With the party season ahead of us, I’ve been wanting to do some more Christmas themed fashion and beauty posts, so when Fragrance Direct challenged me to create a make up look for the upcoming festivities I jumped at the chance. The theme i was given was ‘gold’ and the budget was £20, and even before picking out some products I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Being so fair skinned I often struggle to pull off a strong make up look, so rather than going all out and doing the obvious glitzy, sparkly affair, I thought I’d find a way of channelling the gold theme in a more subtle way to suit my skin tone. I wanted to focus on the eyes and give them a pretty yet natural almost smoky eye using browns and bronzes with a delicate flash of gold, and line them with a smudgy black liner for a smoky finish. Here’s my finished look along with the products I used:

Rimmel BB Cream in Light – £6.50

W7 Lipstick in Apricot Brandy – £0.75

Rimmel Glam Eyes Eyeshadow Quad in Romantic Cool & Sun Safari – £1.99 each

Rimmel Match Perfection Blush in Medium – £2.99

W7 Magic Gel Liner Pencil in Black – £0.99

Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara in Black – £3.99

All via Fragrance Direct*

Total: £19.20

First off I started by buffing the Rimmel BB Cream into my skin as my base. I love, love, love this BB Cream and am on my third tube of it (a sure sign that it’s a winner!) and it has well and truly replaced all my other BB Creams and foundations. I then applied a touch of the Match Perfection blush to the apples of my cheeks for a little flush of colour.

I then moved onto the eyes and used a mix of shadows from both of the Rimmel quads (L-R: Sun Safari, Romantic Cool) starting off with the right hand shade from the Romantic Cool palette as a wash over the whole lid. followed by the left hand shade from Sun Safari over the outer half packed on heavily for a more intense look. Next I used the bottom shade from sun safari on the inner corners and down on the inner lash line to open the eyes up more, then blended the top shade through the crease and outer corner for depth. Finally I finished off by applying the bottom shade from Romantic Cool to the outer lower lash line for definition. 

To line the eyes I used the W7 liner like I would a liquid liner, on the top lash line and slightly flicked out at the corners. I wanted this to look almost smudged and smoky, hence why I chose a pencil liner, then I used the Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara to give my lashes a long, fluttery coat of black.

Finally I added a slick of the W7 lipstick. I went for the colour Apricot Brandy as it had a subtle golden shimmer running through it to compliment the eye makeup, giving the illusion of a gloss without the stickiness!  I’m really pleased with how the makeup look turned out and would definitely wear this out at Christmas or New Year for a different take on a party look. For under £20 I’m pretty impressed! 

What’s your favourite make up look to wear at Christmas? What do you think of my gold make up look?


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