“I feel so relaxed during the holidays. I just have so much time on my hands.”
Said no one. Ever.
Let’s face it: The holiday season is quite possibly the busiest, most stressful time of the year. Things at the office are ramping up, your social calendar is suddenly overflowing with events and gift shopping has become a full-time job. With all of this added pressure, who has time to mess around with elaborate holiday makeup? That’s often the last thing on your list of priorities… if it’s on there at all.
While it may not get a top spot on our to-do lists, who doesn’t want to rock a kick a** beauty look to their holiday parties? Believe it or not, cool, no fuss holiday makeup does exist. Below, you’ll find 3 looks that don’t require much time in front of the mirror, but will have people complimenting you all. night. long.
Before Makeup: Start With A Clean Base
Of course, each look is best when paired with a glowing complexion. To prep my face, I used science-meets-nature skincare for a natural-looking radiance. I cleansed with Ren’s 3-in-1 Cleansing Water, toned with Tata Harper’s Hydrating Floral Essence, applied Sunday Riley’s Good Genes Treatment serum and moisturized with Kate Somerville’s Goat Milk Cream.
Look 1: Moody Burgundy Lip
I can’t get enough of a bold lip. Instead of wearing a classic red like every other girl at the party, try something darker to make your skin really pop. I used a blend of NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Train Bleu and Lipstick Queen Cupid’s Bow in Ovid. In Jason Wu fashion, I left my eyes simple – very little mascara and no liner.
Look 2: Cat Eye Gone Mod
Swap the tired cat eye for something totally unexpected. Using Eyeko’s Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in black, draw two small rectangles where you would usually extend the wing of your cat eye. Don’t connect the rectangles to your lash line to keep things funky. I finished the look with a feminine peachy-pink lip using Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Sexy Sienna.
Look 3: Gilded & Gorgeous
Gold makeup for the holidays never gets old. It’s timelessly chic, but also has an amazing downtown cool vibe. To mix things up, I applied the color underneath my bottom lashes rather than on top of my eyelid. Using a mix between Dolce & Gabbana Cream Eye Color in Antique Gold and Pearl Dust, I extended the color from the corner of my eye outward with a sweeping motion similar to what you’d use for a cat eye. I used the clear Bio Extreme Lipgloss by W3ll People on my lips to create an overall dewy look.