A few weeks ago, I got in the holiday spirit and temporarily lost my mind. Maybe it was because last December was so very quiet with a newborn in the house. Maybe it was because the older three kids are at such fabulous ages for attending Christmas events. Maybe I just wanted to go all out, I don’t know. But I bought tickets to, and RSVP’d for, just about every holiday outing Charlottesville has to offer (stay tuned for my post tomorrow about tried and true Christmas activities for the whole family, and a post later this week about what on earth to wear to said events.)
I’ve been hesitant to invest too much in holiday attire this year, but have wanted to update my makeup regimen for a while now, and thought this would be a good time to try some new products. I don’t know about you, but my face changes so much in the winter, both in complexion and skin tone. I needed a few new products to take me in to this drier, fairer season. So, I asked my friend and Arbonne consultant, Brett Baker, if we could play makeup, and one morning last week, we spent a few hours together trying a few different looks:
The first is a true holiday face: neutral eyes, bright cheeks and lips. The second is more of a smoky eye with a nude lip. Both can work for any holiday party, though I’ve been in a bright phase for a bit now and really love the Arbonne lipstick in Gladiola. Evidently, so does Brett’s darling 3-year-old daughter, Owen, who wanted to play with the “products” too.
Favorite Application Tips from Brett
- Contour those cheeks by using a bronzer or contour stick under the cheekbone; save the blush for just the apples of the cheek
- Go for black eyeliner! I am usually a brown liner kind of girl, but a black liner very close to the lash line makes those eyes pop without being too heavy.
- Feather your mascara at the outer edge of your eye. By encouraging the lashes to feather out to the sides, you can create a cat eye without a dramatic eyeliner swipe.
- Invest in good brushes. This may go on my Christmas wishlist because a good brush can make all the difference especially on the eyes and cheeks.
What I Ordered
It’s a Long Story Mascara – Y’all I don’t know how, but this stuff SMELLS good.
Smoothed Over Lipstick in Gladiola – This color is dreamy. Goes on almost like a lip balm and the shade is perfect for a holiday party!
Perfecting Liquid Foundation in Buff – Thought it was the primer when Brett put it on. So satiny and smooth!
Blush in Dusty Rose – The color is a double thumbs up for my fairer winter complexion