My favourite holiday is Christmas. I love the sights, the sounds, the smells and the feeling of love from friends and family. I also love the excuse to buy a new Christmas dress and get all fancy. Now that I am a mom, it is especially important that I have reasons to do myself up. And Christmas brings with it fun and festive colours to play with. The main colours associated with the Christmas season are red, green, white, silver and gold. When it comes to makeup for Christmas, those colours allow for lots of different looks. You can create a simple Christmas inspired makeup look using some of those popular Christmas colours.
Once you have applied your “face basics,”- primer, concealer, foundation, powder- you want to apply a very light blush to the cheeks. You only need to add enough to bring some natural colour to your face. Think about when your face gets really cold, and your cheeks turn pink- that is the look to strive for with your blush. Choose a colour that is not too pink or too orange, but adds just enough colour to your skin tone to brighten it up.
After your face is set, you want to choose an eyeliner that is either a Christmas green or dark silver, and line your bottom lash line. I suggest going with green if your eyes are brown, and going with silver if your eyes are green or blue. This will make your eyes really stand out. But you can choose whatever suits your mood for this look.
Next you want to apply some silver and/or green eye shadow to the lids. You can either do all green, applying up into the crease, or do silver on the inner part of your lid and gradually blend it into the green from the middle to the outer part of the lids (also going up into the crease). If you choose to do a full green shadow (a dark pine green is the most festive), I suggest doing the green eyeliner on the bottom to keep the look consistent. The silver eyeliner would do well with a silver shade on the lids. Be sure to blend well if you choose to combine the silver and green shadows. A great option for a Christmas coloured shadow is the 2 colour baked eye shadow palette from Rituals in green jade.
Finally, top off your look with some deep Christmas red lipstick. Usually when you do a dramatic eye, you don’t want to do a dramatic lip, but in this case, you can go all out with the drama. Special occasions and holidays are exceptions to this rule. After all, you can’t have a Christmas makeup look without some red!
One last thing you can do to be extra festive is sprinkle on some shimmery powder to your face, neck and shoulders. Jane Iredale makes a really great shimmer powder that has 24-karat gold in it. Wear it to a holiday party, or anywhere you want to sparkle this Christmas season!