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Help Your Skin Survive the Holidays

From shopping to celebrating, the holiday season adds some extra hustle and bustle to your usual activities. It’s a lot to balance, and if you aren’t careful your complexion will be left looking worn and dull. Makeover Essentials has done the work to save you the stress of finding the best products to protect your skin during all the upcoming family gatherings and cocktail parties.

Winter’s dry air is known for the havoc it can wreak on skin, but Tatcha Gold Camelia Beauty Oil will save the day. It’s full of fatty acids and antioxidants that offer protection from harsh weather and moisturize rough, red skin. When your face is feeling extra dry, spritz on a bit of SK-II Pitera Mid-Day Essence throughout the day. It will give your skin the hydration it needs without causing your makeup to run.

The Colbert MD Illumino Anti-Aging Brightening Mask is a Makeover Essentials favorite. Late nights equate to lack of sleep, which leads to tired-looking skin. This product returns glow to any complexion by facilitating the renewal of skin cells. Use it twice weekly to combat dark spots and other imperfections.

You’ll have much more fun during holiday gatherings if you aren’t distracted by the discomfort of tight, dry skin. Beauty oil, midday spray, and some brightening masks will keep your complexion fresh.

Look Festive With These Makeup Ideas

Holiday season is a busy time of year, with all sorts of celebrations and family engagements. It isn’t easy to move from one activity to the next while keeping your makeup fresh. Makeover Essentials’ beauty experts have some quick and easy solutions to this dilemma. Here are our favorites:

• Vibrant Red Lips: Apply a shade akin to a stop sign, and you’ll attract so much attention to your lips that the rest of your makeup will be of little concern. If you’d prefer more of a toned-down appearance simply dab the edges of your lips with a cotton swab.

• Cool Lids: Although mascara is typically a Makeover Essentials mainstay, sometimes it just isn’t necessary. For example, you can forego focusing on your lashes and take a silvery metallic eye pencil to your top lids instead. Draw a slightly thick line right above your lashes, and consider darkening your brows a bit to help pop out the look even more.

• Bright Skin: Don’t allow the hustle and bustle of the seasonal festivities to leave you looking lackluster. Apply a highlighter in a C-shape around the outside of each eye, down the middle of your nose, and along the line of your upper lip. Add to the look by using a creamy blush to emphasize rosy cheeks.

These ideas will help you keep your makeup on point through every holiday extravaganza.

Practice These Beauty Hacks to Prepare for the Holidays

You probably want to look great at all the upcoming holiday celebrations, but don’t have a lot of time to spend learning and practicing the latest makeup looks. Worry not, because Makeover Essentials’ beauty experts have it covered. We’ve identified several stunning-yet-simple techniques that will prepare you for the festivities in no time.

Let’s begin with the smoky eye – which some people spend hours upon hours trying to perfect. Just get your favorite pointed shadow brush, close your eye, and dab shimmer shadow across both bottom and top lash lines. When you open your eye, use the brush to lend the edges. If you accidentally smudge your mascara, rub it in to magnify the smokiness. While you’re at it, use an illuminator as a replacement for eye shadow.

Now let’s focus on your lips and cheekbones. Apply some highlighter to your cheekbones for a shimmery appeal, or a bronzer if you prefer some warmth. To ensure that your shades match perfectly, why not substitute your blush with the lipstick you’ll be wearing? Simply blend some into the skin along your cheekbones.

Possibly the biggest Makeover Essentials hack of all is to bypass the makeup (almost) entirely – and wear nothing but a deep-red lipstick. You will look so striking it will seem as if you’ve actually applied a plethora of cosmetics.

Get Into the Holiday Groove With These Fashion Trends

Now that the holiday season is in full swing, Makeover Essentials’ festivities have begun. There’s a lot more to wear to all those parties than basic black dresses. Here are some in-style looks for you to adorn as you celebrate:

• Try Something Metallic: Take things a step beyond the usual silvers and golds. Try a shiny metallic top paired with a deep-colored skirt – something like a nice, deep burgundy. Then add a sharp contrast in the form of green or blue lipstick.

• Go Without the Sequined One-Piece: It isn’t out of the ordinary to see people decked in sequined gowns at formal events. The sequins are great, but they’ll make more of a statement as accents. Consider a long, sequined skirt or a silk blouse with sequined sleeves.

• Experiment With Velvet: A sleek velvet suit in a carefully-chosen color makes significant impact. Red is certainly a festive possibility, and green is a Makeover Essentials favorite. Give the look a final touch in the form of ankle-strap heels.

• If It’s Going to Be a Dress, Make It a Slip: Slip dresses are as stunning as ever, especially those with flared silhouettes, ruffled hemlines, and lace overlays. Add a matching pair of lace-up heels to accentuate the ensemble.

With these possibilities, you’ll be the life of the party.

The Latest and Greatest Fall Hair Colors

Bathing suits have been tucked away and replaced by sweaters, and sundresses are retired in favor of scarves. Highlights must inevitably be traded in for more seasonable shades as well. Makeover Essentials’ beauty experts present some of Fall’s best hair colors.

If you’d like to maintain some semblance of the warm and sunny look of the Summer, opt for something that falls between beach blond and brunette. Think of the golden color of Autumn leaves – and go with it!

A deep, rich red is an excellent possibility as well. It’s a particularly doable option for brunettes who would like to brighten things up. To ensure that the hue hits the mark, ask your favorite stylist for cinnamon tones.

If you prefer more of a sultry look, Makeover Essentials has you covered. Mahogany, chocolate, and nutmeg tones will take your brown to another level entirely.

If a traditional color isn’t really your thing, go back to the basics. Consider any of the primary colors and find the one that resonates as most expressive to you, suggests Redken’s global color creative director, Josh Wood. He says, “I see the softer, more pastel colors getting strong and more bold.”

Our Makeover Essentials style experts are experimenting with these shades – as well as the metallic silver, brass, and platinum looks. Follow us on Twitter to stay tuned in to all our fabulous ME beauty ideas this season.

 

Velvet: The Hit Trend This Fall Season

Now that Fall has arrived and the brisk air is setting in, it’s time to consider the latest fashion trends. This season sparks yearnings for comfort, warmth, and a bit of luxury. It seems that our old friend, velvet, is rising in popularity to meet all these requirements. Not only do we discover it in designer accessories and home accents, we notice it in casual wear and standard outfit staples. Here are several Makeover Essentials favorites:

  • The Bag: Velvet clutches, purses, and other bags are available in a variety of bold prints. As far as we are concerned, however, leopard beats them all as the go-to pick for our Makeover Essentials fashionistas.
  • The Shoes: Think of the straw-bag-and-sandal look that’s so popular during the summer. There is no need to relegate those sandals to the back of your closet just yet. Simply select a few pairs that are trimmed in velvet. The look is softer, yet warmer.
  • The Jacket: Puffy jackets are cozy and practical – and significantly posher when the usual nylon fabric is traded in for a sleek velvet. A nice hairbow of the same material will accentuate the look nicely.
  • The Pillows: Infuse a bit of the season into your home by slipping velvet covers over your usual pillows. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, you might have a whole chair reupholstered.

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