Festive glamour

‘Tis almost the season to be jolly…gorgeous!

So I’m thrilled to share some of my best tips and techniques for creating an effortlessly glamorous look for all those fun-filled and fabulous nights out ahead.

With more than 20 years of experience as a makeup artist, I’m bursting with advice to help you look and feel fabulous.

I regularly work with women who want to update their look and learn some new skills.

The best place to start? Your complexion.

Looking after your skin in winter is essential if you want to glow. I recommend using power-house products to boost your usual skin care routine…a serum, an exfoliator and a mask.

These products will give you targeted, optimum results over a short period of time, sometimes instantly! My faves are Lancôme Visionnaire serum, Nip and Fab Glycolic Fix Scrub and Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask.

I create amazingly radiant complexions by mixing a little liquid illuminator – such as Iconic London Illuminator – into foundation before buffing on with a brush.

You can then use a light reflecting concealer to cover dark circles under the eyes and redness on the lids, blending out over cheekbones with your fingertips to highlight this area too and dab more of the illuminator fluid on top for extra glamour and shine.

Warm around the hairline, under jawline and cheekbones with a natural, matt bronzer for a healthy glow.

A versatile and easy-to-apply product for the eyes is Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise in shade Marie Antionette. I absolutely swear by its smooth definition, for any eye colour and shape. Lightly pat onto lids using your ring finger, blend up into your sockets and under bottom lashes too.

Lashings of mascara and a flirty set of strip lashes will make your eyes really pop!

Don’t be afraid of adding more colour to your lips. There’s a shade of plum, warm red or burgundy to suit everyone.

If you’re unsure about going bolder, dab the colour onto your finger first and pat onto lips. Or go for full definition, using a liner, push slightly over your natural lipline, then fill in with lipstick from the bullet. My personal go-to shade this season is Hourglass Confession lipstick in shade I Want.