Friday, December 18, 2015

Holiday Makeup

Happy Holidays! 

I'm sure everyone is bustling about with your last minute holiday shopping and preparations! This weekend is especially busy with holiday parties, so why not find a makeup look for your special night?

The holidays are a great time for experimenting with your makeup. It's time to break out the glitter, shimmer and highlights to be picked up by the colorful stringed lights! It's time to debut that cat eye you've been practicing all year round!

I've created 3 festive holiday looks for your upcoming parties, get togethers and dinners. Give 'em a try and let me know how you've personalized them!
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1. Inspired by Tinsel

I love the glimmering tinsel on trees and draped around doorways. It's vintage flair is festive and fun! Pulling inspiration from the sparkle of the snow and the glimmer of this decorative piece, I came up with this…

Eyes: Keeping the eyes simple, I used MAC's Crystal Avalanche and Honey Lust all over the lid (from the lash line to the brow). From there I added a little definition with MAC's Mulch in my natural crease and a super shimmer powder on the lid and inner corners of my eyes. I finished off the look with a simple black cat liner and lashes, I used Ardell #53.

Cheeks: To keep the highlight theme going, I added MAC's Pressed Pigment to the tops of my cheekbones and a soft matte blush on the apples. I went with a matte blush since I added the shimmer on the cheekbones. you don't want overkill on the highlights! I also added a subtle bronzer to add more depth since I went light on the blush.

Lips: To polish off this look, it needed some color! So I finished it with a matte red lip-- which also carries through that vintage feel. I used Maybelline's 14 hour color in Continuous Cranberry.

Top: MAC Shadows in Honey Lust, Mulch, Crystal Avalanche, MAC Blush, Tenderling. 

2. Inspired by Color
There are so many bright, beautiful colors surrounding us this time of year. From the lights to the ornaments, all the way to the trees themselves. Using this as inspiration I pulled together a beautiful jewel toned eye and glossy lip combo.

Eyes: There are tons of gorgeous jewel toned hues to choose from, I went with deep green. Starting with MAC's Bottle Green, I placed it on my lid and gently blended it into the crease. I then topped it with Maybelline's Infallible Eyeshadow in Golden Emerald.
I chose to keep the liner smudged as well, so I went with Charlotte Tillbury's Rock 'n Kohl Pencil, where I tight lined and softly lined the top of my lash line. From there I topped it with a black shadow from Nars and smudged it to get that smokey look. For the bottom I penciled in the waterline and added the Golden Emerald along the bottom lash line.

This eye begs for lashes, so I went with Ardell Demi Wispies.

Cheeks: Because the eyes are dark and suck a lot of light, I decided to add a pop of Nars Orgasm blush on the apples to create a light, luminous cheek.

Lips: Keeping the lips soft, I decided to keep it simple with a shimmer gloss by IT Cosmetics. There is so much color on the eyes that I wanted to keep the lips soft, but I still wanted them to catch the light- hence the gloss :)

Brushes (L to R): MAC 263, London Brush Co.

3. Inspired by Mistletoe
This was inspired by mistletoe and love! I went with a clean eye, bold lips and super rosy cheeks! It's soft, yet festive and has a hint of romance :)

Eyes: Keeping the eye simple and clean, I kept the base of the eye natural with a wash of MAC's Brule. I swiped a soft taupe shade in the natural crease, using MAC's Wedge. From there I added some definition with a gold liner. I used Makeup Forever's Aqua Cream in GOLD. The gold adds that festive sparkle, but is simple, pretty, and subdued.
Finish off with some extra coats of mascara and a soft set of lashes like Ardell #110.

Cheeks: I wanted super rosy cheeks! So I went in with the Senna cream blush in Deep Coral and then topped with powder, MAC's Pink Swoon.

Lips: The icing on the cake were these babies, I went with a super glossy red lip! Red is always perfect for the holidays, and adding the gloss sets it over the top! But it pairs so well with such a simple eye. I used Makeup Forever's Aqua Lip Liner in 8C and topped it with Nika Vaughan's gloss in Forever Bound.

Brushes (L to R): MAC 217, Crown, Makeup Forever Lip 302.
Lashes (not pictured): Ardell #110

 I hope you enjoyed these festive holiday looks! Give them a try for your next holiday party and share your photos!

Have a wonderful holiday season! 

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