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Holiday Makeup Made Simple

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As the holidays swiftly approach and we find ourselves surrounded by an array of social gatherings, it’s easy to have a total meltdown, wondering how you’ll ever get that gorgeous holiday glow! Well fear not, getting your holiday glow on is easier than you think, and I can get you there with a little help from a few of my favorite products.

Lips:
When it comes to holiday glam, red lips are always a sure bet. Red lips not only signify beauty and style, they are the easiest way to add class to any look. For lips that enchant, try NARS Audacious lipstick in the shade, “Lana”. One word of advice for red lip lovers, keep everything else to a minimal. With lips this bright, both eye and cheek makeup should be applied with a light hand, so keep the other areas a bit on the neutral side.

Eyes:
Much like the holidays themselves, holiday eyes are all about the sparkle! To create eyes that truly pop, apply Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in the shade, “MoonSpoon”. This sparkly shade has enough pop to allow your eyes to be the focal point of the party without being too glittery. Apply to lids and under the eyes, and then follow with several coats of black mascara.

Cheeks:
Cheeks are another way to simplify holiday glam. The look of a beautifully flushed cheek is often more than enough to dress up any face for a holiday party. For cheeks that look perfectly flushed, try M.A.C. Casual Colour in the shade, “Baby Pink”. Start near the apples of the cheeks, and sweep upward toward the temple. Remember, much like the red lip, the class of a fully flushed cheek can be ruined if other features are too heavy, so stick to a light colored gloss for lips, and neutral eye makeup.

Glowing Skin:
Nothing is sexier for the holidays than skin that looks as if it’s lit from within. While some of us were blessed with perfect skin, the rest of us are blessed enough to have a good highlighter on hand to fake it! Benefit’s Watt’s Up highlighter is one of my absolute favorites. It’s not quite as thick and glittery as some other cream highlighters, and even comes with a small sponge for blending. For gorgeous skin, lightly dot highlighter on cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, the inner corners of the eyes, and just above the brow bones. Then just blend with a sponge or fingertips and voila, a perfect holiday look!

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So the next time you’re invited to a holiday get together, don’t shy away. Instead grab your favorite party dress, pick your beauty focal point, and R.S.V.P. YES!

By: Sian Bitner Kearney

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Friday Top 5- Best Luminizers

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1) MAKE UP FOR EVER Uplight Face Luminizer: Mix this with your foundation, or place anywhere you want to glow. An oil-free, luminizing gel that highlights the face for an ultra-natural glow. It contains more than 70% water for a fresh, lightweight texture as well as mango butter that creates a moisturizing effect. Formulated for the face and body, this product adds a healthy glow to your skin that will last all day.

2) LORAC Perfectly Lit Oil-Free Luminizing Powder: I use this on top of cheekbones, and on the eyelids for the perfect luminous touch. This silky oil-free powder instantly puts your face in its best light, giving your skin a luminous Red Carpet glow. 

3) Benefit Cosmetics Girl Meets Pearl in Golden Pink: When I am feeling blah, I use this in place of a primer. Its sheer, light-reflecting formula in a fresh, raspberry scent glides on smoothly for a breathtakingly radiant complexion. Wear it alone for a youthful dewy glow, or over makeup for lustrous “pearlessence.”

4) Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Candlelight Powder in Sheer Gold:  Referred to me by Kevin James Bennett, this powder is a god send. A multitasking translucent powder infused with illuminating gold powder. Inspired by actual candlelight, this product is formulated to set makeup while imparting a soft-focused glow. For all its immediate, “glowing” results, it’s also packed with a powerful dose of skin-saving antioxidants that protect and soothe tired skin as the golden-peachy tone warms and illuminates any complexion—reducing the appearance of fine lines and imperfections.

5) Fresh Satin Luster Face Palette Satin Luster Face Palette 3:  Buff on a gorgeous glow with this palette of weightless, creamy shimmers that instantly illuminate the skin. Enriched with rejuvenating evening primrose seed oil and nourishing meadowfoam seed oil, these satin lusters create a soft iridescence that makes the skin look like it’s glowing from within.

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