Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Holiday Face

Now's that time of year where a little glitter and shimmer is A-Ok, even if you're not a tween.  So let's a have a little fun and create some holiday makeup, shall we?  

Here are a few bits and bobs (<< Am I pulling off that phrase?  No?) that I think help to amp up a normal makeup routine without creating too much fuss.  
TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter

This is my highlighter of choice and it's no joke.  It has a beautiful sheen that catches light with a turn of the head.  I like to apply it to the tops of my cheekbones and just a touch on my cupid's bow and sometimes a dab in the center of my bottom lip.  It's subtle enough for every day wear but you could build it up a bit for a holiday party so you'll really glow in pictures.  
L'Oreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense

Is there any better occasion for a bold cat eye than the holidays?  I love this liner because the tip is the perfect combo of stiff but with slight flexibility to easily guide along the eye and deposit the super black formula.  I love that this sets matte since slick finishes can often look funny in pictures.  I find this formula plenty long-wearing but if you're looking for extra insurance, just follow it up with a bit of black eyeshadow to set.  

Now, when I wear a cat eye, I tend to leave the rest of my eye makeup pretty subtle, just doing some soft sculpting with some matte shadows.  However, a holiday look can handle just a touch of glitter.  This shadow looks dark in the pot but it's actually quite sheer and packed with mico-glitter.  It's a fun touch for a night out.  Word of warning though, some fallout is inevitable with this shadow.  
Maybelline Colorsensation in Red Revival
NYX Butter Gloss in Cherry Pie
Milani Lip Liner in True Red

Ah yes, the lip.  Here's the place to make a statement.  And what better to go with a cat eye than a classic red lip?  For my skin tone, blue-toned reds are best and Maybelline's Red Revival is the perfect shade.  I think most makeup-obsessed gals have their "best red" so use one that works best with your skin tone.  When wearing a red lip, I like to take the extra step of lining my lips to ensure no color-bleeding happens and Milani's True Red lipliner gets the job done.  Any decent drugstore option will work and I'm willing to bet that Rimmel has a decent option too.  You could certainly leave your lips matte but I'm a gloss addict through and through so I love to follow it up with a swipe of NYX's Butter Gloss in Cherry Pie.  Such a class red with a subtle shine.  

So what are you wearing on your mug this holiday?


  1. I'm really tempted to get that TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter! :)

    1. You REALLY won't be disappointed! It's probably my favorite highlighting product and I'm pretty sure it'll last me years and years. :)

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