Quick and Easy Holiday Glamour

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

The holiday season is definitely here and with it comes a multitude of soirees, galas and work parties to dress up for.  It’s sad how few occasions we get to go “all out” with our hair, makeup, and clothing.  Christmas, however, is definitely one of those times.

When it comes to adding a little extra oomph to your makeup for a night out, try one of these quick and easy add-ons for creating a look that is extra glam.

Use a highlighting powder, such as MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish Powder in Soft & Gentle to sweep a hint of shimmer to the top of your cheekbones and around your temples in a slight “c” shape.  You can also use a small fluffy brush to dab a touch of this same powder to the inner corners of your eyes.  Feel free to dust your collarbones or décolletage as well.  The subtle way this powder catches the light creates a look of radiant and luminous skin.

You may be surprised to learn that not only are there strip lashes, but there are also individual lashes.  These are a great way to add extra definition and drama to your eyes. If you don’t feel comfortable applying the lashes yourself, enlist the help of a girlfriend.  Before you apply the lashes, you may need to trim them first to ensure that they are not too wide or long for your own eyes.  Arm yourself with some eyelash adhesive and tweezers and plan for a few extra minutes of time to apply the lashes after you have finished with your mascara. Check out www.ardelllashes.com.

If lips are what you love to draw attention to, why not dazzle and wow with one of the gorgeously rich shades of fall?  From cherry red to deep wine and raspberry, there are so many options to make a bold statement.  Be sure to apply a lip liner in a matching shade to your entire lip first.  That way if the lipstick comes off or fades as the night wears on, you won’t be left with just a line of color only on the perimeter of your lips.

One of the most adorable and simple ways to add a little glam to your hairstyle is by wearing a feathered or adorned headband or by placing a jeweled brooch, comb, or barrette to your updo.  Not only does it add visual interest but it takes your hairstyle from so-so to stunning in an instant.  You can find adorable pieces for your hair online at Etsy, in local accessory stores, or if you are feeling extra ambitious, you could even make your own using a glue gun and craft supplies from Michael’s.

No matter what you wear, a friendly smile and confident attitude always go a long way in giving off a warm, holiday “glow”.

Contributor: Chrissy Lambert

Chrissy Lambert is a freelance Makeup Artist and owner of Makeup Infusion. She is a proud Auntie of two adorable nieces and loves a night out “on the town” as much as a quiet night at home.

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