Beauty Christmas Faces


About Shonagh Walker

Beauty Expert Shonagh Walker is one of Australia's leading beauty editors. Her work has been published in most major magazines, newspapers and websites both in Australia and around the world. She is currently relishing her freelance life, contributing to quality publications like The Sunday Telegraph's Body and Soul.

Beauty Christmas Faces

Hi Guys,

It’s long been a tradition in my family to get dressed up for
Christmas lunch. My mother and I shop for a new “Christmas
Day Dress” each year, and of course, we always team it with a
beautifully festive make-up look.

This year, I’m going to rock a smokey eye with a soft nude lip.
It’s a look that suits most, and it’s so easy to get. I wanted to
share with you my tips.

Firstly, this look is best against a soft-powder, so banish your
dewy foundations to the back of the vanity this month. Try Eles
Liquid Powder Mineral Foundation SPF15
, $66.50.

Apply just enough foundation to look like your skin, only
better, and be sure to blend well, especially along your jaw and

Once you’ve got your base in place, the rest of the look falls
together quite simply. Here’s How:

Apply a pale highlighter shadow along your brow bone,
following the natural arch of your perfectly groomed brow.
This makes your eyes appear brighter and wider, which most of
us need at this time of year. Don’t opt for white shadow – it’s
too harsh and can leave a chalky finish so close to your smokey
shades. A soft cream or ivory will be perfect, like Eles Mineral
Eyeshadow Single Compact in Alabaster
, $26.90.

Now, choose either a deep brown, navy or charcoal shadow
and apply to the lid. Try Eles Mineral Matte Shadow in either
Indigo or Teak
, $26.90. Alternatively, buy your entire eye kit
together in one slick palette: Eles Signature Quad in Nouveau
, $99.

Take the shadow only up to just slightly higher than the crease
of the eye, but wing it out at the corners. Concentrate the
darkest colour close to the lash line, the next lightest on the
ball of the lid and fade to almost sheer as you get to the crease
of the eye, blending it outwards towards the temples.

Now, bring a slightly smudged line of the darkest shadow under
the lower lash line, carefully applying all the way to the inner
corner of the lower eyelid.

Skip eyeliner for this look – the shadow makes enough of a
statement. Plus, it’s a daytime look (although you can darken it
for pre-Christmas cocktail soirees, of course). Simply slick on a
few coats of mascara to the top lashes only, layering heavily at
the outer lashes for a doe-eyed look. Leave bottom lashes free
from mascara to keep the look bright and clean. Try Eles Lush
, $35.75.

Keep cheeks simple. Choose a subtle coral hue, like Eles
Mineral Matte Blush in Adobe
, $45, and blend ever so lightly
from the apples of your cheek along the actual line of the
cheekbone, up towards the temples.

Don’t take it down under your cheekbones, as this can drag
your face down and add years to look. By applying your
blush higher, you lift the face and make it appear fresher and

Keep lips creamy or glossy and in a soft nude hue. The light will
bounce off beautifully and make your pout appear fuller.

To test the right shade for you, bite your lips gently. Now match
your lipstick to the colour your lips flush to. Try Eles Lipstick,

Always prep lips first with a hydrating lip balm. It gives the
pigment in your lipstick something to adhere to and adds
longevity of wear.

For a beautifully natural finish, with no harsh lines, swipe
colour on the pad of your ring fingertip, then press it gently
onto your lips to blend.

And, that is it – simple, but naturally festive and perfect for
Christmas Day in the Southern Hemisphere!

Have a great party season!

Love and light,

Shonagh Walker x

Get the Look: Bella’s Eyes “Breaking Dawn”

By special request.

There’s no denying Bella’s (aka Kristen Stewart) eyes in “Breaking Dawn” are truly bewitching! So it’s no surprise one of our favourite fans; Gabrielle, has asked us to show her how to achieve this sultry look.  And as there probably others out there who would like to have Bella’s eyes, we thought we’d share with all of you!

Firstly, to get this look you need to prime the eyes well and allow the primer plenty of time to settle and dry.  You’ll need to blend the eyeshadow very well to achieve this look and damp skin may result in a patchy result.  If you don’t have a primer then blot the eyelids and shade the entire eyelid with a neutral face powder.

Step One.

Using a eye shadow contour brush, apply a deep shade in the crease of the eyelid and beneath the eye, move your brush back and forth to get a smooth, consistent line and build the depth slowly, then taking a larger, fluffy shadow brush blend the edges out to achieve a smooth smokey effect with no edges visible. We recommend Mineral Eyeshadow Titanium

Step Two.

Apply a white irridescent shadow along the upper eyelid directly above the lashes then take the colour to the centre of the eyes and below approx 1/3 in.  To achieve a stronger effect apply the shadow to your hand, dampen your brush and apply wet to the skin. This will also make the shadow stay put longer.  We recommend Mineral Eyeshadow Opal.

Step Three.

Apply black eyeliner to the outer corner of the eyes winging the liner to create a thicker outer edge.  Ensure your liner follows the entire lash line towards the nose.  If you lack confidence applying a liquid liner create the line with a pencil liner first, then follow the line with your liquid liner over the top.  We recommend Liquiliner Anisette. Apply lashings of mascara to the outer corners of the eye.  Apply several coats allowing the mascara to dry between coats to achieve a “false lash” effect. To help prevent the mascara from clumping keep the strokes smooth and wiggle up the lashes from the base to the tip.

Step Four.

Ensure your brows are tidy and using Browblender Pencil create a lift to the shape in the outer corners.  This is key to achieving this vampish look. Brush the brows to soften the effect.

Step Five.

Finish by contouring from the centre brow down the side of the nose.

Additional tips:

  • This is a “shine free” makeup look so finish by dusting some Mineral Powder Foundation all over the face.
  • No blush required if you want to look like a vampire!  Instead apply a deep red lip colour and blot to mattify.
  • Red Contacts Optional 🙂