The newly appointed artistic director for the Mandarin Hotel Barber and Salon, Angel Gonzalez (also an expert in the 'wet' shave for men and a makeup artist to boot), gives advice on the perfect Christmas party eyes this season My first tip is to never match your eyeshadow (colour) with your dress as you don't want to be monochromatic. If you want to really do the eyes, don't do the lips. Red is a great lipstick for evening, but if you have a really gorgeous dress and big, smoky eyes, then a red lipstick will be too much. Or you can be soft with the eyes and go with the lips. If you do that, make sure your lipstick is right for your skin tone. With eyeliner, it depends on the shape of your eyes. If you're doing false eyelashes, put them on first and then put your eyeliner over them as the lashes can change the shape of your eyes. I always use eyeshadow for eyeliner. I tend to avoid pencils as they can have a bit too much of an 80s look. I use an eyeshadow brush and - using the same colour as the eyeshadow on the lid - take it as close to the lashes as I can to create a bit of a deeper line. That means it blends in and stays on longer. For colour, again it depends on your eyes. If you [want] a smoky eye, use greys and blacks. Or you can go for taupes and golds and silvers as it's the holidays. If you have a gold shimmer eyeshadow colour, then you need something like a brown on the brow bone to soften and balance. Coloured mascaras? I don't use the blues, but if you are going to do that, use an electric blue. I would do that for a New Year's Eve party. For blending eye shades, I always use my fingers as that's the way I was trained. But I do have a blending brush to go over it and really blend it out. I recommend starting on the inner part of the eye, moving towards the outside. Be careful with eyeliner on the inside rim of the eye as it tends to make the eye look smaller. You have to remember that the model in a magazine may not have the same eye shape as you. But if you have almond-shaped eyes, you can do anything. To ensure the best look, I really recommend having your makeup done by a professional just once.