Top tips for formal makeup
Formal season is around the corner, which means that you’ve probably already Googled about a gajillion images for dress, hair, and make-up inspiration.
To make your make-up mission just a little bit easier, we've picked three key looks that you could try for your big night. Oh, and of course, here are some quick tips on how you can achieve them...
If you want to: accentuate your eyes like Bella Thorne
Your face: for this glorious velvet finish, dust a translucent powder over your make-up. It’ll give your skin a matte finish that doesn’t look caked-on and help control shine throughout your night.
Try: Maybelline New York Shine Free Oil Control Translucent Pressed Powder.
Your eyes: sweep a dark brown eyeshadow over your eyelids and use the same shade to define your lower lash line. Next, use a lighter shade to highlight the inner corner of your eyes, which will help to open them up. You’ll also want to make that flutter of yours super-luscious for this look, so use some adhesive false lashes to add some extra length and volume.
Try: 1000 Hour Fashion Lashes in Wicked Lush and Face of Australia Colour Max Eyeshadow Palette in Gold Mine.
Your lips: simplicity and subtlety is key for this look – you don’t want to look OTT. Opt for a creamy nude or dusty pink and you’re good to go. Try: Chi Chi Creamy Matte Liquid Lipstick in Crazy in Love.
If you want to: have a pout that pops like Holland Rodden
Your face: rosy cheeks are the perfect complement to a bright lip – as long as you’re not too heavy handed with the powder.
Try: Avon Smooth Minerals Blush
Your eyes: line your top lash line with a creamy black pencil and follow it up with a couple of coats of lash-thickening mascara. Finish off with a swipe of gold eyeshadow along your bottom lash line for instant glamour.
Try: glo minerals Precise Micro Eyeliner, Almay One Coat Nourishing Mascara Thickening, and L’Oreal Paris Color Appeal Chrome Shine in Sparkling Sepia.
Your lips: The pièce de résistance! To ensure your lipstick looks freshly applied all night, it’s best to first colour in your lips with a lip pencil in a shade that’s similar to your chosen lipstick. Next, apply a vibrant red lipstick and ‘blot’ it down using a tissue. Apply another coat and your lips will be kiss-ready!
Try: Rimmel London 1000 Kisses Stay On Lip Liner in Cherry Kiss, and Sax Rich Lip Colour Lipstick in Classic Red.
If you want to: look naturally radiant like Kendall Jenner
Your face: mix a liquid illuminator with your regular foundation before application. This will give your complexion a beautiful, radiant glow.
Try: Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator.
Your eyes: define your entire top lash line and half of your bottom lash line (from the middle to the outer corner) with a creamy black or charcoal kohl pencil. Next, use a silver eye pencil or shadow and blend it in to the black line, to soften the look and give your eyes a subtle sparkle. Finish with a coat of mascara on both your top and bottom lashes.
Try: Designer Brands Kohl Eye Pencil in Black, Max Factor Liquid Eye Effect Pencil in Silver Sparkle, and Australis Killer Curves Mascara.
Your lips: a clear gloss is the perfect way to finish off this natural look.
Try: Cancer Council SPF 30+ Lip Gloss in Crystal Clear.
Which of these formal looks are you most likely to recreate? What is your ultimate formal make-up look?