We refuse to believe we're the only ones tempted by self-gifting while Christmas shopping, and what better to treat yourself with than some new makeup? It'll be worked hard over the festive season, with a variety of Christmas parties and drinks popping up in the weeks leading up to Christmas, so if you're anything like us, you won't have trouble justifying a little beauty splurge. If you're recently engaged, all the better, as you'll want to look sparkling for Christmas-cum-celebratory events.

We've put together some of our favourite pieces from the new festive makeup collections, paired with some of our tried and tested bits and pieces that never fail to get us through the party season. Get your pen and paper ready now - you'll probably have a full wish-list before you get to the end!

1. That airbrushed finish is easily achieved with Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham's Skin Perfecting Powder which will keep your make up in place all night long. €75, Brown Thomas

2. Handy for keeping in your handbag to take you from the office to the early hours, the NIMA Girls on Tour Starter Set has a good mix of face and eye brushes, with shorter handles for on-the-go application. €57, Nimabrush.com

3. The ultimate desk-to-pub palette, the new Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye palette has shadows for a day eye, desk eye, date eye and disco eye, meaning you've all the shadows you could possibly need for the perfect smokey eye, no matter the occasion. €75, Arnotts

4. The liquid shadow Eye Foils are a gorgeous addition to the Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham collection, and this super sparkly version in Blonde Gold has a liquid metal effect on the eye, long after it dries, €34, Brown Thomas

5. If you're looking for a lipstick that will last the test of time without leaving your lips dry, Too Faced's La Creme lipsticks combine creamy colour with a super hydrating formula, which means they're super comfortable to wear. Pictured in the shade Wham! €22, Debenahams

6. For that super glowy look, take NARS's Illuminator in its infamous Orgasm shade and apply as liberally as you like. €31, Brown Thomas

7. Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua is a classic for a reason, and its light-to-medium coverage will work for day and evening, keeping your skin looking luminous and refreshed. €42, Brown Thomas

8. Lashes for days are what we look for in a mascara and Clarins' Supra Volume Mascara delivers in spades. €26, Arnotts

9. Whether soft and neutral or bold and edgy is your prerogative, the NARS x Man Ray: The Kiss Velvet Lip Pencil gift set (with gold bag) has a gorgeous spectrum of four lip colours covering you for every event. Endangered red is a gorgeous cranberry shade perfect for a Christmas do. €52, Space NK

10. Get you a concealer that will provide full coverage that will last all day like Lancome's Teint Idole Ultra Wear Concealer. €26, Brown Thomas

11. Draping is the new contouring involving pops of colour through blush, and Isadora's Blush and Glow Draping Wheel is the man for the job. €21.95, Shaws and pharmacies nationwide

1. For full-on brow drama, Benefit's Ka-brow brow gel is your only man. €26, Debenhams

2. Metal tones and glitters are always big for Christmas, and the new Bobbi Brown Caviar and Rubies eyeshadow palette has you covered for the perfect festive eye. €63, Brown Thomas

3. Zoeva's brushes have been received with wide acclaim and it's for good reason. The Rose Golden brush set has pretty much everything you'll need, and they're gorgeous, to boot! €95, Arnotts

4. NARS x Man Ray: The Veil Cheek Palette features their iconic Laguna bronzer, along with a gorgeous limited edition satin watermelon blush (Lovesick) and a glistening bronze rose highlighter (Surreal), to give your cheeks that pop. €45, Brown Thomas

5. If you're looking for a bold liquid liner that's as black as night, the Signature de Chanel Longwear Eyeliner Pen is beautiful. €40, Brown Thomas

6. Charlotte Tilbury's Colour Chameleons can be used as eyeshadow crayons, or as a smudge-perfect eyeliner. Pictured in Dark Pearl. €25, Brown Thomas

7. Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Skin Perfecting Powder. €75, Brown Thomas (as above)

8. Zoeva Rose Golden brush set, €95, Arnotts (as above)

9. If you're not one for heavier foundations, the new Clinique Even Better Glow foundation will keep your skin looking radiant without weighing you down. €34, Debenhams

10. Is a Christmas season even complete if you don't wear at least one red lip? The NARS Powermatte lip pigment in Light My Fire is perfect for the job. €26, Brown Thomas

11. More of a pink lip gal? Tom Ford Lips and Boys lipstick in Michael is gorgeous, bold pink you won't miss. €35, Brown Thomas

12. Cover up those third-night-out-on-the-trot dark circles with Benefit's Boiing airbrush concealer. €24, Debenhams

13. If you're looking for a full coverage foundation that will give you a flawless finish and won't budge, Clarins' Everlasting foundation is perfect. €35, Debenhams

14. Liquid lips your jam? Zoeva's Pure Laquer Lips are so comfortable to wear and come in a range of bold neutrals. Pictured in Crushed Bloom. €11.80, Arnotts

 

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