Hello there 🙂
Let's talk about makeup, especially vacation makeup. While 2020 has brought many challenges and uncertainties with it, I know that (a) I'll still be wearing some kind of makeup this Christmas time and (b) I'll give it my all. A velvet outfit from head to toe to my sparkling blue eyes? Why the hell not A berry lip? For sure! For me there are absolutely no rules at the moment and I plan to take full advantage.
So I hired my beauty co-editor Erin Jahns to show me (and you!) How she can make her face extra festive this year. “I'm inspired by a look I saw a few months ago and immediately bookmarked it for Christmas safekeeping,” she says. "This is still my favorite time of year to experiment with really fun makeup, and because I was more at home, I really had time to play with bright, bold colors, glitters, and other meaningful products and looks that I would have thought of beforehand maybe not attracted. "And for that I am grateful. Here Erin explains what she can look like with products from Ulta Beauty.
"I never start my makeup routine without cleansing my skin and adding a heavy dose of moisturizer. I can't stand creams that make my skin feel sticky or greasy. That's why I love Clinique & # 39; s Moisture Using Surge, which keeps my skin super hydrated and healthy – looks but residue-free. It leaves the silky smoothest finish possible. "
"This foundation is amazing. It literally doesn't move or wrinkle after you apply it, and it's so feather-light you'll forget you're wearing something! It's also extremely buildable. I usually just add a drop to my moisturizer to get a light coverage. Today, but since I wanted a fuller look here, I started by applying it directly to my face with my fingers (which heats the foundation and makes it melt down more easily), and then I took a damp makeup sponge and buffed and mixed in and added a little extra product to the sponge wherever needed, I use the rounded sides of the sponges to make up most of my face and then I use the flat side or tip to get to the tiniest places that require more precision, like my eye area or around my nose and mouth. "
"While this foundation's coverage is really satisfactory, I like to add concealer to areas where I have pigmentation, dark circles, or need an extra boost of brightness – usually under my eyes, around my nose and mouth, and sometimes down the bridge of my nose and forehead. (Basically my T-Zone!) Shape Tape is probably the only concealer I've ever used that rightly doesn't wrinkle, and the coverage is like that. in order to Well; therefore goes a little far. I keep using my wet makeup sponge for this part to make sure everything blends seamlessly. "
“I'm obsessed with using all-in-one cheek palettes. I also love that this comes with a handy little brush so I can make life easier and use that for all three things: my bronzer, mine Blush and my highlighter. First, I use the iconic bronzer called Hoola to lightly outline my cheekbones, under my jaw, and around my temples. Oh, and a little on the tip of my nose too, so it looks like I'm outside in the sun! Next, I swirl the sugarbomb blush on the top of my cheekbones (more towards my temples than towards the apples of my cheeks. I think this makes my face look more raised), a touch of my forehead and chin. I go with the highlighter and dust on my cheekbones, forehead bones, the bridge of my nose and my Cupid's arch – really anywhere you want to add brightness and dimension to your face. "
"I start to get annoyed when I open an eyeshadow palette that has 52 different colors. So these six pans from Juvia & # 39; s Place really keep me updated and help me curate a free moment. Plus, the shadows are so pigmented! I used the Nubian Royalty Eyeshadow Palette for this look, starting with the matte Royal Purple shade that was applied to the outer corners of the eyes and the crease. (I use a flat eyeshadow brush first to make most of it Pigment and then I switch to a blending brush to soften everything up.) Next, I used the iridescent purple-blue shade right next to it in the pan and layered it over the matte purple and towards the center of my lid. Then comes The fun part: glitter! I use the tip of my fingertip to tap on the sparkling purple-pink-blue shadow that's beneath the matte purple in the pan det. This one stays on the crease and the outer corner of the eye, and then using the same technique I went with my finger to tap in that first shimmering lilac s Hade in the pan. To top it off, I take my flat brush and blending brush and dab and blend and spread everything until everything looks cohesive. "
"At this point, I think it's pretty much impossible for me to put on makeup (whatever the season or occasion) and not add a lot of mascara and a flash of liquid eyeliner. I've never deviated from Stila's waterproof pencil, but here I've chosen your midnight blue hue while I would normally choose black or brown. I think this really makes the purple shades in the shade pop. Then, mascara! I just use formulas that add lots of length, curl, volume and definition, and Tartes Maneater Mascara delivers on all fronts. You can add so many layers and your lashes will never be covered in spiders! "
"I'm so minimal when it comes to my brows. They're pretty dark by nature, so I just add a little pencil to add definition and fill in any areas that are sparse. Then I use the spoolie that other end to brush everything through so that my brows naturally look feather-light and not heavy or overdone. "
"I'm not sure if it's this year's pandemic, but I was very unmotivated to use richly pigmented or matte lipsticks. It's always a moisturizing stain or pigmented balm for me. This one from the Juvia & # 39; s place set is so shiny and dreamy, and it gives your lips the sheer look of your lips, but better, which is really all I would ever expect from a lip product. To add the shine factor, I got it with the guava flavor rounded lip glow balm that came with this set. I like to apply both balms directly to my lips and then dab them a little with my finger so the color isn't quite as intense. "
"Last but not least, I never do my makeup without a set mist. This one from Urban Decay is probably the most famous on the market and for good reason. It keeps your face fresh and moist, no matter how long you wear it. Me hold it a few feet from my face and lightly spray it in a T and X shape. "
"And voilà! Look at you – that's it!"
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