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Holiday Make Up Guide – Part 7: Black Lashes Galore and Red Hot Lips

A feminine twist on the bad-girl image awaits you in this gorgeous Marvin Richards jacket. Every temptress could use a sizzling scarlet red lipstick like Dior’s Addict lipstick in Positive Red–not for the red-shy by anymeans! Pair with several coats of DiorShow mascara for lengthy, voluminous, and pitch-black lashes to bat at whomever you please. This “I Love Dior” Deluxe Holiday palette has everything the bad gal on the go needs: neutral shades to pair with her enviable lips, shimmering gold blush as well as a deep peach for a more flushed look.

1. Marvin Richards Zip Front Lambskin Scuba Jacket @ Nordstrom for $268.00icon
2. Dior “I Love Dior” Deluxe Holiday Palette @ Nordstrom for $70.00icon
3. Dior Addict Lipstick in Positive Red @ Nordstrom for $24.50icon

Alternatively, go with sultry smoky eyes, with Blacktrack fluidline as a base, Carbon eyeshadow to set, and Vex eyeshadow above the crease and on the brow to add duochrome dimension. Pair with pale pink lips with lots of high sheen gloss for an incredibly sexy and dark look that’ll be sure to turn heads!

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Holiday Make Up Guide – Part 6: Icy Blues, Pale Pink Cheeks, and Glossy Lips

Lady in blue, gorgeous and slinky in such a bold number. Go for icy eyes or a smoldering smoky eye with blue undertones with this Laura Mercier quad of shadows. Try light blue all over lid with the black in th outer crease and along lower lash line. Use Dior blush in Passion Fruit for cool pink cheeks, slightly flushed, but just the barest hint of color. Top with Moon Fleet lip gloss by NARS, a cool gold, for subtle lips.

1. Donna Ricco Stretch Satin Sheath Dress @ Nordstrom for $158.00icon
2. Dior Blush in Passion Fruit @ Sephora for $34.00
3. Laura Mercier Eye Colour Quad in Blue Sky @ Nordstrom for $38.00icon
4. NARS Lip Gloss/Lip Stain Gloss in Moon Fleet / Indian Red @ Sephora for $28.00

On the other hand, leave out the blue shadows and go for volumizing black mascara and kohl liner, and use Indian Red by NARS for a gorgeous deep red lip. If you want to swipe a wash of color on the lid, try something neutral and matte, and keep the crease light and also matte. Matte colors will give you depth without attracting too much attention. This dress is such a stunner on its own that makeup can be minimal.

Holiday Make Up Guide – Part 5: Cool Blue Eyes, Wind-chilled Cheeks, Plum-kissed Lips

Think cool gunmetal grays and icy blues, and you’ll find yourself the most gorgeous winter beauty in this gray-blue coat. Bobbi Brown’s Midnight Metallics palette is the perfect solution to the look we want: light gray all over lid, medium gray on outer ild, and deep midnight blue in the outer crease. Dust cheeks with Chanel blush in Neroli Rose for a lovely cool flush. Apply either NARS Gipsy or Galaxy Girl lipsticks to lips for a very chilly, but entirely seductive, pout. Keep the skin simple with only the blush and the rest beyond flawless.

1. Tahari Wool Blend Swing Topper @ Nordstrom for $278.00icon
2. Chanel Irreelle blush in Neroli Rose @ Nordstrom for $40.00icon
3. Bobbi Brown Midnight Metallics @ Nordstrom for $45.00icon
4. NARS Gipsy or Galaxy Girl lipstick @ Sephora for $23.00

With a coat like this, one can truly get away with a whole myriad of looks, but this is our favorite. There is something about metallics and cool silvers and blues that just warms this outfit right up. Go easy on the dark blue in the crease for a lighter daytime look, or turn it into a full-blown smoky eye by deepening the color for sultry eyes for the evening.

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Holiday Make Up Guide – Part 4: Subtle Pink Eyes, Flushed Winter Cheeks, Scarlet Lips

Embrace your femininity this holiday season in a stunning pink-beige wrap dress with a demure length and puffy sleeves. If you haven’t heard of NARS’ famous Orgasm blush, then we are happy to enlighten you! Orgasm is a cult beauty favorite, and The Multiple in Orgasm is taking that cult favorite to the next level. Apply this cream stick on the apples of the cheeks for a lovely winter flush, just a touch pink with subdued shimmer. We love the eyes with a wash of pink eyeshadow all over the lid, deep warm brown in the crease, and a light yellow-beige to highlight the browbone–all acn be accomplished in Smashbox’s Head Shot trio. It’s time to be a bit bold with the lips, and we are loving Cardinal lipstick from MAC’s Red Lip palette. Finish with the accompanying gloss (peachy-beige) for a great downplayed glossy red.

1. ECI Blouson Sleeve Metallic Dress @ Nordstrom for $158.00icon
2. NARS The Multiple in Orgasm @ Sephora for $36.50
3. Smashbox Eyeshadow Trio in Head Shot @ Sephora for $28.00
4. MAC Red Lip Palette @ Nordstrom for $22.50icon

Of course, there are always alternative ways to beautify a dress, and we were nearly so torn on what to do with this lovely number. A sultry smoky eye would do no injustice to it, especially when paired with pink-nude lips with lots of glossiness. If red lips are too much, try blotting after applying the lipstick, then add the lipgloss–you’ll have a pink-stained pout with just a hint of red underlying it. Neutral dresses like these really suit a variety of looks, and we have only given you two variations.

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Holiday Make Up Guide – Part 3: Smoky Eyes, Rose-gold Cheeks, and Pink Pout

Winter-white matched with feminity for a perfect combination of beauty. Pair this gorgeous coat (at a greatprice, if I do say so myself!) with smokey eyes, soft pink lips, and cheeks that are just a touch rosy, with gold undertones. Laura Mercier’s Mosaic Shimmer Block Blush offers a darling quad with shimmery white, beige, taupe, and rose. Apply the rose hue to apples of cheeks and highilght with the beige color on cheeks, forehead, and chin. For eyes, MAC’s Smoky Eye Palette is a great way to go about doing it. Try any of the lighter colors all over the lid, and use one of the deepest colors for the very outer crease and lid, and blend to perfection. For lips, we like a neutral, slightly shimmery lipstick, like Shu Uemura’s Lolishine lipstick.

1. Frenchi Boiled Wool Hooded Coat @ Nordstrom for $88.00icon
2. Laura Mercier Mosaic Shimmer Block Blush @ Nordstrom for $38.00icon
3. MAC Metallic Eyes Palette @ Nordstrom for $36.00icon
4. Shu Uemura Lolishine Lipstick @ Nordstrom for $20.00icon

The coat says it all; you’re bound to attract eyes with such a light colored coat. It needs little makeup to complete the look, but you can always add a bold red lip with lots of black mascara for a more dramatic, night-on-the-town kind of face. Just a slight smokey eye can be perfect for both day and night, which is why we chose to go for versatile rather than aimed at a particular time in the day. Just be careful what you eat, where you sit, and where you lay this coat!

Holiday Make Up Guide – Part 2: Golden eyes, creamy pink lips

Find your inner golden goddess this holiday season while you look like a Grecian princess in this darilng deep pink dress with gold detailing. We think all you need to take it from gorgeous to perfection is Yves Saint Laurent’s “White Gold” Celebration Palette, which features Tender Rose blush, Starry Rose highlighter, three eyeshadows (Heavenly Beige, Magic Copper, and Moonlit Burgundy), and three lip colors (Pure Garnet, Natural Beige, and Bohemia Rose), and Simply Gold Gloss. We recommend Magic Copper all over lid with Moonlit Burgundy in the crease and Heavenly Beige to highlight the brow. You could even try the Starry Rose highlighter if it isn’t too shimmery for your taste as a brow highlighter! Be sure to swipe on Tender Rose blush on the apples of your cheeks, while applying Starry Rose on your cheekbones, forehead, and chin for added radiance. Dust shoulders and d colletage with Starry Rose to really distract the male variety wherever you go! For luscious lips, we’re feeling Bohemia Rose with Simply Gold gloss patted on top for shimmery lips with gold sparkles.

1. Adriana Papell Sequin Grecian Halter Dress @ Nordstrom for $178.00icon
2. Yves Saint Laurent “White Gold” Celebration Palette @ Nordstrom for $67.00icon

This look is all about playing with golds and bronzes, keeping the face fairly natural and tame; the dress is bold and eye-catching on its own. To add more oomph to your look, try a pair of false lashes–not too dramatic–to achieve it without taking away from the rest. It’s important to give your face and body a healthy dose of “glow.”  We love Jergen’s shimmery glow lotion, and we also love dusting beauty powders (like Peach Haze from MAC) along shoulders. Play up features, but this look is meant to compliment the dress while keeping the dress the central piece of the evening (we just think it’s gorgeous, don’t you?). If you must go ultra-glam, pump up the eyes with a truer gold like MAC’s Goldmine, but we think peachy-coral and rosy lips suit this dress best!

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