Hey gang and happy Monday. Today is the big Cyber Monday where tons of deals are happening online. I for one have not purchased anything today. Like I said on Friday’s post, the only Black Friday shopping I did was purchase some toys for my BF’s son and my niece. Other than that, I have all that I need and want at the moment. That being said, I did purchase a few things the week before that should be coming in soon. Anyway, that’s not why I’m here today. I’m here to share a quick and easy holiday look. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m not a super “Glam” person. I love makeup, clearly, but I’m not about full on Glam makeup. Looks absolutely beautiful on some many men and women, it’s just not for me. I love quick and easy makeup that looks great and still makes a statement without being over the top for my tastes. If you are interested in what that look is, just keep on reading!
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Now when I say quick and easy, I’m looking for my makeup to take me no more than 15 to 20 minutes, 20 minutes being the absolute maximum. Of course, if I am just playing around with makeup that day, I don’t mind it being longer. However, when I am trying to put my face on to go to work, for a get-together, or just ready for the day, I don’t want to spend an hour doing so, you know what I mean? So with that being said, let’s get going.
For my base, I’m working through my Milani Mattifying + Pore-Filling Primer, using that on the areas I tend to get oily and have large pores. However, use whatever primer works for your skin or no primer at all if you are not a fan. Then, for foundation, I am using a mixture of the FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Luminous Foundation in L2 and the C.Y.O. Long-Lasting Foundation Lifeproof in 101 with a tiny bit of white mixer. Obviously, to help cut down on time you don’t need to mix 3 types of foundations, I’m just working on the two main foundations in projects so I’ve been taking the time to mix them. My recommendation is to use a foundation that you know and love. If you are going out somewhere, you don’t want to be trying new products that you are not sure about, you want to look and feel your best. I blend that into my skin with a damp beauty sponge.
Next up is concealer and powder. I dab a bit of Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer in Fair underneath my eyes and on my eyelids to cancel out any redness or veins and to act as an eyeshadow primer with the same beauty sponge. I then set my concealer and face with the Besame Cosmetics Vanilla Brightening Powder. Again, use what you have, are comfortable in, and you know that works and you don’t have to fuss with. At this point, I am ready for the additional face products. Because I am so fair, especially in the winter, I tend to use a contour shade as more of a bronzer, meaning I buff it out and blow it out a bit more because with my fair skin, using a bronzer tends to pull really war and orange on my skin tone. Currently, I love using the Kat Von D Beauty Shade + Light Contour Palette, the shade Sombre. I work this into my cheekbones, lightly on the outside parts of my temples and forehead, and a light dusting under my jawline.
For blush, I want something to give my skin a more flushed appearance. I tend to go a little heavy handed with blush for these kinds of looks because I love the look of rosy cheeks coming in from the cold. Right now I’m using L.A. Colors Just Blushing Blush in the shade Just Playful. It’s more of a neutral toned looking blush but on my skin tone it shows up a bit more vibrant mauvy pink. For highlight, I like something a bit more subtle but something that gives that “Glow From Within” kind of vibe. I like the Essence Pure Nude Highlighter in Be My Highlight.
Moving on to eyes, I like to keep it very, very neutral. I want to be able to have an eye look that is not only simple but can pair with any type of lip you can think of. For that, I just take the shade that I contoured with, today being Sombre, and run that into my crease. I don’t like to pull it into my outer V area, just my crease. Then, I take a darker, neutral brown on a smaller brush and run that in the crease as well. I then take the contour shade and run it on my lower lash line. At this point, I spray my face with setting spray. One that helps my makeup last longer that I love is the Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Setting Mist, it gives a healthy look to my skin, melts all the powders together, and definitely helps the longevity of my makeup. After it dries, I throw a nude liner into my waterline, curl my lashes, and put a few coats of mascara on.
Before moving on to the lips, this is when I do my brows. Some people are blessed with beautiful, thick brows. I am not. Seriously, out of everything in my makeup routine, my brows take me the longest. They roughly take me anywhere from 3 to 5 minutes. What I do is fill and shape them in with a pencil, right now that being the Kat Von D Beauty Signature Brow Precision Pencil in Light Brown and then I run through a bit of the NYX Professional Makeup Tinted Brow Mascara in Brunette (love the formula, not a fan of the shade it runs really warm).
Lastly, my favorite part! LIPS! Seriously, with this look you can do anything! Matte, glossy, satin, cream and whatever shade your heart desires! Some of my favorite Go-To’s for this look for holiday time include Kat Von D Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Nahz Fur Atoo, Besame Cosmetics 1946 Red Velvet Lipstick, Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Tar Pit, Wet N Wild’s Megalast Liquid Catsuit in Give Me Mocha, and Wet N Wild’s Lipstick in Cherry Bomb. Any type of nudes go great with this look, hell, even natural lip colors with a lip balm or clear gloss looks good. But, when it is for the Holiday’s, I prefer those brighter, bolder colors because they give off more of a statement without having to put more effort in. I don’t do lashes, I don’t do liner. I keep the face & eyes simple and accentuate the lips.
So that’s it, guys. That’s a quick and easy holiday look that I wanted to share with you guys. With how chaotic the holidays can get, your makeup doesn’t have to be a stressor. I mean, hell, makeup is me time. I enjoy putting makeup on, that’s 15 to 20 minutes to myself that helps put me in a calm place. I don’t need to complicate it, you know what I’m saying? I hope that helps, you found it interesting or useful! What are some of your favorite quick and easy holiday looks or products? Let me know in the comments! I hope the rest of your Monday goes well and until next time!