How to Pair Your Makeup With Your Christmas Outfit Based on Your Aesthetic
When we were little girls, our mothers dressed us in velvet dresses, tights, and Mary Janes and put bows in our hair for Christmas. Fast-forward to 2016 and we've come full circle, reaching once again for the velvet and tights for the holidays, except now we're wrapping that bow around our necks as a choker, and we're leaving the Mary Janes on the store shelves where they belong. Though one thing remains constant: You're never too old to have a designated Christmas outfit, especially if you've RSVP'd to a festive party. And with that, you'll need a killer beauty look to pair perfectly with your threads.
Whether your style is glam, sporty, Boho, feminine, or edgy, we have some stunning makeup and outfit ideas (thanks to our sister fashion site, Who What Wear). Below, we've compiled tips from Honey artists Suzy Gerstein and Aidan Keogh to elevate your holiday glam look based on your aesthetic. Keep scrolling to learn more!
"I love a rock 'n' roll eye to give a bit of edge to a glam look," says Gerstein. "Lately, I've been really into two of Charlotte Tilbury's products to create a really lived-in, rock 'n' roll chic look. I apply the Rock 'n' Kohl pencil on the waterline and The Powder Pencil faded over lids and buffed out with a fluffy synthetic brush to create effortless smoke. Tap a little clear gloss over it for an even more lived-in, light-catching detail (I love the new glossier Lip Gloss from the Black Tie Set that is now sold individually). Finish the look with lots of dewy, champagne highlights on the skin (RMS Magic Luminizer is great) and a soft but still present tone on lips and cheeks like Kosas Weightless Lip Color in Rosewater."
"I love this look with loads and loads of dense, black lashes and a '60s-inspired pale pink or apricot lip," says Gerstein. "Try multiple coats of YSL Faux Lashes mascara—it gives the richest, blackest black—and Kjaer Weis Lipstick in Honor or Brilliant on the lips. Kick in a little bit of my favorite Jouer Matte Mineral Bronzer so that the pale hue of the lipstick doesn't wash you out. Chanel Les Beiges powder is also great for warming the skin and comes in a wide range of tones."
"First of all, I love Nora Zehetner [ed. note: pictured above]. She is such a doll and a dream to make up (we did a little short film for Wren directed by Clemènce)," Gerstein tells us. "I see this look with a very vibrant, punchy version of the color of the dress (either slightly lighter or richer so as not to go too matchy-matchy), the thinnest line of black on top lashes (no mascara) and a nice, groomed brow. Try Nars Audacious Lipstick in Geraldine, Eyeko Black Magic Liquid Eyeliner and Glossier Boy Brow. A little soft pink halo of color on the cheek would tie it all together—Kevyn Aucoin Shadore with a little Candelight over the top is a favorite combination. Or if you favor cream blush, RMS Lip2Cheek in Demure is fantastic. If you want to give your eyes a slight edge without competing with the lip, throw a little taupe pencil on the waterline. Mineral Fusion in Rough is my all-time favorite."
"I like a kohl-rimmed eye for this look," says Keogh. "Imagine Kate Moss rolling up outside of Anabel's London. MAC Graph Black Technikohl pencil is super long-wearing, über black, and perfect for rimming the waterline of your eye. The more this look wears, the better it looks. Pair it with a nude lip like Charlotte Tilbury's Miss Kensington (out of stock) or Maybelline Daringly Nude."
"I would do a red, retro matte lip without a doubt," exclaims Keogh. "To keep the look fresh and youthful, opt out of heavy foundation, using only concealer and only in places where needed. For the lip, Dragon Girl from Nars is always a good one or L'Oréal Colour Riche in 401. Add a touch bronzer for a subtle bit of contour on the cheek and you're done."
Which look will you be wearing this Christmas? Tell us below!