Don't let getting ready for your holiday parties stress you out this season.
"All of the fuss over nails, hair and what to wear can cause stress overload," says Sonia Kashuk, Makeup Artist and Founder of Sonia Kashuk Beauty, "but the secret to stress-free makeup is creating a look that is effortlessly polished, fresh and has a bit of sparkle. The look is easy to create yourself, and even easier to maintain throughout your special evenings out and about."
Here are a few sure-fire tips for every skin tone from Sonia to help you look and feel your best this holiday.
LIGHT SKIN For lighter skin tones, try a look that is elegant and refined like Ginnifer Goodwin's. Keep skin clean and fresh, and add a hint of lightness to the cheekbones by dusting my Brightening Powder over the high cheekbones for a gorgeous glow. Next, add color and brightness to the cheeks by applying my Super Sheer Liquid Tint in Poppy with my Small Duo Fibre Multipurpose Brush. Apply a small dab of the color in a circular motion to the apples of the cheeks, moving back towards the hairline for a natural flush.
For the eyes, use my Shimmering Sands Eye Shadow Quad to create a delicate wash of color. Start by sweeping the metallic shade over the entire lid from lash line to just beyond the crease, and then use one of the lighter shimmering colors to highlight the brow bone following along the arch of the brows. To add more festive flair, sweep the stunning sparkly shade on the lid. Finish the eye with a few coats of mascara, and little bit of black eyeliner in the upper water line to add definition. Lastly, add a soft pink gloss to the lips and your look is complete!
MEDIUM SKIN For medium skin tones, try a look like Mila Kunis's that is subtle and sultry. The key to creating this look is flawless skin. Start by applying my Perfecting Luminous Foundation with a damp Blending Sponge to even out the complexion and cover imperfections for an airbrushed effect. Create a natural flush on cheeks with a sheer pink blush, and then set skin with a translucent loose powder.
Next, focus your attention on the eye using my color by number Prepping for the Party Instructional Lip & Eye Palette to create a sexy, sultry cat eye. First, dust shade 4 over the inner half of the lid from lash line to just beyond the crease. Follow by applying shade 3 on the remaining half of the lid from lash line to just beyond the crease, extending the color past the outer edge of the eye. Continue with shade 3 along the lower lash line, keeping color tight and blended. Seamlessly blend the two shades into one another in the center of the lid, and add a few coats of mascara. Finish the eyes by applying black eyeliner in the upper and lower water lines. Complete the look by applying a mix of lip shades 7 and 8 from the palette to the lips for a look no one will be able to resist!
DARK SKIN For dark skin tones, try a sophisticated and classic look like Selita Ebanks's. Give the face definition by adding contour to the cheekbones with a bronzer. Use my Small Powder Brush to apply the bronzer, following along the hollows of the cheek and smoothly blending out the product. Brighten cheeks by applying a dusty rose blush to the apples, and add my Super Sheer Shimmering Highlighter to the high cheekbones.
Eyes are next. Use my numbered 12-pan Eye on Fall Color Instructional Eye Shadow Palette to create an exaggerated smoky eye. Begin with shade 4, sweeping color from the inner corner to halfway across the lid, applying the shade from the lash line to just beyond the crease. Then, cover the rest of the lid with shade 5, exaggerating color out in a V like formation and lifting up towards the temples. Next, apply shade 4 along the inner corner of the lower lash line, and then apply shade 5 along the outer corner of the lower lash line. To complete the eyes, line the upper lash line with a black eyeliner, and line the inner water line with a bold blue liner like my Eye Definer in Sapphire. Finish the look with a few coats of mascara, and my Luxury Lip Color in Dahlia!
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