9 Holiday 2013 Makeup Looks Inspired by Celebs (The Red Carpet Giveth)
The holidays are a time for pulling out all the stops in your look, and makeup is no exception. After all, you can adorn yourself with baubles and rock the latest Isabel Marant for H&M dress, but if those leftover cold symptoms or lack of sunlight have left you a bit washed out, a touch of makeup could mean the difference between shabby and chic. We sought inspiration from some of our favorite celebrities on the red carpet, and culled nine beauty looks to try out this holiday season. These chic makeup trends will have you looking luminous in case of your very own paparazzi storm (or Instagram-wielding revelers).
If half of the reason you adore the holidays is the excess of sparkle, try incorporating some golden tones into your makeup. A champagne hue flatters lighter complexions, while a true gold compliments darker skin tones. Actress Sarah Hyland added a golden touch to her lips, eyes, and cheeks for a truly radiant look.
Nothing says health quite like a pink pout and flushed cheeks, as if you've just finished an hour of skating at Rockefeller Center or building a snowman in Central Park. For an update on the traditional peach and pink, try a light berry tone on your lips and a similar hue on your cheeks like model Karolina Kurkova.
Orange is the New Black
For the more daring, an orange lip is a delightful spin on the traditional red holiday pout. Rather than pick something neon and lurid, try a persimmon shade, or one with coral undertones. Leighton Meester masters the look by pairing a glossy marigold shade with luminous skin and a touch of mascara.
The beloved statement cat eye has seen a fair amount of experimentation this year. Makeup artists everywhere tried their hand at reinterpreting the classic, from executing the look in bold colors to inverting the upward flick. This holiday season, follow Rihanna's example and layer a bit of sparkle atop a black liquid liner that extends beyond the outer corner of your eye.
'90s kids, it's time to pull out the vamp burgundy lipstick. For a facade that's more glam than goth, make sure the shade has warm undertones and a touch of gloss. Selena Gomez showcases her statement lip with subtly bronzed cheeks and voluminous lashes.
For a look that turns winter makeup convention on its head, draw inspiration from a tropical vacation with bronzed skin and a touch of blue liner on the eyes. Adding a bit of warmth to skin that hasn't seen the sun in weeks increases the skin's luster, and the blue of the liner makes eyes appear whiter, hiding any traces of holiday fatigue. Jessica Biel wowed her audience with a metallic turquoise shade on her lower lash line, and kept the rest of her makeup minimal.
'40s Film Star
Look no further than the golden age of Hollywood and its stunning leading ladies, who dazzled in refined curls, contoured cheeks, and bold red lips. For your next red carpet event (okay, or holiday party, but you can close your eyes and pretend or something) try channeling the classic '40s film siren with a modern twist by leaving the look a bit undone. Amy Adams chose a rich red for her lips and cheeks, and highlighted her blue eyes with copper shadow, but kept the look fresh by keeping colors in soft focus and her curls slightly mussed.
A two-toned approach is the way to get particularly stunning eyes. In order to bypass clown makeup territory, try two colors that are similar in shade or share a common base note. The look is most alluring when both shadows are applied as a sheer wash of color, one on the top lid and one on the bottom lash line. Add a nude lip, and you're ready to party.
For a softer take on the traditional smoky eye, try a version in shades of shimmering grey and silver. The result is equally compelling and fresher than its darker counterpart. Follow actress Lupita Nyong'o's example and pick a light silver or grey shade for your entire lid and bottom lash line, and a darker grey for the crease of the top lid.