Running through the aisle of the local pharmacy for a quick purchase of cheap lipstick ten minutes before the party is no recipe for holiday beauty. Chances are this year you will spend a small fortune for a swanky new dress, shoes and purse for the company or family Christmas party. Every year we agonize over getting the right skirt fit but don’t think twice over showing up in the same brown eyeshadow. Plan the small details of your holiday party look by choosing one of my top five sizzling looks. Your makeup ensemble will be as stunning as your fab new shoes!
Get makeup inspiration from metallic Christmas baubles. Start with your basic makeup foundation and set your makeup with pressed powder for a soft finish. Apply a smoky eyeshadow to your eyes using a metallic eye color like a vintage gold, frosted silver or shimmering chocolate. Leave cheeks understated but top lips with a metallic lip-gloss. Make them extra pouty by dabbing white lip pencil to the center bottom of the lip first.
Holly twigs and their vibrant berries make a Christmas decoration staple. Take a clue from this dynamic duo by implementing holly green and berry red colors into your seasonal makeup. Wear a smooth makeup and add a warm glow to your face by brushing on a bronzer. Do not over apply the bronzer. You do not want to end up looking orange. Sweep vanilla frost eyeshadow under your brow bone and apply holly green shadow to the lower lid. Use dark green eyeliner to create a clean line on the top of your lashes. Line your lips with a pale red lip liner before apply your berry lipstick.
Snowflakes Are Falling
Look like a hot snow queen with a snowflake-inspired makeup look. Start with a face primer to get a smooth, flawless makeup look possible. Avoid using bronzer with this look; the idea is to be elegantly pale. The idea is to look glamorous not washed out or gothic. Apply frosted blush to the apples of your cheeks. Sweep frosted pastel eyeshadows to your eyes. Wear fake eyelashes that look as if they have fallen snowflakes on them. Tap the bottom eyelashes with mascara for to make them more visible. Treat lips with a balm then use a lipstick like a Sheer Blush or Frosted Pink.
When you skip steps in your makeup application, eventually it will show. If your holiday plans include a formal party, go all the way with formal makeup. Use face, lip and eye primer before applying any makeup. Primers will make colors look brilliant while keeping skin from showing even the tiniest cracks. Apply an almost nude eyeshadow, one that matches your skin tone, to your entire eye. Accent the crease with an eyeshadow that matches your gown color. Line the top of the eye only with a dark black liner. Liquid liner works best but pencil will do. Do not get too heavy handed! Apply several coats of mascara allowing each layer to dry between applications. Sweep blush under your cheekbones. Line your lips carefully then apply a red or plum lipstick.
If your party consists of caroling or sleigh riding, wear a country Christmas makeup look. Moisture is the key ingredient for this look so apply a good moisturizer after you cleanse your skin. With a cosmetic sponge, dab on crème to powder foundation to your face and neck. Apply a cream blush to your cheeks using the pads of your fore and index finger. Line your eyes with natural brown or dark brown eyeliner. Apply one coat of mascara to your lashes. Touch your lips with a natural lip shade.