Want to wow friends and family for the holidays? Here are some product picks and tips that are sure to turn heads all season long. It’s our holiday gift to you! Not only will they help you achieve the look you desire, but each of these finds is 100-percent natural.
- For a Flawless Canvas
Foundation sets the stage for your other make-up. Therefore, proper foundation is essential in landing that glamorous holiday look. We recommend Larenim Mineral Loose Foundation, which evens skin tone, hides blemishes and accents natural beauty, all while creating a smooth, seamless canvas for the application of additional make up. Tip: apply it with a kabuki brush for best results.
- For Blushing Beauty
Next comes your blush, and Everyday Minerals CHEEK Blush is luminous and velvety. Simply sprinkle some Peony Petal powder—it’s a great shade for many skin tones—into the lid, dab with a brush and sweep along your cheekbones. It’s best to start at the bottom and work your way up, blending in an outward motion. For extra radiance, also apply a touch to your chin and forehead.
- For Party-Worthy Peepers
There’s a time and a place for matte eye shadow. But if you truly want to make an impression during this season of celebrations, you should definitely go for the shimmer and shine! We’re big fans of Honeybee Gardens stackable mineral shadows because they allow you to create a variety of stunning looks, and don’t contain fillers and preservatives, which can irritate the eyes. Bonus: these 100-percent vegan, pure mineral shadows can also be used to create custom eye liner, blush, lip color and nail polish!
- For Luscious Lips
Remember, you want your smoky eyes to take center stage, so it’s best to go with a subtle lip. But that doesn’t mean clear gloss is the answer. Rather, choose a lip balm with just a hint of color, like Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Rose. Made with nourishing shea butter and botanical waxes, this tinted lip balm moisturizes for eight long hours, leaving lips feeling soft and supple. And red, after all, is the signature shade of the season!
- For No-Fail Nails
Nail polish is a must when getting glamorous, and we’re excited to introduce Mineral Fusion Nail Lacquer in Vintage Pearl. You’ll love the opalescent champagne frost finish and the “long-lasting chip resistant formula.” Plus, this sophisticated polish is formaldehyde-free and comes with a custom extra-thick brush for easy—and flawless—application!
Make-up artists know all the secrets to looking great—those little tricks that can be picked up only by living in the beauty world 24/7 as they do. Fortunately, they’re often as generous as they are knowledgeable. Read on to see some of the best make-up tips you haven’t heard before.
Ditch the Oil Slick
To keep shine in check, Revlon Global Artistic Director Gucci Westman always keeps blotting papers on hand. But in a pinch, she has an unusual way to keep oil at bay. “Believe it or not,” she says, “I sometimes put deodorant on my finger and dab under my eyes and t-zone to help create a matte look.”
Try Colored Eyeliner
Changing your eyeliner can make eyes look bigger and brighter, says make-up artist Tina Turnbow, who has worked with stars such as Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore. “Try swapping black for plum, olive green, or indigo,” she suggests. “Black can close up the eye and make it appear smaller, because darker colors make the eye recede. Some colors, even brown, can be softer.”
Go for Sheer Foundation
Adding aloe to foundation gives it excellent slip, says makeup artist Brett Freedman, who’s helped women like Vanessa Hudgens and Leighton Meester get gorgeous. “Sheer out your favorite base by adding a half a pea size of aloe to your foundation before you apply,” he explains. “Also, you can apply aloe to your face and while still dewy, spread on a little foundation. You’re ready for summer!”
Style Your Brows, Size Up Your Eyes
Doug Howell, Nars make-up artist, has an easy trick for making eyes stand out more. “Use a powder to define the entire brow, but give extra attention to the center arch area of the brow,” he says. “Since this is the highest area of the brow, it tricks people’s eyes into thinking your eyes look bigger.” Use a brow brush to apply powder eye shadows that correspond with your hair color. He recommends Nars single eye shadows ($24 each) in these shades: Blondie for lighter hair, Bali for medium hair, and Coconut Grove for dark hair.
Leave Your Lipstick in Place
The same product can be used to keep lipstick in check, says MAC Senior Artist Louise Zizzo. “MAC Brow Set in Clear used around the rim of the mouth will help prevent lipstick from bleeding,” she explains.
Create a Perfect Manicure
When working with stars like Joy Bryant and Sheryl Crow, Dior celebrity make-up artist Ricky Wilson pays attention to details like fingernails. “One thing that I always do for nails is mix a bit of Dior’s Skinflash pen ($37) with Dior Crème Abricot ($24) to get rid of any nicks at the base of the nail bed,” he confides. “It also adds a beautiful sheen that I like to call ‘red-carpet-ready’ hands.”
Get Bambi Lashes without Mascara
You don’t need mascara to make your eyelashes stand out, says Mark celebrity make-up artist Mai Quynh, who has worked with actors including Emma Stone and Ashley Greene. Just add eyeliner, she says: “To get voluminous-looking lashes, apply dark brown or black waterproof eyeliner to the upper rim of your eye— not on top of the lashes, but in between and underneath them. This gives the illusion of thicker, fuller lashes without having a lined eye.”