Got a line-up of holiday cocktail parties to attend? Your company party, your significant other’s holiday work festivities, all these require a great outfit, accessories and special holiday make-up. Here’s a diy guide to get salon quality styling at home. My how-to guides always focus on style with a green, eco-friendly twist.
Holiday Makeup Shopping Guide: You don’t have to spend big money on cosmetics to get an expensive salon look. Brands like NYC Color, Wet ‘n’ Wild, Maybelline, Cover Girl, Bonne Bell, Revlon and Avon feature cutting edge make ups styles, colors and products are terrific prices. Avon (click here) is always running terrific specials, free shipping and discounts on eye shadow, eye liner, mascara, lipstick, nail polish and other cosmetics. Avon was the first company to permanently end testing cosmetics on animals, in 1989 (Avon Corporate Responsibility). For the naturalist, Burt’s Bees, Aveda, Kiss My Face and Jasons are green, organic makeup companies.
Holiday Makeup Color Guide: Cocktail party makeup is all about bold colors and sparkle. Choose jewel tones and metallic colors in your skin tone. Bronze, copper, gold, emerald, garnet and aqua-green work well for warm skin tones. Silver, metallic blue, aqua, tourquoise, ruby, amethyst and purple suit cool skin tones.
Holiday Makeup Style Guide: Here are several makeup tricks from theater that create dramatic statements. Perfect for holiday cocktail parties, dances, costume balls and elegant affairs. We use this exotic Egyptian look in theater makeup for women of power: queens, nobility, historical people, renaissance and medieval royalty, sorceresses, fairies, goddesses, and magicians.
-Outline lips in dark mauve, gold or charcoal. Create bow or pouty lips by exaggerating the crest of the lips. Color lips with an ultra sparkly or frosted lipstick. For dark warm skin tones, gold or bronze lipstick is stunning.
-Using black, silver, deep blue, deep purple or charcoal liquid or stick eyeliner. Draw a light line of eye liner under lower lashes and pull out slightly past the corner of your eye. Outline your upper lid, drawing out line to meet the bottom. Fill in with coordinating eye shadow color. If you outlined in black, fill in with silver or metallic color.
-Exaggerate the eye liner described above, to extend out to your temples. This creates an eye mask with make up. You can also create an eye makeup ‘mask’ over one eye only. This creates a Columbine or Harlequin look. Create a Pierrot or Pierrette look by drawing vertical diamonds over your eyes that extend up to your forehead and down to your cheek. After outlining with eyeliner, fill in with alternating bands of jeweled and metallic color.
-Attach a faux gem or sequin near the corner of your eye or on your cheekbone. Create a gem tattoo by attaching faux gems in a pattern. Place gem tattoos on your temple near the corner of your eye, one your cheek, on your neck, exposed shoulder, to one side of your lips or near your cleavage. Attach faux gems with spirit gum. You don’t even need faux gems to create a gem tattoo. Using a metallic stick eyeliner, draw a pattern of dots on the desired locations. Popular patterns include: star, crescent moon, spiral, flower, fireworks. To highlight, outline dots with a thin line of black eyeliner.
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