Deck the halls with a shiny and cheeky com­plex­ion


The red and green combo sends the mes­sage, but lots of sparkle and shine say “happy hol­i­days” the best. In makeup, shin­ing, shim­mer­ing, and splen­did mean play­ing up what you al­ready have. Save the se­ri­ous­ness—not to men­tion the num­ber of pro­level tools and matte nudes in ev­ery shade of the spec­trum—re­quired to sculpt, “clown,” and trans­form the selfie-ready face for an­other sea­son.

Gilded lids, lips, or tips should never be frosty

Em­bel­lish your best fea­tures for max­i­mum im­pact. Some ideas: a hor­i­zon­tal opaque wash of eye­shadow in metal­lic gold or shim­mer­ing green and blue on the lids, se­quined swooshes for brows, a juicy pink or plum lip worn with vinyl-like gloss. It’s like that first se­cret swipe of rouge at your mother’s dresser. You don’t need con­fi­dence to pull it off; the con­fi­dence will just come to you. Putting on some­thing shiny and beau­ti­ful tends to have that ef­fect.

Dewy skin an­chors in­ten­sity with its un­stud­ied ease

Since you won’t be touch­ing up as much as you usu­ally would, re­ly­ing on im­mac­u­late, porce­lain-like skin even at the peak of the hol­i­day rush makes life eas­ier. This is also the look of mois­ture, which is the essence of wet­ness, as Zoolan­der has pro­claimed. A dewy com­plex­ion also keeps the look on the op­po­site end of the retro scale.

Blot the fore­head but shine a light on the high points of the face

High­light­ing mim­ics a lit-from-within glow that a matte fin­ish can­not recre­ate. Do it to the bridge of your nose, Cupid’s bow, brow bone, and the top of your cheek­bones to give a vis­ual lift to your face but with­out cre­at­ing edges the way con­tour­ing does. A dot on the in­ner cor­ners of the eyes also bright­ens the peep­ers—a nec­es­sary rem­edy for when the frenzy of the sea­son gets to you.

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