As far as we’re concerned, Christmas makeup on the day of should be kept to a reasonable minimum. Nobody wants to look too “done up” opening presents or at the holiday feast, but if photos will be taken to capture the moment —and we can all but guarantee that at least one image will surface on Instagram—add soft color with these looks as dictated by Sonia Kashuk, makeup artist and founder of Sonia Kashuk Beauty.
“Rosy cheeks are the perfect no-fuss beauty look for Christmas morning,” says Kashuk. “Start with a luminous tinted moisturizer like my Radiant+ Tinted Moisturizer to even out tone and brighten the face.” Then, go ahead and add a cream-based pink blush.“Cream blush will allow you to keep the consistency of texture, with liquid tinted moisturizer and cream blush,” Kashuk explains, which promises seamless application and dewy skin, given that the complexion is generally drier than usual this time of year. She recommends applying to the apples of the cheek, swirling in a circular motion, then lightly blending the color backwards towards the hairline for a naturally radiant flush. To elevate the look at night, add a layer or two of MAC Lipstick in Full Fuchsia, a warm, bright pink.
“If you’re going to be taking a lot of pictures, playing up your eyes will give you that extra bit of ‘pretty’ without looking too done,” Kashuk says. Rim your lower waterline with a creamy white liner, like Sonia Kashuk Dramatically Brightening Kajal, “to make the eyes looks wider and brighter.” Don’t be afraid to apply directly on the water line: The pencil’s semi-sharp point and soft texture allows you to get enough pigment with just one swipe. Follow by tracing the top and bottom lash lines with black to define, then coat lashes with a thickening mascara to make lashes pop on camera. “Finish with a soft red matte lip. Apply [a lipstick] lightly, so it’s little more than a subtle stain,” Kashuk recommends. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red, a dark crimson hue, needs just a single swipe for complete coverage—try dabbing it on with your fingertip to keep things light.
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