Get Holiday Party Pretty
Start fresh. Instead of cleansing and reapplying makeup from scratch, just mist your face with water or toner and blot before adding new color, says Nick Barose, celebrity makeup artist for Clarins. If your foundation needs a boost, use a dual-finish powder, like CoverGirl Simply Powder Foundation ($6.99, drugstore.com).
Hide flaws fast. Get the smoothest, sheerest look by applying cream concealer with a brush. According to Mary Schook, a makeup artist in New York City, gently tapping the tip of your brush onto spots and dark circles can create an airbrushed effect.
Play the party line. Rim your upper and lower lashes with pencil, then smudge with your finger. "You'll get definition without having to completely redo your eye makeup," says Barose. Upgrade from black to aqua or gold liner to make a stronger statement, suggests Roncal. Try Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils in Electric or Honey ($15 each, sephora.com).
Be a loud mouth. Shimmery gloss in a holly-berry color (try MAC Lipglass in Witty, $20, maccosmetics.com) brightens the face -- and makes teeth look whiter -- and takes less time and precision to apply than lipstick. To keep it from fading, first fill in your lips with a gel-based pencil. "It won't leave a scary ring," says Barose.
Make a clean sweep. Spruce up mascara by swiping a clean, damp eyelash brush (such as Sonia Kashuk Lash & Brow Groomer, $7.99, target.com) through your lashes before applying a fresh coat. Stick to lengthening formulas (like Almay One Coat Nourishing Mascara Lengthening, $7, drugstore.com), recommends Barose. "Volumizing ones tend to look thick and gunky when layered over old color."
Channel classic Hollywood. Nothing says glamour like full, arched brows. Enhance yours with a bit of powdered shadow, then brush hairs up, says celebrity makeup artist Maria Verel. Complement strong brows with sheer red lips for a classic -- and remarkably simple -- holiday look.
Polish them off. "Bare nails are very chic when kept well groomed and on the shorter side," says Verel. After removing any remnants of polish, then filing, rub a little oil, cream, or even ChapStick into your cuticles and nail beds to add a natural luster.
Shine on, selectively. Enhance brow bones, cheekbones, and the inner corners of your eyes with a highlighting cream.
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