GUEST POST BY DIVALICIOUS INTERN BRITTANY GACCIONE
With holiday season lurking just days away, deep reds and greens and blues are hard to miss no matter where you are. But when constructing a holiday makeup look, you might not want to pair that color trio on
your face. You don’t want to look like the girl who wears Jingle Bell earrings and a Santa sweater (unless you’re invited to LDiva’s annual sweater party!). A better, more chic option is to take inspiration from glittering glimpses of seasonal silvers and golds that catch your eye.
No matter the occasion, your beauty look should be a representation of your unique style. However, around the holidays is not the time to forget the concept of “less is more” when it comes to makeup. Believe me, no one wants to see her friend or aunt or coworker looking like a drag-queen while indulging in the traditional holiday feast or sipping on hot toddies and eggnog.
While, when done properly, color can work — LDiva and I strongly believe that it can be just as festive to lighten it up and brighten it up.
Composed of mainly neutrals with a pop of gold, we loved how this look translated for the holidays. What I think is totally fab about this look is that although we chose a nude lip, it would also look amazing with bright red or pink if you did want to introduce color.
To give you a play by play on how to re-do this definite holiday-Do, I took notes on LDiva’s thorough application, just follow these steps:
To begin, on a fresh face first apply foundation (MAC Face and Body) all over face and neck (as LDiva informed me, it is normal this time of year to notice different skin tones on your neck and face – match it up!) With a look that’s this light, you might opt to do a soft contour on your cheeks like we did (MAC Cream Color Base in Mid Tone Sepia). To complement the contour, you should also apply a highlighter to the cheekbone, browbone, bridge of your nose, and cupids bow (MAC Cream Color Base in Luna). To further pop the cheekbone, we applied a liquid highlighter (VS Radiant FX illuminator). Then for some color on the cheek, apply cream blush (Josie Maron Cream Blush in Sunrise) to the apples.
Moving forward with the eye, use a shimmery nude to cover the lash line to crease (Bare Escentuals Eye Shadow in Loyalty). Next add a neutral pink to the crease (MAC Gleam eyeshadow). In order to help achieve that festive, holiday look apply gold loose pigments — first dry, then wet (MAC Loos Pigments in Gold Mode with mixing medium for wet look). Make sure to rim underneath the eye as well (LDivs advises to dust off any excess with a clean brush or lift with tape).
To apply more definition to the eye, add a darker shadow in the outer corners of the eye (MAC Eyeshadow in Buckwheat).
For an even brighter gold along the lash line and inner corner, apply a bolder gold shade (Bare Escentuals Eye Shadow in True Gold) on top of the loose pigment.
To finish off the eye, fill in bows with pencil (Laura Mercier Brow Pencil in Soft Brunette).
For a simple lip use a nude tone (Victoria’s Secret VS Lipstick in It Girl), first outlining with a similar shade (MAC Lip Liner in Strip Down). This will complete your holiday palette.
NOTE: For a more intense eye look (I always like to intensify my green eyes), apply a dark brown liner to the outer corner of the upper and lower lash line.
Voila Divas! Happy Holidays :)