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Simple Makeup Ideas to Try for Holiday Parties

By Katya Bychkova

Party-Ready Makeup Ideas

With so many parties coming up in November and December, it is important to keep in mind a couple of makeup looks that you could create in just a couple of minutes without purchasing any extra makeup products. In this inspirational post I propose you two holiday looks that you can try while getting ready for the family gathering and a party with friends. Here are my ideas for different holiday makeup looks...


Look #1: Good Girl

Most fall and winter holidays are family-oriented. It means that you need to know how to create a beautiful but not too provocative makeup look which make your mom happy but still highlight your best features. Personally, I’ve noticed that my family members make me the biggest amount of compliments when I am using the shades of pink in my makeup. I bet you will receive many positive comments too if you try this easy makeup a la naturelle.

Step #1: Preparation

First and the most important step while creating a makeup that you will be wearing during the day is a primer. Thanks to this miracle product, your liquid foundation stays longer and your skin tone looks smoother. For me, the best primer is Luminous Foundation Primer by Sephora Collection because it contains light reflecting pigments that makes your skin glow.

Step #2: Foundation and Concealer

The next step is to correct your under eye shadows with the concealer. I prefer L’Oreal’s Instant Age Rewind in Light Pale for its incredible applicator that evenly distributes the product on your skin. Usually I apply concealer and do not blend it until my liquid foundation is on; in that way, the under eye area absorbs more product. I like to use L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder because it has a very pleasant consistency that doesn’t clog pores. This, for me, the best drugstore foundation reminds me Armani Maestro Foundation (which is spectacular!), but it is three times less expensive than Armani’s product.

Supermodel Sara Sampaio

Step #3: Eyes

My favorite trick for the natural makeup look is to use luminizer under the eyebrows so the eyes look bigger and brighter. In my opinion, the best product for the natural look is MicroSmooth Baked Luminizer by Sephora Collection in #01-Stardust. It has a very neutral glowing pigment that looks great on most skin shades. After the luminizer is applied, take a small amount of Maybelline Color Tattoo in Leather Cuir eyeshadows on your finger and apply it on your eyelid. Then, take a soft eye pencil and line your eyes; make sure that the line you are creating is very narrow -- there is no need for a dramatic eyeliner during the day. Finally, take a little amount of a silver eyeshadow from Almay Intense i-Color Smoky-i Eyeshadow palette and apply it on the inner corners of your eyes. Then, use your favorite mascara to complete the eye makeup.

Step #4: Cheeks

Use the same illuminator that you applied under the eyebrows, MicroSmooth Baked Luminizer by Sephora Collection in #01-Stardust, to highlight the cheekbone area. Then, pick up Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine lipstick, apply in below the area where you applied an illuminator, and blend evenly.

Step #5: Lips 

I love lipsticks that not only look and taste good, but also hydrate lips, and Rouge Volupté Shine by Yves Saint Laurent is one of these rare products. Skip lip pencil, and apply just the lipstick, so lip makeup looks even more natural.

Look #2: Scarlet Red 

When it comes to going out, I always prefer those makeup looks that incorporate red lipstick. In my opinion, bright lipstick makes every girl look prettier and allows her to feel more confident. Thus, why not wear the red lipstick to the holiday party? Also, I think that red lipstick looks the best if combined with dark eyebrows and not very intense but colorful and perfect eye makeup. In this tutorial I propose to combine purple and green eyeshadows with scarlet red lipstick.

Step #1: Foundation and Concealer 

For the evening makeup, I usually use two-in-one foundation such as Yves Saint Laurent Teint Majeur in #01 Ivory. This top rated liquid foundation is created for mature skin (read: the product contains a primer) and provides a medium coverage. Don’t forget to mask those under eye shadows with the Yves Saint Laurent Touché Éclat that you can put either on top or underneath the foundation.

Stunning Sasha Pivovarova

Step #2: Eyes 

Use an eyebrow pencil or powder to emphasize your brows. Then, apply the lightest tone of the eyeshadows from NYC New York Color HD Trio Eye Shadow Palette in #789 West Vintage under the eyebrow and on the eyelid. Use the darker shade of green on the outer lower lash line. Use purple color on the outer lid and contour. Use Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in #15 Bella Purple for the lid. Finally, apply a couple of layers of your favorite mascara.

Step #3: Cheeks 

Select a blush color that highlights your best facial features. Stick to pink shades if you have pale skin like me (I used Chanel Joues Contraste powder blush in #64 Pink Explosion) or shades of gold if you have a bronzed skin tone. 

Step #4: Lips

As discussed, I recommend using red tones of the lipstick for your holiday look, and there is no better brand for that kind of products than Chanel. One of my favorite shades of Chanel lipstick is #104 Passion. If you would like to stick to more affordable option, try Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor (I like #645 Red Revival) which is a great inexpensive drugstore lipstick.

Beautifully lined red lips on Miranda Kerr 

Step #5: Perfume and accessories 

Finally, don’t forget to wear your favorite perfume and earrings. My favorite brand of perfume is J’Adore by Christian Dior that I’ve been wearing for years; it is a classic floral fragrance by Dior that I recommend to try. By the way, I’ve picked one great perfume trick from the book How to Look Expensive by Andrea Pomerantz Lustig. If you want to apply a proper amount of perfume, spray it on your hairbrush first and then brush your hair with it.

Photos by: Vital Agibalow

I hope you find these makeup tips helpful and wish you to have tons of fun during the holiday season. See more of my makeup DIY & tips on my blog

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