bags Tighten & Lighten Eye Cream is a cinch at just $12.9 (mypure.co.uk). This bargain beauty is free from chemical nasties and contains aloe vera to soothe tired eyes

 

Skinceuticals AOX+ Eye Gel

Skinceuticals AOX+ Eye Gel

 

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