Holiday makeup: 3 looks for 3 occasions

With all the office parties, evenings with friends and family dinners filling up your calendar in December, it’s not surprising that you’re running low on makeup inspiration. To help, here are three completely distinctive, ultra-trendy looks for the holiday season.

OFFICE PARTY

All year long, you work with your colleagues in a professional, sometimes conventional setting. The office Christmas party is a great chance to show yourself in a different light! Why not try this sure winner: the timeless smokey eye. It's the perfect combination of elegance and intensity. Go with classic black or try trendy navy.

Not sure how to do it? Think it’s too complicated? Think again! Everyone can achieve this look, pros and amateurs alike. Here’s proof in five quick, easy steps.

 

HOW TO GET SMOKEY EYES

The first step: With a fairly thick black liner, draw a line along the upper and lower lashes, then draw a few rough lines on the upper eyelids. With a brush, darken the upper eyelids, shading in the pencil.

OFFICE PARTY

The second step: The application of your eye shadow is the most important step. Simplify the task with a palette that’s specially designed for smokey eyes. First, apply the darkest shade over the entire upper eyelid. To add a touch of lightness, apply the palette’s lightest shade in the corners of the eyes. Last, add a third colour (gold, blue, dark green… or burgundy — why not?) to give your look more depth, applying it to the outside corners of the eyes.

The third step: Draw a line of black kohl or eyeliner along the lash lines, starting at the inside corners of the eyes and moving outward. For a more intense look, you can also apply it to the inner corners of the eyelids.

The fourth step: Finish the look with some thickening mascara.

The fifth step: Apply a concealer to hide imperfections and to direct attention to the eye makeup. It’s important to leave this step for the end to remove the deposits of eye shadow accumulated under your eyes, without leaving spots.

The sixth step (optional): If you want eyes worthy of fashion show, don’t hesitate to apply false eyelashes! If you don’t want thick, heavy lashes, use individual false eyelashes instead. Glue them to the roots of your natural eyelashes and let them dry. All that’s left is to add some liner for a seamless look!

Tip: For longer-lasting wear, apply a base before applying makeup, and use a setting spray to finish.

Once your smokey look is ready, complete it with a coral, pink or skin-toned lip gloss. (Don’t use a strong colour; your eyes should be the focal point!) Now you have an elegant, confident, well-balanced look.

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AN EVENING WITH FRIENDS

With friends, you can be a little more imaginative. A holiday get-together is the perfect occasion to try out the hottest trends. Nude lipstick is still popular this year but if you’d like to be more daring, try a rich, vibrant, satiny colour.

Start with a uniform application of foundation that has a velvet finish, keeping the attention focused on your vibrant mouth. Be sure to use a foundation that closely matches your natural skin tone. Apply it with a sponge or wide brush.

AN EVENING WITH FRIENDS

Once the skin is uniform, get to work on your lips. Start with a lip liner to precisely shape your mouth and to prevent colour from bleeding. You can even lightly fill in your lips with pencil so that your lip colour lasts the whole night. Next, apply the colour of your choice, directly from the tube or using a brush.

Complete the look by defining your eyes. Add some sheen to your upper eyelids and emphasize your lashes with a liner or pencil. You’ll have a striking look in no time!

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FAMILY CHRISTMAS

A fresh, bright, natural-looking complexion is perfect for family get-togethers. In addition to concealing the effects of all the parties you’ve been attending, this look will allow you to play with light, a mega-trend this year.

Give yourself a flawless look with a slightly translucent moisturizing foundation, a liquid concealer and some loose powder. Take a moment to define your eyebrows with a pencil that closely matches their colour, using light strokes. The final touch? A bit of illuminator on the apples of your cheeks and upper areas of your face: the bridge of your nose, the center of your lips, your nostrils, your chin, the center of your forehead… wherever you want!

FAMILY CHRISTMAS

Whether you choose a powder, cream or liquid formula, to control the intensity, always apply the illuminator to the back of your hand using a brush. Apply it sparingly to create a natural-looking glow. Take care choosing the type of brightness and colour: pearl pigments, especially lilacs, tend to highlight imperfections. To reflect light and downplay imperfections, use a slightly iridescent or gold shade in strategic areas.

You can add some twinkle to your look with a sparkling eye shadow in the outside corners of your eyes, or use a glitter polish on your nails.

To highlight your look naturally, don’t apply more than one or two coats of mascara. For an even softer look, choose brown (or burgundy, why not?).

It’s a super-easy way to get a healthy look for Christmas with your family!

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Holiday makeup: 3 looks for 3 occasions

With all the office parties, evenings with friends and family dinners filling up your calendar in December, it’s not surprising if you’re running low on makeup inspiration. To help, here are three completely distinctive, ultra-trendy looks for the holiday season
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