How to create a simple but pretty holiday makeup look.
The holidays are here, which means holiday gatherings (small or large) and lots of fun outfits! One of the questions I get a lot around this time is how to do a holiday makeup look, so that’s what i’m sharing today! Heck, even if you don’t have big plans this year, just throw on a black turtleneck with your favorite jeans and a bold lip color, and BAM, it’s a holiday makeup look!
Today I’m sharing a simple tutorial that’s festive but still very feasible for real life (i.e. this won’t take you forever to do and doesn’t require extensive makeup skills or a professional makeup artist!!) Be sure to see some links at the bottom for more tips, including where to see makeup video tutorials.
Let’s dive in!
What makes makeup much easier to apply is having skin that is well balanced and hydrated. My skin has NEVER looked or felt better since switching to Beautycounter (you can see my skincare routine here). So, that’s my actual first step for holiday makeup. I start with clean, hydrated skin!
Next, makeup! My go-to products for creating a holiday look are below. (This is what I do for any special night really, holidays or not!) Start to finish, my make-up takes me less than 10 minutes. I like to still look natural but made-up, and I find if I spend too much time, it just starts to look like too much for my taste. I use mostly Beautycounter but I’ve noted where I use other brands.
Makeup Application Tip: Good brushes are game changers for easier makeup application and blending! I have a mix of brushes from Beautycounter and Sephora. Invest in good ones – they’ll last you forever! And for foundation, I use this blender sponge.
Next up, concealer. Before I apply concealer, I dab off any powder that’s fallen under my eyes with a tissue so I’m not rubbing in shadow, which will make dark circles appear worse. I also do a little concealer around the edges of my nose and tip of my nose since I’m prone to redness there.
TIP: I often hear from people who don’t wear much makeup that they don’t want to get an eyeshadow palette or a set of lipsticks/lip glosses since they won’t use them all. BUT, I actually think that’s the BEST thing they can do. It gives you the option to experiment to see what you like without investing in full sizes of individual colors. It’s more cost effective to learn that way and you’ll try things you may not otherwise buy.
My favorite finishing touch for the holiday is a bright red lip! I’d say Christmas makeup looks are basically summed up in a bright red lip.
I apply a layer, blot and then apply another layer. It helps it stay longer!
If you’re not a bright red lip kind of gal, try a berry lip or a nude lip for something a little different, but less bold than the red. I’ve never tried a liquid lipstick that dries, but I’ve heard they work well and stay on for a long time!
Now, if you’re heading to holiday parties, throw on a dress in a fun jewel tone and maybe made your winged liner a little bit more of a cat eye in the outer corners. Then you have a perfect look for the holiday season.
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Happy holidays!!! 🙂