You’ve shopped for a jaw-dropping party dress. Maybe you chose red and sparkly, (think Selena Gomez at the 2015 AMAs). You’ve just about figured out how to wear your hair. Now it’s time to think about your holiday makeup.
Our team here at Food Home Life Style have been passing around our makeup bags, pulling out the tools and products we find festive, and dishing about our how-to’s. We all agree, we love this bright, festive look on Charlize Theron.
To achieve a similar party look, I did a bit of my own research and came up with a quick list of fabulous holiday makeup tips.
- Start with a fresh, clean pallet. Always exfoliate, cleanse, and moisturize before applying even a tiny stitch of makeup.
- Alayne Curtiss from Make Me Fabulous predicts cat eyes are going to be big for the New Year, and
definitely into the holiday season. She recommends using a liquid liner, like Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner.
- Add a few hints of sparkle to your face to pull in that festive look. Just don’t overdo it. Think about two areas of your face you’d like to hit with sparkle and stop there. Maybe eyelids and cheekbones? Or lips? Check out this glittering eye shadow by Urban Decay, available at sephora.com for $19.
- Bold, beautiful eyelashes are a must for the holidays. Go with two coats of mascara and even apply those two coats over a pair of fake lashes. The more dramatic the better! Just be sure not to let the mascara clump. Start with clean lashes and a clean mascara brush. Check out Maybelline’s Great Lash Mascara in blackest black. It’s inexpensive but effective.
- Go with bright, berry or red lips. And if you haven’t used up your two-feature sparkle quota, add it to your lips! Try Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Pink Pop, available for $5.99 at target.com
- Don’t neglect your nails. If you can afford a professional manicure and pedicure, splurge! They’ll take care of your dry, rugged cuticles and rough heels and apply your polish to smooth, glistening perfection. If you can’t spare the cash, create your own mani/pedi station at home with a tub of warm water, loofah, lotion, and nail polish. Soak your feet for ten minutes, exfoliate with a loofah, dry, moisturize (avoid your nails,) and apply your polish. Do spend the few dollar or two on a quality polish. Try a warm, festive color like OPI’s I’m not really a Waitress, available at WalMart.com for only $6.63.
Once the prepping is finished, you’re ready to hit those holiday parties with all the confidence you can muster. Trust us, a smile is the most beautiful accessory you can wear. Corny? Yes. True? Also yes.
Happy shopping and primping!
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