Tis the season for glamour! Think shimmer, rich reds and pearly glows – we’re officially in the festive spirit, so it’s time to embrace the glitz and glam of the Christmas party season! When it comes to flawless festive beauty, look no further than CATRICE Cosmetics with expert beauty tips from top makeup artist, Derrick Carberry.

“Always prep the skin before applying foundation, as this will make a big impact to the longevity of your makeup and will help create the perfect base.”

Use a good primer like the CATRICE Prime and Fine Goodbye Pores Primer, €5.50. The smoothing oil-free, silicone-based primer practically makes pores disappear and fills out wrinkles for a smooth and refined complexion.

If you’re taking your look from desk to dinner, refresh your face. Being stuck inside an office all day can leave your skin feeling dry and looking a little lacklustre. Bring life back to your skin with an instant boost of freshness with a spray of Catrice Prime and Fine Multitalent Fixing Spray €4.50. The fast-drying, transparent spray can also be used as a primer, for setting the make-up and a fixing spray.

If you don’t want to reapply your foundation or in a rush, adding a touch of concealer can transform your base instantly. Catrice Camouflage Liquid Concealer €3.95 offers full coverage without drying out the skin and is highly-pigmented, waterproof and long lasting.

Revive tired eyes with a touch of highlighter from Catrice California in a Box €11.30 at the brow bones and the inner corners of your eyes to brighten.

“One of my favourite palettes in my kit is California in a Box. The five-in-one palette is perfect for anyone doing their makeup on the go. The palette has two matte bronzers that can be used as a contour/bronzer for a sun-kissed look or as an eyeshadow, a matte and shimmering blush and gorgeous highlighter, which can be used on its own or as a highlighter on matte textures.”

Add a fresh coat of mascara with CATRICE Glam & Doll Mascara €4.50 to add extra volume to your lashes. Also add a black eyeliner pencil with Catrice Inside Eye Kohl Kajal €2.30 to the inner waterline to take your daytime look to a more glamorous night time finish. “I just can’t live without the Glam & Doll Mascara; the wand perfectly curls the lashes with volume and length,” says Derrick.

“This compact CATRICE Eyebrow Set €4.50 is ideal to create gorgeous shapely brows. With two shades of powder for lighter and darker brows, it also includes a tweezers, brush and mirror – again perfect for those on the go.”

The CATRICE Blazing Bronze Eyeshadow Palette €5.50 has nine highly pigmented and long-lasting shades with a contouring and highlight shade. The lighter shades can be worn during the day with the darker shades added at night for more of a glam look.

The highly pigmented Catrice Ultimate Lip Colour €4.50 offers 14 rich shades, with shade 510 and 520 the perfect Christmas red. The lipstick provides high coverage and shine plus a smooth, creamy and long-lasting texture that lasts for hours. Perfect for the festive party season!

Derrick’s Top Tip: “Set your red lipstick by dusting a translucent powder (CATRICE Nude Illusion Loose Powder €5.95) on top. If you’re going to be drinking and want to avoid a stain on the glass, simply wet the rim of your glass with your mouth where you’re drinking, and your lipstick won’t stick to the glass and leave a mark.”