5 creative make-up looks for Notting Hill Carnival

Want to turn heads at carnival this year? Get your inspiration from these five bright, bold and beautiful make-up looks

Hair & Beauty
Carnival makeup - Drama kween

Drama kween

Pretty pastel unicorn shades are trending right now and tribal-style markings are the epitome of cool. Get the look by blending SLEEK MAKEUP i-divine, £8.99, over your eyelids for a heavy metal hit. Finish with a swipe of catwalk-cool liner using NYX Vivid Brights Liquid Liner, £5.50 to add a twinkle to the corners of your eyes. To top off your look, BARRY M’s Face Jewel, £4.99, will add extra sass to your outfit.

Carnival makeup - Bajan babe

Bajan babe

As if we could get away without mentioning Rih Rih - the ultimate carnival queen. We’ve stalked all of her make-up looks, but what wins us over are her glow-up body goals. A good skincare routine will help brighten your complexion. But for an extra boost, invest into some beautifying body make-up. Luminizers add a touch of radiance, veiling the skin in a dewy, high-shine finish. Our favourite, Body Lava, £46, is from Rihanna’s FENTY BEAUTY line and hydrates the skin to give a fresh all-over glow. Meanwhile, use BOBBI BROWN’s Highlighting Powder, £36, to add dimension to your face, neckline and shoulders. Wetting your make-up brush before application will produce a dramatic chrome-like effect.

Party gyal

Party gyal

Constructing the ultimate carnival look is all about making sure your make-up lasts. Forget heavy foundation as it’s likely to head south down your face in the heat. A lighter option, such as BOBBI BROWN Nude Finish Tinted Moisturiser, £29, will keep your complexion looking fresh. Rocking a bold lip is a must as it will stop your shades from overshadowing your face. Stick to a lip stain rather than a gloss such as DIOR Lip & Cheek Glow, £28, which has a natural finish and will withstand eating and drinking. Finally, fix your make-up in place with cult fave SPORTFX Mist + Fix Recovery Spray, £7.99.

Carnival makeup - Feeling blue

Feeling blue

Blue is definitely the hottest colour when it comes to curating the ultimate carni look. It suits darker skin tones and is the perfect way to rock a bolder look that you wouldn’t wear to the office. For eyes that mesmerise, try an aqua blue two-tone liner look. Using SHISHEIDO Kajal Ink Artist Shadow, Liner, Brow in Sumi Sky, £22, draw a line just above your top lashes, then open your eyes and continue into a v-shape. Finish by blending MILK MAKEUP Eye Pigment in Rave, £20.50, along the lower lash line. If you want to add a touch of sparkle, dab NYX COSMETICS Face & Body Glitter, £6, into the inner corners of the eyes. Now step back and get ready to appreciate your own fierceness.

Carnival makeup - Golden child

Golden child

When you don’t want to go OTT with your make-up, the combination of gold and coral works every time. Pair ILLAMASQUA Cream Blusher in Dixie, £22, with TOPSHOP Eyeshadow in Pyramid, £10, for a touch of sparkle. If you’re in and out of natural lighting, sun striping is much more flattering than contouring - plus it’s low maintenance when you’re dancing the day away. Simply apply your foundation as normal, then take a shimmer bronzer and gently dust across your cheeks and the bridge of your nose where the sun would naturally hit. Pretty yet practical, pair with a punchy bright lip such as FENTY BEAUTY’s new Poutsicle Juicy Satin Lipstick in Hot Blooded £18. It’s matte yet super moisturising. But, best of all, it will stay put - no matter how many rum punches or jerk chicken you get through.

Notting Hill Carnival takes place on Sunday 25th August 2019. Let us see your carnival make-up looks! Tag us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

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