I can't decide what I want to share with you today so I might just give you a potpourri of sorts. Hope its helpful and fun. :-)
1) Out with the old, in with the new:
Now is a great time to replenish your make-up stock. It's cool to catch the holiday sales, the limited edition colors and palettes available now. Look for coupons and promo codes for additional savings. If you're a make-up maniac like Penny, sign up for any rewards programs and rack up your points; the savings are worth it! There are a plethora of new technology, colors, formulas, and products that debut during the holidays. You may also have more 'expired' make-up in your bags than you know. Remember that expired cosmetics usually don't perform well, but can also cause break-outs and allergic reactions. Here is a link to Sephora's blog with a great answer on how long you should keep some of your products (i.e. Eyeliner, Eyeshadow, Mascara, etc).
2) Glam it Up:
|CG LipPerfection in Euphoria|
- Try a bold, bright lip and slightly shimmery eye. Don't overdo it with the sparkly eyes if you're wearing a bold lip; you want the focus to be on your lips.
- Try a smokey eye (especially if you're not used to wearing one) and nude or light pink lip. This is easier than it looks and is always a good sultry 'go to' for a festive occasion.
- Wear your hair down or partially down if you always wear it up (and vice-versa). You want to change up your usual look to get heads turning. Wear heels if you normally wear flats, etc.
- Accessorize with jewelry, a statement purse, or funky shoes. Step out of your comfort zone and try something with a pop of color, texture, or both. If you normally wear small earrings, then try something larger. If you're not used to chunky necklaces, then try one with your comfortable small earrings.
|Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet|
- Primer - Use foundation primer and eyeshadow primer. This will help your foundation to last all day/night. Tip: If you don't want to buy eyeshadow primer, use a cream shadow or pencil shadow first, then put the powder shadow on top to make the color pop and the shadow last.
- Setting w/ powder - Set your foundation/concealer with powder. It could be translucent powder, foundation powder or oil blot powder. Just be careful not to use too much or it can look cakey and settle in any fine lines your might have. Penny also suggests patting powder on with a dry sponge or soft powder brush. A sweeping motion may disturb the foundation underneath if the brush is not super soft.
- Setting spray - Although I'm not too certain what the ingredients do to make my make-up lasts, I definitely notice that my make-up stays put all day. I like Kat Von D's Lock-n-Load Makeup Setting Mist ($24) or Urban Decay's All-Niter ($14-$29). The Kat Von D spray bottle isn't the best so I poured it in the old Urban Decay bottle).
- Blot papers - Blotting papers can fit in any clutch, are inexpensive, and are a quick and easy way to get the shine off your t-zone before your photo op. (Sephora brand, $8-$10). MAC's Oil Blot Powder is my staple for touch ups.