Looking ahead at the next three weeks, your calendar is most likely jam-packed with everything from work parties to family get-togethers, all of which require you to pay a little extra attention to your looks. That’s why we’re declaring this Holiday Beauty Week! We’ll be offering you fresh ideas to make your hair, nails, and makeup dazzling this December. First up: smoky eyes, luminous skin, and festive nudes.
There’s just something undeniably festive about lids outlined in jet-black. It’s sophisticated, sexy, and instantly dresses you up. Zoe Saldana’s smoky version works on everyone—even those of us with small eyes or hooded lids. For the blackest black, line eyes with a gel eyeliner (like Maybelline Eye Studio in Blackest Black, $9.99, ulta.com), then layer on a black eye shadow, and smudge up to your crease.
Want Camilla Belle’s unbelievable glow? Instead of reaching for bronzer or self tanners—those are likely to look fake—load on a hydrating balm. Makeup artist Gucci Westman made the models at Oscar de la Renta radiant with a layer of Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream ($42.95, dermstore.com) followed by liquid or cream foundation. Next step: Line the inside half of your lids with a white eyeliner, and apply a luminizer (like Benefit Watt’s Up, $30, benefitcosmetics.com) on cheekbones, brow bones, and just above the center of your top lip.
If you have olive or golden skin like Fergie, warm neutral tones look especially gorgeous applied on lids, cheeks, and lips. Melt a neutral-pink cream blush (we love YSL Crème de Blush in Powdery Rose, $38, sephora.com) into the apples of your cheeks, then apply it all over your lids as well. On lips: After you’ve smoothed your foundation over your lips to block your natural lip color, swipe on a beige-y, shiny lipstick (like L’Oreal Colour Riche in Tawny, $8.95, lorealparisusa.com).