I often wonder what triggers the festive feeling, the minuscule heat wave in the stomach which everyone, happy or miserable, manages to acknowledge as a little moment of joy and hope. Films, music, scents and lights undeniably play their part, but at the end of the day, I believe it all comes down to a specific colour theme to me. Before it even falls into the gold and silver tones, the festive feeling relies on the rich green of the Christmas trees against Father Christmas’ red attire, the hint of navy borrowed from the sky of the Holy Night and displayed nowadays on wrapping paper and ribbons, without forgetting the crisp white of the snow.

Today, I want to talk about the makeup which borrows these festive colours and makes them wearable on the eyes, lips, cheeks and nails, starting with the one we will see the most this month: the vibrant red. Matching red lips and nails will always be the simplest answer to Christmas hair makeup, but perhaps also the classiest. Giorgio Armani Lip Magnet in 302 Hollywood and L’Oréal L’Huile Nail Varnish in 550 Rouge Sauvage was my favourite festive pair last year, and one year later, I have to say it still works really well. The lightweight and long-wearing formula of the Lip Magnet means perfect pick for festive meals whilst the incredible longevity of the L’Oréal L’Huile Nail Varnish suits a busy, hectic Christmas. This year, however, I’ve also discovered another couple within my own stash. With a name such as Rouge-Expert Click Stick, there is no doubt that By Terry masters the red lip, as creamy as it is comfortable to wear, 17 My Red is a beautiful cherry red. Also enriched in cherry tones, Smith&Cult’s Kundalini Hustle is my favourite pale hands friendly nail polish. Together they are my perfect, snow white’s red pairing.

Less evident, but equally as pretty are the subtle hints of dark green and navy blue. Still on the hunt for an easy way to wear them on the eyes, I’ve decided to stay in my comfort zone this year with two nail polishes. In between deep green and deep khaki, the Galeries Lafayette Nail Polish in Emile is the Christmas tree green which doesn’t feel too much like a Christmas decoration, it is more flattering than that and actually gets a lot of compliments. Finally, and again from the L’Oréal L’Huile Nail Varnish collection, 668 Bleu Royal is a beautiful, not too light, not too dark navy blue.

Very unflattering against pretty much every skintones, the colour white isn’t an obvious choice when it comes to makeup, yet nothing says Christmas louder than some dewy cheeks beautifully highlighted by some creamy tones. If the Mac Cream Colour Base in Pearl looks so new, it is because I only wear it in December, and strictly forget about it during the rest of the year. Pearl mixes a pure white highlight with a more sandy one: yellow, pink or neutral, it suits every pale skintones and creates a light which mimics the ones we find on the Christmas trees. A little bit darker, and admittedly more wearable, is the Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighter in Lightning Dust and Fire Crystal: rosy, beige and highly luminous at the same time, it almost transforms itself into an invisible shine on my cheeks whilst the white, sparkly packaging is enough to remind me of Christmas.