You’re attending a holiday party with
perfectly coiffed hair, a metallic fit and flare dress and your favourite Christian Louboutin heels. The only problem? Smudged eye liner, disappearing eye shadow, oily skin and fading lip colour. Stop a beauty emergency in its tracks with these pro makeup tips and beauty essentials from Sabrina Rinaldi—Hair and Makeup Artist for Page One Management in Toronto—for your best festive makeup look ever (just cue the oohs and ahhs!).

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Makeup tips: Enhancing everyday makeup using holiday shimmer

With images of silver and gold dancing in our heads during the holidays, you will want to boost your normal
makeup with shimmer—the most direct route to a festive look. “Makeup is usually a little more amped up this time of year because you can have fun with shimmer,” Rinaldi says. Wearing metallic beauty essentials instantly adds glamour, but shimmer always needs to be used in moderation. Chunky glitter is not the answer—fine shimmer is much more effective. “Key point—try and use it on only one feature of your face to avoid overkill,” adds Rinaldi.

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For example, you can
update a smoky eye using a touch of shimmer without going over the top. “Bump up your usual smoky eye with a shimmery shadow or add a pop to your classic liquid liner by swapping out a plain black with a glittery version,” says Rinaldi. Then, balance the eye makeup with a less extravagant lip to perfect your holiday look with just the right amount of shimmer. “Offset your sparkle with a matte lipstick. Mixing textures keeps it fresh and prevents you from looking like a holiday ornament.”

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Makeup tips: Using powder to help holiday makeup last

Key beauty essentials for wearing a full face of
festive makeup without doing touch ups all night include pressed powder. “If you tend to be shiny after a few hours make sure to set your makeup with a light translucent powder before heading out the door,” says Rinaldi. “You may look too matte at first, but by the time you drink your first glass of wine your skin will have the perfect glow.” (Brighten skin with a shimmer blush to counteract any dull finish the pressed powder may leave behind.)


Makeup tips: Apply a long lasting shimmer

The dilemma with makeup containing a loose sparkle is that the dust will eventually fall…everywhere. How do you prevent shimmer eye shadow from dropping onto lashes and cheeks? “A
creamy concealer, foundation, cream shadow or highlighter on the lids will do the trick. Apply under your eye makeup to help shimmery products adhere and stay put,” says Rinaldi. “The bonus of applying it this way is that it intensifies the colour and shine of the shadow. Plus, it’s easier to blend and work with.”

7 after party BEAUTY FIXES

Makeup tips: Beauty essentials for your holiday bag

Updating your
beauty stock list for the holidays is essential because festive makeup is difficult to maintain and on-the-go fixes are inevitable. “Blotting films are essential. You definitely don’t want to look too shiny, especially when you’ll probably be taking lots of photos at holiday functions. Only blot your T-zone and let the rest of your face glow,” recommends Rinaldi. A compact, lipstick and eye shadow are all musts that are easy to apply discreetly at a holiday party if kept in your purse. You can also take this opportunity to get rid of any sample beauty products you’ve received in the mail—they’re just the right size to fit in your Mulberry clutch at a holiday party.

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