Choosing a holiday makeup look has been an agonizing decision—which, I know, sounds dramatic. But when beauty is your life's work, it makes things a bit more complicated. We have our holiday party coming up and (naturally) have a makeup artist coming in to paint our faces to perfection. But what to ask for?
Instead of stressing out and letting my anxiety take over (again, sorry for the dramatics), I reached out to a few elite makeup artists who routinely work with A-listers on the red carpet. Surely they would know what to do. Below, three celebrity makeup artists detail their favorite holiday looks and how to get them at home.
"I love a festive red lip paired with shimmering gold shadow," says Kelli Barlett, the director of makeup artistry at Glamsquad. She instructs, "To create the festive red lip, hydrate your lips with a lip balm, like EOS. Start with a generous amount of hydrating lip primer such as MAC Prep + Prime Skin ($31), taking care to apply with precision, as the lipstick will stick where you place the primer. Next, paint your lip with Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21). Instead of using the applicator, use a brush like Make Up For Ever 226 Medium Eye Shader Brush ($25). Saturate the brush with product and use the edge, so you have more control along the border of the lip. Using a super sharp lip pencil, like Nars Lipstick in Jungle Red ($28), play around with the lip chap, etching through the bow and center of the bottom lip for a crisp finish.
"A metallic gold eye is the perfect pairing to go with that holiday red lip. Its subtle shimmer balances out the look, while still adding glamorous flair. Swish Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise in Jean ($32) from your lash line to the crease, brushing just pass the brow bone. Curl lashes and add several coats of mascara."
Sir John, the brand ambassador for L'Oréal Paris and Beyoncé's go-to guru for all things makeup, says, "I'm really into a disco-in-the-daytime look for the holidays—this is the ultimate '70s look. I'm talking Iman and Jerry Hall vibes. Embrace glitter on the eyes and use a mascara like Voluminous Feline ($8) for bold lashes. Finish the look with a brown or pink lip and you're ready to go!"
Kira Nasrat, a celebrity makeup artist and ambassador for Violet Grey, explains her favorite look, "I love a smudgy, smoky metallic eye look for the holidays. The great thing about this look is that it works for everyone and it's super easy to do. You don't have to worry about it being perfect because the whole point of it is to look smudgy and the less perfect it looks, the better.
"I start by lining the waterline top and bottom with the Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'N' Kohl in Bedroom Black ($27). Then, line the top lash line and blend with a small pointed brush. I use the one by Utowa. Diffuse the line out and upward to get that sexy wing—it's an instant eye-lift. Next, use a shadow that has a metallic effect. I love Giorgio Armani High Voltage 24-hour Eyes-to-Kill Shadow ($35), it has so many gorgeous colors. Use the back of your finger and tap the shadow on your eyelids and blend out very softly upward to your crease bone. Use the same shadow and smudge on your bottom lash line. It's sexy and effortless!"
Which holiday look is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!