Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday Makeup Ideas and Tips For 2014

Holidau makeup ideas and tips for 2014It's almost the holidays! What are your plans for this holiday season? Are you going out to a friend's, staying in for a cozy celebration or PARTY!? I love the holiday seasons. It's filled with get togethers, festive events, and quality times with those you love. With those events and outings, it means to dress up, doll up, and dance until the sun comes up! Okay, maybe not exactly like that, but pretty close, am I right? Usually the next day means fuzzy socks, hot chocolate, comfy blanket and Netflex; to regenerate from the previous night's crazyness and prepare for the next one. But we can talk about that another time. Whatever the occasion, here are some holiday makeup ideas and tips for 2014!

some of my makeup essentials for the holiday season
Here are some of my holiday makeup essentials!
For me, the makeup is just as important as the outfit. I can spend hours picking out my outfit and makeup for a holiday event. (Anyone else out there do this?) Holidays are a great time to break out those sparkles and bold lipsticks without looking out of place. It's an excuse to go out of the norm and wear something bold and festive. The same goes for makeup. Bold lips? Smokey eyes? Colors? Sparkles? Or maybe a combination of 2 or 3. My favorite this year has been cranberry red lips and neutrals with a tad of sparkles.
Here are some of my makeup tips and ideas for the 2014 holiday season! Also some of my holiday essentials as well.
Lioele Dollish Veil Vita BB Cream in Natural Green and CODE Glokolor Foundation compact
Setting up the base for a gorgeous holiday makeup look is most important. Even if your eye makeup looks amazing and your lips look red and bold, without a good face makeup to cover up any blemishes or even out the skin tone, the overall makeup will look uneven. My favorite pairing currently is the Lioele Dollish Veil Vita BB cream in Natural Green with the CODE Glokolor Foundation compact. The Dollish BB comes with SPF 25 PA++ and the green formula helps to cancel out red undertones (which I have) to create a naturally healthy and glowy look. It might sound intimidating but the green color in the BB cream actually blends out and become a light beige. I've been using this for years now and love it a lot. For those with yellow undertones, the Lioele Dollish BB Cream also comes in Gorgeous Purple to help cancel out shallow undertones and brighten the skin.With the Code foundation and the Dollish BB cream together it can cover up blemishes as well as brighten the skin. The Innisfree Long wear Cushion is a great contender. It lasts for a long time and have pretty good coverage. If you don't need much coverage, a light BB cream will do the trick, it can even out the skin tone and help achieve a natural and healthy glow.

Tip for face makeup, if you need high coverage, try applying multiple thin layers in a patting motion. This way it won't look cakey or overdone. Use a concealer if needed but try not to as it can cause more break outs. If you don't need high coverage, apply the BB cream with fingers in a sweeping motion. The heat from the fingers will help the BB cream to adhere onto your skin and the sweeping motion gives it a natural finish. If you don't want to get your fingers messy, try a beauty blender or a BB cushion puff.
Dolly wink eye shadow and liquid liner, Diorshow, Innisfree Microcara, pigment, Peripera gel liner
Moving on to eye makeup. Soft smokey is quite popular this year and it's also a look that I like a lot. It's soft to fit the winter wonderland look and it uses browns instead of blacks. The little eye shadow palette is by Dolly Wink, a Japanese brand. The colors are perfect to create the soft smokey look and pair it with gel eyeliner as well as liquid to make the look more define. I have 2 different mascaras here. The Diorshow for my upper lashes and the Innisfree Microcara for my lower lases. You can create the soft smokey look with a number of eye shadows, not just browns. Try orchid, it's the color of 2014.
Tip for eye makeup, use a pencil liner to draw the wings first before using a liquid liner. If you make a mistake with the pencil liner, it can blend out easy but that same can't be said for the liquid liner. Don't forget to wear waterproof makeup!
sparkling pigments from RiRe
If you are opting for more of a sparkly look, try adding some sparkling pigments. These are burgundy and rose gold, perfect for the holiday season. You can add the rose gold to a soft smokey look or use the 2 pigments here to create an eye look. Use a liquid eye liner after and apply mascara. For a more dramatic look, add some fake eyelashes.

Tip for pigments, apply with your fingers instead of a brush. It might sound messy but the heat on your fingers will help it adhere to the eyes better and stay longer.
Etude House Proof 10 Primer and Tear Eyeliner
Don't forget to prime the eyelids to ensure the eye makeup stays on all night without smudging or budging. My current favorite is the Proof 10 from Etude House. It reminds me of the Urban Decay Primer Potion (the old version which I loved and now they no longer have). But this Proof 10 primer only cost $4, that's 1/5 the price for the primer potion.
Adding sparkles to the lower eyeline will make the eyes pop. I love this Tear Eyeliner from Etude House. It's inexpensive and really does the trick.
ElleGirl I Say Tint You Say Gloss, EOS strawberry sorbet, Butter Cream Lip Mask
The lips, we can't forget about the lips. You guys know I raved about the ElleGirl I Say Tint You Say Gloss in my review because I just love it! With this product I can create a bold cranberry red lip that's perfect for the holiday season. It's moisturizing on the lips and it doesn't budge at all. Merlot purple lip colors are also popular this holiday season. I get chapped and dry lips easily, so a lip balm is a must. My current favorite is the EOS in Strawberry Sorbet. (My weakness for strawberry, you know it.) If I'm getting ready and find myself with dry lips, the Butter Cream Lip Mask from the Sam Schuerman x Memebox is my rescuer. It seriously works and after I take it off, I get plump lips ready for any lip makeup.
Tips for lips, use lip balm before any lip makeup as hydration is key and if you want a matte finish, use a piece of tissue gently on the lips and pat some powder over it.
Too faced brow envyToo Faced brows kit
Can't forget about them brows. Eye brows are the frame for your face, I'm sure you've heard that a million times and now it's a million and one. I've been using this Too Faced Brow Envy kit for ages. It comes with brow stencils to help you shape your brows. Excuse the mess around the highlighter area. I don't really use brown pencils much because my brows are rather full, so a bit of powder is more than enough. However, I do also have the Anastasia brown pencil, which I love as well.
Tip for brows, for a soft look try brow powders. For a medium soft look try brow pencils and for a defined look, try a mixture of brow pencils and brow gels.
UD body shimmer Urban Decay Marshmallow body shimmer
Body shimmer, a product I got years ago and have used it rarely. It's perfect for a party though, if you want to glow a little. Just don't apply too much or you might look like Edward Cullen. Unless, of course, that is the look you are going for lol.
Too Faced bronzer, Tarte blush
Finally, to bronze and blush. Some people neglect these and I used to neglect them too, but now they are a must whenever I wear makeup. I don't go all out with them and no where as much as the Kardashians, but I do use them to complete a look. Usually I use the bronzer around the hairlines and sometimes on the hallows of the cheeks and on the v-line. For a holiday look, accentuating the cheekbones with bronzer to make them pop. Apply blush to create a natural flush.

Tips for blush and bronzer, if you are going for a kawaii look, apply the blush on the apples of the cheeks and only apply bronzer on hairlines and v-line. If you are going for a sophisticated look apply bronzer underneath the cheekbones to contour. Then add blush to the very top of the cheekbones.
Now for the extra. These liners are Gelpresso liners set by Clio and you might have read my review on them. They are my favorites. Great staying power, the best waterpoof, smudge proof and sebum proof eyeliners I own. They are variations of the color of 2014, which is orchid. I find they look pretty on neutrals and add a pop of color to the festive look. You can use any other color liners to add a pop of color to a eye look without looking overly done.

That's it for the 2014 Holiday makeup ideas and tips. Hope you guys liked it and I know it was a bit too long but I wanted to include as much as possible. I'm sure I missed some too, feel free to share your tips and tricks for holiday makeup in the comments below. Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and I'll see you guys in my next post!

Until next time and dream big!


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