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Have A Merry Make-Over

Glam-Up With This Season's Sparkling Make-Up crack

Got the sparkly accessories and dazzling dresses sussed? Don’t even think about stepping onto a dancefloor without a party season makeover to complete your look. Give the au naturel look a swerve and doll up for glamorous December nights. The party season is your licence to go experimental with colour and dabble in shimmer and shine. Make-up artist Jemma Kidd says: “At night, dark colours - from neutral greys to rich jewel tones - smoulder and look sultry, while glitter and metallic finishes that seem garish during the day glimmer alluringly and add drama.” Red lips, captivating eyes, or a dash of sparkle, shine like a Christmas star with these after-dark looks.

Dancing Queen
If there’s one magic ingredient in your make-up bag that’s guaranteed to get you in the festive party spirit, it’s a touch of sparkle. Think Studio 54 and 1970s glam rock for inspiration. Piling on the glitz doesn’t work for everyone, so use your pot of sparkle sparingly. Jemma advises: “Glitter eyeshadow is a party look that is most flattering on young, wrinkle-free eyes. As a rule, the younger you are, the more you can use shimmer and glitter.”

But there are more subtle ways to introduce sophisticated sparkle to mature skin. Jemma suggests products with a pearlescent finish, which adds flattering light without highlighting creases and wrinkles. Go for gold (or silver) by conjuring up DIY festive-themed products. Jemma says: “Make your own creme shimmer by mixing silver or gold loose powder with Vaseline. Or for a flash of metal, layer glitter gel eyeliner over dark eyeliner pencil.”

Make-up essentials: Barry M Glitter Lashes wand, £4.95 (Superdrug); Jemma Kidd Make Up School Dual Illuminator Creme Highlighter & Shimmer Dust, £17.62 (www.spacenk.co.uk); FrontCover Before The Party cosmetic set, £25 (Boots).

Red carpet glamour
You don’t have to have George Clooney on your arm at the office Christmas party to channel a Hollywood screen siren.

If your pout is your best feature, striking red lips are your seasonal gift. But the major make-up groundwork with stand-out lip looks is all in the base... Jemma says: “A perfect radiant complexion is crucial, so make sure you get this right with plenty of prep, an illuminating primer under foundation, a perfect colour match for your base, and correct formulation for your skin.

“Foundation that is too pale or dark will show up in photographs,” she warns. Working a bold red lip is all about finding the right red for you. Jemma advises experimenting with different tester shades to the find one that suits your colouring.

“Striking red lips will draw the eye, so precise application is essential,” says Jemma. “For a more subtle red lip, use a sheer lipstick or lip stain with a touch of gloss.”

Make-up essentials: L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation, £9.78 (nationwide); Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer, £27 (Debenhams); Dolce&Gabbana Classic Cream lipstick in Iconic, £20 (0800 123 400/www.selfridges.com).

Foxy & fabulous
Grab your mistletoe and make eyes across the room with the object of your seasonal affections. Put all the emphasis on your eyes with dramatic eyeliner, false eyelash corners, and lashings of mascara for a seductive heavy-lidded look.

“This look is traditionally achieved with liquid eyeliner but gel eyeliner is easier to apply and gives a similar finish,” Jemma suggests. “Pencil eyeliner creates a softer line with blurred edges.” The eyeliner should be the statement feature in this look so Jemma recommends choosing an eyeshadow that blends with your skin tone.

“Understated lipstick gives the look a soft, contemporary feel,” she says, “or for extra va-va-voom, go for berry red lips.”

Make-up essentials: Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner in True Black, £12 (www.clinique.co.uk); Illamasqua Limited Edition Decadence Lashes, £25 (www.illamasqua.com); MAC Lipstick in Cherish, £12 (www.maccosmetics.co.uk).

Styling tip: Avoid the ‘explosion in a glitter factory’ look. Only wear sequin accessories if you’re not wearing even a hint of sequin clothing.

Try: Office Marvellous sequin boots, £90; F&F at Tesco gold sequin peep-toe heels, £20; Accessorize Union Jack sequin clutch, £30; Dorothy Perkins gold sequin scarf, £15.