MY FAVORITE COLOR IS SHINY
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.