Apply Yourself: Holiday Makeup Tips

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Welcome to Beauty School!  Every Monday, JET experts will teach you how to preserve your sexy. This week, makeup artist, beauty expert and former pageant gal Nicole L. Townsend teaches us the rules for wearing cosmetics.

Another holiday season is amongst us, and now is the perfect time to buy that new metallic eye shadow that you’ve been dying to try, but didn’t have the nerve. Or maybe you’re walking down the aisle soon – and haven’t the slightest idea how to apply eyeliner. Whatever your scenario, it’s always best to stick to the basics, and by “basics,” I mean sticking to the techniques that you use every day to apply your makeup.

You and I both know that photographs will be taken, and you don’t want them to come back to haunt you later.

So what are the makeup trends this holiday season? Deep smoky eyes and bold lip colors are definitely where it’s at. Rich plums, violets and various shades of red are great choices for achieving a glamorous look. It’s essential to keep the look “balanced” by wearing neutral colors on the eyes and minimal cheek color. Complete the look with lash doubling or volume intensive mascara.  Avoid clumps by wiggling the mascara wand at the root of the lash line and extending long strokes towards the tip of your nose.

Keep in mind, getting camera ready doesn’t have to take hours to achieve, especially with hectic schedules. I’d suggest using a light-tinted moisturizer to even the skin tone followed by a translucent powder to seal moisture and complete the look. Give your eyes a bit of definition by using a basic cream eye shadow, (use your fingertips for easy application) eye liner and mascara.  Add a shimmering cream highlighter to your cheeks for a subtle glow. Personally, I go for an iridescent complexion enhancer that gives your skin an instant boost of radiance.     

If you have an additional 5 minutes to spare, add a bronzer to enhance natural facial features.  I know, I know. Finding the right bronzer for your complexion can be a bit challenging, but once you do, I promise you’ll be hooked for life. To apply, start by placing the bronzer on your temple, and swiping across the hairline to meet your other temple.  Then, place your brush on an angle at the top of your earlobe and swipe down towards your lips.  This will give the illusion of higher cheekbones.

And who doesn’t want that?

Have holiday makeup tips to share? I’d love to hear from you!