Four tips and 15 beauty products that will help you nail a shimmering Christmas party look
The best buys to get you Insta-ready in every selfie you take this year end. Shop these festive offerings under one roof at Bugis to get your holiday look on point.


The OOTDs are selected, your DMs are on fire with party plans and your girl squad is all set to go. The last thing on your list? All the beauty goodies you need to look extra extra. This season, glowing skin, smouldering eyes, and lips as perfect as Angelina’s are #beautygoals.

1. Prep, prep, prep
You can’t create a perfect look without a beautiful canvas, but stress and busyness can cause your body to release a hormone called cortisol, which can lead to free radical production and, subsequently, problems like dryness and zits. Antioxidants from vitamin C and flavonoids to snail mucus (yes, really) can help your skin fight off the free radicals, so look for them in all your skincare products. At night, skin goes into repair mode, so make your beauty routine work 24/7 by replacing your night cream with a hydrating sleeping mask, or using an on-the-spot pimple-fighting treatment. Two things that can spoil complexion perfection are visible pores and hyperpigmentation, so look for products that tackle those too.

Fancl Overnight Hydrating Pack, $58, contains hydrating hyaluronic acid and anti-ageing silk peptides.

Innisfree Whitening Pore Tone Up Moisturizer, $38, gives an immediate brightening effect thanks to light-reflecting powders, and also has antioxidant flavonoids for long-term melanin fighting.

Ottie Imperial Red Ginseng Snail Cream, $88, Beauty Language, has snail slime, niacinamide to soften, and antioxidant red ginseng.

2. Get your base right
By the time you apply base, your skin should be beautifully smooth and de-stressed, but to add an extra bit of oomph, use a moisturiser with reflective particles that give you extra glow – aka a “glotion” – and apply primer too. You may be a BB cream or tinted moisturiser girl, but Christmas is when you need to bring out the big guns: a full-coverage foundation that will stay the course without changing colour or vanishing, and a face powder to seal the deal. To really glow under the disco ball, amp it up with a strobing cream or highlighter, and add body shimmer if you’re showing some skin.

Shu Uemura Stage Performer Block:booster, $65, acts as a moisturiser and evens out skin tone to prep for foundation.

M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid Foundation, $56, has oil-control properties and offers buildable matte coverage.

Fenty Beauty Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter Palette (Limited Edition), $74, Sephora, can be used to add max highlight to cheekbones, nose bridge and Cupid’s bow.

The Body Shop The Sparkler All Over Body Shimmer, $28, is a scented spray-on shimmer powder that comes in a vintage-style atomiser bottle.

3. Slay with an eye look that spells Christmas
Your everyday taupe or nude eye is basic. The festive season calls for effort, whether that’s a sultry sophisticated matte, a chic cat-eye flick, a smoky look or a max glitter look that screams “party up in here”. Mix up powder and cream textures to help your look last longer, and plump for waterproof eyeliners to avoid panda eyes mid-party. If you’re not into full-on foil eyes, change things up by adding a festive motif like a star, do your signature smoky eye in pink tones instead of charcoal, or throw in a shocker like coloured eyebrows.

NYX Professional Makeup Epic Ink Liner, $22, delivers intense pigmented colour and is waterproof.

Shu Uemura Brow Unlimited, $47, from the brand’s collab with La Maison du Chocolat, comes in Cassis Violet and Orange Peel shades.

Etude House Tiny Twinkle Mini Mirror Holic Liquid Eyes 3 Colour Kit, $34, has a trio of long-lasting glitter eyeshadows.

M.A.C Shiny Pretty Things Eye Party Rose Kit, $100, has nine eyeshadow shades, from nude to deep burgundy.

The Body Shop Liner Star Stamp, $20, has a fine felt liner on one end, and a star stamp on the other.

4. Make great pouts happen with good lip kits
You expect your base and eye looks to stay in place, but your lippies are subject to more wear and tear, whether that’s from cocktails or kissing. A good way to add extra staying power is to start with a base of lip liner, which stains your lips and gives your lipstick something to grip. Preserve valuable clutch real estate with multitaskers like products that can be used on lips, eyes and cheeks, or mini lippies. You can even make back-of-the-Grab touch-ups easier with lipsticks that include mirrors or lights.

Shu Uemura Magic Metallic Lip Liner, $38, is a liquid lip liner. For maximum Bond Girl effect, go for the gold shade, all over lips.

The Face Shop Gelato Tints, $20 each, come in cute ice-cream-cornet tubes and offer buildable, lasting, comfy colour.

Color Combos Lightup Mirror Lipglosses, two for $24 (UP $22.90 each), SaSa, give a mirror finish, and each case also has a mini mirror and LED light that comes on automatically when you open it.