Shimmer and Shine Holiday Makeup Blog Post

STAFF CONTRIBUTOR:  TRISTA BOWMAN

SKIN: Beginning with smooth canvas will improve the look of any makeup.  Cold winter weather can dull a bright complexion.  Prep skin with a granular scrub or enzyme mask to remove any dry, rough skin.  Use a tinted moisturizer or add a few drops of a hydrating serum or lotion to your liquid foundation.  Avoid  powder foundations to keep skin glowing and looking fresh.

SHIMMER: Add some shimmer to a “classic” look by using a silver eyeshadow with a bold cat eye liner.  Wash the shadow lightly over eye lid up to crease, blending in a “windshield wiper” technique from side to side.  Highlight under brow bone using a light, matte eyeshadow.  You want the silver shimmer to be the main attraction.  Use the same silver shadow and delicately add it as a highlight on the cheekbones.  Careful not to use too much or you’ll look like the Tin Man:)  Add drama to lips by using a vibrant red lipstick.

SHINE:  Using a gold eyeshadow for a smokey eye is a fun way to add drama without looking too heavy for winter.  Apply  a bronze eyeliner onto the top and bottom lash line.  Smudge gold shadow on top of liner and apply to eyelid up to crease.  Gently blend shadow up to the brow bone using what is left on the brush.  Do not add more shadow to brow bone.  You will want it to have a gradient look.  Add face bronzer to higher points of face (temples, cheekbones, bridge of nose, cupids bow and chin.)  For lips, use a nude liner or lipstick and add a high shine gloss with some glitter.

Using these simple tips to amp up your makeup will light up any holiday party.