Vanity Fare: Makeup must-haves to help achieve that dramatic yet flawless look

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For the holidays, makeup looks tend to border on the bold and dramatic. With the right products, you can give off that fun and festive vibe, but still look perfectly put together.


Here are the latest essentials that may help make you the star of any party.

Multi-dimensional effect

Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Sultry Mini eyeshadow Palette contains nine full-pigment shades including neutral, cool-toned mattes and metallics.

This essential mini smoky eyeshadow collection features the brand’s highly pigmented, easy-to-blend formula and offers a versatile colour range to create subtle as well as dramatic eye looks.

Metallic shades can be applied with fingertips using gentle tapping motions, and they can also be used as blush toppers to create a multi-dimensional effect.

Pro tip: apply the matte shades first and then layer the metallic shades to build dimension.

Seductive shadow

The Endless Nights eyeshadow palette from Nars is a limited-edition product, consisting of nine high-pigment, seductive eyeshadows.

From shimmering neutrals to pops of pink and purple, these pure pigments suspended in a unique liquid binding system create rich, high-impact colour in just one stroke.

The silky texture effortlessly builds and blends from subtle to bold.

The palette is set in an exclusive, holiday-edition compact decorated with glitter.

Intense shimmer


Guerlain’s Ombres G 879 Glittery Tiger eyeshadow quad is a festive, multi-effect, high colour and longwear palette inspired by the animal kingdom.

In this new palette, sophistication meets fantastic animal prints in the form of four vibrant colours.

It features an intense matte purple for the entire eyelid, a pearly satin pink for under the brow bone, a sophisticated gold-flecked metallic green for the base of the lashes to sculpt the eyes, and a metallic golden in the inner corner to bring a touch of light.

Long-lasting colour

Make Up For Ever’s Rouge Artist For Ever Matte lipstick is an ultra lightweight and transfer-proof liquid formula that is meant to stay on for 24 hours.

The teardrop reservoir (an applicator specifically designed for the brand) in this exclusive design ensures a seamless colour application with just one swipe.

Its long-lasting formula leaves an ultra-matte finish with the combination of volatile oils, kaolin clay, silica micro-spheres, and soft wax that gives your lips a smooth look.

The lipstick comes in 11 ultra-pigmented shades: four nudes, one pink, three corals and three reds.

Dial up the drama

Dolce & Gabbana’s Devotion Mascara Extreme Volume in Ultra-Black is designed to give instantly dramatic, volumising and lifting results.

The water-resistant and sweat-proof mascara is specially crafted with 84% natural origin ingredients including sustainably sourced Calabrian orange from Italy, known for its protective properties on lashes.

It is also enriched with D-panthenol, known to improve lash strength and make lashes appear thicker.

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