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.
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
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
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