‘Tis the Season

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Just because finding me at a beauty counter is easier than spotting an iPhone in a twenty-something’s hand, it doesn’t mean I coat my face in heavy layers of makeup. But I do make an exception in December (‘tis the season to be excessive, right?). So for this month’s festivities, let’s talk about laying it on thick.

FACE

Be honest. If you’re planning to party, you’re probably going to drink. This means that the dry winter air on top of dehydrating alcohol will make your skin look as healthy as Mike Tyson’s credit score. If you have time, use a hydrating mask like SK-II’s Facial Treatment Mask. Follow with a moisturizer that won’t quit. Dr. Brandt’s Lineless Infinite Moisture and Caudalie’s Vinosource Intense Moisture Rescue Cream are hydration heroes.

BareMinerals Matte is my staple foundation because it stops my forehead from working double-time as a spotlight. For those in a less greasy state, Benefit’s Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow is a new arrival that melts into skin.

Now let’s suck in our cheeks. The hollow area that stretches from your temples to the outer corner of your mouth is where you contour. There’s no need to splurge, so I use CoverGirl Queen Collection Lasting Matte Pressed Powder. To find your color, choose a formula one shade darker than your foundation. And because there’s a fine line between sculpted checks and The Nightmare Before Christmas shading, make sure to blend with a brush like MAC’s Large Angled Contour Brush. I also sweep Tarte’s Smooth Operator right above my eyebrows and around my nose. The powder is my final defense against shine and is like a veil of invisible porcelain over my skin.

We’ll finish up the skin with blush and highlighter. I blend Clinique Soft-Pressed Powder Blusher in New Clover and L’Oreal True Match in Apricot Kiss for a warm glow. I then dab Josie Maran’s Argan Illuminator following a C-shape around my ocular bone.

EYES

How about we play up our eyes without looking like High Maintenance Barbie? Using Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Eyeshdow, I apply Hot Cinnamon all over my lid and Lavish Mink from my lashline to just above the crease. I use Enchanted Forest to blend, making windshield wiper motions around my orbital bone. Trish McEvoy’s Lame Eye Highlighter in gold is a champion for dusting under the brows’ arches and inside the corner of eyes. With two swipes of Sephora’s Lash Plumper, your eyes will look mighty fine.

LIPS

A beautiful bold, red lip for the holidays is just as expected as sugar cookies and candy canes, so let’s stand out. I pair L’Oreal’s Colour Riche Lipcolour in Vagabound Mauve with Maybelline’s Color Sensational Gloss in Mirrored Mauve.

And there it is—vamped-up holiday makeup without looking like Sephora threw up on your face. Merry Christmas.

Photos by Ashley Weatherford

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