Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s are among the best times of year to glam up your look and play with the season’s hottest makeup trends and bold color palettes. Glitter and shimmering shades are a must when it comes to putting together your holiday makeup look, and there are several other beauty products that need to be in your makeup bag through the holiday season. The stress of the holidays and cold weather can take their toll on your skin, but there are plenty of ways to maintain a radiant glow and pull off a fresh new look for the season!
Make sure your makeup bag is stocked with these seven makeup must-haves:
#1: Shimmer Bronzer
Bring out your inner glow with the help of a shimmering bronzer this holiday season. Shimmer bronzer will warm up your look instantly and help you create a faux tan without the streaks. Blend bronzer on your cheekbones and use it to highlight your chest, shoulders and bare arms this season for that coveted holiday glow!
#2: Smoky Eye Pencil
Dying to pull off the smoky eye look this holiday season? Make things easier on yourself with a smoky eye pencil. These pencils can do double duty when one side lines your eyes with a thick layer of liner, and the other side helps to smudge and extend the liner to create a smoky effect. Use these with your choice of metallic shadow and glitter for a flirty and festive look this holiday season.
#3: Loose Glitter
Whether you dot loose glitter on the corners of your eyes or use it to accentuate your cheeks and bust line, plan to keep a pot of loose glitter in your makeup bag through the holiday season. In addition to gold and silver glitter, consider adding specks of purple, royal blue, green, red and other holiday colors to your look.
#4: Metallic Eye Shadow
Silver, gold and other metallic shades are a must-have for the holiday season. Use metallic shadows up to the brow bone for a bold effect, and use layers of metallic shadow when creating a smoldering smoky eye. Pearl or shimmering shades can really enhance those peepers and complement your special occasion outfits.
#5: Cherry Red Lip Gloss
Skip the heavy lipstick in favor of a bright cherry red gloss this season! Pucker up with a lip-plumping gloss or a lip gloss infused with glitter this season. Make your color stay put by lining lips with a matching lip liner and use a clear gloss on top to seal your color in place.
#6: All-Over Highlighter
An iridescent shimmer powder is a great way to highlight your cheekbones as a finishing touch for your holiday makeup. Using a shimmering all-over highlighter on bare shoulders and on your décolleté when you’re wearing a strapless or low-cut dress this season can also play up your best features and create a more glamorous look.
#7: Holiday Red Nail Polish
If you don’t usually wear colored nail polish, ’tis the season to break out the bright and bold red polish! Holiday red or cherry red nail polish is a fun and playful look for those holiday parties and events, and you can add some French tips and glitter for a festive touch.