The holidays are typically a time for sledding, bundling up, and steaming cups of hot chocolate. But in my native Australia, the sun-dappled summer season between November and February is devoted to outdoor pursuits like catching a wave, picnics in the park, and servings of ice-cold granitas. Of course living in Los Angeles lends itself to warmer weather than the rest of the states and the absence of frost has never stopped me from getting into the Christmas spirit.
In Australia, the commonplace greeting is "Merry Christmas" not "Happy Holidays," which got me into a little trouble a few years back. It was one of my first holiday seasons stateside and I brought in a dozen cupcakes to one of my daughter's holiday school parties. The sweets were obviously Christmas-themed, and my gifting of the green and red icing covered cupcakes caused somewhat of a stir from one of the mothers. She was offended that my holiday party offering was festively limited to those who celebrated Christmas. Obviously, that was not my intention -- the thought never crossed my mind.
Of course Christmas isn't the only holiday this time of year, but my faux pas reminded me to be conscious of the other holidays. No matter what you're celebrating -- the Winter Solstice, just wrapped Hanukah or looking forward to 2011 -- you'll surely need festively fab makeup looks. 'Tis the season for glamour, and here are four stunning easy to get holiday looks. Happy Holidays and have a healthy new year!
Mistletoe Chic: Match the mistletoe, not the Grinch, with sultry smoky green eye shadow. Start with a coat of mascara to frame your eyes, and follow up with a green eye pencil on the top and lower lash line and blend. Press a deep green shadow like my Color Disc in Lucky Clover over the eye pencil application to get that smoky effect. Add a forest green shade to the outer corners for definition. Pair up your look with a nude pink shade.
Holiday Gold: Since the value of gold is on the rise, why not incorporate the shimmering hue into your holiday party make up? For the lips, use a gold gloss like my Luminous Lip Veil in The Gold and the Beautiful. Finish with a coat of mascara, and a wash of plum eye shadow on the eye lid for a subtle hint of color. There's really no better time of year to deck yourself out in a little gold.
Silver & Blue: The popular Hanukkah tune "I have a little dreidel" performed at my daughter's holiday recital was my inspiration for this shimmering blue and silver look. Sweep a pearly silver shadow over the entire eye area from lash to brow bone to create a base highlight for the eyes. Work a frosty blue on the entire eye lid and a navy on the outer corner for definition and along the upper and lower lash line. For the lips, use a pink lip liner to line and color in the entire lip, then add a creamy pink on top. Balance your look by patting a pinky flush blush on the apples of the cheeks.
Holly Red: You can't go wrong with a classic crimson pout. Choose a timeless red with blue undertones like my DeVine Goddess Lipstick in Aphrodite, and matte down the shade with a red eye shadow. This trick will also prevent any bleeding. For the eyes, layer on a few coats of mascara and a sheer wash of gold shadow over the lids. Contour the cheeks by sweeping a blush right under the cheekbones. To really make an entrance at the office party, bring in a set of faux lashes: Keep it natural by only using a section of the lash and fixing them to the outer corner of the eye.
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