Hope all went well during the always hectic holiday season. It is probably my favorite excuse to get glammed up. Even though my family is extra chill, I always dress up.
Speaking of my favorite holiday ever-- I absolutely loved getting all glammed up for New Years Eve. Just because the holidays are at an end, it doesn't mean you can't enjoy some of the best of the season. Let me define a simple look that each and every one of you can do!
Wether you are bringing your NYE look to dinner & a night out on the town with your beau or you are headed out to the biggest bash in your city-- doesn't mean you need to go out and spend money on getting you hair and makeup done.. Do it yourself!
An appropriate look for hair would include hair down in loose curls, or softly swept back in a loose bun with a dazzling clip.
- For loose curls, use a 1 1/2"-2" curling iron depending on length of hair. Curl the hair turning the wrist away from the face, and then pin-up with flat metal clips to let cool. Repeat until finished and remove clips. Run a wide tooth comb through all the curls. This will separate the curls and help them look more voluminous. Spray a lightweight shine all over and run your hand through hair again. Place your bangs or layers around the face, finish with a movable hair spray and DO NOT over do it.
- For a soft swept bun with clip, use a 1 1/2" curling iron. Use your fingers to grab 1" sections and wrap the hair on the outside of the iron. Do not pin them just use lightweight hairspray to set. After you finish the entire head, grab the strands in the back and use bobby pins to secure them "messily" in a bun. Keep adding and pining strands until you achieve the look you like. Leave a couple of the strands in the hanging loose in the front. Finish with hair spray all over, and add a jeweled barrette or bobby pins to finish the look.
Makeup should be super fresh-faced with a focal point like lips. Remember, less is more and blending is key.
- By Fresh faced, I mean minimal makeup with perfected skin. I recommend using a primer to smooth over the skin, such as Smashbox. This will help the foundation stay on longer and hold your stay foundation oil-free and smooth. Opt for a lightweight mineral powder on top of a tinted moisturizer to even the skin out. You can use creamy concealer for any additional coverage.
- Next, give yourself some gorgeous cheekbones by using an angled blush brush and a nice rich mauve blush. Use your brush in a "nike-check" motion from the back of the cheek to the front.
- Eyes should be simple with a matte ivory-peach on the lid and under the brow. Use a soft blending brush to use a matte taupe color in the crease of the eye with minimal pressure. For liner, use a cream/gel liner with a sharp angle brush to achieve a winged liner look. Be sure to do the opposite eye of your writing hand first to make sure they both turn out even. Finish with a great thickening mascara, and zig-zag the brush through your lashes for a fuller result.
- Move on to your lovely lips, for they will be a focal point tonight. Take concealer and lightly brush over the lips mixed with a dab of lip conditioner. Blot off excess. Use a colorless lip liner, like MakeUpForEver to line the lips perfectly. Choose colors like neon orange, bright red, rich plum, dark purple, or bright pink. For extra bling and shine, add a lip gloss with glitter flecks.
Comment with any questions and send us pictures of your NYE hair, makeup, and fashion!! We'll be featuring our favorites on our first new year's blog of 2012!
Jordan K Winn & Co (c) 2011