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Holiday 2005 Make Up Tips

By Lynn Starner

There are some great new looks out this fall and holiday season. If you're planning on going out, you're probably looking for a new or different look. I've compiled several of my favorite styles for this season to help you choose the one that will best fit your situation and needs.

Focus On The Lips

This look is all about your lips. Whether you use a bright jeweled lip color or a matte frost, remember to use a gemstone color. They're hot this season. Amethyst, ruby, gold, garnet, plum, etc. are all great colors. Try to use a color a few shades darker than your usual lip color.

Don't do much else but add mascara to your top lashes only. This look is complimented by loads of mascara. You can also add a neutral color to the crease of your eyelid. (The crease of the eyelid is becoming a popular style.)

Line It Up

Do you love eyeliner? Looking for something new and exotic? This is the holiday make up tip for you. It's all about eyeliner.

Using a dark eyeliner pencil, lightly trace where you want your liner on both the top and bottom lids. Then take black eyeshadow and mix it with a little hydrosol, water, visine, etc. Using a thin eyeliner brush, dip it in your creamy eyeshadow mixture and trace over the eyeliner pencil line. Keep your line very thin. You'll find it's easier to trace over the line than to do it freehand.

Now for the fun part. You'll see a space where your top and bottom lashes meet. Place your eyeliner brush there and draw it outwards. Make a curve as you pull it away. You'll get a "cat eye look and your line will go from thick to thin. You'll get perfect placement every time.

Then add some baby pink blush just to the apples of your cheeks. Using a brush the same size of the apples of your cheeks works best. Smile and place your brush against your apple. Does it look too big, too small or just right? You'll be able to tell when you've got it right. Tap the excess blush off and tap it onto the apples of your cheeks. It's easier if you're smiling while you do this. Dust your brush off on a piece of tissue then gently blend the blush back towards your ear a bit.

For your lips, avoid the gloss. Use a matte or a matte frost in the now popular color of pink with tan undertones.

The Red Lip

Yes, the red lip is back in vogue. And you can wear this awesome look too. It's red and it's matte and it's gorgeous. You can go two ways with this look.

1.Red matte lips and nothing else.

2.Red matte lips and exotic eyes.

For lipstick try a blue-red. It"ll make your teeth look whiter compared to an orange or brown red. Berry colors are usually a winning color.

For the eyes, you'll have a smudgey look using either jewel tones or matte. Remember not to mix them! One or the other. Apply vibrant gold, copper, chestnut or bronze over the entire eyelid and smudge it below the eye. Don't use black, gray or charcoal for this look. Use a rich dark brown eyeliner (no black!) and draw a thin line on the top and bottom lashes and if you like, line inside the eye. Then smudge the eyeliner so it's still a visible line, but smudgey.

No blush for this look.

And there you go! You"ve got three of this season's hottest styles to help you look your very best for all those holiday parties. Look and feel your best this season by not forgetting to take time for yourself this month. A little pampering can help ease the holiday stress.

About The Author
Copyright © 2005, Lynn Starner, All rights reserved

Lynn Starner is the proprietor of Beauty Bliss Mineral Cosmetics at

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