Turn up the full spectrum of 80s glamour

Festive Beauty Looks

Photography: Niquita Bento

Party season is officially upon us and the only looks to channel are borrowed from the extravagant era of the eighties. Think bold brights, illuminated cheekbones, statement lip shades, nails the colour of the rainbow and all the glitter you can imagine: get the full look of glamour or nothing at all. It is the season to celebrate, after all, and what better to start with than your amazing style. So, as you bring out all the beauty inspiration you’ve been dying to pull off, we’re helping you narrow things down to at least five key looks to knock out of the park this party season – feel free to do more, if your will allows, this is just a start.

bright eyes

Brights are the bold beauty move to make, this season. But, unlike the initial wave of 80’s style, choosing to accentuate just the eyes and leaving the rest of the face relatively nude is the 2018 update. The OTT clash of colour looks cute on camera, but might not translate as well to real life looks, so try to keep it simple.

candy nails

Between beach days, brunches, garden and rooftop parties, as important as it is to make sure your nail polish lasts, it needs to shine brighter than the rest. Candy coated nails are an all-time summer staple that adds a fresh twist to even the most basic of looks.

supreme highlight

This has undoubtedly been the year for strobing, whether dewy or a beaming bright highlight, it’s all about securing the glow. But as we’ve established, this festive season is for turning everything up a notch and it’s just as well that you can never pack on too much highlighter. Go for the supreme glow and give the disco ball a run for its shimmer.

bold lip

There are days when you feel like you should carry the bold statement on your lips instead of eyes, and while it’s easy to go for colourful brights in summer, don’t be scared to reach for darker bolds that pack double the statements. Opting for lip shades that have a shimmery finish ensures that your makeup look stays glam and keeps dullness out of the question.

flicked eyeliner

A razor-sharp flick of eyeliner on your top lid completes any look with the sassy allure that fits the flirtatious festive mood to the tee. The simple swish that is as effective as the smoky eye, but has a lighter feel, can also be the switch up that takes your look from day to night when the good times roll throughout the day.

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