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By Todra Payne
holidays always arrive with lots of party invites. And who doesn't love
a party? But if you're feeling self-conscious about your skin and
aren't sure how to go from everyday makeup to festive glam, it can all
seem overwhelming. But putting on the glitz is easier than you think,
even if your everyday routine consists of mainly lip balm. The following
7 steps will ensure you're party-ready for every invite you receive.
Step 1: Prep Your Skin.
The first step in great makeup application is prepped skin. Make sure
your skin is hydrated so your makeup looks great all night. I love to
use pure rosewater as a lightweight moisturizer (some acne sufferers
find rosewater to be a great boost for their skin, others don't. See how
your skin reacts before your big night by spritzing a small area of
your face). A thin layer of rosewater sometimes means you can skip
moisturizer altogether. But if your skin looks dry, apply your favorite
moisturizer after the rosewater.
Step 2: Choose the Right Foundation.
Beautiful skin can seem elusive when you're working on clearing up
acne, but you don't have to wait for completely smooth skin to look
amazing. Choosing the right foundation can work wonders. To find your
perfect match, swipe samples of three shades of foundation that appear
to match your skin tone along your jawline. Wait ten minutes and observe
in daylight. Which shade seems to disappear into your skin? That's your
match! Apply lightly all over your face.
Step 3: Creative Concealing.
Blemishes and breakouts don't have to ruin the holidays. With a thick
cream concealer in the exact shade as your skin, you can "brush out"
those trouble areas and create the illusion of smooth skin. Grab a stiff
nylon concealer brush, swipe over the concealer (it should be resistant
to the touch, not watery or slippery), and apply in quick, focused taps
until all of your blemishes are covered. Don't apply more than is
needed. The idea is to look polished, not covered.
Step 4: Accentuate your Assets.
Have you always heard how gorgeous your eyes are? Or have your lips
always stolen the show? Whichever feature is your best, highlight that
one. Bold lips call for downplayed eye shadow and visa versa. Don't
forget to choose fun shades you wouldn't wear everyday - a shiny red
lip-gloss, a shimmery silver eye shadow. Or, go for a smoldering smoky
eye. Play around and have fun. If the task of choosing shades seems
daunting, grab a fashion magazine and look for a model with your skin,
hair and eye colors and duplicate the look!
Step 5: Bat Those Lashes.
Nothing adds a shot of glam like a pair of fake lashes. I'm not
talking about those spider thick lashes you wore for Halloween, but
subtle lashes that look like your own, only longer. You can pick up some
at the drugstore for $3.99 or splurge for professionally applied strips
or individual lashes at your favorite salon.
Step 6: Be Bold!
If you don't have the time to invest in a whole new look for the
holidays, try ramping up your day look by adding a smoky eyeliner in a
complementary shade (some suggestions are eggplant, emerald green or
navy blue). The burst of color will change an office look into a party
look in one quick swipe.
Step 7: Blush Girl, Blush!
Blush is a great way to showcase beautiful cheekbones and add a pop of
color. Apply a highlighter (in silver or gold) just above your blush
for a red carpet look. You'll love it in photos, too!
LESS THAN A WEEK LEFT TO OUR 30-DAY HOLIDAY COUNTDOWN TO CLEAR SKIN!