Dec 14, 2010

5 tips for holiday makeup

It's that time of the year again! Time for work parties, family festivities, and December birthday parties! I am absolutely loving this month just thinking about every weekend that I get to dress up! I've got a birthday party this Friday, Christmas next weekend, then another birthday to start off the new year. I've been going crazy looking at makeup and outfit ideas that I've decided to maybe share some of my own tips!

This post is for makeup tips, a fashion/outfits one will come later so stay tuned for that!

When I think of Christmas, I think glitters, sparkles, the colour red, and basically anything shiny and festive. I try to translate that into makeup without getting into borderline tacky-obnoxious with things like coloured eyelashes.

1. Glitter Eyeliner
You can use either a glitter palette for this or an actual glitter eyeliner. The former, you'll have to pack down on your eyelids using a stiff eyeliner brush. Use this to literally make your eyes sparkle! My favourite is NYX's Glitter Cream Palette. At an affordable price, you get five different shades of glitter that stay on all night (just make sure you use primer!). (image from


2. Fuchsia lipstick
Can I just say that while red lipstick is a classic for the holidays, I also think it may be a tad bit overrated? This is why I like fuchsia lipstick! I've been on a lipstick/lipstain obsession lately and couldn't resist getting Stila's Long Wear Lip Color in Exhilarating and Josie Maran's Magic Marker Lip & Cheek Stain in Jitterbug! For an added holiday touch, try applying loose makeup glitter on your lips! (swatches from



3. Contouring brown blush
I got to keep one of these (albeit cracked from a photoshoot) from my past magazine internship. I absolutely love the natural contour it gives my cheeks--voila, instant cheekbones from NARS's blush in Douceur! With all the other attention getting lipstick and glitter eyeliner on this list, let's keep the cheeks subtle, shall we? (image and swatch from

4. Flawless skin using foundation (and stippling brush!)
Now this is a must this season... and all year round, actually. Having flawless skin gives you confidence, and confidence attracts good things, no? Try my favourite foundation, Laura Mercier's Oil-Free Foundation. It has enough coverage the first time, and you can also layer it on for more coverage. Speaking from an oily-face perspective, this foundation has never made me break out. Ever. I apply it using Sephora's Stippling Brush, and it always gives me a great airbrushed finish. (image from

5. Magic setting powder
Okay, well it's not really magic, but it might as well be! I always use Guerlain's 'Les Violettes' Mineral Powder for special occasions because it is that precious and yes--expensive (on regular days I finish with CoverFX's Setting FX). The loose powder, dotted around the face with the puff (already included!) and buffed/blended with a powder brush gives me a great matte finish that lasts all night. I'm not kidding. All night. (image from


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