Thursday, December 21, 2017

Holiday "Glow" Makeup Look

Happy holidays everyone! I can't believe it is already almost Christmas. Although I feel like I have been in the spirit for over a month now - decorating the whole house from top to bottom in holiday decor, turning the tree on every night, watching Hallmark movies literally all day; everyday, wrapping gifts, decking myself out in red, you get the picture. I love this time of year! Everyone seems so warm & happy when they are out, even when it is completely hectic. Plus, we have snow up here! Which isn't surprising, but it is definitely going to be a white Christmas in MN.

This last weekend we took some last minute Christmas card photos, & I decided to go for a very natural, basic holiday look that would stand out in photos but not be too "glam." I don't usually wear a lot of makeup, so instead of loading on the dark eyes to make a statement I decided to go with more highlight. I wanted to create a "glowy" look to pair well with all of the red, gold, silver, & glitz of the usual holiday wear! I asked you guys on my Instagram story (@emilybfahlsing) if you wanted a kind of step-by-step tutorial to this look, & you guys overwhelmingly said yes! So here we have it. A little tutorial without the video for how you can create this holiday "glow" look at home. PS! I want you guys to know that none of these makeup products are part of a collaboration. These are all my tried & true products that I have used for a long time, & love!

I always start with a clean and moisturized face. I then prime my face with Benefit's The POREfessional primer. This primer has always made my face feel super soft & gives me a good amount of coverage without having to use a lot of product. I follow the primer with my absolute favorite foundation (cc cream if you will) from IT Cosmetics in the shade "Light." This foundation is light enough that it doesn't feel caked, makes my face feel extra moisturized, but also conceals a lot of redness/fine lines. I love it for everyday use! I usually just apply this with my fingers all over my face & blend.

I then apply concealer with a beauty blender underneath my eyes, between my eyebrows, & to the bridge of my noise. I use Tarte's Shape Tape Concealer in the shade "Fair Beige." I will never switch my concealer again after finding this product. I have horrible under-eye circles & this concealer really helps to brighten my eyes without accentuating my fine lines. I like to get a shade lighter than my skin in concealer because I want it to also serve as a highlight (why I apply it to the bridge of my noise & between my brows). I seal in my foundation & concealer with my tried & true matte powder from Rimmel in the shade "Translucent." I try to focus on my under-eyes when applying the powder so that I can again, create a more highlighted look for my dark circles.

For this look, I then applied bronzer to my cheekbones, forehead, & to the bridge of my nose. I didn't do a dramatic contour, more or less just used a basic blush brush to apply the bronzer to these areas. I use the Anastasia Powder "Light to Medium" Contour Palette for my bronzer & I kind of just mix all the shades together. I then applied a small amount of blush to my cheekbones in the shade "Orgasm" from NAR's. This shade of blush has pinky-peach undertones with gold flecks so it provides a good highlight base. I wanted even more highlight for this look specifically, (to reflect all the glow of the holidays) so I then applied highlighter to the very top of my cheekbones, bridge of my nose, & right above my lip with the pinky highlighter shade from Carli Bybel's Highlighter Palette. I adore this palette for highlight, I also love her eyeshadow selection! Perfect for everyday use (I love golds/pinks/browns). Any gold/pinky light highlighter would work for this look though!

For my eyes, I took the pinky tinted highlight from the Carli Bybel Palette & applied it to my brow bone. I then applied the light gold shadow from the palette to my lid. I took a white eyeliner pencil (any white liner from the drugstore will do) - & I applied it to my lower waterline. I made sure this was nice & pigmented, & then I took the gold shadow that I put on my lid & applied it over the white liner line with my finger & blended this in. I took my usual mascara, (I have used Loreal's Telescopic Carbon Black since high school, & I haven't found any mascara I like more) & applied it to my upper & lower lashes. I don't have to do much with my brows anymore - since I got them micro-bladed (see my post on my micro-blading experience here) but I do fill them in a little with Sonia Kashuk's brow pencil in "Taupe."

A bold lip really completes this look. Red was my color of choice (because Christmas, duh) ;) & I used Maybelline's Red lipstick in shade "Ruby Star."

& there we have it! My "glow" makeup look step by step for the holidays! You guys should trial this weekend. You really can use any similar products that have the same pigments (or just take the products you have to work with if they are similar to mine & go in the same order); otherwise I have linked all of the products I use throughout the tutorial above & directly below.

& My Outfit:

Bonus! I attached some last minute gifts under $50 below (great stocking stuffers) for those in a bind to get their Christmas shopping done. All of these are guaranteed delivery before Christmas Eve! So get shopping!

Hope everyone has an amazing Christmas with their loved ones. I really do love this time of year.

Lots of love! Xx. E.