Dramatic eyes in a metallic color palette.
This season’s hottest hues are heavy on the metal. For an on-trend take on the classic smoky eye, go for the gold… or silver or bronze. Metallic makeup was all over the runways this season, and for good reason – these gilded shades are complimentary to all skin tones and work like a neutral, making them easy to pair with any outfit.
Have some fun with formulations that are heavy on sparkle – it is the holidays, after all! Start the look with a smudged black or brown liner at the lash line and cover the lid in your metallic shade of choice, sweeping it up just past the crease. Highlight under the arch of the brow with a matte ivory or white shade, and finish the eye with two coats of volumizing black mascara. With the eyes making such a statement, keep the rest of the face looking effortless with polished skin, soft blush, and neutral lips.
Don't be afraid to mix your metals! Pair a sultry, gunmetal eye with a gold dress or jewelry, or a deep bronze eye with an LBD for a chic, unexpected look.
Statement lips go bold and bright.
Let your smile light up the room with a gorgeous statement lip. While previous years were all about dramatic plums and burgundies, this season keeps things bright with shades of red, magenta, orange, and berry in a bevvy of formulations and finishes. Borrow from the metallic eye trend by adding a pop of sparkly gold gloss to the middle of the lip for a plumping effect.
If a heavy wash of lip color takes you too far outside your comfort zone, rub your finger across your lipstick and pat onto lips, starting at the center of the lip and diffusing out towards the edges for a softer effect.
As for that whole rule about focusing on either eyes or lips: feel free to ignore it. These bright hues pair perfectly with a soft taupe or chocolate shadow – just blend over the lids and diffuse at the crease and lower lash line for a soft finish. Finish with a generous swipe of mascara and a luminizing blush for a glamorous and festive look.
Skin that’s lit from within.
Fresh, hydrated skin is the perfect compliment to any holiday look. Instead of heavy concealers and mattifying powders that can settle into fine lines and pores, opt for formulations with light-diffusing properties that deflect light away from imperfections while imparting skin with a luminous finish. Use these products all over the face for a gorgeous, dewy glow.
To accentuate bone structure without Kardashian levels of contouring, sweep a pearlescent (not sparkly!) highlighter on top of cheekbones, under the arch of the brows, down the bridge of the nose, and in the cupid’s bow.
Nails that are perfectly polished.
Keep nails looking chic with a simple, understated mani – nail art is entirely tired. Opt for shades in nude or ballerina pink for a clean look that will work with any outfit.
Want a little more drama? Go for a deep grey polish with a high-shine finish. Greys are great on all skin tones and offer the same attitude as black while feeling a bit more modern and wearable.
Of course, if the tinsel proves inspiring, go festive with your favorite sparkly shade – there are a ton of new launches this season that are too fun to resist!
BIO: Sameera Ahmed is a Denver based makeup artist with a passion for uncovering and enhancing the natural beauty in everyone.