'Tis the season for fabulosity! Holiday parties always offer up the perfect opportunity to debut a new look. But the questions is, are you more naughty or nice? We've tapped celebrity makeup artist Erica Gonzalez to help us all figure out which side of the beauty festivities we fall on. First up, Team Nice. Going the good girl route? Check out Erica's makeup tips in our Q&A below.
So Erica, what colors/textures are going to be big for this festive holiday season beauty wise if you wanna keep things sweet?
All holiday makeup should feel glamorous and playful, but rosy cheeks, and nude lips are the way to go for a nice sweet holiday look. I recommend Cargo's Water Resistant Blush ($26). This long-lasting formula is sweat-, heat-, and tear-proof. It's also packed with light-diffusing minerals that give skin an effortless glow.
What should we play up for a sweet, daytime holiday look? Lips, eyes? OK to do both?
Shiny lips will amp up an everyday look in seconds. Try nude gloss such as MAC Cremesheen Glass in Boy Bait ($20). It's a innocently sexy lip finish that fuses the creamy, sheen-filled nature of Cremesheen Lipstick with the shine of M·A·C Lipglass and won't feel sticky.
For eyes, I create brightness by dabbing the inner corners with a cream highlighter or brushing a light, shimmering shade underneath the lower lash line. Also, for a sweet daytime makeup look, try a silver or blue eyeliner. Not only will it brighten your look, but it also pairs perfectly with another wintertime hue. I love the Limited Edition Let's Meet In Paris Eye Palette by Cargo Cosmetics ($39). A must-have for the holidays! Choose from 12 metallic highly pigmented eye shades that work as both shadow and liner.
How do we step our makeup game up from the ordinary to extraordinary? Any simple tricks?
For radiant skin, try mixing a drop of luminizer into your foundation for a flawless glow. Try Tarte's Amazonian Clay Shimmering Powder ($30). It's an easy-to-use pressed powder that adds a customizable, luminous glow to cheeks, brow bones and décolletage. I also suggest trying Motives Gold Liquid Shimmer ($15). Perfect for a sweet holiday look, you can play up cheeks, eyes, and also hide imperfections by deflecting and diffusing light.
Any shades or techniques to avoid? Why?
Play with makeup fearlessly and have the confidence to try new bold trends such as a full brow. Gone are the days of the pencil thin, over-plucked brows. Keep a nice arch, but let the natural shape of your brow really frame the rest of your face. For dark haired people, go one or two shades lighter than your hair color. For light haired people go two shades darker than your hair color.
What celebrity inspiration do you think of for a nice, sweet holiday look?
Katie Holmes- her makeup style is always soft and beautiful- perfect for a daytime holiday look.
Expert tip and some celebrity inspiration to boot, thanks Erica! Look out for expert tips on a Naughty holiday look from Gonzalez soon!