Get The Look: Party Ready
How do you make your makeup stand out if you don’t have the funds — or resources — to hire a team of glam artists? You buy some really good products and you learn some application tips, STAT. It’s not as hard as you may think.
Besides, new year, new you — get the glow going ASAP, girls.
This was my Christmas Eve beauty look — and I created it by using just 5 products (sure, some of them were palettes, but, as I always say, palettes are priceless). It’s easy to recreate and it’s a timeless look that you can wear well after the winter party circuit ends. Plus, it is true glam makeup — none of that barely-there stuff. This is the look you do when you want people to notice and ask, “where’d you get your makeup done? It’s SO good.”
Why, thank you. I do it myself. Here’s how:
1. Foundation your way to a flawless complexion. I used Oxygenetix ($66), full coverage without clogging pores. It’s one of my favorites.
2. For this classic, golden smokey eye, use the Narsissist Wanted Eyeshadow Palette ($59). It’s my new must-have, use every day in every way eye palette. The gold/red shades are very on-trend this season, creating a beautiful burnt brick eye (recap on this trend here). So, I applied Biarritz and Satisfaction (the top two left shades) all over the lid – from brow bone to lash line. Then I used a combination of Delirium and Shooting Star to create a shimmering golden shade, and applied from lash line to crease. On my crease I used Lala with a pop of Mendoza, the two relish-bronzey hues. I then wet a thin eyeliner brush and applied Mendoza to the top and bottom lash lines. I finished with a light layer of Coconut Grove in my crease, fanning it out to below the lower lash line, the bottom right shade. Then popped the entire eye with Shooting Star (bottom left) on the brow bone and inner corners of my eye. No joke, this palette is eye-changing.
3. Mascara on top and bottom lashes. I used Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara ($24). Why? Because I wanted to get into trouble, obviously. No, honestly, I like this mascara because it’s super pigmented, doesn’t clump, makes my lashes sky-high, and the applicator is plastic so it bends and moves to get super close to the lash line.
TIP: Take an eyeliner brush and dip it into the mascara, then line your lash line. Yes, mascara can double as eyeliner. In fact, I like it better than most liquid liners because the formula is stronger. BAM!
4. Sculpting the skin really will make all the difference. You don’t need a dozen products or a makeup artist’s hand to skin sculpt. In fact, you can do it all with Becca’s Apres Ski Glow Face Palette ($46 – on sale!). The shades in this palette skew more toward peach and gold than red, thus keeping in line with the whole golden girl vibe. Also, it’s better to sculpt with a monochromatic palette, so since I went with golden, burnt brick eyes, I want to keep in theme with cheeks. The palette has a bronzer, Bronzed Bondi, that I used in a three and a reversed three (get my quick bronzer how-to here). Then I applied a mixture of Rose Quartz (which is actually mean as a peachy highlighter) and Blushed Copper, a deep, shimmery copper shade, to the apples of my cheeks, brushing up toward the hairline. The trick here is to just apply onto of the cheekbone, the bronzer is your contour, which should be applied just under the cheekbone and fanned up and out. Finally, to double-down on the glow, I applied Icicle (a cool highlighter) and Opal (a warm, champagne highlighter) to the high points of my face: the cheekbones, bridge of nose, décolletage, cupid’s bow, and a bit in the center of my forehead to give me that all-over shine.
5. Lips should be nude with some attitude. Not barely-there, it should pack a bit of a pink punch. Think nude with a hint of pinky-brown. I used Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipstick in Caramel ($24), the perfect nude that doesn’t wash me out. The formula is creamy, but the finish is matte (literally, the best of both worlds – high pigment, zero dryness). Fine, I used a sixth product: a lip pencil. It’s like a blast to my nineties self, I’ve re-fallen in love with lip pencils! My go-to one is Colour Pop Lippie Pencil in Boys Town ($12). It is the ideal pinkish-brown pencil, goes with an array of nude lipsticks, is creamy and malleable and applies with a simple glide (no tugging required).
TIP: To help make your nude lipstick last past drink number one, fill in lips with the lip liner, prior to applying your lipstick. Shade it darker on the edges, lighter as you get closer to the mid-point. Think of it as ombre-ing your lips. It’ll add dimension and the illusion of larger lips.
Five (fine, six) products for a party-worthy look. I’m doing it again tonight.
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