The Way To Impress
Photography | John Medina
Model | Ximena Bolaños
It’s that time of year again! The time for hot apple cider with peppermint candy by the fire and yummy gingerbread men with gum drop buttons fresh out of the oven. The holidays are in lieu and Christmas and New Years are the perfect holidays to add a little extra glitz and glam to your outfit, hair and makeup! Who really needs a reason to feel extra fabulous? The holiday season is the perfect time to pull out all the stops and put your best face forward!!
With the beautiful and exotic Ximena, I started by applying a darkened matte beige/brown shadow to her crease with a fluffy blending brush. I blended the shadow back and forth until it diffused smoothly into her crease. Then I applied a shimmery champagne pigment to her mobile lid using a small shader brush. On top of the champagne colored pigment, I applied a coppery bronze shadow with an electric metallic finish. After this, using a clean blending brush I applied a medium dark bronze with a gilded sheen shadow to her outer corner and I began blending this shadow back and forth. After that I applied a gel eyeliner to her top lash line and created a small wing.
I topped her look off with a flirty pair of lashes, immediately following with highlighting her inner corner with the same champagne pigment and coppery bronze shadow previously used. To give the look more depth and drama I applied a smokey black eyeliner to her water line and black mascara on her lower lash line.
For Ximena’s face, I applied a face primer according to her personal skin type, foundation based on her skin tone, making sure to pay attention to her undertones, highlighting concealer, contour powder to add dimension to her face and blush to bring back her natural glow.
Exfoliating your lips allows for a smoother application of matte lipstick. My favorite exfoliator to use is a mixture of sugar and honey. After exfoliating Ximena’s lips, I generously applied a lip balm to add moisture for a soft and subtle pout. I lined her lips with a hot red lipliner and then applied a matte red lipstick. Red lips are a little tricky to perfect, so I like to sharpen the edges with a flat concealer brush with a dab of skin tone concealer to give the lips a nice, crisp edge.
Your holiday look is now complete! Have fun recreating this beautiful look for the perfect holiday party!