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6 new make up buys to get you through the party season

With these festive essentials you’re sure to turn heads as you dazzle through seasonal soirées, Christmas cocktail parties and countless, cosy get-togethers. From the primer that makes sure your face stays in place to the perfect red lipstick for mistletoe moments, we’ve enlisted six winter make up must-haves to ensure you look gorgeous wherever you’re destined…

No festive make up menu is complete without a sprinkling of glitter, and Stila’s {Magnificent Metals} impart a chic, twinkling veil of up-market shimmer. In a rainbow of wearable shades, from timeless taupe to abalone, these liquid pigments are quick-drying (and long-wearing) to make sure your lids are impeccably dressed.

Need help to make your make up go the distance? Huda Beauty’s {Complexion Perfection} is ‘Velcro’ for any foundation. Ensuring immaculate maquillage, this featherweight primer is perfect for blurring and absorbing oil to create a smooth, demi-matte canvas. With rosehip seed oil to help balance and fortify, this is great for those days when you know you’re rushing straight from desk to dinner (and beyond…).

Like a lick of polish? Jouer’s juicy {Sheer Pigment Lip Glosses} come in a spectrum of wearable shades to lend non-sticky, show-stopping shine to your make up ensemble. Enriched with a cocktail of nourishing extracts, these gorgeous lip lacquers look beautiful paired with a suede-effect base and a kittenish flick. Team CB are besotted with ‘Via Condotti’ – a kissable currant that’s wonderfully wintry.

Want to look fabulous fast? A bold crimson lip lends a semblance of effort in seconds. With its smooch-proof formula and sumptuous, velveteen finish, BUXOM’s {Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipstick} is cocktail (and collar!) resistant, as well as jam-packed with lip-plumping peptides for a pout to be proud of. We’re in LOVE with ‘Moonlighter’ – the ultimate knock ’em dead red.

For after-dark drama, you cannot go wrong with some smoky-eyed smoulder. With nine to-die-for shades of sultry shadow, Huda’s {Smokey Obsessions} is out of this world. The pewter-hued foil adds a flash of shimmer, while the spectrum of silver greys, charcoals and copper-toned glitters is packed with pigment to ensure the most breathtaking gaze.

And, for the ultimate finishing touch, look no further than NAILS INC.’s {Dirty Unicorns}. A dark, glossy manicure makes you look groomed and these glitter-flecked shades put a subversive spin on the moody rouge noir or classic ‘Christmas’ scarlet. In shade-shifting midnight or deep indigo, these hypnotic hues are breathtakingly gorgeous – ideal for accessorising clutch bags or champagne flutes.

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Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…