Coffee, cake and make-up chat is, in my opinion, the perfect way to spend an afternoon. So when No7 invited me to meet them to discuss Christmas make-up looks, I jumped at the chance!
Meeting with Rachael, No7 Business Manager, and Sophie, from No7 PR team, at the Nordic Bakery in Soho (perfect location for someone who is obsessed with all things Nordic right now!) we got down to the business of cosmetics.
We talked about how to find the perfect red lipstick (see here) and foundation that doesn’t leave your face feeling weighed down (check out the post on this very soon!).
Then it was down to some serious chat about the festive party season and how to achieve a show-stopping look. Here are the five top tips I took away from the chat about how to get the ultimate party look via No7 this festive season:
1. Shimmering party eyes:
The Stay Perfect Shade and Define eye crayon in Glistening Ray can be used to highlight and open the eye. Using it inside the corner of the eye, just below and above the lash line, can really open your eye and give your look a pop. Carry it round over the lid for a proper shimmering party look.
2. Statement lips:
As I said, we discussed the perfect red lipstick and the festive party season is the ideal time to give red lipstick a go. If you’re not ready to take the leap and go for a full-on red, Rachael suggested trying one of the No7 High Shine Lip Crayon (maybe the aptly named, Statement) which can be a little more subtle.
3. Spotlight on your best bits:
Use a smaller blusher brush (rather than a bigger powder brush) and sweep it across the No7 Radiant Spheres Highlighter palette to pick up all of the colours. Then use it to highlight your cheek bones, blending right to the outer edges. Use some of the lightest shade on a smaller brush under the brows, to really define and highlight them.
4. Fan those lashes:
The new Midnight Lash mascara can be layered for maximum impact. A quick coat will create big bold lashes. Add another for really volumised lashes that will really get you noticed. The blackest black shade really helps to leave lashes looking ready for your Christmas party! No7’s newest mascara contains Black Pearl and Saphire extracts and the wand is a combination of hallow and solid fibres for quick loading volume that maintains separation of the lashes – no one wants clumpy lashes!
“A good tip for applying the Midnight Lash mascara and to really fan the lashes out, is to turn your head to the side and look into the mirror with just your eye, leaving your head side on to your mirror. Take the wand and lightly coat the bottom lashes first, then wiggling through your upper lashes from the base to the tip. This angle promotes you to fan the lashes outwards rather than just pulling the lashes upwards creating length and volume across a full lash fan rather. (It’s a bit hard to explain but try it and it will all come together for you!)”
5. All about the base:
Primer is a must for creating a flawless base. Totally sold on this as I’ve been using the Beauty Enhancer for a few months now (and have just bought a new bottle). The balm really smooths out any imperfections and feels so so silky. Airbrush Away takes your Beauty Enhancer to the next level acting as a wrinkle filler. It will brighten your complexion, minimise pores, blur imperfections and fill lines and wrinkles.
“It acts as a perfect base for your foundation but can also be used alone to let your skin shine – it’s your skin, only better! I have a lot of male clients that swear by this as a product they can use to enhance their skin without the need for make up products. You will see instant results with the primer but the full effect will take place after 10 minutes.”
Want to try out some of these looks yourself or find more tips? No7 have a page dedicated to tips and inspiration!
What make-up looks will you be rocking for the festive party season? Will you try something new?