Festive season beauty made easy

Smokey eye or dramatic lip colour? Or will you break all the beauty rules and pair the two together this festive season? We sat down with Max Factor make-up artist Liz Kelsh and found out everything you need to know about perfecting your beauty look once the silly season rolls around.

What is your favourite look for the festive season?
A statement lip is a winning look for the festive season, teamed with fresh dewy skin and lashings of mascara.

What are your tips for perfecting your base for summer?
In summer, less is more when it comes to skin, however, you still want a flawless look so I opt for using buildable foundations, applying a sheer cover all over and only building cover where I really need it. One of my favourite buildable foundations is Max Factor Miracle Touch foundation.

How do you get your make-up to stay put when you have a long night ahead of you?
When you want your make to last you can’t go past long wear makeup, I love long-wear eyeshadows, super easy to blend and once they set they last all night.

Bold eyes or bold lips this festive season?
If you’re opting for a statement lip this holiday season it good to keep the eyes simple; try curling your lashes to open up the eyes and apply lots of False Lash Effect mascara.

Statement eyes are another winner for the festive season; I like to use long-wear eyeliner like Liquid Line Effect on the waterline so it doesn’t travel. A nude matte lip is a perfect partner for smokey eyes. A little touch of glitter on the eyes can look great for the festive season but only if everything else is very understated.

What runway-inspired trends are you embracing this season?
Eyeliner was big yet again on the catwalk, all of which transfer easily into an everyday look. If you’re new to liquid liner try tight lining which hugs close to the lashes for some smoke and mirror definition.

5 New Fragrances to Try This Summer

If you’re looking for a new signature scent, ‘tis the season to shop for one with an abundance of fresh fragrances hitting Life Pharmacy – just in time for the festive season. We’ve hand-picked our favourite newbies that are sure to delight.

If it’s a floral, feminine fragrance you’re after the gorgeous sweet notes of classical white flowers and a hint of delectable fruits in Dahlia Divin Nude (50ml EDP, $151) will win your heart. Apricot, orange blossom, jasmine and rose sit atop a musky base to create a scent you won’t soon forget.

Iconic Miss Dior, which first launched in 1947, gets a contemporary makeover. Fresh green notes and zesty blood orange give Miss Dior Eau de Parfum (50ml EDP, $195) an invigorating edge.

Chanel enthusiasts will fall head of heels with this fragrant modern ode to the iconic maison’s founding lady, Gabrielle Coco Chanel. Chanel Gabrielle (100ml EDP, $298) enchants with powerful notes of always charming jasmine, ylang-ylang and orange blossoms.

This radiant take on the original YSL Mon Paris eau de parfum is sure to delight and bewitch the senses. With intoxicating bergamot, raspberry and blackberry top notes and a sensual floral heart of jasmine absolute, tuberose and white peony, you’ll fall for the EDT (50ml EDT, $140) on your first spritz.

Looking for a new take on a juicy summer scent? A surprising combo of frangipani accord, black cherry and patchouli in Emporio Armani Because It’s You (50ml EDP, $137) are sure to transport the senses somewhere exotic.

Visit your local Life Pharmacy or shop online here for all these fragrances and more.