Once thanksgiving is over there is excitement floating in the air over the festive Christmas season, decorations, twinkle lights, and just the overall extra excitement and hint of magic in the air. The Christmas season also means countless holiday parties and family gathering which usually calls for a fun festive dress and of course we want our makeup to look extra good and maybe just a touch more festive than it normally would be any other time of the year. Today Peter Minkoff has been so kind as to write a wonderful guest post sharing some very helpful makeup tips for the Christmas party season that is currently under way!
Prep Your Face
When makeup is applied on dry and unprepared skin, your face becomes flaky and unappealing in a matter of hours. On the other hand, preparing your skin will ensure for makeup to go on evenly and to stay put. First, you should clean the face with a gentle cleanser suitable for your skin type. Use a toner to remove any leftover dead cells, bacteria or makeup. In the end, apply a light moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated.
Use a Primer
Many girls overlook primers since they don’t see its purpose. To put it simply, a primer seals pores, softens your skin, lessens acne appearance, reduces redness, makes the makeup apply smoother and stay longer. Besides, it is light and easy to apply. Here’s a great insight: Use the Thalgo glow primer that will not only conceal your imperfections, but also illuminate your skin and provide a wonderful glow.
Apply Foundation and Concealer
Christmas season is the time of many sleepless nights. Use a concealer to cover the traces of that (dark circles around the eyes) before applying foundation (find the right color for your skin). If you want little coverage, you can apply it with fingers, for more coverage use a sponge.
Proper Way to Apply Blush
Blush gives the skin a healthy wash of color, but knowing how to find the right shade and where exactly you should apply the product makes all the difference in the world. It all depends. Pink blush should be applied on the apples of cheeks with a small dome-shaped brush. Same rules apply for plum shades, which are used for medium and dark skin tones instead of pink. Peach tones should go along the cheekbones and be applied with angled brush. Beige and brown go to both cheekbones and apples and are applied with full rounded brush.
A Killer Look
Christmas party is the perfect time to go that extra mile when it comes to eyes. That can mean a hint of shimmer on the inner corners, or real-deal Liberace lids. Transform the classic smoky eye with golden shimmer on the inner corner, use a golden liner to update matte eye shadow, use champagne shadow for extra luminosity, or ‘80s-like shimmery shadow, etc. If you are using eyeliner apply it close to your lash line, and always apply a couple of coats of mascara.
Exfoliate your lips with a toothbrush. Add just a touch of primer before you move on to the lipstick. You can go with your favorite shade or try out something new and trendy. Some of the trendy and celebrity-inspired shades are deep berry, classic red, nude, sand, magenta, bright pink, cherry red and deep shades in general.
You will need to seal the look by using a translucent setting powder. Apply a small amount of it on your T-zone. Use a powder puff or a flat-shaped brush. Make sure you do that while your foundation is still wet, if you want it to stay all day.
Follow these tips and you’ll be the star of the show at every Christmas party. Everyone will want to get the phone number of your makeup artist, and it is up to you to decide whether you want to share that secret with them or not.