Monday, November 23, 2015

Holiday Makeup Tips with Jenna

Happy Monday friends! (I only say happy because a. I'm on vacation for 2 weeks and b. it's Thanksgiving week!!) So this week I'll have some awesome guest posters who were kind enough to help me out and keep you guys fully entertained. And guys I have some incredible ladies coming your way. I could not have picked a more perfect guest poster to kick this week out with. 

Jenna over at Ivy & Grace Blog is seriously the cutest. I've been following her blog for years now and have seen her evolve. She has some awesome holiday makeup tips for you guys and she's legit because she works at my happy place Sephora, as a certified makeup artist. Enough talking from me...I'll let her take it away


Well, hello! I'm Jenna from Ivy & Grace Blog! If you've been with Nikki from the beginning, you might recognize me from my old blog, Ramblings from Yours Truly. I graced that little corner of the internet for a few years, and then life got in the way and I let my little blog go. Now, I'm a wife, mama to my precious baby, Avery, owner of the Ivy & Grace Shop, where I hand make infant and toddler headbands, and I am also a certified Sephora makeup artist! I have a lot of roles, but I love them all! 

But the real reason for this post... MAKE UP! Who doesn't love make up? It's fun to play around, express your creativity, and it's just nice to have on those days you need a little pick me up! With the holiday's fast approaching, we will be bombarded with holiday party after holiday party, so I am here today with some tips and tricks for the perfect holiday make up look!

Nothing screams holiday like a classic red lip and winged liner. It's sophisticated, pulled together, and goes with pretty much anything. Here are the steps to the perfect look:

1. Basic, matte eyeshadow. I love the Tartelette Palette to create a basic, matte eye to pair with winged liner. It has every color you could ever need, warm and cool toned. Keep the eye basic and light, with mid-toned brown shades in the crease. Our red lip is going to be the star of the show, so you don't want a busy eye competing!

2. Wing that eyeliner! Using a liquid or gel liner is the easiest way to create a sharp wing. I swear by the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper. It's super black, and the brush tip is fine and super easy to use.   The easiest way to get the perfect wing every time is to pretend like you have a line extending out from your lower lash line that connects to the end of your eyebrow. That is the exact angle you want your wing to be, the length and thickness is up to personal preference! I always have q-tips and eye makeup remover handy while creating my wing in case I mess up or need to sharpen my wing. Tip: Do your eye makeup first when doing a wing liner. That way, you can clean up your wing with makeup remover without messing up your foundation and concealer!

3. Flawless foundation and concealer. I find that this classic makeup look tends to look best with full-coverage, matte finish foundation and concealer, but use whatever you love! I, personally, cannot live without my Estee Lauder Double Wear Light foundation and MAC Pro Longwear Concealer. Make sure you set all of your complexion products with a translucent setting powder before moving on!

4. Bronze and Highlight! Bring some warmth to the skin with a little bit of bronzer. I love the Bobbi Brown Bronzer in Natural. It's matte, neutral in color, and gives a really natural looking color to the skin. You need to be careful with blush when it comes to a red lip, so to make sure I don't look like clown, I add a little extra bronzer to my cheeks for color. Highlight those cheekbones and any other high points of the face for a beautiful glow! I personally love any vanilla toned highlight for this particular look. I typically use the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01. Don't let the name fool you! It's definitely not matte, but the perfect shimmering glow.

5. The red lip! The final step and the star of the show. The red lip is our statement piece, so take your time when applying and always use a lip liner! Lip liner is especially important in a red lip because it keeps your lip color from bleeding and will make your lip line look clean. If you're going to be eating a drinking the night away, consider a long-wearing liquid lipstick like Kat Von D's Outlaw. This is seriously long wearing -- no touch ups necessary! If you're not a liquid lipstick type of girl, Nars' Audacious Lipstick in the shade Rita is beautiful! Pick a true red lipstick with blue undertones, it looks good on everyone! Tip: If you are not wearing a longwear liquid lipstick, fill in your lips with a lip liner before applying your lipstick. This will act as a base for your lipstick and will extend its wear time, as well as, making sure that as your lipstick fades, you're not left with an awkward outline around your lips!

And there you have it! The perfect holiday makeup look to get you through the season! Don't forget to stop by my little corner of the internet to say hi! Happy Holiday season, everyone!

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  1. I have heard good things about that highlighter and definitely want to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hope you have a great vacation girl!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  3. I hope you have a great vacation! And what great recommendations on products! I've heard such great things about the Kat Von D eyeliner!

  4. I wish I could do the winged eyeliner look, but I just can't! It looks terrible every time! Need to practice more..maybe that eyeliner is my missing puzzle piece! Will definitely be checking it out here soon!