The Christmas countdown is on and there will plenty of festive celebrations to get dolled up for.
Many make-up brands bring out Christmas collections and whilst they’re usually good value for money and filled with lovely products, it can be hard to know whether they’ll suit you or how to use them just by looking at the set.
So we’ve put MAC, Bobbi Brown and YSL to the test to see how wearable their Christmas looks are and to let them show you how you can recreate the look during the festive period.
We’ve got two videos, one of Bobbi Brown creating a flawless complexion and one from YSL showing you how you can create a great smokey eye.
For Bobbi Brown, I had PRO Artist Amy applying my make-up. Watch our video to see how to get flawless skin with a strobing effect.
Step 1: We started off with the face make-up and she began applying Bobbi Brown’s Corrector (£19) in light bisque underneath my eyes and worked her way down my cheek, building it up to colour correct my skin eliminating dark circles, redness or blemishes.
After this, she used the Creamy Concealer (£19) in beige, pressing it into my skin for extra coverage. Amy used more concealer on me than foundation and says that it is more important to do this to colour correct the skin to bring it back to its normal tones.
Step 2: Moving on to the foundation and Amy used Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation Stick (£29.50), applying it to my entire face. Using the stick, she drew lines on my cheeks, nose, the centre of my forehead and then in the middle of my chin, and blended all of the make-up out to create a light, soft and dewy complexion.
I must say that out of all three of the brands, Bobbi Brown’s foundation felt the lightest and looked the most natural on my skin so if this is the look that you prefer, I’d opt for these products.
The foundation stick is very easy to apply and control so you won’t feel like it’s caked on or that you are wearing too much product.
Step 3: To set my concealer and foundation, Amy used a brush of the Sheer Finish Pressed Powder (£26) in pale yellow, giving my face a smooth and flawless finish. Using this ensures that the foundation stays in place and lasts longer.
Step 4: To strobe (a new craze which sees make-up artists using a method which creates a soft and dewy complexion by highlighting some areas) my face and create some light she used the Pot Rouge For Lips and Cheeks (£19.50) in uber beige which is really creamy and so easy to apply and blend. You only need a small amount of the product to really see some colour and I felt it made such a difference to the overall look.
After this, the Shimmer Brick Pink Compact (£35) was applied to my cheek bones, around the sides of my hairline on my forehead and a light brush was added down the centre of my face including down the centre of my nose, above my cupid’s bow and chin. Amy also added a subtle amount of the Bronzing Powder (£28.50) in golden light to my cheeks and forehead.
Step 5: After that it was onto the eyes where Amy used Bobbi Brown’s Christmas Cool Eye Palette (£38).
This a great Christmas buy which I think is good value for money as it has five different eye shadows which will allow you to create versatile looks during the festive season. One of these shadows is sparkly which is ideal for adding some shimmer for nighttime looks.
Step 6: The overall look was finished off with a glossy nude lip which was created with their Buff lipgloss (£19) and I was good to go.
Bobbi Brown’s Christmas party look is very wearable. My complexion looked very natural with a dewy finish and the shimmer brick adds a nice touch of shine.
I would particularly recommend the Shimmer Brick, Pot Rouge For Lips and Cheeks and the Skin Foundation Stick out of the products used on me.
YSL is known for its bold beauty looks and its Christmas collection is no different. If you like to try something new or opt for stand-out colours, it is always a great brand to turn to. Watch our video on how to create the perfect smokey eye.
Step 1: YSL artist Katie started by applying the brand’s signature and extremely popular Touche Eclat concealer (£25) to prep my eyelids and underneath my eyes before she used any eyeshadow, and blended this out. This helps the eyeshadow to stay on longer when it is applied.
Step 2: Taking YSL’s Kiss Love Edition Palette (£59), which is part of their Christmas collection, she used the silvery tone to cover the whole of my eyelid, before adding the golden colour over this. After blending these two colours, Katie then finished the smokey look off with the darkest, brown coloured eye-shadow being careful to apply it to the socket of my eye only, and then blending this out.
Step 3: To tidy up the smokey eye and create a clean finish, Touche Eclat was used again underneath my eye and right up to my brow bone and blended out to remove any trace of the eyeshadow from anywhere other than my eyelid.
As a fan of false lashes, I found this mascara worked really well and as I have quite long natural lashes, I think this would be a great daytime or dinner time look without needing a false set too unless you like them really full and then I would probably advise you to add them for a party look.
Step 5: Moving onto my face and Katie used the Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation (£31.50) in BD50 to the whole of my face and blended it out.
Step 6: She then applied Les Sahariennes Blur Bronzer (£31) in number 4 to my cheek bones and around the hairline on my forehead, before contouring and adding a darker colour (number 7) to emphasise my cheek bones. Contouring creates more shape to your face and so Katie added shade to my cheek bones with this darker colour to create this.
Step 7: Katie brushed my cheeks with the blush in the Kiss Love Palette. But to really make this Christmas look pop, she applied the Rouge Pur Couture lipstick (£26) creating a bold and statement red lip. (You could also use the red lipstick that comes in the Kiss Love Edition Palette as used for eyes and blush.)
YSL’s Christmas party look is definitely the boldest of the three and will ensure that you stand out from the crowd this festive season. If you would prefer to tone it down a little, you could also try this look with a nude lip, keeping the smokey eye as it is perfect for parties.
I would recommend Touche Eclat concealer as it is a great product for concealing any dark circles and also for illuminating the areas where you want to create some light. I also think the Kiss Love Edition Palette would make a great Christmas gift as it is versatile and compact, so it is perfect for fitting in clutch bags!
You can always count on MAC to bring out a show-stopping Christmas collection, and this year, the Magic Of The Night range is no exception.
The main colour that stands out in the festive collection is a deep navy blue which offers a refreshing take on the staple black smokey eye.
Step 1: Starting with the eyes, MAC make-up artist Kate used just three products which I think proves how versatile the new items are within the collection and the textures and shades that they can create.
For the base of the eyelid, Kate used a Pro Longwear Paint Pot (£16) in a gunmetal colour which is called Dangerous Curvee. She coated my entire lid in a layer of this, without taking it too high above the brow bone, and blended it to remove any harsh lines.
If you don’t like too much eye make-up on or prefer a more subtle smoke, you could stop here and the sparkle and colour of the paint pot would look just as glam as the finished look that I wore.
Step 2: For me though, on top of the paint pot, Kate applied a Colourdrenched Pigment (£18) from the Christmas Magic Of The Night collection which was the deep navy colour I mentioned. The name for this in MAC’s terms is No Taboos.
Step 3: To finish off the smokey eye, she intensified the navy colour with a Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner (£17.50) in Petrol Blue. I think this eyeliner would make a great staple item in anyone’s make-up bag this Christmas season.
You can draw it on and blend it out to control how much colour goes onto the eyelid making it incredibly easy to use.
Step 5: Moving onto the foundation and she chose Studio Sculpt (£25.50), which provides medium coverage after one coat, but it’s also buildable if you feel you want more coverage for a night out.
She applied a layer over the whole of my face, starting from the middle and working the make-up out.
Step 6: Kate then created light and shade with the make-up empire’s Prep and Prime Highlighter (£19) which she applied underneath my eyes and across the cheekbones, a very thin line down the centre of my nose, and a tiny bit above my lip. She then blended this out.
This highlighter didn’t create a harsh contouring effect as more make-up artists move towards the strobing technique.
Step 7: Adding to the dewy look Kate had created, she applied Cream Colour Base Pro Palette highlighter (£13) in shell right up my cheek bone and then stopped underneath the middle of my eye.
This then left her room to finish the look off with a stroke of MAC’s Powder Blush (£18.50) in peachtwist to the bottom of my cheekbone area.
Step 8: After that, all that was left to do was fill in my eyebrows with the Eyebrows pencil (£14) in Lingering, draw around my lips with the Lip Pencil (£12.50) in Whirl and finally add the Patentpolish Lip Pencil (£17.50), which is a gorgeous lipstick that provides longevity with the sheen of a lipstick. It just means your hair won’t get stuck in it as it doesn’t have a sticky texture!
When I first heard that blue was MAC’s signature colour this year, I thought I wouldn’t find it wearable at all when in actual fact it really brought out the colour in my eyes (they’re hazel) and the navy blue sparkly products are really lovely, easy to put on and extremely versatile as they can be used differently when dry to when they’re wet.
Overall I thought MAC’s Christmas party look was gorgeous. Very eye-catching and bold, so if you like to stand out from the crowd, this one is for you.
I would recommend the Colourdrenched Pigment and the Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner to create a festive and fabulous eye look.