MAKE sure you are ready to dazzle for those end-of-year celebrations. Stephanie Smith picks out products that radiate.
There's no point in getting dressed up in your perfect, elegantly sparkling outfit if you don't have the make-up to match.
Don't feel you have to go full-on with the dazzle dust (although there's no reason why not for New Year), but do make sure that your skin has radiance and illumination, as it's the best and easiest way to look younger and fresher.
Start with exfoliation (which you should be doing at least weekly anyway so make it a New Year resolution), and then make sure you use a radiance-boosting primer.
Fresh from her dazzling stint as presenter of Strictly Come Dancing, Tess Daly is a woman who knows how to glow in style, and her Marks & Spencer beauty range has gorgeous, reasonably-priced products designed to bring radiance and shine to all skin types and ages.
For picture-perfect skin, Tess Daly Beauty Daly Light, 9.50, is a quick way to brighten and cheer a tired complexion and, says Tess, it's the ultimate anti-ageing trick. Describing it as her little bottle of wonder cream, she says: "I always apply over my moisturiser and before make-up to illuminate the face and create a fresh, radiant appearance."
Tess suggests you apply a veil of this lightweight fluid, which includes light-reflecting particles, directly to the face or try mixing it in with your foundation to give skin a glowing, healthy boost. "The beauty of it is, you can apply within a few minutes for fab results."
It's available at Marks & Spencer stores nationwide or online at www.marksandspencer.com.Stockist inquiries: 0845 302 1234.
WITH fans said to include Michelle Obama and Helen Mirren, Dr Kadir's Apple Lift Serum contains an anti-ageing ingredient made from apple that's said to reduce fine lines and wrinkles within 24 hours. The Dr Kadir A List Glow Kit, with Matrix Serum, Nourishing Cream and Gold Face Mask. It costs 200, and the Apple Lift Serum costs 98, from Harveys in Halifax
MAKE a statement with gorgeous glitter eyeshadow. Make-up artist Jemma Kidd advises that bright blue and teal work well with brown eyes, brown or gold with blue and purple with green. Her Crushed Jewel Creme Duo contains a cream colour to apply first, and a powder to apply on top with a brush. Each costs 16 at selected Space NK and at www.qvcuk.com.
COMPLETE the look with amazing golden nails. This gloriously rich and gently glowing colour is called Versailles and it's from nail guru Nars, which always names its varnishes after fabulous places. This shade perfectly captures the look and feel of grand old elegance and an opulence verging on the decadent and it costs 13, available at Harvey Nichols Leeds.
FOR a look that can range from the magically vintage to deeply, darkly Gothic, depending on your mood, the Barocco Eye Colour Trio from Clarins has bronze, black and gold powders in three easy-to-apply and blend textures that melt into each other, for flawless, stunning eye make-up. Gorgeously flattering to all eyes, it costs 28, on the Clarins counters.