Make-up artist Christabel Draffin (aka The Makeup Mole) is making waves down under as one of the first and biggest Australian Beauty Bloggers and is one of the key artists introducing cult brand Illamasqua to the shores of Australia. All this and she still has time to give us her New Year beauty secrets.
Happy New Year Beauty by Christabel Draffin...
It's supposed to be the coldest winter for one hundred years and the usual festive excesses have finished, leaving nothing but piles of recycling, some new favoured items, and let's be real, probably a bunch of stuff that will end up on eBay, if you ever get the time. Come this time of year and that's about what I feel like doing with my body as well - that gym membership is looking like not a temptation but a necessity, and my liver needs a trip to Betty Ford (I don't think there would be any takers for that on eBay).
So might I suggest a breath of fresh air through your makeup bag, and a new skincare routine to get you through the cruelest month?
First thing that's required (apart from lots of nights in, plenty of sleep, and three litres of water a day - but you're already doing those, right?) is some serious hydration for that skin that's been so exposed to the elements over winter. My current favourite moisturisers for winter parched skin are Liz Earle Superskin for day, and at night the superior richness of SKII's new Skin Signature Melting Rich Cream which is a magic balm that is as decadent and thick as, well, melting rich cream! Lips can feel protected and hydrated with either Burt's Bees Lip Balm, or for those who prefer an ointment, Lucas' Paw Paw Ointment is always a winner on chapped lips.
A good but gentle scrub can be given to your skin - I like Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant as it uses ground up rice-based enzyme powder and is gentle enough to use every day (although I think that could be overkill, given the current freezing temperatures).
Once your skin is exfoliated AND hydrated, let the fun stuff begin - it's time to cover up that poor, raw skin with the minimum of makeup that does the job. I like either Myface Mymix Foundation or Bobbi Brown's Skin foundation as they're both creamy and give a dewy finish which is something lacking this time of year, and both foundations come in a pretty comprehensive range of shades.
Noses tend to get red in winter as well, so a good creamy concealer is a must to cover any Rudolph redness. I like Estee Lauder Double-Wear Stay in Place Concealer and Bobbi Brown's Creamy Concealer.
Now for the fun stuff! Once your skin looks gorgeous you can get away with a lot less makeup - or make more makeup look a lot better. I recommend a beautiful cream blush suited to your skintone to make you look lively. There's some fab ones around - my particular favourites are Illamasqua Cream Blushes, Stila Convertible Colours and Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge.
A dab of luminescence on those poor, parched cheekbones never goes astray in the winter months. I like Becca's Luminous Skin Perfectors or Armani Fluid Sheers. If you're fair go for pink or white (Becca Pearl or Opal), or tawnier skins can try Becca Gold or Armani Shimmering Beige or Golden Beige.
I think a deep lipcolour can be a chic way to ring in the new year, and certainly the last runway season was awash with berries, crimsons and wines, either with gloss or without (seen at Marc Jacobs, Gucci and Yves St Laurent). Good ones to try are NARS Velvet Matte Lip pencils - Damned, Cruella and Dragon Girl are all on my hit list for this look, although a good lipbalm first is a must to prevent your lips looking like wine-coloured sandpaper. For lipsticks you can't go past a classic red like MAC's Ruby Woo or Lady Danger for a more daring, orange red colour. Or Chanel's Rouge Coco lipstick in Ballet Russes is the perfect wine coloured stain if you're fancying channeling your inner Snow White.
Curl those lashes, add a slick of mascara and a good dose of black eyeliner and you're ready to face whatever January (and 2011) throw at you. Happy New Year!