| By Marcella Imbesi |
In case you hadn’t noticed the additional brightness from twinkling lights all over town, the happy toe-tapping sing-along tunes playing in every store, and the ubiquitous white-bearded man in the red suits, you need to know that the holiday season is once again upon us.
Yes, that glimmery, shimmery season is here my friends, and while our calendars are quickly filling up with everything from work shindigs to formal galas, you may find yourself wondering, “What am I going to do with my makeup?”
Fret not: Here are step-by-step instructions for two looks that are quick, easy, and will achieve a flawless face whether you’re celebrating by day or night.
Glow: The Work Party
Step 1. Prep the eye area using a pink tone–based primer. The primer will be applied all over the lid not only to help your shadow adhere, but also to add neutrality to the lid so the colors stay true. Next, apply a highlighting concealer under the eyes for added brightness and to help conceal any dark circles you may have (Netflix binge anyone?).
Step 2. Apply a medium, matte-brown eye shadow in a half-moon shape following the natural crease of the eye. Smudge the same shadow just underneath the lower lash line using a fine-tipped brush.
Step 3. Dust a nude shimmer across the lid from creas to lashes. Follow with a matte ivory shadow to highlight the brow bone — giving the illusion of a more “open” eye.
Step 4. Using a black felt-tip liquid eyeliner, line the eye starting with a thin line in the inside corner, and then applying more pressure to achieve a thicker line toward the outer edge. Try adding a slight wing for a more dramatic look.
Step 5. Fill in brows using an angled brush and a color that’s one or two shades lighter than your natural hair color.
Step 6. Apply two coats of a volumizing mascara in black — or add false lashes for a more glam effect.
Step 7. To achieve the look of glowing skin, sweep a shimmering champagne highlighter across the cheekbones and down the center of the bridge of the nose. If applying blush, choose a shade that is fairly light and keep the color concentrated on the apples of the cheeks.
Step 8. Apply a neutral lip color that will accent your look, but not distract. Peachy or pinky colors work best, and you can add a swipe of gloss for a dewy look.
Glimmer: The Cocktail Party
Step 1. Begin with a pink-based primer to prep the eye for long-wearing shadow.
Step 2. Use a reflective gold shimmer shadow all over the lid and continue under the lower lash line. Using a soft blender brush, apply a light shimmery plum color in the crease, blending outward. Concentrate a darker matte plum shadow in the deepest part of the crease, as well as underneath the lower lashes.
Step 3. Pack a loose gold glitter on top of the lid up to the crease, and line the eye with a solid black liquid liner, making sure to include the waterline.
Step 4. With a large blush brush, liberally apply a pink blush, blending outward toward the hairline to create a soft, rosy cheek.
Step 5. Apply a lipstick in one of this season’s hottest hues — deep plum.
Voilà! You’re all set for the holidays. Happy celebrating!
Marcella Imbesi owns Livi & Tate, a boutique in downtown Clermont with her own cosmetic line. (Read more about it in our recent feature story.) The Fashion Institute of Technology grad’s impressive makeup resume includes Lord & Taylor’s cosmetics department, Estee Lauder’s Origins division and Mac.