With the glitz and glam of the holiday season getting closer and closer I wanted to post some tips to help you pull your look together. I know we can all be tempted to get a little "cray cray" at the makeup counter with all of the holiday color collections. So just remember to keep these basic rules in mind when combining your colors so you can give great face this holiday season.
1. PICK A FEATURE
There is a “no competition” clause for your face when it comes to makeup. Your makeup should be enhance your natural features and not be distracting on your face. A smokey or vibrant eye shadow paired with a subtle lip or a bright intense lip color matched with a more neutral eye most always looks best.
2. USE BRONZER WITH BLUSH NOT AS BLUSH
Place your bronzer in the hollows of the cheeks, on your jaw line and at your hair line, then add a “pop” of blush color to the apples of your cheeks. Because no one blushes bronze
3. EYE SHADOWS SHOULD ALL BE THE SAME UNDERTONE
When you’re combining colors make sure to use either all warm or all cool shades together. They’ll blend well and not fight with each other. Finish your look with eye liner.
4. DON’T POWDER OVER CONTOURS AND HIGHLIGHTS
Apply your complexion color and/or powder first then highlight and contour. Match your foundation and powder to your actual skin tone not the color you would like to be.
And always start with a clean, fresh face.
5. LIPS AND CHEEKS SHOULD BE IN THE SAME COLOR FAMILY
Pink, plum, brown, red or coral lips should have the same kind of color on the cheeks.
6. ADD LIP LINER TO DEFINE AND PREVENT BLEEDING
Define and give shape to your mouth by applying lip liner. Blend it with your lip color so it doesn’t look obvious. If you’re going for the ambre look, lip liner should be no more than 1 shade deeper than the lip color you’re using.
7. ONLY USE GLITTER TO ACCENT
A glitter eye shadow, eye liner or shimmery face powder is a nice touch but not all at the same time or everywhere on the face. Pick one feature and enhance with glitter there (see rule #1). Besides, you don’t want to be mistaken for a disco ball!
8. BROWS SHOULD LOOK NATURAL NOT THEATRICAL
Your eyebrows should never resemble a Nike swoosh. Make them fuller using a pencil, powder or gel but stay away from black as it can look too severe. Opt for dark brown instead. Don’t over-tweeze or draw your arch in too high or you’ll have a surprised look all day.
9. DON’T FORGET YOUR LASHES
Add a few coats of lash primer and mascara. Start at the root of the lashes and coat all the way to the ends to prevent clumping. Everyone should use mascara in black unless your lashes are completely blonde, then use brown. This is definitely the season for falsies.
10. WEAR IT WITH CONFIDENCE
Add a bright smile and self-assured attitude to the mix and you’re ready to take on the world