When I think of makeup for the winter and evenings out I think dark lips and smokey eyes. There's really no time like the festive period to embrace the glamour and step it up a notch and that's not just in the makeup deparment; I'm talking big hair, big heels and big accessories. My style will always be minimal and 95% of the time monochrome (yeah, I'm one of those people) which really just makes it easier to let everything else do the talking.
I thought I'd run you through my evening out get up and start with a 'what's on my face' look. In all honesty I don't go out that often anymore but when I do - and being the makeup obsessive that I am - I like to put the effort in especially in the winter when it's totally acceptable to go all out. This time round I went slightly more minimal on the eyes and for once let the lips take centre stage with my new love Nars Cruella. The colour is to die for; a deep, dark matte red that is ultra flattering on my skintone and while it may dry out my lips something rotten the colour lasts and lasts and lasts. I kept it simple on the eyes with MAC Painterly as a base, Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner for that classic wing that goes so well with a red lip, a bit of Cover from Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 through the crease and lots of the Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara. I had to really step back from my usual candy pink blushers what with doing the whole red lip thing and instead loaded up on the Soap & Glory Solar Powder for warmth and definition and just a touch of theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter. The red lip is glamour all by itself and it takes a whole lot less time than the usual smoky eye I go for. Makeup, done.
Clothes are super simple and easy and come courtesy of a black highwaisted midi skirt, black cami top from ASOS and my favourite Zara Leopard Print heels. Told you it was minimal and it's still a step up from my black Joni jeans that I practically live in and wear a lot on nights out.
The bag. Ahh, the bag. I've always found it quite difficult to find an evening bag that fits the bill - secure, big enough to fit the essentials (AKA makeup) but not too big - and when I do find one I tend to use it until it literally starts falling apart. Luckily the Folli Follie Reflections Bag* does the job perfectly. Admittedly pink isn't my usual colour (although I am sporting a dusky pink winter coat at the minute, get me) but it's forced me to step out of my comfort zone and paired with an all black outfit it totally works and looks awesome with a pair of dark blue jeans and plain top too. The gunmetal-coloured strap and logo go so well with the dark pink colour and it really is the perfect size for all the evening out essentials with room to spare. In short, I wasn't expecting to love it but with the right outfit it's fabulous.
Evening out look, sorted. Nars Cruella is most definitely my new 'going out' lip colour, it's a total departure from my usual nude lips but it's totally glamorous and paired with the Watchalicious Watch I feel about a million dollars. (P.S. Please excuse my shocking attempt at 'modelling' the watch, a model I most definitely am not).