Makeup Tips for Every Holiday Party

Are you having trouble putting together an outfit for your holiday parties? Are you stressing yourself out trying to put your look together while keeping up with the trends of the season? Well look no further; here are some holiday makeup tips to get you through the season!

Tinsel to Glow

The first tip to send your way has to do with the use of shimmer. Shine yourself up to make it look like your glistening alongside the snow; much like tinsel it makes everything look that much more beautiful and glowing. Make sure you are hitting the three main areas when you swipe your powder: over your cheekbones, below your brow bone and on the inner corner of your eyes. Stay within the pnk-based highlighters if you have lighter skin and progress to golden tones if your skin is more medium to dark.

Secondly, blush is non-negotiable for every holiday party. This will add some much needed colour to your cheeks, which tend to dull with the paleness of winter. When picking a colour, make sure that you are mixing complementary blush colours; one darker and one lighter, to create the perfect shade that is all your own.

Thirdly, match your lips to your snacks this holiday season; chocolate is the go-to shade for creating a striking lip look. Avoid the guilt by wearing it on your lips and impress all of the guests with the darker hue- be bold, beautiful and classy, all at the same time. To take it one step further with your lips, pair your lipstick with a clear gloss to achieve another layer of shimmer.

Jazz it UP

Manicures are being shown in two different styles this year, allowing for a quick change in overall look. The first option is an atypical French manicure; instead of being barely there, jazz it up by doing greens, reds, silvers and golds. If you feel like getting really festive, use silver glitter to make the tip which offers an extra twinkle for the holidays. The second nail trend popping up for the holidays is burgundy nails. Although not a low-maintenance look, this dark hue offers a spark of instant drama.

Our last tip focuses on what you should do with your eyes this holiday season. Stylists are suggesting the infusion of flecks of gold, purple and green with a basic grey shadow. Not only will this tie your lips together with your eyes but it will also add some colour into your look. Contain the multi-textured part between the lid and the crease; you don’t want to add too much colour and end up looking like you belong in the 80s. If you find dark eyes to be too much, make sure to use your brush or a makeup sponge to soften the look. If you aren’t into wearing much eyeshadow and prefer to finish off your look with eyeliner, get rid of your pencil and sweep a black gel liner over the entirety of the top lid to create a bold yet elegant look. Finish off the look by sweeping a neutral tone over the rest of the lid.

Take these tips with you and embrace stunning all of the guests at every holiday party you attend this year.

Spice Up Your Holiday Traditions

Are you finding your holiday routine to be the same year after year?  If you’re looking to break out of your usual mode, here are some ideas for you!

Gift Wrapping

If you are the kind of person who dislikes wrapping gifts, turn it into a fun activity and have a Holiday Gift Wrap Party at the same time you partake in a holiday cookie swap. Get everyone to bring a different kind of holiday cookie as well as a different pattern of wrapping paper and enjoy the deliciousness while you are all wrapping gifts together; throw in a bottle of wine and you will have yourselves a party!

Pairing Ideas

For your party near the holidays, instead of doing the ‘same old, same old’ with food, make things interesting by serving a variety of different appetizers. Add some holiday flare to it by calling it “12 Days of Appetizers”; try to align the different appetizers with the different items sung about in the song. For example, for the “partridge in a pear tree”, place some crumbled blue cheese on top of a piece of baguette and bake until the cheese just starts to melt. Then top with a slice of pear that has been lightly coated in honey. Finally, finish with a sprinkle of thyme. Do this for the remaining 11 days mentioned in the song and you have yourself an easy way to use a traditional holiday idea and turn it into something brand new and exciting!

Power of Song

If you’re having people over anyway and are looking for something fun to do instead of just sitting around talking, use the power of song! Have holiday carols playing and print out some lyrics to the songs of your choice. Have everyone pick a song and have a Holiday Carol karaoke contest! Once everyone has had a turn, have everyone write down who they thought the best performer was (aside from themselves). Then have one person tally up the votes. Whoever gets the most votes is the winner. Have something small set aside for the winner. You can never go wrong with a gift certificate or a bottle of wine.
If you’re tired of having the same typical holiday parties, you will enjoy our final idea for how to spice up the season! Take your party outside of the home and grab your friends and partake in a pub crawl.

Make it festive by wearing holiday-inspired costumes in your trek from bar to bar. Or, dive into the spirit by wearing an ugly holiday sweater; turn it into the contest and have the person with the ugliest one not have to buy their drinks all night!

Use these tips to help get you in to the holiday spirit, and to make it a year to remember; one that is full of new ideas and food!

2015 Fall Beauty Trends

With summer coming to an end, our trends are changing as fast as the leaves on the trees. Pastels are out in terms of day time shadow and are being replaced with orange hues; neon, apricot, mandarin, bronze and peach! In keeping with that color scheme, blush is the go to product this fall. Make sure you use a blush with enough warm peach and rose pigments to make it look like you just got back from a brisk run. Everyone will ask you how you manage to keep your glow looking so fresh. Since orange is going to be your base color for the lids, everything else this fall tends to be a bit more intense in order to add some definition to your face.

Perfect Lips

Lips this fall are going to counter your eyes which will bring the entire look together! Fashion magazine describes the new lipstick trend as ‘goth’ or ‘gothic’. The colors they suggest are; intense reds, burgundies, plums and blacks. Make sure to use a lip liner close in color to your lipstick shade. Follow with thick black lash extensions to create further definition moving into the eye area. To achieve a dramatic eye this fall encompass the eye with a thick, black liner and smudge along the water line to create a worn look. Using a gel liner for this look will bring added intensity allowing for your eyes to become the key feature of your ensemble.

Gotta Have The Hair

Now that we have the makeup taken care of, we will move right into hairstyles.   If you’d like to avoid the fall wind that tends to ruin hair, you will be on the right track going with a low ponytail. Regardless of how you choose to complete the style, whether it is sleek or messy, as long as it is low you are golden. There are many options for your hair! The first being an intense red; this will pair nicely with a red lip and a dark eye. You can also opt for a warmer brown with a slight transition into blonde. If you are more of a short hair worshipper, the following styles are quick and easy to achieve.

Short Hair Styles

Short hair styles or “chic bobs” are excellent for the muggy year we‘re having. They are easy to maintain and are very low maintenance. You can always change up your long hair with messy French twists, loose waves or pin straight hair. Do you tend to be rushing around with the new school year starting? Place your usual bun with a knot which will allow you to achieve a look that is both messy and kept out of your face. The last hair fashion trend that we can see emerging this fall has to do with the initial way you do your hair; the part!!! Slick and deep side parts are all the rage for this season. Not only does it allow for a little artistic flare but it also allows for that ‘grown out’ look that is becoming ever so popular.

We’re Going Back!

Clothing fashion is turning back the clock…to the 70’s!! High waist pants, short skirts, headbands, medium wedges, faux fur, flounce hems, and carwash pleats are great! Pair these with some feminine, sparkly jewellery, a grey suit and chic black boots and you have a found a fall fashion that is perfect for you! Complete your entire look with a pair of leather gloves and everyone will think you are back in the 70s and “out of sight”.