Holiday Season Make-up Tips

During the holidays season, make-up gives you a chance to do something fun, new and creative, and this year’s hot make-up trends offer lots of options for creating exciting new looks.

With such a wide variety of holiday activities, no single make-up look will work for all occasions. For a dressy, black tie event, you may want a more dramatic, glamorous look, but for neighborhood get-togethers or outdoor activities, a more natural, wholesome look works better.

No matter the occasion, here are some tips to achieve your best possible holiday make-up look.

Winter Skin Care

Maintaining a healthy winter skin-care routine is the single most important thing you can do to make sure your holiday make-up looks great. Applying make-up to dry skin accentuates flakiness because the make-up sits on top of your face instead of blending in. Daily use of a rich, high-quality moisturizer is a must (Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré is a good choice).

It’s also important to exfoliate your face twice a week to remove dead skin cells, and consider a monthly facial during the winter months to freshen and rejuvenate your skin. Your skin-care routine should still include SPF, because even indoor light can damage skin.

Getting the Right Look

When choosing a foundation for the holiday season, there are a number of factors to consider. The first is color. During the winter, your skin can be up to four shades lighter than in the summer, so be sure to adjust the color of your foundation if necessary.

The next thing to consider is what products to use and how to apply them. For dressy evenings out, waterproof, silicone-based products last longer, and in most cases, won’t smudge off on to your fancy clothing. For professional holiday photo shoots, water-based foundation is usually the best choice, but it should be applied with an airbrush, because high-definition cameras will pick up hard brush marks or other imperfections. For outdoor and casual events, the best approach is to apply foundation very lightly. In fact, “barely there” make-up is one of the hot trends showing up in New York and other fashion centers.

The “Smoky-Eye” look never goes out of style, and you can use this technique year-round. During the winter months, when we tend to wear heavier, darker clothes, try experimenting with bolder, more dramatic smoky eye effects to help build a glamorous, eye-popping overall look, particularly for dressy events.

On the other hand, if you want to try a glamorous, nude eye look, a very popular trend this year is to create swooping “cat eye” effects in the corners of the eyes for dramatic flair. Be sure to use long-lasting, waterproof eyeliner for long evenings out or any activity where your eyes might get watery in the cold weather.

For lips, the hot colors this year are bright red, burgundy, berry-color, etc. These are also great holiday colors, so if this look works for you, now is the time to go for it big! If you’re looking for a subtle, less dramatic look, another popular trend is to go for a matte, nude look with just a whisper of soft rose color to create a bloom effect. And don’t forget to make lip moisturizing part of your routine for combatting dry, cold winter weather (Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant is a great choice).

Holiday make-up can be fun and glamorous, and just a few adjustments to the products and techniques you use can help create looks you’ll love. So this holiday season, be gorgeous!

Crisger Santley is a licensed esthetician and owner of Star Makeup Studio in Vienna, VA ( She provides make-up artistry, skin care and hair styling services to TV, film, media, fashion and bridal clients in the greater D.C. area. E-mail her at [email protected], and follow her on Twitter: @StarMakeup, Facebook: Star Makeup Studio and Instagram: starmakeupstudio.

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