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Holiday party looks for the 2011 season

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Holiday party looks for the 2011 season

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Not that any of us are really ready for it, but the holiday season is fast approaching, and besides the shopping, cooking, and family visits, it’s also time for the holiday party circut, which is obviously my favorite part of the holidays. Not only are sparkly clothes encouraged and welcomed, but it’s a great time to break out the fun makeup. I often use things during the holiday season that I wouldn’t dream of using in my regular life (think glitter eye shadow). So in preparation I dug through my makeup stash to see what I was going to do this season.

The first look I liked was a green palette with golden glittery shadow. This is a simple look to do, and has a high impact. I chose the Maybelline Eye Studio Color Explosion Luminizing Eyeshadow in Forest Fury. This palette has four coordinating colors with one luminizing shadow which adds a bit of sparkle.

Maybelline Color Studio Luminizing

I started with Revlon Photo Ready foundation with CoverGirl and Olay Simply Ageless Eye Corrector underneath my eyes. I also used the Cover Girl and Olay Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush in Lush Berry. Then I grabbed the Maybelline eye palette and went to work.

Green Sparkle Eye look for the holidays

I attempted a bit of a cut crease, applying the champagne color on the lid, and using the darkest green in and slightly above my crease. I blended in a bit of the blue/green shade along the crease, then applied the luminizing shadow over the entire lid, which brought out a sparkly gold.

Green Sparkle Eye look for the holidays

I finished up with L’Oreal’s HiP High Intensity Pigment Color Truth Eyeliner in black, and L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara. Lips are Revlon Color Stay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick in Top Tomato.

Green Sparkle Eye look for the holidays

Now, because I am Retrodiva, you know I had to do a couple of retro looks. The first one coming at you is a great 80′s inspired look using Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow in I’m Feeling Retro:

wet n wild i'm feeling retro eye shadow trio

I used Revlon’s Photo Ready foundation again, as well as Cover Girl and Olay Simply Ageless Eye Corrector. With my blush, I did something different but very 80′s – I did a heavy contour.

80s retro holiday makeup look

It’s a pretty simple procedure, really. Suck in your cheeks, and where you see the cheek go in is the area beneath your cheekbones. That is the area that you want to buff in a darker blush color or, like me, use any bronzer. Because this is an 80′s look, I went for a very visible contour, but you may want to do a bit more blending. On the actual cheekbone, apply a lighter peachy pink blush, and blush it back to your hairline and up over your temples. Very 80′s.

For the eyes, I applied the pinkish purple to the lower lid. Into the crease went the blue. This needed a bit of blending and layering, but when you get it right, it looks amazing. The white color went into the highlight area beneath the browbone.

80s makeup look and tutorial

And once again I finished off with the L’Oreal HiP High Intensity Pigment Color Truth Eye Liner in black. We didn’t do sharp, defined eyeliner in the 80′s, so take a smudge brush and get it nice and messy. Mascara is Maybelline’s The Falsies (which I love).

Onto the fun 60′s look I did with a L’Oreal HiP Studio Secrets Matte Eye Shadow Duo in Animated (is it just me, or are the brands attaching eight million words to products these days?). Foundation was Revlon’s Photo Ready, and blush was Cover Girl and Olay Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush in Lush Berry.

60s holiday party looks for 2011

Out of the Animated palette, I used a small dome brush to apply the blue to my crease only. I then went back with a paddle brush and packed the white on the lid. Using a fluffier brush, I then applied the white under the browbone. Then I went back with an angle brush and applied a thin line of white underneath the eyes and smudged it in really well. Eyeshadow like that needs some eyeliner with drama, so I chose Maybelline’s Eye Drama Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner (see? that’s about 9 words!) in Blackest Black and applied it with my trusty angle brush, making a thicker line on the outer corner.

holiday party looks for 2011

The finishing touch was the Rimmel Glam’Eyes Lash Flirt Mascara.

Do you have any fun holiday looks up your sleeve? It’s really the best time of the year to have fun with your makeup, so get out there and play!

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