So, you want a golden glow this Christmas. We can’t blame you; after months of cold weather and the very real struggle that is Christmas shopping, skin needs all the radiance it can get.
Plus, bronzed limbs, gold lids and sculpted cheekbones look on point with every party look, whether you’re wearing an LBD or throwing on a pair of jeans.
Follow these three golden rules to get your party glow just right...
1. Bronze the bits that show
If you’re self-tanning your body, don’t worry about applying it from head to toe. With an instant tan, like SunShimmer Instant Matte, RRP £6.99, you can just bronze the skin that’s on show, like your legs or your shoulders. Apply a very small amount of tan as a base for your makeup, too, as the golden tones will neutralise any redness you get when it’s cold.
2. Conquer the ‘candlelit’ look
Bronzer is going to help you cheat that candlelit effect. Simply take a golden powder, like Natural Bronzer, RRP £5.99, and a large, fluffy brush to get the look. Sweep it over your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose and the temples for a touch of warmth. Then, use the lightest shade in the Kate Sculpting Palette, RRP £6.99, to highlight the tops of your cheekbones and the centre of your nose.
3. Get lips that go with gold
Just FYI, gold eyeshadow will be the best product you can wear this Christmas. It makes your eyes look brighter, and it’s pretty much perfect for any party. If you want a lip that will take it up a notch, go for a deep red, likeThe Only 1 Matte in The Matte Factor, RRP £6.99, or the punchy purple tone ofRun The Show, RRP £6.99. For a seriously bronzed-up look (think Snapchat’s Golden Butterfly filter), add a velvety nude likeThe Only 1 Matte in Trendsetter, RRP £6.99.
And, you’re golden.