Holiday soiree time is more than upon us, and we’re bringing out the big guns for tips on flawless, festive looks. Innovative makeup artist and beauty guru Jerome Alexander has answered the call. A driving force in the beauty business since 1968, Alexander is re-launching some of his favorite products.
See below for his tips on looking fab for the holidaze and festivities year-round:
Highlight and contour
If you want something a little more dramatic for night-time holiday parties, try contouring. Contouring has been making a big comeback lately in the beauty realm. This classic makeup tip has been a makeup artist’s secret weapon for years. The first step, and most important, to contouring is to make sure you know your face shape, from there you can identify where you should contour (appear smaller) and what you should highlight (bring forward). Make sure you add a hint of color to your cheeks afterwards as to not look washed out, which can often happen in winter months when we all tend to be a bit paler than summer months. A blush and bronze duo is great for this. Try Jerome Alexander’s Blush and Bronze Duo compact to help set your contouring and add another dimension to your face.
Smoke out your liner
A smoky eye is always a makeup favorite, especially in fall and during the holidays. However, if you have difficulties trying to achieve a dramatic smoky eye look try smudging out your eye liner instead. Take your favorite black or brown eyeliner pencil and draw a line at the base of the lashes as if you were doing a natural eyeliner look. Next take a small dense makeup brush or smudger brush and diffuse your eyeliner for a smoky effect. Add a small amount of your favorite black or brown eye shadow to intensify the look. Want a darker effect? Try using a gel liner instead such as Jerome Alexander’s Long Wear Gel Liner. Gel liners smudge easier and have a longer lasting effect then regular eyeliner.
Don’t Overdo It
When choosing a holiday makeup look, it’s important not to overdo it. Decide whether you’re going to play up your eyes or your lips, but certainly not both at the same time! Wearing a bold lip with a dark smoky eye can look too dramatic. When going for a bold lip, play down the eyes with only mascara and minimal eyeliner. If you’re going with a smoky eye for the night, try a sheer nude or light pink lipstick or gloss.
See below for other new products to create festive looks (and some gift sets for giving!):
The bareMinerals Holiday Survival Essentials Gift Set includes essentials for the face, eyes and lips with the Mini Well-Rested Face and Eye Brightener, Jack Of All Trades Lip Balm in Sure Thing, Hydrating Mineral Veil, and Mini Hydrate & Brighten Face Brush. (Available at ulta.com)
MAC ushers in the holidays with gorgeous, festive gifts. The Keepsakes Lip + Eye Bag features a quad of four Mineralize Eye Shadows, Mineralize Rich Lipstick in a dreamy pink or dreamy nude, and frosted rose or frosted beige Mineralize Glass all in a gitterized grey clutch. Keepsakes: Eyes comes in three limited-edition compacts containing eight coordinated shades in palettes of Plum, Smoky, and Beige. Keepsakes: Viva Glamorous features Rihanna’s red and metallic mauve VIVA GLAM Lipsticks along with six of their most iconic VIVA GLAM shades together in a new Viva Glamorous Lip Palette paired with this season’s limited-edition glittery red Viva Glamorous bag. All proceeds of VIVA GLAM goes toward helping people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. (Available at maccosmetics.com)
Pacifica is known for their commitment to the environment by using recyclable packaging, and their commitment to animals by not testing on animals. Their limited edition gift sets were developed exclusively for Whole Foods. The Color Quench Natural Lip Tint Trio features three of their lip tint favorites—Guava Berry Lip Tint, Sugared Fig Lip Tint, and Coconut Nectar Lip Tint. The Enchanted Roll-On Trio includes Indian Coconut Nectar Perfume Roll-On, Island Vanilla Perfume Roll-On, and Tuscan Blood Orange Perfume Roll-On. And the Stellar Eye Trio features the Stellar Gaze Natural Mineral Mascara, Natural Color Eye Pencil, and Natural Eye Shadow Duo. (Available at Whole Foods)
Bodyography Professional Cosmetics introduces New Expression Eye Shadow Palettes. Create the perfect holiday eye Fashionable, featuring bronze and gold tones, Fierce, with blues and metallics, and Flirty, with gold and purple. Apply wet or dry. They not only use recyclable packaging, but they’re PETA certified as cruelty-free. (Available at bodyography.com)
The LORAC The Royal Eye Shadow Collection features a royal family of four individual, jewel-toned palettes containing 16 velvety smooth eye shadows (Available at ulta.com)
Ramy Gafni is known for her work with celebs like Claire Danes and Nicole Richie. For holiday 2014 she designed The Ramy Beauty Therapy Lipstick Trios. They’re formulated with Avocado Oil and Vitamin E and features SPF 8. The Holiday Reds features three bold red shades and Holiday Nudes features two beige nudes and a sheer balm. (Available at ramy.com)
shu uemura teams up with Karl Lagerfeld for the holidays. SHUPETTE BY KARL LAGERFELD FOR SHU UEMURA is inspired by the spoiled feline of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. The has-it-all eye & lip palette featuring eight eye shadows and six lip shades. The eye-need-shu eye trio comes in shades of blue in parisienne chic and shades of pink, plum and lime in tokoyo kawaii. Top off cheeks with rouge bonbonfantasy lip trio parisienne chic or rough bonbon fantasy lip trio tokoyo kawaii. (Available at shuuemura-usa.com)
The Too Faced Sugar & Spice Collection features it’s award winning Better Than Sex Mascara and a twelve shade eye shadow palette housed in a gold zip bag with a built in mirror. (Available at ulta.com)
Clinique celebrates the holidays with The Nutcracker Act I and Act II Compacts. Inspired by the dance of the Snowflakes, The Nutcracker Act I includes a Snowflake Suite eye shadow quad in soft pinks and blush in Plié Pink. The Nutcracker Act II is inspired by the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy and includes a Sugar Plum eye shadow quad with plum, white, and silver tones and blush in Tutu Pink. (Available at Clinique counters)
ck one Eye Essentials Gift Set makes it easy to go from day to night with the volumizing mascara in black, powder eye shadown in ambitious, and double ended eyeliner in genius/radical. (Available at ulta.com)
The Laura Geller 20 Shades of Baked eye shadow portfolio featuring twenty Baked shades—shadows that begin as liquid pigments and are then baked on terracotta tiles. The result is a creamy, weightless powder that glides on to deliver vibrant color. The palette features neutrals, statement hues and bright pops of color. (Available at laurageller.com)
Reclaim your spot on the naughty list with Urban Decay Vice 3. The third edition features brand new shades in a mix of brights and neutrals, all formulated with their signature Pigment Infusion System that makes them blendable and long-lasting. (Available at Sephora.com)
Nails inc celebrates the holiday season with Snowflake Effect Polish. The polish provides a cool, crisp finish over your favorite nail color, featuring different sized glitter and sequin particles that create the illusion of snowflakes on your nails. Styled By You allows customers to create their own nail polish and personalize it with a laser etched monogrammed cap. (Available at nailsinc.com)