Party Perfect

Here’s how to get party ready and look picture perfect – the natural way.


Text by Nancy Jambazian

Photography by Kimberly Metz

Makeup by Nancy Jambazian

Hair by Daven Mayeda for Menkoi Haircare

Styling by ZoË Battles

The Bold and the Beautiful

The Bold and the Beautiful

A rich bold lip is a classic must-have look for the holidays. To balance a bold lip colour keep the rest of your make-up minimal and modern. Try a sheer foundation to even out your skin tone and cover imperfections while still allowing your healthy skin to shine through. Top this look off with well defined, but natural looking brows and black mascara.

Bold doesn’t have to be bad to be beautiful, try these natural alternatives:

FOR SMOOTH SKIN: Dr. Hauschka’s Translucent Make-up 01 (fair) with extracts of anthills, carrot and witch hazel that soothe, nurture and tone your skin. Avocado and macadamia oils condition skin.

FOR BOLD LIPS: Inner Glow Limited Edition Lipstick in 04 (warm red with copper). A healthy lip colour with Shea butter, rose hips and carrot extracts that locks in moisture. Rose and jojoba waxes soften and protect lips from the environment.

MAKE-UP TIP: A great way to set a darker or brighter lip colour is to use oil-blotting sheets. They absorb the emollients, leaving behind the pigment to help your colour stay put and last longer.

Jad Ghandour black leather cut out dress; Arturo Rios black felt hat


Golden Hour

Golden Hour  

There’s no better way to sparkle this season than to be gilded in gold. The good news is that glitz can be done naturally with Josie Moran’s Coconut Watercolour Eyeshadow in Beach Sand. Infused with organic coconut water and argan oil to give your eyes layers of hydration. The brilliant finish will match up to any of it’s conventional counterparts.

MAKE-UP TIP: For a softer look keep the gold shadow on the lids or, if you dare, go for “gold” and make a fashion statement by taking the hue all the way up to the brow.

HAIR: Try pulling up all your locks in a couple of hair bands to show off the sparkle in your eyes.

Jad Ghandour black leather gown with Italian fingerless black leather cuff gloves


The Perfect Red Lip

The Perfect Red  

Red is undeniably the “classic” colour for the holiday season. The beauty of this hue is that it can look fresh and new all the time since it comes in so many shade variations. Finding the right colours for your skin tone is the key, but can be a hard task to tackle. Not only does it depend on skin tone, but also on your hair colour, eye shadow and your attire for the occasion. The key is to experiment. Go to the makeup counter and bring along a mirror so you can go outside in the natural daylight to see how the colour changes in different lighting.

NATURALLY RED LIPS: Try MyChelle Dermaceuticals Little Kisses Mineral Lipstick in Garnet. It’s petroleum and lead free, rich in plant oils from broccoli raab hydrate, and has castor seed oil, beeswax and passion fruit extract. Your lips will love you for it.

NATURALLY FLAWLESS: MyChelle’s Cream Foundation in Porcelain will give you a naturally, flawless complexion. This therapeutic mineral formula has nourishing grape seed and camellia oils.

MAKE-UP TIP: Keep it simple and balanced with creamy matte skin, well-defined brows and full lashes.

Vvigoure black lace dress with slip


The Perfect Red

The Perfect Red  

Make a statement when you arrive at the party with full sexy bouncy hair. Build body naturally without all the chemical additives. Try Aubrey Organics to add fullness. Organic apricot and sunflower oils are rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin E that nourish and moisturize your locks, and organic aloe vera soothes and hydrates the hair and scalp.

NATURAL SHINE: Aubrey Organics Nustyle Organic Hair-Smoothing Serum. Organic quinoa protein smoothes hair fibers to prevent frizz and add shine. Organic jojoba oil replenishes moisture and adds softness and manageability.

MAKE-UP TIP: It’s all about the hair so keep make up soft with shades of nudes on the eyes, cheeks and lips.

STYLING TIP: Set your entire head of hair in large hot rollers, or curl with a large curling iron and pin each piece to hold the curl in place. (Take small one- to two-inch sections of hair and spritz with a soft hold hair spray before you curl for more volume and hold.) Let the curls completely cool down before you take them out. Tousle all of your hair with your hands (up-side down); flip over and style. TIP: If you weren’t born with Farrah Fawcett hair you can create
volume with clip-in pieces.

Coco Johnsen Red Ruffle Dress


Naturally Perfect

Naturally Perfect    

Beautiful skin is always in season. To achieve a healthy glow from head to toe, it’s essential to choose natural, organic, non-toxic products. Many chemicals found in conventional skincare lines are designed to penetrate the skin’s inner layers, and have been found to also end up inside our bodies, which may be causing biological damage.

FOR A FRESH FACE: Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream is a skincare classic. Made with extracts of rose petals and wild rose hips that nurture and balance the skin.

FOR A BALANCED BODY: Moor Lavender Calming Body Oil, with horsetail for firming and lavender essential oil, moor extract, Shea butter and jojoba oil that hydrates, nourishes and calms the skin promoting deep relaxation for the body and mind. VM

Ritual black chiffon tiered dress