One of my favorite things about the holidays is the opportunity to get all dressed up. You don’t have many times during the year where you can feel totally comfortable wearing a fancy dress and some glitter eyes, so why not do it?! My friend Kim at Nicol Artistry and I were trying to think of a cute look this holiday season and I think we nailed it. Oftentimes a holiday hair and makeup look seems like it can only be worn at nighttime, but this one works throughout the day as well. Here’s a feminine holiday makeup tutorial that is perfect for any festive get together!
A Feminine Holiday Makeup Tutorial
STEP 1// Add lots of spiral curls to your hair! This is the time of year that you can do those ringlet curls. Save the beachy waves for after January 1!
STEP 2// Apply Foundation- Kimberly from Nicol Artistry loves the Dior Airflash Foundation. She used #201 for me. It lasts a long time so it’s perfect for events and looks great in photos.
STEP 3// Apply Eyeliner- Kim likes to add a smudge liner below a liquid to make the look a little bit softer. She used Honest True Velvet Eyeliner in Truly Black.
STEP 4// Apply Eyeshadow- We used a combo of NARS shades with Albatross as a base, and layered with Alhambra and Galapagos.
STEP 5// Liquid Liner- The MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack is a classic!
STEP 6// Concealer- Always use concealer after eyeshadow. It helps get rid of any pigment that might have fallen below your eyes. The Urban Decay Light Weightless Concealer is a great one!
STEP 7// Add some sparkle- The Revlon Eye Art Base in Prism Beach and Topaz Twinkle will give you that holiday glam effect! The color is nice and opaque and it applies really easily.
STEP 8// Bronzer- An affordable way to buy bronzer is actually to buy a face powder in a darker hue. It’s less expensive than bronzer and it also doesn’t have the sparkle. Try the Sephora 8 HR Mattifying Powder. Apply to the exterior points of your face only- cheek line and lightly on the T-Zone
STEP 9// Blend Blend Blend! NARS Hot Sand is great to blend the contour line of the bronzer. It helps soften the look.
STEP 10// Blush- Make sure you apply blush just on the apples of the cheeks. You don’t need to overdo it! We used NARS Blush in Goulue.
STEP 11// Finish off the eyes with lashes- The Ardell Demi Wispies are a great go-to! And for mascara Kim and I are both huge fans of the Loreal Voluminous Mascara. It’s one of the best!
STEP 12// Don’t forget the brows- We used the Sephora Eyebrow Editor in Nutmeg to add a little more shape and definition to the brows.
STEP 13// Last but not least, the lips! Lip liner with red lips is super important. Use MAC Cherry and fill in the entire lips so that your lipstick lasts longer. For lipstick we used the Marc Jacobs So Rouge and added the MAC gloss in Night Is Young.
To finish the hair, add some volumizing powder, like the Powder Puff Volumising Powder from Kevin Murphy. Pull the section up from the temples into a high ponytail and secure with an elastic. Loosen the top a little bit so that it’s more full. Spray with hairspray- I love the Loreal Elnett Satin Hairspray. And then add some Kerastase Touche Finale for a little shine!
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I loved working with Kim from Nicol Artistry on this look! We also did this Halloween Galactic Girl tutorial together if you want to start planning for next year!
If you have any hair or makeup tutorials you’re interested in, let me know! I’m excited to start planning some others for next year.
makeup and hair by Nicol Artistry
photos by Kimber Brown