Let’s get real, most of us aren’t makeup professionals and I’ll be the first to admit, I’m no @makeupbyalinna! If you’re like me, a bit of a makeup amateur, then you need some beauty inspiration, tips and tricks to look pretty this holiday season! Read on for our holiday makeup tips for beginners, straight from the beauty experts at Cos Bar as well as some of our favorite beauty brands right now like E.L.F Cosmetics.
Holiday Makeup Tips For Beginners
1. Eyeliner with a built-in shadow stick is a must!
Line the eye with black liner and create a smudged or smoky eye effect with the charcoal shadow stick, on the other side. Simply glide shadow side all over eye or highlight the liner with small strokes. Great for holiday parties! Try E.L.F. Eyeliner & Shadow Stick in Charcoal/Smoke.
2. Get The Perfect Cat Eye
“To get a perfect winged eyeliner look, remember to line first with an eye pencil. Use a bit of cleanser on a cotton tip to clean up the line, then simply trace over it with liquid or gel eyeliner.” – Christine Sandoval of Cos Bar
3. Contouring Is Key
Highlight with a concealer under your eyes and at the top of your cheeks in a color that matches your skin. Contour using a darker shade to hollow out those cheekbones and accentuate your plump cheeks. This technique is an ideal look for holiday party pics!
4. Less Is More!
“Less is more, so I like to add a touch of Giorgio Armani’s Fluid Sheer #2 to foundation or all over the face as a primer.” – Megan Murray at Cos Bar
5. Don’t Always Think Red Lips For The Holidays
Skip the deep rouge or Bordeaux for a night and opt instead for a sultry nude lip color that goes everywhere. We love Kokie Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in High Tea.
6. Or Try A New Lip Color For The Holidays!
“Step out of your box and try a new lip color to freshen up your look and brighten things up for the holidays. I fancy Tom Ford’s Violet Fatale!”– John Esposito at Cos Bar
7. Go Au Naturel After The Party
For the morning after the party, skip the face full of makeup and keep it au naturel. Moisturizer and sunblock are a must! Help skin hydrate by starting with a glass of warm lemon water when you wake and continuing to drink extra water throughout the day.
8. You Can Avoid Skin Freakouts With This Hack
“Avoid skin freakouts by maintaining balance – breeze into the winter season by adding 2 to 3 drops of nourishing face oil into your day or nighttime moisturizer. I love Sisley’s Black Rose Precious Face Oil.” — Katie Duckor at Cos Bar
9. Say Goodbye To Chapped Lips
Fix chapped lips with on-the-go Lip Exfoliator from E.L.F. Simply roll on like lipstick, then wipe off. The sugar mixed with a combination of jojoba oil, avocado and shea butter leave for a sweet smoothing sensation that nourishes and protects.