The holidays means turning out the glamour for parties and get-togethers. There’s nothing wrong with wearing basic makeup, but how about amping it up with shimmering highlighter or a bold lip? Adding an extra step or two to your makeup routine can help turn up the glamour without adding a ton of time to your beauty routine.
It’s getting cold out there, so keep your skin hydrated. In the days leading up to a holiday party, exfoliate your skin to remove that layer of dead skin. Those with oily skin should use a lightweight moisturizer to keep skin balanced, while those with dry skin may need a heavier moisturizer with a cream consistency. Gently pat moisturizer on the skin about 10 minutes before applying your face makeup to create a canvas where makeup is absorbed.
How do you want to glam it up this holiday season? A dress with mega shine like the glittering gold number Carrie Underwood wore to the recent Country Music Awards steals the show, but that doesn’t mean makeup has to take a backseat. Underwood strikes us as a less-is-more girl, so she chose to define her eyes in a subtle way. It isn’t a major smoky eye, which could compete with the shining dress.
Get the look: Use a gel liner to line the top and bottom lash lines. The key is in the brush, so use one with a slight angle. Instead of dragging one line straight across the top or bottom lash line, work in short strokes and then connect those strokes with another layer of liner. Soft shimmering shadow is a gorgeous touch, and we love Underwood’s choice of glowing pink cheeks and lips.
Joy Bryant wears a red lip with ease. Red lipstick doesn’t have to be intimidating. Bryant goes easy elsewhere on the face and keeps the focus on the cheeks and lips.
Get the look: Do your makeup as usual. Use a highlighting powder or cream product and apply it to the highest plane of the cheeks. Blend well. You don’t want a disco ball effect, but you do want the glow to be apparent. For the lips, choose a poppy color with a slight cream finish. Bryant’s look isn’t overdone.
For all-out glamour look to classic Hollywood revivalist Dita Von Teese. Von Teese works a red lip in a far more striking manner than Bryant. The results? A flawless face focused on a matte red lip accompanied by major makeup.
Get the look: Look for a satin finish foundation. A light brown shadow can be used to contour the eyes and false lashes are a must. Line the top lash line only with a gel or liquid liner. Contour the cheeks with a soft rose color. Apply a lip primer to the lips before applying a matte red lipstick. Matte formulas have a tendency to dry out lips and lipstick will get into the cracks. Avoid this by moisturizing lips well the night before and using a primer to add staying power to your red pout.