I thought about doing a holiday inspired makeup tutorial but thought it would be repetitive and a bit dull since my standard holiday look consists of sparkly champagne eyes and red lips. Instead, I thought I'd pick out some of my favorite makeup pieces that I'll definitely be gravitating towards in the next few days and focus on the five elements of getting glam for this time of year.
Nothing says Christmas more than a bright red lip. I love the L'Oreal Shine Caresse Lipgloss in Endless Red for a long lasting, glossy red lip. If you plan on eating a very filling and somewhat messy meal, I'd highly recommend a staining lip product like the Shine Caresse glosses. I only recently acquired the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in Bohème a few weeks ago but I already know it will be a handbag staple when I want to look a bit more festive. Bohème is a a sheer, but buildable, pink red that feels very comfortable on the lips. If you seek a classic red lipstick, try the Marcelle Rouge Xpression Lipstick in Amour. It's only $12 so it won't break the bank and the formula is creamy without being too slippery.
I'm always a fan of sparkle when it comes to eye makeup. For a more subtle but multidimensional shimmer, I like the Kate Shiny Eyes Trio in BR-1. Kate is a Japanese drugstore brand and if you're familiar with Asian eyeshadows, they're often sparkle city. The golden tan shade looks lovely all over the eyelid and popping a bit of the glittery peach on the inner corner of the eye gives a very youthful look. For a more metallic finish, I would opt for the KIKO Water Eyeshadow in Champagne. This single shadow is ultra pigmented and is lovely when used sparingly to highlight the inner corner or middle of the lid. I reach for Mac's Pigment in Gold Mode at least a few times each December because it's the perfect slightly peachy champagne gold. I also have a mini vial of this pigment from a holiday set so I don't think I'll ever get to using the full size jar.... It's just really pretty to look at.
To emphasize the eyes, add a pair of false lashes to accentuate the flirty shape of your eyes. I recently reviewed the Esqido 'Unforgettable' Mink Lashes and was pretty disappointed since the hairs were falling off after two uses. Esqido told me to contact them after I mentioned my disappointment on Twitter and they offered to send me the 'Oh So Sweet' lashes. The brand new 'Oh So Sweet' lashes are above and the 'Unforgettable' pair is below. I'm going to give these guys another try and hope they hold up a bit better. They look great in the packaging and on the eyes and are very appropriate for more dressy occasions. Even if you don't want to spend so much on false lashes, you can get good falsies from the drugstore to instantly glam up your makeup.
I told you I liked shimmer so a lovely highlight is a must for me when it comes to holiday makeup. A good highlighter enhances the skin to make it seem more healthy and radiant without emphasizing pores or flakiness. On the far left I have theBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer, a favorite of many given it's intense pigmentation. In the middle is a baby tube of Benefit's Watt's Up, pretty much my favorite cream highlighter. It looks very natural and I don't have to be scared of over applying it. A rather special highlighter that I always find myself going back to sooner or later is Nars' Blush in Albatross. It looks like a strange off-white in the pan but when sheered out on the skin, Albatross is a white gold with a hint of shimmer. It never looks glittery or fake and looks lovely on the cheekbones.
If you're not feeling the bold makeup and you want to keep it super simple, painting your nails in glittery shades of red, gold and green is an easy way to get into the beauty spirit. From left to right I have Zoya's Chyna, Kerry and Rikki. I have no patience for intricate nail art so I douse my fingertips in glitter and call it a day.
How do you get ready for the holidays? Do you opt for extravagant looks to dazzle or would you rather go with a less done-up and cozier feel?