Highlighting Holiday Beauty
11/27/2017 11:00AM ● Published by Melissa Gulden
Let Your Light Shine
By Melissa Gulden
Get out your glitter, folks! It’s that magical time of the year for that holiday razzle-dazzle! Step out of that everyday makeup routine and step into a fabulous and festive 2018. I have been writing holiday makeup how-to’s for the past 11 years and it never gets old. I love December (and not just because it is my birthday month). December holds certain magic—maybe it’s the twinkle lights—and everyone knows I’m a sucker for red lips and glitter eyeliner. But the new, sophisticated makeup this season will make you look luminous, healthy and happy.
Micro-shimmer makeup—in the form of nail polishes, eye shadows, and skin highlighters—is the latest breakthrough to light up your look. The secret is the super-refined mica, essentially a mineral dust, which becomes barely perceptible light-reflecting particles in the products, giving just a hint of sheen while also blurring imperfections. The end result is a gorgeous, subtle gleam that shows off your natural sparkle.
For fired-up fingernails, metallic micro-shimmers are the best of both worlds. You get all the refined, wear-with-anything benefits of a metallic—which really acts as a neutral—and the fun and edginess of a shimmer. Plus, the mica in the formulas extends the wear of the polishes. (Try Essie polish in Beyond Cozy, $9.) For an everyday look, keep nails short with rounded edges.
Illuminate your eyelids this season in richly pigmented neutrals and bold jewel tones. Give your gaze a sexy, electric look with a night-out worthy, yet day-appropriate monochromatic palette for maximum use. Apply a matching eyeliner and eye shadow, limiting the color to your upper lid. Stop before you reach the crease, then finish with a few coats of black mascara. (Check out Avon Mega Metals Cream Eye Shadow in Plum Metallic, $7, or Maybelline The Rock Nudes Palette, $12.)
And don’t forget the high-beam dream skin. Highlighters now contain such ultrafine flecks of shimmer that they blend effortlessly. For normal to oily skin, go for a powder that you apply with a brush. If you’re dry, smooth a cream formula on with your fingers, and apply strategically. Putting shimmer on all over will make you either look sweaty or like J-Lo at a Grammys performance. Instead, place it along your cheekbones and browbones, down your nose and at the Cupid’s bow of your lip. When highlighters are sheer, you can wear any shade; a bronze tone adds warmth, pink brightens, and opalescents add the boldest glow. (Try Stila Cosmetics Star Light, Star Bright Highlighting Palette, $39, or Mary Kay Glowing Finish Illuminating Stick in Gold or Bronze, $12.)
For the very daring, here are some 2018 beauty trends that showed up on the runway: Super long fake lashes. And yes, even on the bottom. Not quite your thing? Try elongating your own lashes with Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara, $25. And graphic liner is still around, just not the wings we saw last season. Go for bold, geometric designs and the electric, new generation cat eye. It’s an edgy, rock ‘n’ roll look that’s sure to grab everyone’s attention. As for lips, the darker the better, as the gothic look shows. Go ahead and rock the wine-colored lip, or even a statement lip with glitter, but leave the rest of the face more neutral. And a glowing complexion is never out of style, so opt for liquid foundations that melt into the skin for a glowing, almost wet finish. There is really only one rule to follow: Don’t be halfhearted. Own your look and give in to the magic of the holidays. ‘Tis the season!