It’s Notting Hill Carnival time, pals.
You’ve already chosen your outfit (we hope. It needs to look fire but also allow for a full range of movement. Please choose comfy shoes), you’ve planned your route, noted your food options, and decided who you’re heading over with, so now it’s time for the final piece: the makeup.
A Notting Hill beauty look is something special.
It’s about flawless skin that puts up with heat, sweat, and booze, a bold lip, and all kinds of sparkle.
If you usually keep things minimal, now’s the time to step out of your comfort zone.
Here are some basic rules to make sure your beauty look hits the mark.
Set a strong base
You’re going to be eating, dancing, drinking, blowing whistles, posing for pics, flirting, and a lot more. You need a foundation you can trust to stay put and look incredible all day.
Now’s not the time to experiment. If you’ve found a foundation you know works, stick with it. The last thing you want is to try a new longwear type and find yourself all clogged up and streaked with a too-light foundation.
But if you are on the lookout for a new one, we can safely recommend Fenty Beauty’s Pro Filt’r foundation. It’s just the right amount of matte that stops your skin from looking dead but gets rid of shine. Top with Fenty Invisimatte powder and pack blotting papers in your bumbag to maintain the look through sweat and booze.
Bold lips are essential
Go for a classic red (another Fenty product’s your best bet here, as the Stunna Lip Paintmagically suits everyone and manages to stay put whatever you put it through) or experiment with something bright and bold.
Now’s the time to finally try a matte lip in blue, green, or purple. Now’s when you should try a sparkly holographic lip. This is the time to be extra.
Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick is great if you’re after a pink or purple, while the ASOS Crayola collection has greens, blues, and golds that feel straight up fun. Oh, and there’s always MAC for a failsafe option – Deep With Envy looks incred.
Face gems are your friend
Stick ’em around your eye area to look instantly carnival-ready. Try to choose gems in a mix of shapes and complementing colours to add interest, and pack a few spare ones in your bag to fill noticeable gaps throughout the day.
Glitter helps too
Glitter’s always a good idea. Try matching the colour to your lips or your outfit to pull everything together, or just go for gold to add a load of sparkle.
Use as part of your eye makeup with a sparkling cream shadow, or apply glitter wherever you’d like some extra shine – try mixing in with your face gems.
There are a few tricks of the trade to make glitter stay put. Use a glitter gel or standard hair gel as your base, using a setting spray, and make sure the non-glittered parts of your face are set with powder, so any stray sparkles can be swept off.
To remove at the end of the day, use an oil based cleanser and go slow and gentle. Scrubbing plus scratchy glitter is a terrible combo for your skin.
Highlight, highlight, highlight
A great carnival look is all about the glow. Sweep a shimmering highlighter over your cheekbones, down the centre of your nose, and on top of your cupid’s bow.
Fenty Beauty’s Shimmer Skinsticks are an easy, portable option, while a Huda Beauty palette lets you go intense on the customised contour.
Don’t stick to the face
Throw some highlighter on your body, too, or make a shimmer spray to spritz on your collarbones, legs, and anywhere else you fancy by mixing a body oil and glitter in a spray bottle.