My Holiday Makeup Routine


My daily makeup routine takes less than ten minutes and consists of five products. My holiday routine, however, is a bit more complex than that. This is when I get to have fun with eye shadow, highlighter, and lips! I’ve been testing out some new products as of recent and am so excited to share my faves with you!


1. Prep, Prime, and Foundation 

Prepping and priming is the most important part of my makeup routine. It’s when I create my blank canvas. After moisturizing, I start with Becca velvet blurring primer. This makes my pores nice and tiny and my skin super smooth. Next, I apply Tarte’s tinted primer with BB cream. This stuff is the real deal. Using this primer has me cutting way back on concealer and foundation. The coverage is amazing! I get dark under-eye circles so Tarte’s creaseless concealer has been my saving grace. I apply this under my eyes in the shape of a triangle and blend it with a slightly damp beauty blender. Next I use Tarte’s rain forest of the sea concealer for any blemishes and a light base of Bare minerals matte powder foundation. Lastly, I use Laura Mercier’s translucent pressed finishing powder. I generally concentrate this part around my eyes and my forehead.

2. Eyes and Brows

After priming, I do eyes. I like to get eyes out of the way. I fill my brows using Anastasia brow powder duo in medium brown. I love the way filling in your brows frames your face! After brows, I use the Naked 2 Palette for my shadow. I rarely wear eye shadow and I do NOT do colors. I’m no smokey eye expert so I just kind of blend my favorite colors. For the holidays I like to use ‘Bootycall’ as a base and then blend ‘Half Baked’ with ‘Verve’. For me it’s the perfect amount of holiday sparkle. After my shadow, I use a minimal amount of Sephora’s pencil eyeliner in Cocoa. When it comes to eyeliner, I believe less is more! Mascara is my last step. I’ve been loving Definicils by Lancome. A little helpful trick: If you get mascara on your eyelid, wait for it to dry. If you try to remove it too soon, it will smudge. Use a dry q-tip, or add a tiny amount of oil (NOT water) if necessary, to wipe off. You can always add more shadow afterwards.


Cheeks are my favorite part! This is when my whole makeup look really comes together.

Becca has been my go-to for cheeks. I recently purchased their prime, bronze and glow kit using rewards points from Sephora! Although the kit is no longer available via the Rewards Bazaar you can still shop all the products full sized! First I use Becca’s sunlit bronzer just below my cheekbones. Then I use Bare Minerals warmth blush directly on my cheekbones. After I apply some color to my cheeks, I highlight. I sweep some champagne pop By Becca onto my cheeks using Fenty’s cheek hugging highlight brush. Best. Purchase. Ever. This brush applies highlighter exactly how it’s supposed to be applied. I tend to sweep it on from the outside of my top cheekbone to the inside. I get tons of compliments on my highlight :)


 The final touch! I always start with my primer by Mac. It really makes all the difference for a smooth application. This year, I’ve been loving ruby woo and studded kiss.

Thank you for reading about my holiday makeup routine! I am no beauty expert, but I hope some of you have picked up a few new tips and tricks!


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