Holiday makeup: Accent your best features — in moderation, of course

hhendren@herald-leader.comDecember 7, 2013 

In a season that's all about sparkling lights and shimmering decor, holiday makeup calls for something a little more festive than an everyday look.

Holiday parties are the perfect time to add a dramatic eye with shadows and false eyelashes. Or maybe try a bolder mouth in one of the year's dramatic mauves or reds.

After a summer of sun-kissed tans and sheer colors, with the change of seasons, women are ready for a different look.

"They are, especially because of all the events around the holidays," said Ana Crane, a professional makeup artist and hair designer at Applied Cosmetic Services in Lexington. "This is the perfect time to go into your fall, winter look."

For holiday parties or evenings out after work, Crane says, sparkling eyes, shimmering cheeks or a deep-colored mouth is a great idea. "Anything in moderation is OK," she said.

"Focus," she says. "You want to accent your best features. So if you have beautiful eyes with great lashes, then you want to focus on the eyes. If you have great lips, then focus on those."

For the eyes, Crane starts with a primer such as MAC's Soft Ochre, applying from the base of the lashes to the brow. This makes for long-lasting color.

For an elegant look, Crane says, false eyelashes are a popular choice. A helpful hint: Trim the false lashes before applying, shorter toward the inside of the eye, longer at the end.

Top it off by accenting the brows. "You never want your brows that much darker than your natural hair," said Crane, who used a Chanel angled brow brush to apply a hint of color.

Lips are big this year. Two trends are the 1950s-inspired pinup look and the edgier grunge style. Both feature a bold lip.

For model Brianna Newman's sophisticated look to wear from work to evening, Crane used CoverGirl's Blast Flipstick in Flashy, a shimmering mauve.

Myah Winbush, a model with dramatic smoky eyes, wears L'Oreal HiP lip gloss in a neutral rose shade called Dreamer, for a shimmering, soft lip.

Crane uses an arsenal of products for her job that includes department store brands such as MAC and Urban Decay, and labels found at your local drugstore.

"I recommend going to a professional," such as the department store cosmetics counter, to see what looks best on you, Crane said. "And don't be afraid to ask for samples."

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