With the holidays fast approaching, chances are you will have plenty of parties to attend. Since holiday parties are typically a bit more festive than an everyday dinner gathering, now’s your chance to go glam and think outside the box. While you can amp up your beauty routine for a holiday party, don’t feel like you need to step away from what you feel comfortable with — natural-looking makeup is just as beautiful. If you want to enhance your natural look, simple tweaks to the routine will leave you radiant and glamorous for your next holiday gathering. Here are a few easy tips for anyone to follow:
While some consider primer to be a useless step, it actually preps the skin for both foundation and eyeshadows for a flawless finish. Primers minimize the appearance of pores and fills in fine lines so your makeup goes on smoother and keeps it looking fresh for a longer period of time. Primer is available in a variety of prices to accommodate any budget. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer and L’Oreal Studio Secrets Primer are two brands that offer ideal coverage.
After prepping the face with primer, a light application of foundation is ideal to conceal skin discoloration. For an airbrushed finish, moisten the cosmetic sponge with water and then squeeze away any excess and dab on the foundation. Use just enough to even out skin tone, but don’t go overboard or it will leave a mask-like appearance on the face. When using a foundation brush, dot the skin with makeup and brush outward for a natural appearance. Lightly brush on translucent powder and finish off with a spritz of setting spray to keep makeup in tact while you party the night away.
Shimmer eyeshadow is a chic alternative to the gaudy glitter shadows of years past. While you want to enhance your natural beauty, avoid the temptation of trying to match your makeup to any party outfit you choose to wear. Instead, choose colors that complement eye color or skin tone. Gals with light colored eyes look best with bronze or champagne shimmer shadows, while darker colored ladies look gorgeous with gold or jewel toned shadows. Remember the key rule when going glam: If you play up the eyes, keep the lips neutral or vice versa.
For a dramatic night look, smoky eyes are classic. Even if you have never attempted it, creating the appearance is simple. Line both the upper and lower lashes with eyeliner in a charcoal gray or black pencil. Use a smudge brush to give it a softened look, then apply the eyeshadow of your choice on the entire upper lid. Finish off the eyes with a light coat of mascara. Keep the rest of the face simple by adding only a small amount of blush to the cheeks and a clear gloss to the lips.
The holidays are a perfect excuse to break out of the everyday beauty routine, and showing off perfect red lips is a party must. Since you want the lips to be the focus of the look, conceal any skin discoloration with foundation along the face and eyelids and dab on a small amount of light blush to the cheeks. Line the lips with a red pencil to avoid the lipstick from feathering out of the lip line and finish off with a deep red lipstick or lipstain.
By switching up your beauty routine, you can be ready for any holiday party. Each of these tips may also be done at the end of the workday if you don’t have a chance to start with a fresh, clean face. Simply retouch your foundation and update the eye or lips for a night look.
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