Holiday Party Makeup: 5 Tips to Open Your Eyes
By Heather Pritchard
Holiday party makeup should be bright and beautiful. After all, this is a festive time of year! But if you’re going to rock a bold lip, you need to balance it with a fresh face and pretty eyes. Here are my top five holiday eye makeup tips.
1. Start with an eyeshadow primer or concealer to get the most from your eyeshadow. This will help the shadow stay in place longer, and prevent any creases or fading throughout the day.
2. Use an apricot tone on the brow bone and inner corner of the eye for a brightening effect. This adds dimension and makes your eyes appear larger. It’s also a great way to perk up tired looking eyes!
3. Try using a darker color in the crease of your eye to add depth. For example, with this look I used brown because I was going for a smokey eye effect but you could use plum, green or even deep blue!
4. Apply eyeliner to the upper lash line in black or dark brown (depending on your coloring) very close to the lash line. I like to finish by applying mascara in black only
Sleek and simple with a hint of glamour is what this holiday party look is all about. Make your eyes stand out with these 5 steps:
1) Apply a thin layer of primer to eyelids.
2) Use a taupe or matte brown eye shadow to shade the crease and soften the lid. You can use a smaller brush to work in the crease and then blend outwards with a larger brush.
3) Take a shimmery champagne colored shadow and sweep it across the lid and brow bone to highlight. This will emphasize the lighter color on your lid and open up your eyes.
4) Apply a thin line of black liquid liner along upper lash line, extending past outer corner of eye slightly. Finish with 2 coats of black mascara, wiggling at roots for extra volume.
5) To give cheeks more color, apply a dark pink blush lightly along cheekbones and blend out towards temples.
Achieve a bright, but not garish holiday eye with these 5 tips:
1. Start with a neutral base – use a neutral cream shadow or primer all over the lid to create a clean base for the color to come. If you don’t have that available, use some foundation or concealer.
2. Apply a lighter shade from the inner corner of your eye to the middle of your lid – this is the area that we want to highlight and will help open up your eyes. This step can be skipped for more dramatic looks and if you have hooded eyelids (using only the darker shades).
3. Apply a darker shade on the outer “v” of your eye and blend into crease – this will give depth to your look and make it less flat.
4. Add shimmer to your tear ducts and under your brow bone – this will add brightness to those areas, thereby opening up the whole look even further.
5. Line your eyes – you can use liquid liner for more drama or stick with pencil or kohl liner for less drama – just be sure that you line both the top and bottom lash lines! A tip when using liquid liner is to apply it in small dashes (like dots) rather
The holidays are here and that means parties, family gatherings, and fun with friends! The one thing you want to avoid is being tired and dragging your feet with a case of the holiday blues. Liven up your look with these easy tips to add more life to your eyes!
Use eyeliner in a shade that compliments your eye color. For those with blue or hazel eyes, try a gray or brown liner. For those with green eyes, try a purple eyeliner. For those with brown eyes, any color will do but try something different like a navy blue or deep burgundy for the holidays. Apply a thin line across the top lid as close to the lash line as possible and stay clear of using liner on the bottom lid. This can make your eyes look smaller and less awake. If you must use liner on the bottom lid, apply a thin layer towards the center of the eye only and fade it out at the corners by smudging it using an angle brush or a cotton swab.
Use two coats of mascara on the top lashes only and skip applying mascara to bottom lashes in order to avoid clumping and raccoon eyes
We are closing in on the most festive time of year, and we all want to look our best! While your holiday makeup should definitely be fun and festive, it is also important to keep it elegant. Too much glitter and sparkle can quickly go from glam to garish. Here are five easy steps to get gorgeous eyes and lips for the holidays!
1. Start your makeup application with primer. If you have oily skin, you may opt for an oil-free primer like Urban Decay’s Pore Perfecting Complexion Primer Potion ($28). If you have dry skin, you may want to try a hydrating primer like Smashbox’s Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer ($39).
2. After applying your foundation, apply a warm brown matte eyeshadow all over the lid up to the brow bone. MAC’s Cork Eye Shadow ($15) is a great option! Follow with a dark brown shadow in the outer crease. This will add depth and dimension to your eyes without being too heavy for day or night. I love MAC’s Espresso Eye Shadow ($15).
3. Apply eyeliner along the lash line of both upper and lower lashes. If you are worried about getting a clean line close to the lashes, use an eye
1. Start with a base of a Primer. If you have oily eyelids, use an oil-free primer. Then apply your foundation. If you don’t have a primer, you can try using a concealer one shade lighter than your skin to prime the eye area.
2. Apply a light eyeshadow all over the lid crease. This will help your darker eyeshadows blend more easily and keep them from smudging off.
3. Apply a matte dark brown or black shadow in the crease of the eye for definition and blend it upwards towards the browbone and outwards to create a beautiful shape. Make sure to blend well so there aren’t any harsh lines!
4. Line the top and bottom lashlines with an eyeliner pencil that is close to your natural skin tone and smudge it out with an angled brush, blending it into the lashes on both top and bottom.
5. Add some mascara! Curl your lashes first with an eyelash curler for extra lift and then apply as many coats as you’d like!
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