Finding the perfect outfit, shoes, accessories, hairstyle or even the coolest ugly sweater is all part of the fun of holiday parties. The most fun is experimenting with new holiday makeup looks. I have two approaches when it comes to holiday makeup: naughty or nice! The “naughty” look is perfect for a party with a bunch of friends. The “nice” look works great for your traditional office party. Either way, ‘tis the season to have fun with your makeup!
Holiday glam comes with some do’s and don’ts. You should strive to be on-trend but not over-the-top. Let me break it down with some simple holiday makeup tips. As a non-conformist, however, I must confess: anything goes at an ugly sweater party!
Do: Dress up your eyes with some fun metallic and shimmery shadows.
Nothing screams holidays like a bit of shimmer. Try shades of green and other jewel tones like rich plums or wintery blues. Metallics like gold, silver or bronze are perfect and right on trend. Why not add a bit of holiday shimmer to your face? A little on the eyes and cheeks can be the perfect holiday look.
Don’t: Go for a big glitter fest.
There’s definitely a time and a place for glitter makeup. The holiday season is a great time to add a little bit (and I’ll emphasize little) of glitter; but too often, I’ve seen glitter makeup gone wrong! Unless you’re a seasoned at applying glitter makeup, it can easily turn from adding a bit of sparkle to your eyes to looking like stage makeup. I’ll also add that glitter makeup isn’t for all age groups. I’m not ready to give up glitter altogether just yet, but let’s leave heavy focus on glitter for the kids. If you must indulge in glitter makeup, try to keep your glitter isolated. If after applying your most glittery eye shadow, you notice that it sprinkled all over your face, just reach for a piece of scotch tape. It works fabulously at picking up our little glitter spills.
Do: Try a new makeup look—especially if it’s something that you normally wouldn’t wear.
If you usually don’t play up your eyes, now’s the perfect time to try it. Think about brighter colors or even false eyelashes. Work your brows by adding a bit of color to better frame your eyes. If you never wear red lipstick, now’s your chance. Although I must warn you, red lips can be a bit tricky. Take your time to find the best shade of red that will compliment your skin tone. Or better yet, leave it up to the professionals. Pop into your local department store cosmetic counter to try a few shades and to get some great advice. Holidays are festive so why not give your face a new festive look?
Don’t: Get too crazy with your new holiday look.
You want to stay confident in your appearance. The last thing you want to do is arrive at a party feeling uncomfortable or insecure with your new look. Definitely experiment beforehand. Focus on one aspect of your makeup like just your eyes or your lips. Think out of the box, but don’t go overboard. You’ll definitely have more fun if you aren’t worried about how you look.
Do: Consider what you’re wearing.
Take a good look at your outfit. Are you wearing a shimmering silver dress? If so, you may want to avoid wearing gold eye shadow that completely clashes. Instead, a charcoal smokey eye would match your dress and differentiate from the dress color just enough. You’ll look more polished and not so miss-matched as a result. If you’re carrying a contrasting color purse or wearing a cool color of shoes or jewelry, look for the color connection.
Don’t: Go all matchy-matchy!
The thing you want to avoid is being one color from head to toe. Look for colors that will compliment your look, not match it perfectly. I’ve seen a lot of ugly Christmas sweaters over the years and trust me, a green reindeer sweater does NOT look good with green eye shadow and green eye liner, topped with green glitter. Mix it up a bit.
Do: Have a heavier hand then you normally would.
Even if you don’t want a new look, double or even triple what you normally do to be extra glamorous. If you’re not accustomed to wearing foundation, now is the time. It’ll give your skin a beautiful, even toned look that lasts throughout even the longest holiday parties. Apply a bit more blush then you normally would. Blush is that one product that can vanish throughout the day, especially in the colder climates where your skin can look a bit washed out. Be sure to give your lashes an extra coat of mascara or even a pair of falsies. If you want to deepen the shade of your eye shadow, wet your brush. The shadow will adhere better and the color will be more visible. Build your makeup gradually so you can add to your look slowly. It’s much easier to build up then to try and remove what you’ve already applied. Remember to blend, blend and blend again. I can’t say it enough, do an experimental practice run a few days before your event.
Don’t: Go overboard and cake on your makeup.
Yes, too much of a good thing can be disastrous. And, boy oh boy, does hold true when it comes to makeup. Yes, try wearing a foundation or a little more blush than you normally would, but be careful not to apply too much. I always do the picture test before leaving the house for a party. Take a picture of yourself in low light, with flash and see how it comes out. If there’s no color or dimension to your face, you’ve put too much foundation. Remember you can glam up your eyes for one party and your lips for another. A pair of bright red lips is the perfect accessory for your face so don’t over accessorize by having your eyes compete for attention. You don’t have to overdo it, play up one feature and downplay another.
And my very last DO: Have FUN!
There’s nothing more beautiful or radiant than a gorgeous smile or an infectious laugh. Focus on your friends and family and simply have a blast. ‘Tis the season to appreciate the year that just passed and anxiously anticipate the year to come. Envelope yourself in the holiday spirit. (As well as a fabulous new holiday fragrance.)
I’d love to hear your top do’s and don’ts when it comes to holiday makeup. Share your top tips in the comments section below. Have a fabulous time at your holiday parties!
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