Guide to New Year’s Eve make-up – If you’re a teenager, you’ve probably been contouring bronzer and layering glitter since 9 this morning. Don’t you hate The Biggest Night of the Year? The pressure.
The key to surviving the 14 hour-long evening is expectation management. Not so low you start 2017 with clinical depression, but on a flight path that sets you up for a happy landing. This map should include plenty of luminosity. You may never have quite perfected the feline flick. Your red lipstick may not survive the first glass of Aperol Spritz. But radiance, you can and should do.
There are some pretty amazing light-touch formulations around – from eye shadows to primers and radiance boosting foundations. You have to be selective of course. There are still eye shadows that shed a constellation of radioactive dust on your cheeks every time you blink, and highlighters that leave a je ne sais quoi snail-trail across your cheeks. Iridescent lipsticks are more often problematic than not. Confine your buying trips to when the light is good. Failing that, use the following as a crib-sheet.
There is nothing lovelier, at a party, than a twinkly lid. Flattering too. My fail safes in this department are Giorgio Armani’s Eye Tints, which come in a tube with a sponge stick applicator, have excellent longevity (even longer over a primer, try The Ordinary’s, £5.50), offer a large range of subtle colours that work day and night and are extremely easy to apply. I tend not to combine colours when I’m using these, so if you’re after powders you can blend and build on, 1, 2 and 3, £38.50 each, and Smashbox’s Full Exposure Eyeshadow Palette, £38.50, is excellent: strong pigments, soft and in beguiling, grown up hues.
I use the darker powders and a very thin brush to create a gentle-eye-liner effect that looks good even when it’s not too precise. Nars’ Dual Intensity Eyeshadows, £21, are gorgeous too: compact single shades that can be used wet or dry – ideal for a small evening bag.
As for skin – there isn’t a woman under 30 who doesn’t love Charlotte Tilbury’s Wonder Glow. Mix with a little foundation – a few drops go. Boots No7 Instant Radiance Bronzing Highlighter, also blends well with base. Meanwhile I’m extremely impressed by YSL’s Top Secret Moisture Glow which can be worn with or without foundation and is the most effective but subtle cream of its kind. Not for those who love a matte effect but matte can be so ageing. This makes skin look properly dewy – something to take with you throughout the coming year.