Clever makeup tricks to knock life out of your face for Christmas, by Makeup Queen Lisa Armstrong

PARTY season has arrived and whether your festive function is on the dance floor, under the pub, or at the table in your dining room via video, your face is the front of the house.

But many of us who feel stuck are getting old. So where do we start?

Lisa Armstrong reveals how to blow the years off your face with clever makeup tricks
The youthful look at Lisa Armstrong’s party with the model

Serious to Dancing’s makeup curator Lisa Armstrong tells Beauty Writer Siobhan O’Connor on how to create a youthful look for the party.

1: MASK THEN THEN MASSAGE TO DARK HANDS: CLEAN skin first and then evenly apply face mist to hydrate before applying makeup.

Next, I like to add an eye mask like Garnier’s hyaluronic acid and an orange juice brightening hydrating mask (usually £2.99, now £1.99, Boots) to moisturize. skin, reduces puffiness and makes eyes look brighter. Then I move on to step two – eye makeup – while the mask is working.

When you remove the mask, massage the eye area while it is still moist. Here the skin is thinner so the blood stays in the pocket – if it stays there for too long, it becomes deoxygenated and the blood becomes darker and visible through the skin.

If you massage and pat it gently, you will encourage blood circulation and this takes away the darkness.

A mask that hydrates, reduces puffiness, and makes eyes brighter

2: USE EYESHADOW BASE TO PREVENT CREATION SELECTION: For eye makeup, start with foundation over eyelids for a matte finish. This prevents any wrinkles.

Next, wash in a medium shade similar to your skin tone – choose a slightly darker shade at the outer corner of the eye and along the lash line.

3: AVOID THE SUN LINEN AS IT HAS EYES DOWN: Keep eyeliner to a minimum. When it is thick, it can be heavy and pull the eye down. I used MAC eyeliner (£16, now £12.80 in “teddy” – a soft brown that’s not too strong.

Hold it right to your lashes to make your pupils pop. Apply mascara in a zig-zag motion. If using sticky lashes, use individual lashes rather than strips as this can weigh on the cap.

4: BREAKING PORES REMOVED FEMALE EYES: BRUSH blends up from the outer corner of the brow to make the eyes look wider and flatter the entire face.

Using a thick, bold pencil to fill in your brows can make them look powerful. This looks too harsh and is aging.

Using feathery strokes makes the brows look light and voluminous, while enhancing the face rather than overpowering it.

Apply highlighter underneath your brows to make your eyes look wider, but go with a matte finish because shimmer draws too much attention.

5: AVOID HEAVY POWDERS ON SKIN: It’s best to start with the eyes to avoid the eyeshadow falling off and ruining your foundation. Then, blend a light base – L’Oréal Paris Plumping Tinted Serum (£13.99, Superdrug) into skin with a polishing brush.

Next, use a cream concealer under the eyes, avoid heavy formulas and try a light-reflective option like Creaseless concealer (£23,

Use a brush to blend well before tapping concealer close to your bottom lashes with your fingers.

Set on a powder concealer like Elf High Definition Powder Sheer 331, (£6, Boots). Use a small brush to dab onto skin – this will set and smooth any fine lines, while a dense powder will adhere to wrinkles.

Thick eyeliner can be heavy and pull your eyes down

6: ANTI-AGING CREAM TO PLUG CHEEKS: As we age, we tend to lose fullness in our cheeks and definition in our jawline. Create the illusion of fullness using a creamy blush like Kosas High Intensity Color + Light Creme Blush & Highlighter (£32, on the apple of the cheek.

Primer will give a dewy finish rather than a powder blush, which can create an uneven texture. Swipe up towards the temples to draw the eyes up.

7. BRONZER TO DEFINE JAW YES a border, don’t use anything glittery.

Use bronzer to contour, but blend it up and out along the cheekbones, not the hollow of the cheeks, as this will make your face look haggard.

Finally, draw lines along the jawline and blend. This creates shadows and creates the illusion of a stronger jaw.

Red lipstick is a great choice – it’s festive, uplifts the mood and keeps you away from skin problems.

8: USE A PUTTER BUT DO NOT ADVICE ONLINE: SURPRISE lips that don’t make them look fuller.

If your lips are thinning, try a plumping lipstick. I use Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme (£22, It instantly plumps with avocado oil and vitamin E to soften lips.

Next, line the lips and keep it sharp for more definition, then fill in with a matte lipstick.

Red is always a great choice. It’s festive, mood-lifting and distracting from skin problems. Try the Avon x Lisa Armstrong MATTEiculous Lipstick in My Joy, (£12,

FINISH with powder over forehead, down T-zone and sides of nose. Try a light, transparent powder like Nars light reflective liquid curing powder (usually £29, now £20.30, – it is weightless and luminous. “

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