Holiday makeup tips for day to night looks

Get party-ready in a jiffy with holiday makeup tips to transform your look from day to night. Beauty-expert-approved tricks will help you to effortlessly accentuate your best features and look gorgeous all night long.

By Natalie Bahadur

The hottest holiday makeup trends
If makeup is part of your daily routine, shake things up a bit when you're heading out to a holiday party so that your look has a more festive touch. And if you don't regularly wear makeup, a bit of holiday sparkle can really put you in the party mood. But how do you make sure your makeup looks tasteful, and not tacky?

Ashlee MacEwen, a beauty advisor with Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique shares holiday makeup tips that'll help you put your best face forward this season.

CanadianLiving.com: What are the leading trends for holiday makeup 2011?
Ashlee MacEwen:
Black eye makeup in different tones and textures made a big comeback for fall and the holidays so this holiday season, don't be shy to wear an ultra sultry black smoky eye for your holiday soiree. For a twist on traditional black, put your unique spin on the look by wearing a deep navy blue or forest green.

The fall metallic trend continues into the holiday season. Gold is a timeless holiday classic as well and you can incorporate this look not only on your eyes, but also your cheeks, using highlighters and blushes enhanced with specks of gold for a radiant glow. You'll also see shimmering bronze hues on the eyes this season.

While red lips remain a holiday classic, this holiday we're going to see more deep and succulent blackberry and plum shades that create a major focus on the lips. Pair red lips with a black cat-eye and a few coats of mascara and your holiday makeup look is complete.

CanadianLiving.com: How do you make sure sparkles look tasteful; not tacky?
AM:
Sparkles are very popular come the holiday season. The application of sparkles should be the last chapter in your makeup regime; they should just finish or accent your look.

Sparkles are fun, but it's easy to go overboard. Avoid large flecks of sparkle on your face; they reflect too much light and can look tacky. Focus on one feature you want to bedazzle, whether it's your eyes, lips, cheeks or nails. A shimmering body lotion is a great way to finish any look.


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