Tips for Holiday Beauty

The holidays are the time to dress up and make even an ordinary outings feel special. You don’t need to run out and purchase a whole new makeup palette, you just need to make a few inexpensive tweaks to your beauty routine for holiday parties and time with friends and family.

To gear up for the dinners, cocktail parties, and movie nights,  and not spend time digging through your bag trying to find that special eyeliner,  do an inventory - Throw out clumpy mascara and that lipstick you never wear, and set aside broken eyeshadows and blushes to  repurpose.


1. Eyeshadow

You probably have a bunch of old or broken eyeshadow palettes lying around.

These are perfect products that you can turn into bold, smoky eyeliners.

Crush a bit of shadow in a small container and add a few drops of water to create a damp – but not soaking wet – consistency.

Use a clean eye liner brush and line the eyelashes. The result is a thick, dramatic line, especially beautiful in dark blues, purples, bronzes, and golds.  

Damp eyeshadow can be much easier to control than liquid liner.

2. False Lashes

False lashes cost less than $10 at the drugstore and you can use them throughout the year for special occasions.

It may take some practice at first so leave some extra time because they can be tricky.

Use tweezers to remove the lashes from the packaging, and then dip the stem into the provided lash glue. Put one or two clumps on the outer edges for fuller, eye-framing lashes.

Just wash them off with soap when you’re done.

3. Add Color

I like to experiment a little and go out my usual routine. I usually use black or brown eyeliner and I try experimenting with a bronze or blue liner.

If you have brown eyes, grab a navy pencil.

 If your eyes are blue, a maroon color looks best. Green-eyed girls can opt for a bronze color.

A little unexpected color can perfect a festive look and I have to add the tiniest bit of glitter.


4. Exfoliate Your Lips

Dry winter air and indoor heating can wreak havoc on your skin and lips.  After exfoliating, apply a moisturizing lip balm before adding your lip color on top.

The result is smoother lips and improved lipstick application.


5. Cream Blush

Even if you usually use powder blush, try a cream-based blush for the holiday season. 

Cream blushes create a more natural flush and won’t aggravate dried-out skin. 

Look for a bright, sheer color that blends well for the best results.

6. Master Color Placement

If you’re not sure where to apply your blush, try this: Smile, then place two fingers beside your nose. 

Dot the cream beside your fingers, blending well for a natural finish.

7. Use a Shimmery Eyeshadow

Instead of going out and buying an Illuminating powder, use a white, shimmery eyeshadow to highlight your cheekbones. 

Sweep the shadow over the tops of your cheekbones with a brush, then dust a bit on your brow bone and the bow of your lips for a glowing finish.


8. Moisturize With Makeup

If your skin is dry, your makeup can flake and look obvious. Instead of using powder, mix liquid foundation with facial moisturizer in a one-to-one ratio and carefully press the mixture onto your face with a cosmetic sponge. 

The moisturizer hydrates your skin while thinning out the foundation, providing coverage without a flaky finish.

9. Use the “Bronzer 3”

Bronzer is not just for summer. Bring out your cheekbones and give your face a healthy glow by applying bronzer in a “3” shape. 

Take a big, fluffy brush with bronzer powder, and draw an imaginary number 3 on one side of your face. 

Start at the center of your forehead; sweep down around your eyes and onto your cheekbones, then down and across your chin. Repeat on the other side for a perfect sun-kissed finish.

10. Feature One Feature

The rule of thumb is to only show off one feature at a time. 

While you might want to try lots of new holiday colors, don’t go overboard.  

If you’re wearing a ruby red lip color, tone down your eyes with a more natural color. 

If you’re applying a smoky eye, keep your lips pale or use a clear lip gloss instead.


11. Get Sparkly

You know me – I love a little bit of sparkle and the holiday season is the perfect time to add a little sparkle. 

A pretty barrette, a bejeweled headband, or a brooch secured with bobby pins can turn a plain ponytail or simple style into something special.

Remember, you don’t want to go overboard with sparkle or color.

Dry skin and too much color can derail your attempts at the perfect holiday look. By adding a few new colors, you can achieve a holiday-perfect look that lasts all season.

What’s your best holiday beauty tip?

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