3 chic new make-up looks for after dark
The rule this season is simple: dialled-up outfits demand make-up with hint of laidback, rock-and-roll glamour. Intricately mapped out makeup is taking a back seat for lived-in tones, and textures that look as sexy at 9pm as they do multiple hours and an undisclosed number of negronis later. Consider this your new party make-up prescription.
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The sexiest smokey eyes are the ones that don't try too hard. The key to faking effortlessness is balancing textures; pair iridescent eye shadows against luminous skin and caramel matte lips. There's something super confident about switching out standard blacks for unexpected, but universally flattering tones like hazy minks and soft taupes, plus they're practically foolproof and bounce off every eye colour. Sweep across the lids, blending up and out to lift the eye, and then smudge the same shade below the lash line for an instant hazy, boho-feel. Nudge a sooty charcoal liner into the lashes for further definition and finish with a hefty dose of black mascara.
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Is there anything more luxe than back-from-the-beach skin? If you only have minutes to get ready, mixing a little liquid bronzer into your moisturiser or foundation gives an instant Ibiza-girl glow. Or if you have more time, layer on a luminous foundation, working from the nose, out being careful not to overload your base - the secret to expensive-looking evening skin is to let your natural tones shine through. Chisel cheekbones and add structure to your face by sweeping a matte bronzer through the hallows of your cheeks, through the hairline and below the jaw, taking the same shade across your lids for a sun-kissed finish.
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The new red lip
Keep a red lip look from looking retro by teaming it against lit-from-within skin, groomed brows and a flick of liner. For lips that will last until the cab ride home, start with a swipe of colour, pressing it in with the pad of your finger before going back in with a lip brush for a super sharp line. Blot with a tissue and repeat, nudging out your bottom lip slightly for a perfect heart-shaped pout. Finally, dot your lipstick straight from the bullet into the centre of your lip for added dimension.
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