Beauty Bomb : Holiday Makeup 101

Hey!
So last week, we offered 100 under $100 chic party looks and all this week we’ll be giving you plenty of holiday outfit ideas. Today, Danielle of the Style and Beauty Doctor cooked up a few makeup suggestions to match!

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‘Tis the season to get dolled up! If your holiday plans involve party after party, check out some of these HOT Holiday Makeup Looks:

Red Lip, Smoky Eye

Most of the time when putting together a makeup look, you go for bold lips and neutral eye or vice versa, right? Well since fashion has taken a real “bad-ass” approach this season, why not do the same with your makeup? And it’s the holiday time, so get festive!

Get the Look:

The Smoky Eye
The most simple way to create a smoky eye is to line your eyes with a black eyeliner pencil and then smudge the line upwards with either a eyeshadow brush like MAC#214, a Q-tip, or the tip of a makeup sponge. Follow with two to three coats of mascara.

To get a bit fancy with it, you’ll need to layer your products for the boldest, longest-lasting smoky eye. Start out by applying an eyeshadow base like Urban Decay Primer Potion all over the eyes. Next apply a matte eyeshadow closest to your skin tone all over the eye. After that layer a shimmery eyeshadow color similar to the matte one just on the lid and on the brow bone. Then take your main smoky color and with a thick eyeshadow brush like MAC#217 and apply it in a V shape to the outer corners of the eye and in the crease. Be sure to blend the shadow carefully so that there are no harsh lines where the different colors meet. Then line eyes with black eyeliner. Last, curl lashes and apply a lash primer (if needed) then apply two to three coats of mascara. As with any eye look, if your eyes are small or close-set, do not line all the way into the inner corners with a dark liner or shadow. Doing so will make your eyes appear even smaller and more close-set. Instead line the inner corners with a pale gold or silver liner or shadow.

There’s tons of methods of achieving a smoky eye, so you can use my tips above or experiment to find a look you love.

The Red Lip
First, you’ll need to choose the right red. As overwhelming as that may sound, it’s actually quite easy when you know your undertones. If your undertones are warm (there’s a yellow or golden undertone to your skin, you tan to a golden brown color, your veins are green, you look best in gold, etc.), then a red with a yellow or golden base works best. Reds to try: MAC Lipstick in Brave Red, Lady Danger, Cockney, and Lady Bug. If your undertones are cool (there’s a red or blue undertone to your skin, your veins are blue, you look best in silver, etc.) then a red with a blue base works best. Reds to try: MAC Lipstick in Russian Red, Dubonnet, Ruby Woo, MAC Red, and Viva Glam I. If you’re olive toned (neither yellow nor blue undertones) try a red with neutral undertones. Some reds to try: MAC Lipstick in Fresh Moroccan and Spice It Up!

As with foundation, finding a red you love takes time and patience, but you will find it!

My dark skin beauties, there’s a terrible myth out there that red lips are not for us. Don’t listen to it! I’m NW47 and my favorite red is MAC Dubonnet. If your confidence in wearing red is wanning, be sure to check out How to Rock Reds & Pinks with Confidence.

Glitter


If you’re a Wendy Williams Show fanatic like me (how you doin?) then you would have seen the FABULOUS Iman on Wendy’s show a couple of weeks ago. Naturally her face was beat from here to tomorrow, but what really caught my eye was her use of glitter on her eyes. It wasn’t Studio 54 disco ball glitter, but very sophisticated and a very pretty trace of glitter on the inner corners of her eyes. Lucky for us, Iman has the very glitter available in her Iman Cosmetics collection. I am so hyped about trying it–but I’ll have to wait a bit since for now it’s only available online via Target.com (but I will be stalking my delivery people everyday until I get it thankyouverymuch). If you saw this last week Monday’s Wendy Williams Show, you’ll see that makeup artist extraordinaire Sam Fine also used a glitter liner on a subject for a hot holiday makeover. And the good news is whether you’re 15 or 50, you can rock this look!

HOW TO WEAR IT:
*Much like its cousin glue, a little glitter goes a long way! Don’t overdo it.

*Keep it off your face–a bit on the eyes is fine, but all over the face? I think not!

*Stay as close to matte finishes (matte=no shine, no shimmer) with the rest of your makeup to avoid looking like a disco ball (or a pre-Gulliani 42nd Street street walker)

*A dab of glitter on the center of your lips is a really hot way to ring in the New Year

Check out these glitter-approved products:

IMAN Luxury Liquid Eyeliner- Onyx; IMAN Luxury Liquid Eyeliner – Copper; IMAN Luxury Liquid Eyeliner – Sapphire; IMAN Luxury Liquid Eyeliner – Platinum

M·A·C ‘Pigments & Glitter’ Palette

Grey Smoky Eye

Grey smoky eyes were seen on the models at Michael Kors’ A/W 09/10 show. And it’s no wonder—grey is one of those eyeshadow colors that looks great on everyone. And it’s totally a festive look for the holidays!

Dior 5-Colour Designer All-In-One Artistry Palette – Smoky Design; Dior 1-Colour Ultra-Smoothing High Impact Eyeshadow (Crystal White 006, Chrome 026, Argentic 056, Trendy Taupe 066, Flash Back 086); Dior 5-Colour Iridescent Eyeshadow – Smoky Crystal 089; Yves Saint Laurent Eyeshadow Duo (#5 Blue Legend/Grey Illusion, #19 Oatmeal/Petrolium Blue); bareMinerals Tutorials – Rocker Eye; NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Paris and Underworld; MAC Sorceress eyeshadows; M·A·C ‘Trend F/W’ Eyeshadow 4; Yves Saint Laurent Long-Lasting Eye Pencil in Mercury; Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in Dark Grey 21L and Grey 22L and Kohl Pencil in Night Blue 5K; Yves Saint Laurent Luxurious Mascara in #8 Sublime Grey

More great greys not pictured:
MAC Eyeshadows in Silver Ring, Knight, Print, Knight Divine, Scene, and Idol Eyes

How to do it:
The key to a smoky grey eye is to use variations of grey. For instance, use a light, shimmery grey in the corners of the eyes, a medium grey on the lid, and a dark grey on the outer corner (aka the outer V). A grey smoky eye also looks great when you use a pencil brush (like MAC #219) to line the eyes with a shimmery light grey or grey-blue shadow or an eyeliner pencil. As with any eye look, don’t forget to use a base like Urban Decay Primer Potion or MAC Paints.

Fair Skin:
Go for light, silvery greys

Olive Skin:
Go for medium toned greys

Dark Skin:
Go for darker, slate greys

Berry Lips

The great thing about this color is that it can be flattering on an array of skin tones. Lighter skin tones should reach for lighter, more ‘pinky’ berry colors while darker tones should go for deeper, ‘vampy’ berry tones. As always, the darker your skin tone, the brighter you can go in color.

Some berry colors to check out:

1. Bobbi Brown Lip Sheer in Black Raspberry 2. MAC Lipstick in Cyber 3. MAC Lip Pencil in Nightmoth 4. MAC Lipstick in Rebel 5. Yves Saint Laurent Golden Gloss in #6 Golden Plum 6. NARS Lipstick in Scarlet Empress 7. NARS Lipstick in Viridiana 8. Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect #777 9. Nars Lipgloss in Chantaco 10. MAC Lipstick in Dark Side 11. NARS Lip Lacquer in Hot Wired

There you have it. A quick rundown of gorgeous looks to rock at your holiday shindig.
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Which look will you be wearing?
Smootches!

Claire

Claire Sulmers is the publisher and founder of Fashion Bomb Daily, the #43 most influential style magazine in the world.

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