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In a Flash: Holiday Pretty

From office to office party in five minutes

12 15 2011


Holy smoke! Where did the day go?

One minute we’re sipping our morning joe (illy, of course) and the next, it’s 6:00pm – With not much time to spare, our Beauty Girls share quick fix tips that take you from the desk to the holiday party circuit in a jiffy. Holiday-party-game-face on!

Blot Blot Blot

Before applying additional foundation to face, concealer to under eyes, or rouge to cheeks – give your t-zone a good blot. The simple act of blotting away excess oil helps settle the skin and prepare it for the application of subsequent products. The newly matte surface is now primed for makeup.

Go sleek with Bobbi Brown Blotting Papers (212 872 2681).  The powder-free tissues are housed in a handy, refillable, faux-leather case with mirror (genius!). Super chic, indeed.

Amp Your Lips

Nothing conveys holiday glam like a glossy nude, shimmering ruby, or statement making red.

For mature skin that’s slightly dry – Create a dazzling point of interest with slick, glistening lips. Based on your mood, choose a soft nude like Hourglass Extreme Sheen Gloss Set (212 872 2671) or a ravishing red like Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Lost Cherry (212 872 2813).

For oily skin that tends to “glow” quite a bit – Balance your natural dewiness with semi matte lips. The contrast is quite beautiful and plays up your radiant complexion. CHANEL Rouge Allure Velvet (212 872 27779) is quite appropriate.

Walk The Line

Choose the soft smudge of a pencil or the crisp winged-line of a liquid — Either way, framing the eyes for evening is a must. You’ll thank us when you see how fantastic your eyes look in photos! Smolder with: Bobbi Brown Creamy Eye Pencil (212 872 2681). Be sharp with: Le Metier de Beaute Precision Liquid Eye Liner (212 872 8612). Need help perfecting your line?

Be Cheeky

You’ve been at your desk all day — Instead of reaching for more foundation, wake up the face with a flush of color to the apples of cheeks. This brightens, highlights, and contours all in one simple step. Fair to light beauties should try Tom Ford Cheek Color in Wicked (212 872 2813), it’s a lovely, fresh shade of pink. Olive to rich complexions will create warmth and glow with  Tom Ford Cheek Color in Flush (212 872 2813).  If your skin is on the dry side, hydrate and pop those cheekbones with a creamy option like Edward Bess Compact Rouge (212 872  8826).

Need a little help with applying cream blush? Follow our guidance!

Stir Up Drama

If you have a few extra minutes to spare, go full throttle with sultry jewel-toned eyes. Don’t worry about achieving smoky eye perfection — a simple layering of shades (from light to dark) will achieve the desired effect. Start by pressing the lightest shade of your compact over the entire lid. Next, working from lower lid to crease (making sure to not apply above the crease) apply layers of shadow from light to dark. Lastly, use a small fluffy brush or clean finger to blend across the crease to erase any harsh lines of demarcation. Party time!

Our Party Picks: Perfect for Dark EyesTom Ford Eye Color Quad in Cobalt Rush and Violet Dusk (212 872 2813). Perfect for Light Eyes - Bobbi Brown Black Ruby Sparkle Eye Palette (212 872 2681)

Fresh Coat

Our Beauty Girls have done it a zillion times in a pinch – a quick coat of Tom Ford Nail Lacquer, then off to the next meeting. Though deeply pigmented, these fashion forward shades dry in an instant. For holiday cocktails, we suggest a classic crimson shade like Smoke Red (212 872 2813).

Finishing Touch

Not so fast — Before dashing to your holiday fete, add the subtle, light-reflecting shimmer of Guerlain Vol de Nuit Powder Spray (212 872 2734). The ethereal glow warms the skin and adds a festive kick. Now go on, celebrate!




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