It’s the most wonderful time of the year—family gatherings and holiday entertainment is on everyone’s schedule. Hosting a party during this busy holiday season requires a lot of work and there seemingly is never enough time to spend an hour on your makeup. I invited my friend, professional makeup artist Yumi Kaizuka, to give my guests expert advice on tips and how-tos for a flawless, gorgeous look without sacrificing the time.
My two friends graciously agreed to be the models for this makeup session. Each one of them has unique, beautiful features, vibrant personalities and different styles. Yumi, the makeup artist, is very creative and did a fantastic job finding an expressive look to complement each one of them while keeping in mind that time is a commodity when entertaining at home.
Whether you are hosting a holiday brunch, or a Christmas feast, find what inspires you with this easy step-by-step Holiday looks’ tutorial!
In this post my friend Natalia is getting a day time look with natural fresh face and not-so-smoky eyes. While she hardly uses any makeup on daily basis, when she hosts at home, she is always perfection. At our makeup session her look was aimed for a day time occasion, with just enough oomph to wow her guests next time when she and her husband are hosting their famously delicious Crêpes Brunch together!
THE LOOK: Natural fresh face with blush and light smoky eyes.
“You don’t want to see strong makeup during the daytime,” says makeup artist Yumi Kaizuka. For Natalia, Yumi created nice glowing skin and easy-to-apply smoky eyes to highlight her naturally beautiful hazel-colored eyes.
EYES: For softer-looking day time setting smoky eyes, Yumi kept the application subtle. Neutral hues of golds and browns really enhance the richness of hazel-colored eyes.
To save on time, tap the cream shadow in light bronze on your eye lids. Yumi uses Maybelline Eyestudio color Tattoo Metal 24HR cream gel shadow in Bad to the Bronze.
Then, use the dark brown eyeliner to trace your top lash line from the inner corner to the outer. “Avoid the waterproof eyeliners,” notes the makeup guru Yumi Kaizuka, “those are hardest to smudge.” Glide along the lash line and don’t worry if the line is far from perfect. Using the eye definer brush, blend in the color from the crease into the outer corner.
To really open up the eyes, highlight just in the center of the lid, by using the cream gel eyeshadow from Maybelline Eyestudio Color Tattoo Metal 24HR in 70 Barely Branded. Curl those lashes up and finish off with a generous coat of mascara for the va-va-voom effect!
BLUSH: Any blush can make the redness on your skin look even more pronounced. To create a flawless, glowing skin, first apply the foundation or BB cream to cover all the redness and even out the skin tone. Begin the blush application by finding the highest point of the apple of your cheeks. Smile and start directly below your pupil, apply the cream blush by gently tapping with your fingers outward and toward the ear. It will create nice sheer finish and a healthy glow. For Natalia’s look Yumi used Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in 30 Candy Coral.
TIP: For the face that is ever so radiant and youthful, add some powder blush on top of the cream blush for a more defined effect. Yumi notes that the color shouldn’t be too strong. For Natalia she used natural coral pink by Chanel Joues Contraste in 99 Rose Petale.
With just the right amount of not-too-smoky eye makeup and glowing, radiant skin, Natalia’s day time look is effortless yet chic! And super easy to achieve!