The holiday party season is officially in full swing and for most that means we’ll be seeing winged liner and ruby red lips galore. While here at TTF HQ, we love jewel tones as much as the next person, we revel in thinking outside the box and doing the unexpected. That’s literally what Nourishing Your Inner Perspective is all about. So at the risk of sounding like a bunch of Scrooges & Grinches, we asked our Beauty Director Michelle Acosta to come up with a non-basic Christmas Look for us along with some extra head turning inducing tips. Wig. Snatched.
The holiday season is a wonderful time that we spend with friends and family. There are so many parties and gatherings; it’s hard to keep it all together. When it comes to what to wear and everything beauty related, there are SO many options, yet we find ourselves not knowing what to do! Are any of you thinking of a look that will work for the family Christmas dinner AND party with friends? Are you also looking for something other than the expected smoky eye and nude lip? Maybe something a little more unique and unexpected?
For this look (the one in the photo to be exact), take these steps:
- Face Primer — Prime your skin with your favorite foundation primer. If you have a couple to choose from, use one that keeps oil at bay. Shiny skin will take away from the rest of the look.
- Foundation & Concealer — Use a matte or semi-matte foundation all over the skin (one without SPF is possible). Don’t forget your neck and chest, especially if you’re wearing a low cut neckline. This is the time of year where everyone will be taking lots of pictures, and you don’t want to have that dreadful ghost-face-but-dark-neck-and-chest combo. Also, make sure to conceal any noticeable blemishes with concealer. I suggest a skin-tone concealer to hide blemishes and other marks on the face, and a slightly lighter concealer for the under-eye area, chin, and above the eyebrows for barely-there highlighting. If you have very oily skin, and blemishes aren’t a problem for you, feel free to go straight in with a full coverage powder for foundation.
- Powder — To make sure any sign of oil is taken care of, and to really ensure an even look for photos, dust a light layer of a non-SPF powder on all the places you applied liquid foundation. Translucent powder is great, but only if it doesn’t give you that dreaded white cast with flash photography. Not sure if yours does this? Do a test shoot with your phone. Make sure the flash is on!
- Eye Shadow Primer — Anything from a skin-tone colored eye shadow primer to concealer works for this step. If you use concealer, make sure to use a light layer, and then apply a very light layer of powder on top.
- Eye Shadow — First apply a light, almost yellow, gold eye shadow from lash line to brow. If you don’t like a lot of shine on the brow bone, just dust a very light layer that will catch the light, but not be overwhelming in color. Next, layer a darker, orange-tone gold shade on just the eyelid. Make sure there isn’t a line on your crease – don’t forget to blend!
- Lashes — Layer a thick coat of your blackest, most volume-building mascara. I didn’t use any eyeliner for this look, but if you can’t go without, try a thin line of a deep, rich brown smudged right on the lash line.
- Lips — I used a rich raspberry pink here, but red can go just as well. This look can handle a slightly overdrawn lip, as long as the lips look moisturized and creamy. If you’ll be eating and drinking with this look, make sure to layer a matching lip pencil underneath any lipstick so that the color will last longer.
- Blush — Brush on a soft pink, matte blush only on the apples of your cheeks (where you would naturally blush). With such strong eyes and lips, anything glittery, dark, or unnatural looking will be a bit too much.
If you’re the more glam type, you can easily amp up this look with a set of false lashes. I would recommend lashes that are more “wispy” and light looking. This look is intended to be a little more on the ethereal side.
I hope you enjoy the look! If you decide to try it for your holiday parties, I’d love to see it!
Product Recommendations (all products are by MAC)
Primer: Prep + Prime Face Protect Lotion
Foundation: Pro Longwear Foundation
Concealer: Studio Conceal and Correct Palette
Powder: Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
Eyeshadow Primer: Pro Longwear Paint Pot
Eyeshadow: Eye Shadow in Amber Lights, Goldmine, and Gorgeous Gold
Lashes: Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash
Lips: Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Ruby or Cremesheen Lipstick in Rebel
False Lashes: #21 Lash
Note: Photos courtesy of Sarah Jehan Photography. Make up & Hair styled by Michelle Acosta.
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