HOW TO SHINE BRIGHT WITH YOUR MAKEUP FOR THE HOLIDAYS

The holidays are a time to try something new…something you’ve always wanted to try like a bold lip or sparkles and glitter. These looks are easy to do and they can work day and night. I am going to show you some easy looks that you can rock at your holiday parties this season.

Sparkly Eyes

Bring on the glitz and glam and shine bright for the holidays. A sparkly eyeshadow is an easy way to dress up your makeup in 10 seconds.

Try this look by lining your eyes top and bottom with a long wearing creamy eye pencil such as black or brown like Marc Jacobs Beauty Gel Eyeliner Blacklaquer. Lightly wet an eyeshadow brush with Mac Fix Plus Spray, dip it into a sparkly eyeshadow with glitter flecks such as Marc Jacobs Beauty See-quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadow Icy Black and press directly onto your eye lids---the key here is use a stiffer more dense brush like the Mac 239 brush. Wetting the brush creates more intensity as well as prevents the sparkles from getting all over your face. This look is one of my most requested looks by my clients and it’s so easy to achieve. All you need would be the right eyeliner, sparkly shadow of your choice and the right tools. Finish this look with lots of mascara and pop on some false lashes for extra drama! It’s a fun twist on a classic look.

Product Details:

-Marc Jacobs Gel Eyeliner Blacklaquer

-Marc Jacobs Beauty Sequin Glam Glitter Eyeshadow

-Mac Fix Plus Spray

-Mac 239 Brush

Glitter Liner Pop!

This look is all about bringing the twinkle out in your eyes. This is an easy way to add a little holiday sparkle to your makeup. For those girls including myself who love to rock a winged liner this look is a great way to add a little pop to your eyes. Using a gold sparkly liquid liner like the Two Faced Gold Glitter Pop Liner, also what I like to refer to as liquid gold, line the upper eyelids along the lash line and continue the liner towards the inner corner to reflect light. Tracing along the top part of a black winged liner makes the gold pop even more!

Products:

Two Faced Gold Glitter Pop Liner

The Perfect Holiday Bold Lip

Try a different take on a holiday lip. Do a metallic lip instead of a matte. Start by prepping your lips with a lip primer like Mac Prep and Prime Lip, this will help the lipliner to glide on smoothly and will help to fill in any lines and texture on the lips, preventing the lipstick from bleeding. Line your lips with a blue red lip liner like Mac Cherry Lip pencil. l do this to create shape, then apply a metallic lipstick like Stila Stay All day liquid Lipstick- Beso Shimmer. The key to this look is to keep the rest of the face neutral and matte.

Products:

Prep and Prime Lip Primer

Mac Cherry Lip Liner

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick-Beso Shimmer

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How to Stay "Kewl" for "Summer" by rocking the "Citrus Trend"

When you think of summer you think of lemons, oranges tangerines—fresh citruses are always synonymous with the zest of summer! Well, why not  take that fresh step one step further as I like to say, CITRUS IS THE NEW NEUTRAL AND THE SUNSHINE IS EVERYWHERE-- including your glam!

 

 How to add a little sunshine to your look!

-Try this look on your eyes by blending a tangerine color like Makeup Forever Tangerine Eyeshadow onto the crease of your eyes in a window-shield wiper motion using a small fluffy brush like Mac 224 brush.  

-Add a little bit of what I call lemon drop color onto the lids Makeup Forever Buttercup eyeshadow #400 and pop in the inner corners of the eyes using a small brush like the Mac brush 242 to add intensity and create the perfect summer lemonade makeup. Finish with lots of mascara!

THE KEY TO THIS LOOK IS TO KEEP THE LIPS IN THE SAME FAMILY AND ALWAYS KEEP IT SMOKEY WITH LOTS OF MASCARA!

 Think of this look as if you were sipping a lemonade under the sunset! Take me there!

 Get the look:

1.    Makeup Forever Eyeshadow -Tangerine #734

2.    Makeup Forever Eyeshadow – Buttercup #400

3.    M.A.C- Brush 224

4.    M.A.C – Brush 242

5.   Better than Sex Waterproof 

 

Halo Highlight

Drape that sunshine onto your skin and highlight those cheeks bones. Wet a flat brush with a mist like the FIX PLUS from Mac to create more intensity. Apply a highlight like this M.A.C  Oh Darling Highlight to the highest part of like your cheek bones, under the brow bone, tip of the nose and on your cupid’s bow.

Get the look: 

1.    M.A.C Fix Plus

2.    M.A.C Highlighter-Oh Darling

 

BOLD LIPS

Bold lips are an easy way to say “Yes!!! Summer is here!” 

Apply a lip liner like this one from M.A.C called Fruit cocktail to give shape to the lips.

Then pop an orange/peachy lip color like Nars Orgasm Lipgloss, starting from the center of the lips working your way outwards to create the perfect summer lip cocktail! 

Get the look:

1.   Lip Liner-Fruit Cocktail- M.A.C

2.   Lip Color- Nars Orgasm Lipgloss

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Northern Lights Inspired Makeup

The coolest part of my job is that I get to travel around the globe as a makeup artist, I have the pleasure of doing makeup in the most interesting places in the world and have had the opportunity to see and be inspired by things that others can only dream of seeing or doing. For example, I was hired to go out to Alaska and do makeup for one of my clients who was covering a story for the weather channel which involved cannon's photography workshop on how to shoot the northern lights. It was one of most breath taking experience I have ever had. Here, sparked my inspiration for creating this makeup look that was inspired by the Aurora Borealis also known as the northern lights. 

Step 1

Fill in brows using Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip brow Pomadein the color ebony using a thin eyeliner brush like Makeup Forever's EXTRA FINE EYELINER BRUSH

Step 2

I always start off with my eye makeup, for this eye makeup I primed my eye lids with M.A.C's Pro Longwear Paint Pot in the color Painterly using a small fluffy brush like the Tom Ford Eye Shadow Blending Brush using small circular buffing motions from lash line up to brow bone and sweep this product beneath the lower lash line using the Tom Ford Smokey Eye Brush. This acts as a first eyeshadow layer and also helps the eyeshadow to lash longer! Who doesn't want that! So be sure not to skip this step! 

Step 3

Using the Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette in the color Mauve and a soft blending brush like the Tom Ford Eye Shadow Blend Brush apply the soft matt rose pink color to the crease of your eyes using back and forth motion in what I call a wind-shield wiper motion. Literally! Apply this same color underneath the lash line with the same brush to create a soft drop shadow. 

Step 4

Apply the darker plum/purple shade to the outer corners your eyes using a precision brush like the Tom Ford Smokey Eye Brush and layer this color to make really intense and blend with soft blending brush. 

Step 5

Apply Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in the color whiskey along the top and bottom lash line and pull outwards and into the crease to create even more depth and to get that smokey effect.. Make sure to sharpen and keep your pencil point thin a possible,using a dense brush to smudge the liner.

Step 6 

Finish this look with lots of mascara! I usedStila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara