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Holiday Makeup: Party Pretty Tips From The Blushington Team And Palettes

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Oh, fall! It’s a favorite time of year filled with festivities, when summer-sheer washes of color surrender to a voluptuously full face of makeup. Red lips! Smokey eyes! Glitter? Yes, that too. In the seasonal bacchanal of shopping, traveling, baking (and let’s not forget the day job), it’s easy to backseat your beauty regimen just when you want to look your best. Don’t worry, the Blushington Makeup & Beauty Lounge team is on hand with time-saving holiday makeup tips.

What Holiday Makeup Is In And What’s Way, Way Out?

“A modern daytime holiday look is monochromatic—a pink blush and soft copper and bronzy tones. The lid is very soft and we’re focusing more on skin. Copper tones on the lid. The lip is bronzy. It’s still a glamorous look but using browns instead of black,” says Blushington Lead Makeup Artist and Trainer, Angie Martinez. She suggests Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in the color Lionfish (a chocolate brown with small flecks of sparkle) on the top and bottom of the eye.

For an evening holiday look, “It’s a bronzy, smoky ‘80s cat eye, feathered out with a little bit of glitter or shimmer and golden colors, and a red lip,” Martinez says. She recommends Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow.

What’s way, way out of fashion? “A very bold, smoky eye in just plain black. It would have to have a pop of shimmer or a pop of metallic color,” she says. Marc Jacobs, Urban Decay and others offer glitter eyeliner.

Martinez’s go-to beauty products and tools include: a fall lip shade, BeautyBlender and BeautyBlender Protector Case, Supersmile Activating Rods and Vita Liberata Trystal Pressed Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals.

Glitter: Yes? No? How?

“Yes!” says Martinez. What she’s really referring to is a sophisticated shimmer with a hint of glimmer. She suggests making a winged eyeliner starting with a natural base color on the lid, then creating boldness with glitter eyeliner. You could also go with a soft eyeliner and feather out glitter all over the lid, but make sure not to apply it all the way to the brow bone. Still another look is a bold eyeliner with glitter—smudge out your basic eyeliner then top it with the glimmer or shimmer.

To keep it classy, Martinez suggests using a champagne-colored highlighter rather than a white highlighter. “Champagne tends to look good on everybody.”

Crank Up Your Workday Vibe to Holiday Party Gorgeous

“Always keep a palette on hand that has both warm and cool tones,” says Martinez. “I’m obsessed with the Jouer Cosmetics Essential Matte & Shimmer Palette. It’s great for the holidays because it has brown tones, pink tones and black tones that can take you from daytime to nighttime. Use your finger to put a little bit of shimmer in the middle of your lid for a more glamorous look.”

To be sure your face is photo-ready for holiday parties, Martinez says, “Fake lashes are a must. You can add the more natural-looking individual lashes, customize them or go with more of a glamour look with full strip or mink lashes.”

Holiday Makeup Palettes: Get Glam On The Go

Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom and other makeup emporiums offer terrific deals this time of year. Credo Beauty and The Detox Market are good resources for “clean” beauty.

Lancôme, Nars Cosmetics, Anastasia Beverly Hills and Charlotte Tilbury launch lovely seasonal palettes in rich colors. Highlighters from RMS Beauty, Becca Cosmetics, Fenty Beauty and Pat McGrath Labs range from whisper-sheen lovely to super-cool megawatt. Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Yves Saint Laurent and Hourglass Cosmetics offer sophisticated colors to transform you from office champion to New Year’s Eve reveler.

Let The Experts Take Care of You

Blushington offers a range of makeup applications from natural looks to Red Carpet Ready. Depending on the location, the team also offers brow services, lash applications, nail polish changes, peels and more. You can even come in with your base already on and have them just do your eyes. “We do a little bit of everything,” says Blushington Founder and CEO Stephi Maron, adding that men are welcome too. “Our staple is everyday beauty, but during the award season/holiday season in LA, we’re always sold out.”

During the holiday scramble, it’s natural to want to slap on some color and go, but sometimes it’s easier (and saner) to slip into the makeup artist’s chair, sip a glass of champagne, relax, lean back and let the professional work their magic.