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Holiday Beauty Helpers: Your Makeup

Posted By Kate

Now that your skin has been quenched and is perfectly plumped & refreshed, it's time to prepare for the parties! Recognizing that many office parties are held in the evening, after work a lot of women simply don't have time to reapply an entire face full of makeup before the party! Know that there are fantastic products that will take you from early morning, to office, to evening soiree, with minimal fuss or touch-ups!

Prep & Prime!
Primers perfect the surface of the skin — smoothing & filling pores, refining the texture, balance skin, and provide an extra bit of "grip" to the surface of the skin, so that makeup will endure. There are many genius formulations available, depending on the needs of your skin: hydration, oil control, colour correction, or soothing. Our top picks, based on particular needs.

All Skin Types: Whip Hand Cosmetics Set The Stage Primer, AmazingCosmetics Anti-Aging Primer, and Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray.

Oily/Acne Prone: bareEscentuals bareVitamins Prime Time Oil Control PrimerSkindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray - Oil Control, and Colorescience Skin Mattifying Face Primer.

Colour Correction: Pur Minerals Color Correcting Primer: Redness Reducer (Green) and bareMinerals Prime Time Brightening Face Primer.

Eyelid (to absorb excess oil, reduce redness, and maintain eyeshadow intensity): gloMinerals Lid Primer or Pur Minerals Cease Crease Shadow Primer.

Choose The Perfect Foundation!
Your foundation should enhance and perfect the skin, not completely change it, or look mask-like. Unless you require cosmetic camouflage to mask scarring, vitilago, or significant acne, there is no need to apply excessive foundation. Whether you choose to wear a loose/pressed mineral foundation from Colorescience, Jane Iredale, gloMinerals, bareMinerals, Pur Minerals, or Youngblood; a water-based liquid foundation such as something from T. LeClerc, Sothys, or Vapour Organic Beauty  less is more! You may always stipple extra in areas of concern, or camouflage with a concealer.

The silicone-based Ultra Foundation by FACE atelier is not only longer wearing than a water or loose-mineral base, but is suitable for ALL skintypes, ages, and has enough pigment to perfect and correct! 

For addition coverage in areas of concern ...
Under eye circles: Jane Iredale Circle Delete (#2 is best to reduce blue undereye tones) 
Over-all: Amazing Cosmetics AmazingConcealer (award-winning!)

beautyblender sponge is the ULTIMATE tool to blender and perfect!

A Classic Holiday Look!
A well-groomed, enhanced eyebrow; a fresh, clean eye; an abundance of lush eyelashes; a cat-eye, winged eyeliner; a rosy glow; flushed or ruby lips. You can NEVER go wrong with this elegant look, and it will take you from office to party, with minimal effort, and mere, minor revisions before the evening's party!

Brows: Senna Cosmetics Form-A-Brow Kits are the ORIGINAL brow kits, and completely goof-proof, complete with eyebrow stencils to ensure the perfect arch!

Eyeshadow: A quick swoop of a single, fresh base shade OPENS the eye, and keeps things simple! Think: shades of bone, ivory, seashell pink, champagne, taupe, soft gold, or linen!

Be sure to curl your lashes BEFORE applying a volumizing, long-wearing mascara in the morning! Wiggle the brush in a gentle, side-to-side motion, from the very base of the lashline, to give the illusion of fuller lashes, and concentrate your application to the outer corners for a lifting effect. You cannot go wrong with blinc Kiss Me Amplified Mascara, as it is flake and smudge resistant, lasting ALL DAY!

A cheery gloss in a rosy or blush shade is office friendly, without being over the top, and will balance out the classic look.

Eyeliner: With the quick swipe of Geisha Ink eyeliner on the upper lid, your fresh, clean eyelid can be taken to glam with the ever-so-classic cat-eye! Geisha Ink is, hands-down, the easiest, most flawless, pigmented, and enduring liner for a cat-eye, out performing many well-known, long-wearing, pen-style liners on the market (i.e. Smashbox, Stila, Shiseido) A cat eye isn't as difficult to achieve as you might think: the best rule of thumb is to tap on a few dots, close to the lash line, and then connect them. The degree and angle of the corner application is up to you! We might add: there are a lot of great liner tutorials available on YouTube.

Add a bit of subtle shimmer to the tops of your cheekbones with a subtle highlighting product such as FACE atelier's Ultra Sheer or Jane Iredale In Touch Highlighter in "Complete", to glow under the lights. Liquid and creme formulations are flattering on all skintypes.

A Bolder Lip
Shades of red, berry, wine, and plum: gorgeous for the Holiday Season, and regardless of what finish you feel comfortable in gloss, satin, or matte a stronger lip is the perfect touch of glamour, without having to go to too much time-consuming effort. We love Armour Beauty lip gloss in "Barracuda" and "Funhouse", Pupa Volume Lipstick in "Red Passion", and T. LeClerc Satin Lipstick No. 37 "Rouge Vibrant"!

Lock-In The Look!
MUST haves to keep your makeup in place, all day and night: Skindinavia Makeup Finishing SprayModel in a Bottle, and FACE atelier Lip Lock (to ensure that your lipstick stays where it belongs).

Rule for Holiday party glam: K.I.S.S.
"Keep It Simple, Sirens"


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