Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year’s, you’ll be on display more than ever so why not look your very best?! Hair and makeup are the key to looking fabulous while you enjoy the spotlight, so take a moment to think about your holiday look: hair, makeup, skin and, of course, your inviting smile. With a little bit of effort, you can look sensational, so here are some tips to help you create your very best look in person and in all of those holiday photos:
Skin and Makeup
- Create healthy, glowing skin by having facial and exfoliant treatments and then hydrate your skin and repeatedly moisturize it.
- Use a lip exfoliant and cocoa butter lip balm to moisturize your lips.
- Whether you do your own makeup or you have a professional apply makeup, create a look that’s as natural as possible, the “you…only better” look. Try not to overdo it.
- Use a foundation that’s close to your natural skin color. If you’re in doubt as to the best shade, visit a department store cosmetics counter professional and ask for a free consultation.
- Wear a natural shade of blush to avoid a streaked look.
- Wear face powder and use oil blotting papers so that the camera doesn’t pick up on and magnify shiny skin.
- Avoid pearlized or frosted eye shadow because they tend to catch the light of the camera’s flash and create a zombie-like reflection (i.e., making your eyes look like light bulbs) in photographs.
- Wear waterproof mascara to avoid color bleeding in case you get caught in rain, snow or other bad weather on the way to the party.
- Make sure your lipstick doesn’t bleed outside the lines of your lips by applying lip liner with a lip pencil and then apply a softer shade of lipstick. Top with a hint of lip gloss on your lower lip for a pouty shine.
- Avoid the “orange look” (that is, a very bad fake tan) by practicing with self-tanners or having tanning products professionally applied at a salon months before the holidays.
How to pose for the camera
- For a flattering angle, turn three-quarters to the camera and avoid looking head-on.
- Tilt your chin slightly downward to one side and then forward. (This position may feel odd but it looks great.)
- Try to stand on the end if you’re in a group because the end positions are the most flattering.
- Place one foot behind the other and bend the knee that’s in front.
- Put your hand on your hip to show off your toned arm.
(Photo courtesy of Rafael Pinto)