|3 Holiday Makeup Looks
Try these simple tips for a festive, seasonal glow.
1. Spice It Up
Want to break out of the same old beauty routine but not sure where
to begin? The holidays, that time of year famous for festive fetes,
friendly gatherings, and raised spirits, are the perfect time to
experiment and try out new things: a different color on your lips,
a new look on the eyes.
But how do you sort through the makeup choices out there?
Should you accent only one feature, or play up eyes and lips in
To keep it simple, I've recommended three makeup looks to try
this season -- and the easiest ways to wear them. The whole idea
is balance. Your face has basically three areas to emphasize: eyes,
lips, and cheeks. You never want to be full tilt in all three areas at once.
In general, when you wear a strong lip color, it's best to keep the rest
of the face soft. Strong mouth, soft eye. Strong eye, soft mouth. One
of the looks I love is color on the lips and cheeks with a barely-there
shimmer on the eyes.
Remember, though, no matter what you do, have fun. Break the rules!
The season is busy enough without having to worry about your makeup.
2. Sugar and Spice
A soft golden glow is the perfect look to complement the festive lights
of the season. Warm hues like gingerbread, pumpkin, copper, and
champagne spice up any look, and offer a "just-back-from-the-tropics"
flush -- not bad for those of us who haven't seen the sun since Labor Day!
My favorite way to achieve this look is to play up the eyes and leave
cheeks and lips radiant with natural-looking shimmer. A dark shade
of brown eye pencil goes on the lash line, blended with a smudge brush.
Then the eyelid gets a sweep of a coppery brown or bronze shadow.
Finish with a bit of light golden shimmer shadow where the inner corners
of the eyes meet the nose to brighten and open up the entire face.
Keep lips soft with sheer colors in the same family -- sienna, champagne,
even a sheer red -- to add healthy color that won't compete with the
eyes for attention. Finish with bronzer or a warm peachy blush on the
apples of the cheeks for that sun-kissed look. If you desire more color,
add a light dusting of bronzer or blush at the temples and on the chin.
Be careful not to overdo it. Remember, you want people to notice you,
not your makeup!
3. Party Purples
Purple is a great party color and makes a bold statement when
applied correctly. Here, the lips take center stage.
To achieve a sexy mouth that lasts through an entire evening, line and
fill the entire lip with lip pencil. Filling in with lip pencil gives you an even
layer of color across the lips and offers much longer wear. After filling in,
take your lip brush and go over the entire lip to make sure color is evenly
placed. Then add a dusting of powder directly over the pencil
(or put a tissue over the lips and dust over that) to really set the color.
Experiment with lip colors such as sheer grape, sugar plum, or
shades of fuchsia and magenta. Try sheer gloss for a subdued
shimmer; for the more adventurous, try a lip color that offers fuller
Finish with foundation on the eyes to even out skin tone, and add a
hint of midnight blue liner along the upper lashline. Then, soften this
look with a bit of coordinating eye shadow, such as an amethyst or
navy blue for a modified smoky eye. This look will beautifully balance
out the purple hue without overpowering the face.
Rockin' Rosy Glow
Here's a great example of how to highlight each of your features --
eyes, cheeks, and lips -- without looking "done up." As long as you
stay within the same color family, you can evenly balance the face and
create a soft, monochromatic look.
Start with a shimmering pink blush on the apples of the cheeks to get
that just-in-from-the-cold healthy flush. Add a mauve, rose, or
aubergine eye shadow to keep eyes aligned with the rosy palette.
Top with a bit of black mascara.
Finally, finish the look with a dab of lip color in shades such as plum,
burgundy, or rose. Look for sheer lipsticks and glosses to keep the
look soft and sexy, not harsh. To keep this color in place, first line
and fill lips with pencil in a matching shade.
The result should be fresh-faced and a balance of evenly placed soft
color, like you are barely wearing makeup at all!