1. Start Your Preparation About 3-4 Weeks Ahead of the Event

1. Start Your Preparation About 3-4 Weeks Ahead of the Event

This means that if you start a skincare regime now your face will look loads better by December 25th. Think in terms of removing the dead skin cells and plumping the tissues. Bring some lovely new fresh skin cells to the surface with some gentle exfoliation using a flannel. Then deep cleanse and apply a very hydrating moisturiser. Do this two to three times a week for 4 weeks and your skin will be glowing, smooth and a perfect canvas for your makeup.

2. Plan What You'll Wear On Your Face As Well As Your Body

2. Plan What You'll Wear On Your Face As Well As Your Body

By which I mean not just digging out that old red lippie from the dark recesses of your makeup bag and hoping for the best! Your first thought when you received that special invitation was most likely "what shall I wear?" Meaning what clothes will look most appropriate for this occasion. Very few will give as much consideration to the makeup which will best complete their outfit! Why not try a Plum Lipstick for a change, or plan ahead by learning how to create a smokey, defined eye look. 

By which I mean not just digging out that old red lippie from the dark recesses of your makeup bag and hoping for the best! Your first thought when you received that special invitation was most likely "what shall I wear?" Meaning what clothes will look most appropriate for this occasion. Very few will give as much consideration to the makeup which will best complete their outfit! Why not try a Plum Lipstick for a change, or plan ahead by learning how to create a smokey, defined eye look. 

3. Don't Be Afraid to Try Something New, but Practice Beforehand

3. Don't Be Afraid to Try Something New, but Practice Beforehand

I really enjoy experimenting with different looks with my makeup and I seem to learn something new every week. Eye makeup is probably the easiest to play around with. Try 3 different shades of the same colour - say grey or brown or maybe green. For instance apply No Shimmer Eye Shade in Cocoa on the lash line, Cream on the lids and Taupe for the socket line. Blend really well with a clean Shadow Blending Brush 7.

4. Decide Once and For All If You are Cool or Warm Toned

4. Decide Once and For All If You are Cool or Warm Toned

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That way you will never choose a bad lip colour again! Remember that warm toned people have a yellow undertone to their skin - so you need to look for nude/orange/coral/browny-orange/orangey-red colours and you will look gorgeous. If you are cool toned the blue undertone of your skin will mean that pale pink/plummy pink/berry reds and strong vibrant pinks will look amazing on you. To find out which undertone you have, you can take our Colour Quiz here

5. Don't Go for Gold & Glitter, but Add Shine & Shimmer

5. Don't Go for Gold & Glitter, but Add Shine & Shimmer

The best way is to use a Highlighter on the top of the cheekbones and brow bones. This will catch the light and look very pretty. Our Sheer Brilliance Lid Colours in Silver Mist and Soft Moss applied to the eyelids will add shimmer in the most flattering way. A dab of Gorgeous Gloss Lip Shine on top of your lipstick will make lips look plumper and more luscious - but don't be tempted to load it on.

6. Don't Rush Getting Ready

6. Don't Rush Getting Ready

The worst possible way to prepare for a special party is to have a nice hot shower in which you wash your hair, followed by a blast of heat from the hairdryer. Then, as time is running out, you try to slap on your makeup! Is it any wonder that your hot flushed skin doesn't look so great! So - leave lots of time and allow your face to dry out from all that steam and cool down properly and then apply your makeup

7. You CAN Stay Looking Good Despite Heat, Alcohol Flushing and Wild Dancing

7. You CAN Stay Looking Good Despite Heat, Alcohol Flushing and Wild Dancing

How? The most important part of your makeup routine - applying face, eye and lip primers. These wonderful products will keep your makeup in place despite extremes of conditions. A recent email from a customer said that her LFF makeup had performed brilliantly during her daughter's wedding in the heat of Dubai. I think that's a pretty good recommendation!

I hope you get lots of invitations over the coming festive season. I have a couple of special occasions to look forward to, so I have lots of planning and preparing to do but whatever I wear, I know that with my LFF makeup on I will look as fabulous as I possibly can!

Tricia x 

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