This time next week it's Christmas! Can you believe it? Since leaving my uni retail days behind me, I've actually become a 'Christmas person'... Obviously I've already planned my makeup look for the day so thought I'd share it with you. P.S. There won't be a Tuesday post next week, as no one's going to be reading my blog on Christmas Day! So I'll be posting Wednesday, Friday and Sunday with my year-end round-ups. But, for now, we're talking my festive makeup highlights...

I am so into a natural, radiant base and I've got some really great products here for achieving that look. I really recommend the MAC Strobe Cream in Goldlite | £25 | full review | (this also comes in a bunch of other shades) as a primer or mixed in with your base. It gives a subtle glossy glow (without leaving you looking like the tin man!) with a golden shift that makes your skin look luminous if paired with a light base. I absolutely love the Estee Lauder Double Wear Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup* (4W1) | £30 | full review | for this. It gives a light-medium coverage and leaves my skin looking fresh and radiant without getting overly greasy. It's one of my go-to everyday just-about-'foundation' products because it's also really long-lasting and comes in so many shades. Under my eyes to hydrate and brighten; I'll go for the Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer | £24 | full review. It gives such good coverage!

To set my base and then for the cheeks, I'm going to be using my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Unlocked Edit Palette | £69 | full review. Their setting powders are so fine and natural on the skin, adding to that radiance. I use the lighter colour under my eyes to highlight and ensure the hydrating Too Faced concealer doesn't crease. I then set the rest of my face with the more neutral tone.

The Hourglass palette is also perfect for my cheek look with the bronzer adding a subtle warmth and glow. The blushers are pigmented but natural on the skin, meaning you really can't go overboard with them. The formula blends like a dream and is so long-wearing. I personally like to mix the warm pinky-nude and the mauve tone together. Finally, the intense but glitter-free champagne baked highlighter is stunning to finish off a look like this.

On the eyes it had to be the Too Faced Gingerbread Spice Eyeshadow Palette | £39 | full review! This shade selection is absolutely glorious in my personal opinion and the formulas are stunning; I just love these really metallic shadows. I'm not sure what look I'll go for - I'll have to see how I feel on the day - but some of my favourite shades include: Spiked Eggnog (light gold-champagne shimmer), Gingerbread and Gingerbread Latte (both mid-toned matte crease colours - one warmer and one cooler), Warm and Toasty (true warm gold metallic), Spice is Nice (orange-red matte), Spice of Life (warm olive-brown metallic) and Hot Toddy (cranberry-to-orange duochrome metallic).

On the eyes I've been a huge fan of my Stila eyeliners. I plan on using the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner in Intense Smoky Quartz | £16 | full review | for a softer, smokey winged liner look (as this is warm brown, not black). I'll then go in with the Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Liner in Vivid Smokey Quartz* | £16 | full review | on my tightline and waterline, as it looks so nice and subtle. Both products last well on me and never smudge and smear on my eyes throughout the day. To finish off the eyes, I'm going to be using my Glossier Lash Slick Mascara | £16 | full review | which is a natural option for length and separation. Again, this is a good product that I can trust isn't going to give me panda eyes in photos!  

On the lip I'm going to go for one of my most-used lip colours of the year: the MAC Satin Lipstick in Mocha | £17.50. This is so creamy, opaque and comfortable in terms of formula. It has a very slight sheen but is still really long-lasting. I think this pinky-brown nude colour is perfect paired with the Hourglass blushers on the cheeks.

To apply everything, as it's Christmas, I'm going to be employing some of the brushes from the Zoeva Spice of Life Brush Set* | £21.50 | full review. This is from their Christmas collection and I love the Powder Fusion brush for applying highlighter at the moment and it's one of the few brushes that isn't too big for the Hourglass palette's pan sizes! I also love their eyeshadows brushes; the Soft Crease is great for blending and the Luxe Crease is great for applying your transition colour.

What sort of makeup look are you going to go for on Christmas Day? (Or for any other special occasions you have coming up!) 

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