Glamorous Holiday Makeup Picks
Eyes: Metallic shadow
Bing Shopping: Metallic shadow
Metallics are having another moment, and where these sparkly shadows skewed blue and green last season, they’re moodier and more elemental for the holiday party circuit. For a smoky eye with a hint of gleam, add gilded glamor with silver, gold and copper shadows.
Eyes: Blue shadow
Bing Shopping: Blue shadow
Heavy metal isn’t the only game in town – spirited cobalt blue lights up lids with a vibrancy that’s perfect for a party. Choose blues with a bit of shimmer mixed in for the most modern take. Skip the liner and finish peepers with a few coats of black mascara.
Eyes: Gel eyeliner
Shadow is hardly needed when you opt for the still-trendy cat’s-eye liner look. Whether you choose a ‘60s-inspired long upsweep at the outer corner of the eyes or a shorter “kitten eye” swerve that echoes the ‘20s, use a gel liner for application ease and longevity. (Gold liner over black rocks the season.)
Eyes: Colored mascara
We all love jet-black mascaras, but why not lash out and try something a little wilder for the holidays? Parties are the perfect excuse to push the style envelope, so break from the black and coat lashes with electric blue, emerald green or burgundy, the chicest tint of the season.
Face: Peach-pink blush
Face: Cream blush
Bing Shopping:Cream blush
Cold weather saps skin of moisture, so the best blush to wear when the temps drop is a gentler cream formulation. Powders tend to disappear in all the wind and snow, while gel or stain cheek colors can streak when skin is dry. Cream blushes not only stay put, they also restore any radiance you may lose in the gloom.
Face: Tinted moisturizer
Bing Shopping:Tinted moisturizer
For a subtle overall glow, nothing’s better – or faster – than a base layer of skin-softening facial lotion infused with a hint of color. Lighter than foundation, a tinted moisturizer banishes sallowness and lights up your face, but doesn’t appear (or feel) cakey or heavy. Flaws are camouflaged, but your face is not left looking masklike.
These clever little concentrations of luscious light should be applied sparingly, but they give off major wattage. A light sweep on brow bones, the top of cheekbones, the bridge of the nose and collarbones creates a mesmerizing glow under candlelight (or any light) and is a fashionista favorite for holiday sparkle.
Lips: Rich red color
Bing Shopping:Rich red color
Go to your next holiday soiree in ravishing red and you’ll be on-trend and unforgettable. This year’s crimson is super-dark and saturated, not bright. Think oxblood, burgundy or deep cherry. (Shades this powerful are best applied with the precision of a dedicated lip color makeup brush.)
Lips: Pale tint
Although mega-reds are trending for every complexion, sometimes you want something softer. And this goes for the party circuit, too – shiny metallic eyes and strong brows are best balanced by a more neutral mouth. Try a moist, creamy lip color in a nude, beige or washed-out peach tint.