‘Tis the season of…searching for some holiday beauty inspiration. Here are three classically stunning makeup looks and the steps to re-creating them for your next christmas party!

 

For Your Face

Make sure to prime to prepare your skin for the makeup application and to prolong the wear of the makeup. I usually use Laura Mercier’s Radiance Primer or Charlotte Tilbury’s Wonderglow Primer. Apply concealer and foundation (only where you might have imperfections, if you want a light coverage). I love using Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation Sticks, Correctors and Marc Jacobs’ Remedy Concealer Pen for a natural looking skin.

Slightly powder the center of your face with a sheer powder to keep a dewy finish. Bronze the sides of your cheeks and forehead. Blush lightly with a pinky beige colour on the apples (and/or sides) of the cheeks for a subtle pop of colour. And finally my favorite step, highlight the high points of your face (top of the cheek, bridge of the nose, arch of the brow, cupid’s bow and the inner corners of your eyes). My favorite bronzers are Bobbi Brown’s Bronzing Powder and Marc Jacobs’ O!Mega Bronzer. I often use Bobbi Brown’s Nectar Blush or Chanel’s Joues Contraste and Becca’s Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector for a youthful pop on the cheeks.

 

 

The Statement Lip

 

A bold lip can be daunting but once you start wearing it, you can easily become obsessed with it. This look is definitely for the girls who think of their lips as a fashion accessory. A golden eye and a ruby lip is a classic look that will never go out of style and is especially perfect for the holidays.

The first step to achieving this look is prepping your lips by exfoliating and moisturizing. It will ensure a smooth application and finish. If you do not have a lip scrub, you can easily make your own by mixing sugar and coconut oil. What I love about this look is that the key is to keep it simple and uncomplicated. The rest of the makeup can be minimal.

Apply your eyeshadow primer and a skin toned eyeshadow colour. I like to use Dior’s Fusion Mono Eyeshadow in “Mirror” that I apply with my finger (simple as that). Finish off the look by applying your favourite mascara, I absolutely love Marc Jacobs’ O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara and Charlotte Tilbury’s Full Fat Lashes.

 

 

You can pick the colour of your choice, pick what fits with your style, your outfit (and personality). Wearing a glaring lipstick is my personal trick to looking instantaneously “glammed” up. Lipsticks immediately complete any makeup look.

To make the color last longer, blot and reapply multiple times to create a long-lasting stain. I also, always use Dior’s Universal Contour Lipliner (my secret weapon and the only lipliner I own). It is a sheer, non-smudge lip liner that prolongs the wear of your lipstick, prevents it from bleeding and compliments all complexions (it always keeps my lips perfectly defined from 9 to 6… seriously).

For added drama, define the upper and lower lashes with a dark taupe eye shadow, choose a darker lip and add a touch of glitter on the center on the lid. This is the perfect elegant makeup look that has a touch of boldness.

 

 

The Féline Eye

The purpose of the cat eye is, basically, to elongate and add intensity to the eyes. Start by applying your eyeshadow primer and a skin toned eyeshadow (matte or shimmery, the choice is yours). To add definition, sweep a medium neutral brown eye shadow to the eye crease with tapered blending brush.

Line your upper lash line (from the inner corner or from the center of the lash line, depending on the desired look) with a liquid or gel liner. Draw a line, outward, from the outer corner of your eye (by following the invisible line from the nose, to the outer corner of your eye, to the end of your brow, to ensure the right angle). Then connect that line to the first line we did, by bringing it back to the center of your lash line. For more definition, apply the medium neutral brown near the lower lashes and finish the look with a few coats of mascara.

This look goes with any lip color, from a nude to a deep burgundy (I used Charlotte Tilbury’s “Walk Of Shame” Matte Revolution Lipstick). You can also add glitter on your liner for more opulence.

 

 

The Timeless Smokey Eye

I’m the kind of girl who appreciates simplicity in makeup. I found it adds an effortless elegance to the look. This might be one of the easiest way to create a smokey eye. When doing makeup, I usually begin with the eyes, especially if it is a smokey eye look. I always start with Laura Mercier’s Eye Basics eye primer in “Wheat” or “Linen (depending on skin tone). I also like Nars’ Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base for a sheer finish.

Apply on the lid, a (cool or warm) brown cream eyeshadow as a base and then, light handedly, apply a medium neutral brown in the crease with tapered blending brush (and to the lower lash line for more smokiness).

 

 

For a festive look, apply a gold eyeshadow from the inner corner to the center of the lid. To intensify the look, you can line your lash line with a black pencil (or gel eyeliner) and then smudge and blend it, to create that smokey look. To add a pop of light, you can apply a touch of glitter on the center of the lid. Finish the look with one or two coats of mascara. You can accentuate your look with a nude lipstick or a red lipstick, if you are feeling more audacious. I used Charlotte Tilbury’s “So Marilyn” K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick.

 

 

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