by Suzie Bonaldi



Christmas Party Makeup

It's my second Christmas party of the year tonight and I couldn't be more excited. It follows a day of meetings filled with Christmas jumpers and me dragging my Secret Santa present in to work - the lucky devil has a bag full of makeup goodies to delve into this year.

It can be difficult to decide on what makeup to wear on the day of a Christmas party. You don't want to look too overdone at work, or to look out of place come 7pm. After both of the afore mentioned situations happened last year I made a plan of action that covers me, day to night.

Day Face: Giorgio Armarni Luminous Silk Foundation / Origins Plantscription Concealer / Collection Fast Stroke Liquid Liner / L'Oreal Teloscopic False Lash Waterproof / Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm / Primers - Clinique Super Primer all over and Bourjois Happy Light Primer on the high points of my face - excessive? Maybe.

Evening Face: As above, but with the following extras - Guerlain Teracotta Bronzing Powder / Rimmel Apocalips in Across The Universe / Benefit Porefessional Agent Zero Shine / Bobbi Brown Brow Kit / YSL Touche Eclat Concealer / Natural Collection white liner pencil

You can switch up the products for whatever Christmas Look you like - Check my Instagram later and see if you can spot this look in shameless selfie form, but the basic rules I stick to are:

  • A long lasting, SPF free base - The G.A luminous silk is my current go-to, but sometimes I chance the YSL Touche Eclat as it's meant to have a slightly more sophisticated SPF.
  • A curl holding, waterproof mascara. Check L'Oreal and Maxfactor for this category as they bloomin' rule.
  • A brightening concealer in your makeup bag for refreshing tired skin at the end of a long day

It's worth mentioning I always make sure I do the most time consuming part of my makeup at the start of the day (think liner, mascara and foundation) as I have most time. This avoids making mistakes in front of everyone in the office (as the resident beauty girl, wouldn't that be embarrassing?) and it also means I get to leave the main bulk of my makeup mess at home. The quick and easy products like bronzer, blush and lipstick can be left until later - keeping my makeup work appropriate even though my eyes and base may be slightly heavier than normal.

Makeup, sorted. As for hair and outfit, not so much. Cue floordrobe and hair product overload.

What are your festive party essentials?


  1. Rimmel Apocalips in Across the Universe looks devine! The darkest red we have is Stellar, which is like a bright orange red. Hopefully they will bring some new shades to Australia soon!

    Kate Xx

  2. I need that foundation and maybe after reading this the rimmel apocalips!

    Jem x

  3. I hope you had an amazing night! You would, as always, looked a million dollars!


  4. A second Xmas party, how exciting! This sounds like a lovely look, and great idea for doing the time consuming bits first x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

  5. I really need to get my hands on the Luminous Silk foundation and the Bourjois Happy Light primer is one I've had my eye on recently too.

    Gem x

  6. These are some really helpful tips Suzie! I hope your Christmas dinner is lots of fun x

  7. I've never heard of apocalips, will have to check it out!! x

  8. that apocolips shade looks lovely! :)

  9. I really want to try the Clinique Primer (review....) and the GA Foundation has been purchase (by my mom for Christmas...shhh).

    xo Lillian from

  10. I definitely need to pick up some of the new Apocalips', they look divine! The one thing guaranteed to take me from day to night is false lashes, I can't have a night out without them!


  11. I really want to try the new Apocalips, and this colour looks lovely! I do most of my make up during the day too haha!
    Shelley x

  12. Love the sound of this look, Across the Universe looks like such a beautiful shade! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  13. Sounds fantastic, would love to see a day to night video x

  14. Great post! I love a red lip around Christmas time, the Rimmel apocalypse shade in Across the Universe looks gorgeous - hope you had a great time :) x

  15. That Rimmel Apocalips shade looks super good, I guess I might have to pick it up for the holidays..

    Kelly | secondhandspring

  16. Your makeup sounds lovely! For my makeup, I centred it around the new Urban Decay Naked 3 palette lots of lovely rose colours x

  17. A bold lip and glittery shadow are the main differences between my night makeup and day, I am the same with primers definitely not excessive :p xx


  18. Love a red lip for a night out!

  19. My festive essential is a red lip, the topshop lip cream in velvet ribbon is my fave of the moment!
    Roshni’s Journey

  20. great post, i havent been to any christmas parties yet, but i cant wait to attend some, there so much fun! :p


  21. I absolutely love your blog! The Apocalips shade is lovely as well, definitely going to have to invest in one as soon as possible! Just started blogging so it's really great to see people my age who are interested in exactly the same things as me. Keep up the good work! x

  22. Is the happy light primer too sparkly to put all over your face? I am tempted to buy it but there's never any testers in Boots :(

    I love your blog by the way, one of my favourites at the moment!!

    Lucy |

  23. Every time you post about the GA foundation it makes me want it even more!

    AmeliaRose | Beauty Blogger

  24. One of my christmas party essentials is mahoosive hair and a little bit of sparkle (because if you can't do it at Christmas when can you?)

  25. You always have perfect looking skin so I think I need to buy the Giorgio Armani foundation and Origins concealer!

    I wish I could get my makeup to last the day but come three o'clock, I'm dipping my whole face into my pressed powder and half ducking beneath my desk to reapply concealer. The glory of being a female.

    Sej || What Would Grace Kelly Say?


  26. I finally got a bottle of Luminous Silk, and I've been loving it!!

    I use NUXE Rève de Miel every night. It's amazing.

    xx Lauren // Dirty Blonde Ambition

  27. lovely!

  28. Is the bourjois primer any good? Really want to try it out. Xx


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