How to get the perfect Christmas party make-up
From the glittery nights of London sub-culture in the 80s, magazine covers and iconic fashion campaigns to the Hollywood red carpet, star make-up artist Kay Montano has done every party look one can possibly imagine.
Her clientele includes Hollywood stars such as Jennifer Connelly, Julianne Moore, Zoe Kravitz and Anne Hathaway (to name a few) and she is also a Chanel beauty ambassador.
I meet up with her on a Friday afternoon, a couple of hours before I need to get ready for a Christmas party. I have a cold and look slightly (okay, very) drained and I wonder how I am going to pull off a decent party make-up look for the evening. So I ask her for advice.
'Party make-up can be like an accessory, it’s like a clutch' Montano tells me.
‘When you do party make-up, you’re creating. You want to look special. You want to be the occasion, you want to feel different from what you usually do. That’s what's terrific about make-up, you can transform yourself in such a fast way. So for instance, if you're wearing a black dress, you can turn it into something special by wearing gorgeous red lipstick. It will help pull the whole look together.'
Ahead of my party to come, Montano lays down some incredibly useful* and inspiring party make-up tips.
( *Tried and tested by me ahead of the aforementioned party)