Beauty tips and tricks this Christmas and New Year

Beauty tips and tricks this Christmas and New Year
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Doubtless there’ll be some early starts and late nights over the party season, but no one wants to go into the New Year looking fatigued. Fortunately, we have a few tried and tested tricks so you can get everything done and look your best.

Whether it’s wrapping presents, cooking the turkey and trimmings, or hanging the decorations, there’s a raft of tips, tricks and short-cuts to getting things done quickly without comprising quality. At this time of year, your beauty regime should be no different.

Eyes are the window to the soul

Smoky eyes are a faithful for a party any time of the year, but coupled with the inevitable dark circles over the festive period and you might end looking like an insomniac panda.

It’s a stressful time of year, so rather than avoiding the inevitable, cover up dark circles instead. Mix together eye cream and concealer and dot under your eye in a triangular shape. Smooth it out with a concealer brush and suddenly you look rejuvenated and ready to get your groove on.

The bun comes in an assortment of styles but one constant is that it’s perfect for parties. If you do it yourself, a bun can boast elegance with the minimum of input, but having it professionally styled doesn’t eat up as much of your schedule as you’d expect.

All about the nails

Having a manicure in the run up to Christmas may sound crazy, but it should see you trough into the New Year.

If you’re feeling frisky, you can even try your hand a festive theme. Our favourite has to be the Christmas pudding effect, but there are plenty of less tacky options out there.

Cleanse, cleanse, cleanse

There’ll be more than a few late nights, we’re sure, and removing make-up will probably be at the back of your mind. Going to bed with a full face of make-up is one of the worst things you can do to your skin and will leave you looking blotchy and pimply.

Cleansing wipes, myrcella water or just a plain old face scrub are all inexpensive and efficient ways of removing make-up and leaving your face fresh and aglow.

But sometimes, there just isn’t enough time to put on a full face of make-up. If you are rushed for time, accentuate one feature and the rest will take care of itself.

Wearing no other makeup except for a vibrant lipstick can have a bold and stunning effect. You can try the same with larger-than-life lashes for a similar striking image.