They asked me to create a look that I would wear that could easily move from my natural day time Mum/work duty look, to one perfect for a festive evening night out. Because long gone are the days where we had hours to prepare for the staff Christmas party. I'm lucky if I get 15 minutes before I have to run out of the door! One of the best things about the Boots Natural Collection range is that nothing costs over £1.99. So you will feel no Mum guilt if you pop a few treats in your basket the next time you are on an emergency nappy run.
Every Christmas party needs eyeliner and comedy ears. FACT!
Step 1. Apply A Good Base In The Morning
It may give the other Mum's a bit of a shock on the school run but if you get time try and put a bit more make up on in the morning which you can use as a base for your evening look. The Natural Collection tinted moisturiser is quick and easy to apply and really enhances the look of your own skin. To make sure that it sets, add over the top of it the Natural Collection Pressed Power. And I would always use a bit of blusher as it makes me feel I don't look completely exhausted.
Step 2. Lips Or Eyes?
I know a lot of people love using lipstick to make them feel more confident but I am all about the eyes. I would rather spend a few minutes filling in my brows with the Natural Collection Brow Kit. Using the waxy side to make sure those hairs don't look like a mad professor. With my brows sorted and my face looking more alive I would happily shove on a woolly jumper and run out with this natural look to do the school run.
Quick shove on of some tinted moisturiser and a woolly jumper and I'm ready to go!
Step 3. Reapplying
You might be off for a few drinks with your Mum friends or a works Christmas do but don't really have time to start over your face again. So this is an occasion where I would reapply. Going back to the tinted moisturiser, I would focus on topping up the bits that may look a bit worn off. For example under the eyes. I would add more blusher and a good idea to feel more festive would be to pop some Natural Collection Highlighter Stick onto your cheek bones.
Step 4. A Smokey Christmas Eye
I flipping love a smokey eye. I think even the plainest outfit can immediately look more glam with a hint of eyeliner and a bit of eyeshadow. So for my eyes I would use a eyeshadow duo like this one from Natural Collection. I would also get back out the brow kit and use the dark shadow in that. I would start by adding the dark brow set shadow into the crease. Next I would take 'sable' from the duo and brush it over the eye socket bone. Finally I would blend 'mink' on the eyelid up until where I had put 'sable'.
All around £1.99. Festive fawn not included
Step 5. Final Touches
Lastly I would get out the Natural Collection eyeliner and go over the top lid to highlight your eyes. To give a dramatic look you could also run it over the bottom of your eye as well. And if you're feeling brave? Add a flick! To finish the look off pop on some mascara. Along with the pressed power, eyeliner and mascara are two items I would make sure I had in my non Mum small fancy bag so I could top my make up. Generally after I have had a gin and tonic or two and have scream sung Mariah on the karaoke with my mates.
Trying not to do that weird mouth open thing as I apply make up for a photo
I loved trying out the Natural Collection range and can't wait to try and go from school run Mum to a going out out one a few times this festive season! I did this review whilst working with Boots and BritMums in a paid relationship showcasing the Natural Collection makeup, the simple, affordable and easy-to-use line. Find out more here http://www.boots.com/en/Natural-Collection/.