Ashley Rebecca Dec 20, 2013
Holiday chaos can be stressful enough, but at least when it comes to beauty, there’s no need to cry, pout, or worry this season: I've got all the tips and tricks you need to make your look festive and bright. Deck the halls with eyes, cheeks, and lips ladies—it’s the most wonderful time of the year for your flawless face to make its debut!

festive beauty tips  

Shine Bright Like a Diamond:

Illuminate! Adding liquid or cream illuminator to your foundation and cheekbones can give your skin an instant lift and radiance. This is a great tip to use during the colder winter months when you start feeling the weather is making your skin look and feel lack-luster. Product Picks: Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer #2, Urban Decay Urban Glow Cream Highlight  

Cue your Hues:

Matching a bright lip color with the same nail color is a great way to add subtle pops of color to your look without going over the top. A great holiday pink or red tone looks great on lips and nails, and doesn't send the message you spent hours trying to coordinate. Product Picks: Wet 'N' Wild lipstick in "Purty Persimmon", L'Oréal Infallible Never Fail Lipcolour in "Crimson", essie polish in "Fifth Avenue"  

Flash Your Lash:

Let your eyelashes be the center of conversation by trying a mascara color other than black. Applying blue, green, and aubergine colored mascaras are a great way to elevate your look instantly and leave people wondering how you pulled off a makeup trick so unique with little effort. Product Picks: Manic Panic Colored Mascara in "Electric Avenue", YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara in "Fascinating Violet",  

Amp the Vamp:

Let the only drama this year at the holiday company party be on your lips. Bring out the oxblood, deep berries and darker lipstick colors for a spin! Playing with deeper lip colors can add dimension and even accentuate your eye color! Product Picks: Tarte Hydrating LipSurgence in "Admired", Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in "Venom", Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick in 602 "Night Viper"   

Wink, Don't Blink:

False eyelashes are a great way to elevate your look in the blink of an eye, but need time and practice for perfection. A few nights before your big debut, practice putting lashes on to get the lines perfect, not blurred. Pro Tip: Instead of using white lash glue, opt for black instead which makes the lashes look completely seamless. Product Picks: Ardell Individual Lash Extensions in Medium length, MAC False Lashes in #4, e.l.f Dramatic Lash Kit  

What are some ways you like to make your look more festive?
Sound off in the comments below!  

Photo: Joshua M Shelton Photography


About the Author:Ashley is a New York City-based makeup artist with a robust list of editorial and celebrity clients.

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