I’m so excited to introduce you to my blogger friend Sarah from Glam Granola Geek. She’s going to teach you how to get all glammed up for the holiday season. I think it’s important for new moms to still take time for themselves and get dolled and surely you’ll have some opportunities over the next few weeks.
The festive season is upon us, so find that crumpled post it note that has your babysitter’s phone number on it and CALL NOW because you will definitely want to get out and celebrate when you see how easy it is to look glam for New Year’s Eve festivities!
I must start by telling you the not-so-secret must have for your glam New Year’s look – a SMILE! Hands down, the most alluring thing you can wear is a smile, so relax mama! Really enjoy the celebrations, the food, the drinks, the atmosphere and most importantly the company. And a bonus is that the joy you feel from flaunting your beautiful smile is part of your look that you won’t have to scrape off at the end of the night. Unlike the eye liner.
Step 1 – Cleanse & Prep
Cleanse your face with a cleanser suited to your skin type, or even plain old body wash or soap will do. No big deal. Next swipe some toner over your entire face & neck. Choose a toner that is suited to your skin type or an all natural, home made variety (it will be gentler). Immediately moisturize with your usual facial moisturizer. If you usually use a BB Cream for moisturizer (like me) skip that and use a non tinted moisturizer if you have it available. Let that sink in for a few minutes (brush those chiclets!) and then smooth on a primer (I like Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser). Concentrate on the eye area and any places that need some extra smoothing. I don’t wear primer on a daily basis, so I can let go of the fact that it’s probably toxic and just enjoy some smooth skin when on occasion I do use it.
Step 2 – Apply Foundation & Concealer
I recommend applying foundation with a foundation brush (like Danielle Naturally Bamboo Collection Foundation Brush). For years I just used my fingers or a foam wedge and those work too, but I do find it goes on a lot more smoothly with a brush. Don’t be hesitant when applying the foundation. I find that a thicker base really helps you look more polished on special occasions. Be sure to blend down your neck and into your ears a little to avoid the mask look. Then apply a concealer to any problem areas. Usually these include: under eyes, blemishes, age spots, & redness (mine is typically on the nose). Blend the concealer in by gently patting it in to the skin with your ring finger (or any finger, that’s just the one I use!). Try not to smear the concealer around as this tends to just wipe it off, rather pat it in to the skin as this also has a blending effect and more of it will stay on.
Step 3 – Use Some Colour
Apply a blush that has a bit of shimmer to the apples of your cheeks with a brush and blend upwards a bit. Follow this with a dusting of translucent powder using the largest powder brush you can find, and focus on blending the blush using the translucent powder for a more even look. Make sure you dust the translucent powder over your eye area as well as this makes a fabulous base for applying eyeshadow.
Step 4 – Create a Smoky Eye
Apply a shimmery light shade across your entire eyelid up to the eyebrow using a wide, dense eyeshadow brush (this kit has a good one, plus other useful brushes).
Then apply a thick line of black eye liner along the top of the lid, and line the inner waterline of the lower lid as well as run the liner through the lower lash line. On the lower lids, blend the eyeliner with a smudger or liner brush from the inner corner of the eye outwards. On the upper lids, blend the shadow out and up slightly creating a smooth, thick line. Blend both to meet at a tapered point just past the outer corner of the eye.
Now take a dark, shimmery shade (think charcoal, chocolate brown, etc) and apply with a brush or your finer tip to the crease of your eyelid. Blend the darker shade downwards and overlap with the black eyeliner. You may need to go back for some more eyeshadow to get a nice smokey eye. Don’t be shy with it because we are going to add another layer of colour for blending purposes so it will be toned down a notch in the next step.
Next, take your wide, dense shadow brush and sweep a golden, sheer hue gently across the whole eye area to lightly blend the light & dark shadows. Add two coats of black mascara and eyes are complete!
For lips I would suggest layering a lip gloss over a lip stick. Apply the very minimum amount of lip gloss needed, it will stay on longer that way!
About The Author:
Sarah is the quirky lady who writes about beauty, babies & life as a Mom over at her blog Glam Granola Geek. She is a stay-at-home Mama to two sweet little girls & one grouchy chihuahua.