She’s painted the faces of everyone from Rosie Huntington Whiteley to Hailey Bieber and has built an online beauty empire that’s made her one of Instagram’s most loved make-up artists.

UK-born Katie Jane Hughes started her career as a manicurist working backstage at fashion week and is now a social media sensation based in NYC. She’s worked with countless A-listers and big name brands such as Rose Inc and Glossier and launched her successful #KJHAcademy that’s followed by hundreds of thousands online. Her creative aesthetic, playful energy and down-to-earth approach has captured the hearts of beauty lovers across the globe and is subsequently redefining make-up artistry one Instagram post at a time.

Katie shows us three party-ready beauty looks, gives us inside tips and tricks and shares her hero products for fail-safe holiday season glamour. Read on for glitz, glow and a whole lotta gloss.

1. Glam Glitter Lids

Use a face glitter from MAC Cosmetics or Make Up For Ever. The best way to make glitter stick to the lid is to put it on top of a sticky surface, so use an eye shadow primer or cosmetic glitter glue.

Tip: Keep a brush specifically for glitter use, because once you’ve used the brush with glitter, it’s hard to get the brush clean again.

Trick: Have a bit of painters tape or surgical tape at hand – it’s a really good way of picking up glitter that fell in an area where you don’t want it to be.

The key to pulling off this look is to keep everything else quite simple. If you are going for a bold eye, keep the lips nude and the skin clean.

Cosmetic tape is a really good way of picking up glitter that fell in an area where you don't want it to be.

Get the look

MAC CosmeticsGold Hologram Glitter

Price: £17.50
www.fenwick.co.uk

Make-up Revolution Cosmetic Tape

Price: £3
www.beautybay.com

NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUPGlitter Primer

Price: £8
www.lookfantastic.com

NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUPMetallic Glitter Lumi

Price: £7
www.cultbeauty.com

2. Winged Liner and Red Lips

This is a classic Hollywood glamour look. I’m obsessed with the Make Up by Mario Master Mattes Liquid Liner. It’s amazing and super easy to use for a simple winged eye.

Tip: Keeping one thing bolder than the other is key. Opt for either a simple black liner and a bold red lip, or go for a soft red lip, a subtle stain, and then a bigger, bolder liner.

Trick: For precise winged liner, there’s a brush in my KJ Spectrum kit called #9 which has a flat edge and helps you really clean up a liner. You can also use an art store brush that fits the same description.

For the red lip, I love the NARS Powermatte range. There’s like 5-6 shades of red to try so you can find your perfect match.

There's a brush in my KJ Spectrum kit called #9 which has a flat edge to help you really clean up any lines.

3. High Shine 

Priming the skin with a really rich moisturizer will give you that high shine finish and then use a matte concealer on your T-zone where you want more coverage.

Line your eyes with as much black eye pencil as you can and lean into that grungy look, then add a little bit of brown eyeshadow in the middle of the lids.

Trick: Right as you’re about to leave, pop a little bit of eye gloss on top of your eyeshadow. Pat McGrath makes good eye gloss, as does Kevin Aucion.

Tip: Use a lipgloss on your eyes, but make sure it’s menthol free. Don’t use anything with mint or plumping ingredients.

Priming the skin with a really rich moisturizer will give you that high shine finish.


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