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Festive Holiday Makeup How-To's

Stumped on how to dress your face for the Holidays? Try our timeless look for the whole face, or go more bold and try out an eye look that's hot for the season in Purple or Green. Keep reading for step-by-step instructions…


Our all-over-face look is classy and timeless for any Holiday party. After evening out your skin tone (here we used Ulta Mineral Liquid Foundation in Light 01), brush a warm glow of color on your cheeks in a sparkly tangerine. Try Trendy by Fusion of Color. Lips go bronze with Clinique Different Lipstick in Think Bronze. For day just brush on some mascara and you're ready to go; for a nighttime look add more drama with a sparkly taupe eyeshadow all over the lid (try Fusion of Color eyeshadow in In Vogue), and a dark brown sparkle shadow on the outside edges and up the crease (we used the dark brown sparkly shadow in the limited-edition eyeshadow palette by Sonia Kashuk for Target). Line the upper and lower lids with dark brown smudged eyeliner (Avon Smooth Minerals Eye Liner in Earth is perfect for this) and finish with a great brown or black mascara (I love L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black).

Try out one of the hottest makeup trends this year with a purple or green eye. Look for tones that will compliment your skin, or try these finds that we think look great on a variety of skin tones and eye colors.


For the purple eye start off with Ulta Loose Mineral Eyeshadow in Wisteria, across the lid from lashes to slightly above the crease. Gently blend in a darker color, we like Maples and Mums by Everyday Minerals, and work from the outside edge of the eye along the crease. Line the lower lid with a sparkly purple liner; we used Ulta's eyeliner in Raisin. Liquid eyeliner (we used Revlon ColorStay in Black Brown) looks sleek and polished and isn't as hard as it looks, just don't have six coffees before trying to apply. If you like the cat eye, which is very in this year, carefully sweep the applicator up and away from the eye at the end. Finish with your favorite mascara.

Make everyone else green with envy when you show up with these sexy eyes. Brush a sparkly green shadow from lashes to crease (shown is Too Cool by Fusion of Color) on the upper lid, and also smudge a bit of green eyeshadow right under your lower lashes. Add a shimmering gold shadow from the crease to the brow (here with Physician's Formula in Gold) and highlight the brow bone with a sparkling white powder (we used the Sonia Kashuk limited edition palette sparkly white). Line the lower lid with a creamy black pencil (try Avon's Smooth Mineral Eye Liner in Onyx) and smudge with your ring finger. Line the upper lid with black liquid eyeliner (try Maybelline Ultra Liner in Black) and finish with your favorite mascara.

With all strong eye looks, it's recommended you keep your lips neutral. Clear gloss looks sexy with a strong eye, and you won't have to worry about getting lipstick on your holiday drinks!

Kiki Bella

Love this! what a great idea, I would love this for all time
#1 Miss Neira (Homepage) on 2009-12-19 12:58 (Reply)
This is a really helpful! Thanks! Great step-by-step directions!
#2 Style (Homepage) on 2009-12-20 14:23 (Reply)
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