Guest blog by Amberly Carter
Celebrities tend to keep their makeup looks simple. This holiday season follow their lead and don’t over do it. Consider a few simple things to create subtle sultry looks.
Nivea soft can be found at your local drug store for about $6
Prep the face with a moisturizer like Nivea Soft. Let the skin absorb the lotion and if necessary use 1 sheet of 2 ply tissue paper to remove access oil. To make the skin appear flawless, make sure your foundation is blended well by patting it into the skin. If you are going to highlight use a concealer 2 or 3 shades lighter than your foundation color under the eyes, down the middle of the nose, and in between the eyebrows. To preserve your look, apply 2 different setting powders – lighter in the concealed areas and darker around the perimeter. This will really provide a natural eye popping effect.
BENEFIT Eye brow shaping kit (Sephora, $30)
Starting off with shaped eyebrows is a must. The eyebrows frame the eyes, so if they are untamed then this could make one eye appear larger or smaller than the other. If you have bushy eyebrows use a brow brush to comb them. Be sure that the hairs are not so long they have curls on the ends. Pencil a sharp line around the bottom of the eyebrow and with an angled brow brush fill in any thin spots with powder.
Before applying any eye shadow, apply a little concealer with an angled liner brush under your sharply penciled line of the brow. Be sure to pat it into the skin and blend it towards the brow bone. This accentuates the eyebrows and will create a clean canvas for your eye shadow.
Look 1: Pump up a natural look with falsies
Janelle Monae has a very simple look to recreate. Create a flawless canvas and contour the cheeks with an angled blush brush. Apply barely-there eye shadow on the lids (a cream or neutral is good) and a soft brown in the crease. Add black crème eyeliner above the top eyelashes line and smudge out a black line with an eye pencil on the bottom eyelash line. Apply false strip eyelashes over the black crème liner and sparsely add individual eyelashes to the bottom lash line. Finish this look with a soft sheer nude lipstick and seal it with a clear coat of lip gloss.
Before applying anything on your lips, make sure they are exfoliated and moisturized. If your lips are peeling, put some sugar on them and scrub them with a damp toothbrush. Afterwards apply a lip balm like Rosebud Salve to them to keep them soft and prevent chapping.
Look 2: Matte red lips are timeless
Celebrities with a variety of skin tones from Amber Rose to Sanaa Lathan, Rihanna to Zoe Saldana are known for adding drama to a classic look by wearing daring satin red lips. A matte red lip has to match your undertones otherwise this look can go way left. If you are not quite bold enough to step out in fiery red stained lips, mix it with a fuchsia or coral pigmented matte lipstick. Lock in this color with translucent powder so that it won’t appear washed out by your mistletoe kisses or Happy New Year celebratory smooches.
Look 3: Add shimmering blush for the holiday touch
You can bet every celebrity makeup artist has added their favorite bronzer to their pro kit. If you are rushed for time a little blush and bronzer will go a long way. Mix your blush with a bit of bronzer to give your cheeks a holiday glisten. Scared to wear rosy red cheeks? Afraid you might over do it? Adding a bronzer will tone it down a bit. Bronze is a color that looks great on every skin tone so you can never go wrong by adding a little to your cheeks.
Amberly Carter is a make-up artist and winner of IMAN’s Leather and Lace make-up challenge. She is also founder of BlushingAmbers.com, a resource for women with amber skin-tones who love to wear color and anyone who is interested in makeup, beauty and fashion . If you need any advice or make-up tips, email Amberly at BlushingAmbers@gmail.com Follow her on Twitter @BlushingAmbers. Subscribe to her YouTube videos at Youtube.com/BlushingAmbers.