Made you look: Master holiday make-up with these multi-tasking products

5 December 2022
By Fashion Quarterly

Radiate confidence and upgrade your everyday make-up routine with these FQ-approved products for the holiday season.

Guerlain's Holiday Make-up Collection sees sumptuous textures lend themselves to multi-tasking.

If there’s a time of year to invest in premium products with a hint of luxury, it’s the holidays. Our bustling social calendars place extra strain on our make-up’s efficacy, demanding dual-purpose, unfussy on-the-go applications, longevity, in addition to highly-pigmented colours, stunning textures, near-impossible coverage and the impression that we’re well rested. That’s not asking too much, is it?

Meeting this tall order is Guerlain’s Holiday Collection – Fly to the Stars – which has narrowed down the dynamic make-up duos to create a stunning make-up look in four easy steps. Guerlain Make-up Creative Director Violette walks us through her application hacks to give each product an effortless effect with a focus on radiance. 

And if you’re partial to packaging, you’ll adore the golden star motif featured throughout with design cues lifted from the 19th century archives, and the inclusion of recycled materials where possible. 

Discover which products to apply and when to recreate Violette’s inspiring make-up for a chic and festive look


Products: Guerlain Abeille Royale Double R Renew & Repair Advanced Serum

Why we love it: Incredible skin goes a long way when it comes to your makeup application. Inspired by dermo-cosmetic care, this advanced serum combines the power of two exclusive technologies to renew the look of the epidermis and offer a skin-lifting effect in a single step. Plus, its skin smoothing, pore-refining formula is made with 96% naturally derived ingredients, including the Dynamic Blackbee Repair technology combined with white honey concentrate and resurfacing AHAs and PHAs, all perfectly preserved in a 20% recycled glass bottle. 

How to apply: Warm up the texture between your fingertips to mix the two formulas. Make smoothing movements over the cheeks and cheekbones working outwards with the fingertips for a new skin effect. Continue the smoothing movements over the forehead, nose and neck. Then, using both hands, uplift the skin of your jaw, cheeks and forehead to resculpt your face. 

Now, you’re ready to get glowing on your makeup…


Products:  Guerlain Parure Gold Skin Matte & Parure Gold Skin Foundations + Guerlain Terracotta Starlight – The Shimmering Bronzing Powder.

Why we love it: Parure Gold Skin goes beyond the realms of makeup delivering a flawless, even, and radiant complexion whilst targeting collagen and improving your skin’s appearance with each subsequent application. Not to mention, its sweatproof and heat-resistant formula is fail-proof for our summer holiday season. It is formulated with 85% rejuvenating skincare-based with a hint of pure 24-karat gold for 24-hour wear and care. Need we say more? 

How to apply: Using gentle touches on the skin, Violette likes to apply Parure Gold skin with her fingertips before applying Terracotta Starlight using sweeping strokes across her cheeks and her nose to delicately warm up the complexion and create a golden glow. Holding an angled kabuki brush, “what I like to do is apply it like the sun gave me a little kiss.”


Products:  Guerlain Ombres G Golden Stars Eyeshadow Quad + Guerlain Noir G 24H Intense Volume and Curl Mascara

Why we love it: The eyeshadow quad brims with warm and vibrant shades suitable for all skin tones and perfect for the holiday season. The palette has been formulated to provide long-lasting colour with four different finishes for unparalleled depth: an intense satin, a deep matte, a luminous metallic finish, and radiant pearl. 

The mascara works hard to multitask, delivering long-wearing intense colour, exceptional volume, and a luscious curl thanks to its curved brush which hugs the lash. It also has an exclusive combination of ebony and midnight blue pigments to achieve its blacker-than-black shade, while the infusion of winter rose oil gets to work on nourishing your lashes and giving a smooth glide-on application. 

How to apply: Beginning with the eyeshadow quad, Violette likes to smudge the plum hue using the applicator across her lash line to sculpt the eyes before using her ring finger to press the copper into her lid and inner corner, giving her complexion a lit-from-within effect. Finish by opening the eyes with the Noir G 24H Intense Volume and Curl Mascara to make lashes flutter like butterfly wings.


Products: Guerlain Rouge G Luxurious Velvet 16H Lipstick + Guerlain Limited Edition Golden Stars Double Mirror Case 

Why we love it: Not only does the Guerlain Rouge G lipstick promise luminous long-wear colour in a satin finish, indulging
you with an exceptional formula for nourished lips and intense
colour. But it’s the Limited Edition Golden Stars Double Mirror Case that elevates this dreamy product into a beauty charm to cherish. With small stars engraved into the case and a secret built-in double mirror for perfecting touch ups, this is a quintessential luxury item for your lips.   

How to apply: Violette, who likes to think of lipstick as a fashion accessory, reaches for the Dreamy Garnet – a deep plum/burgundy hue for the holidays. After applying, she likes to pat the colour with her fingertips to fuse the formula into her lips “to bring a tiny bit of softness so it’s not too graphic.”Guerlain Rouge G Satin N°38 Dreamy Garnet


Products: Guerlain Mirror-Effect Gel Gloss in Rose Gold

Why we love it: This iridescent multi-purpose Gel Gloss is at the top of our wish lists this year – and for good reason. With its sheer, soft, and shiny texture with just a hint of rose gold shimmer, this is the proverbial pottle of gold to bring radiance to your makeup. 

How to apply: You can wear it over an eyeshadow or lipstick for a flawless mirror-finish and multi-dimensional effect, or dab onto the face to attract light as a highlighter. “I like to apply it on my cheekbones, on my eyelids, Cupid’s bow, just to bring some shine to my skin,” says Violette. 

“It has this pigment that brings this magical warm glow that I love to pair with either an eyeshadow or Terracotta.


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