Holiday Makeup Looks

Try these simple tips for a festive, seasonal glow.
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Spice It Up

Sonia Kashuk Real Beauty
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Sonia Kashuk

Want to break out of the same old beauty routine but not sure where to begin? The holidays, that time of year famous for festive fetes, friendly gatherings, and raised spirits, are the perfect time to experiment and try out new things: a different color on your lips, a new look on the eyes.

But how do you sort through the makeup choices out there? Should you accent only one feature, or play up eyes and lips in one look?

To keep it simple, I've recommended three makeup looks to try this season -- and the easiest ways to wear them. The whole idea is balance. Your face has basically three areas to emphasize: eyes, lips, and cheeks. You never want to be full tilt in all three areas at once.

In general, when you wear a strong lip color, it's best to keep the rest of the face soft. Strong mouth, soft eye. Strong eye, soft mouth. One of the looks I love is color on the lips and cheeks with a barely-there shimmer on the eyes.

Remember, though, no matter what you do, have fun. Break the rules! The season is busy enough without having to worry about your makeup.

Sugar and Spice

A soft golden glow is the perfect look to complement the festive lights of the season. Warm hues like gingerbread, pumpkin, copper, and champagne spice up any look, and offer a "just-back-from-the-tropics" flush -- not bad for those of us who haven't seen the sun since Labor Day!

My favorite way to achieve this look is to play up the eyes and leave cheeks and lips radiant with natural-looking shimmer. A dark shade of brown eye pencil goes on the lash line, blended with a smudge brush. Then the eyelid gets a sweep of a coppery brown or bronze shadow. Finish with a bit of light golden shimmer shadow where the inner corners of the eyes meet the nose to brighten and open up the entire face.

Keep lips soft with sheer colors in the same family -- sienna, champagne, even a sheer red -- to add healthy color that won't compete with the eyes for attention. Finish with bronzer or a warm peachy blush on the apples of the cheeks for that sun-kissed look. If you desire more color, add a light dusting of bronzer or blush at the temples and on the chin. Be careful not to overdo it. Remember, you want people to notice you, not your makeup!

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