So often I think, “What am I going to wear to the party on Friday night?” But, I never stop to think about how I will wear my hair or makeup, which often leaves me scrambling at the last minute to throw my hair in a bun and swipe some mascara on my eyes (forget about a proper application of eye shadow!). In order to get a game plan for holiday hair and makeup I headed to one of my favorite salons, Vis-A-Vis, and teamed up with hairstylist Katie and makeup guru Michele for three easy holiday looks!
Look # 1
An easy style with loose, pretty waves.
What you will need: Curling iron (or hot rollers), teasing comb or brush, natural bristle brush and hair spray.
Katie started by curling my hair with a curling iron. Before you begin to curl, you might want to tease the crown of your hair a bit. I have big hair, and since I just blew my hair out at home we were able to skip this step. Don’t want to look too Texas!
From Katie, on curling your hair: Curl hair in vertical pieces away from your face, making sure you hold the curling iron vertically. Start at the root and slide the iron down while twisting your hair away from your face.
To achieve a looser, wavier look, Katie brushed out my hair using a natural bristle brush. You can also just use your fingers (make sure they don’t have too much product on them) to gently loosen the curls.
Look # 2
An up-do that I promise is easier then it looks!
What you will need: clips to secure hair while working, clear elastic ponytail holder, teasing comb, bobby pins, hair spray.
This next look can be loosely defined as a up-do. Start by dividing your hair into four sections. Secure the tops and sides with clips. For the bottom, section create a low ponytail with a clear elastic.
In this picture, you can see the four different sections a little bit better. Start by teasing the top section of your hair little by little.
Once you have a good amount of tease, twist the top section of hair and secure with bobby pins at the base of the twist. The more you push up on the twist, the higher your bump will be on top.
Next, grab the loose section on the right side of your head and cross it over the base of the twist (and on top of the elastic tie of the ponytail) and secure with a bobby pin.
See how the right piece has been pulled across the twist and secured with bobby pins?
Next, cross the left section over and secure with a bobby pin (try and hide it a bit in your hair). If you have longer hair, then keep on going, crisscrossing multiple pieces.
See how the front section is just slightly “bumped” up? The more you push up on the first twist the higher the bump will be.
An everyday look made even more chic with a great tip!
What you will need: teasing brush, clear elastic, bobby pins, hair spray.
Since my hair was already teased from the previous styles, Katie skipped that stepped but added hair spray to hold the volume.
Next step, begin to gather your hair into a ponytail.
Next, lean back, way back, as far as you can (you might want to sit down!) and secure your hair with an elastic.
Whenever you put your hair into a ponytail it automatically droops a little bit. But, by leaning your head back, you give your ponytail a little more height so when it does fall, it is still in a high ponytail.
Today’s products: I love the Kerastase product line and Katie is a big fan of using a teasing brush instead of a comb. You can pick one up at any beauty supply store for just a few dollars.
After my hair was perfectly coiffed, I took a seat in Michelle’s makeup chair. Michelle created an easy smoky eye and added a bit of color to my lips and cheeks for a quick, festive party look.
Start with a good base (BB cream, foundation, tinted moisturizer, etc.) and then move onto your eyes (that way if any loose makeup falls on your face it is easy to clean up without having to re-do your face!). To prep my eyelids, Michele applied a light coating of eye shadow primer to cut down on creasing and to hold the eye shadow in place.
Next, Michele applied a purple eye shadow to the outer corners of my eye. Using a figure 8 shape, she blended the purple shadow from my lash line to the top of my brow bone. Next, she dabbed a bit of silver polish to the inner corners of by eyes to make them pop.
Next, she lined the top and bottom lashes with a bit of black eye liner and black pencil. Michele used a small brush to create more of a “smudged” look.
With a few swipes of mascara my eyes were complete! Next Michelle added a bit of blush to my cheek bones and layered two pale pink glosses to my lips for a bit of shimmer.
Vis-A-Vis is these selling party-perfect holiday makeup sets. Inside is everything you need to create a beautiful look. Michelle used the set on the right for my smoky eye look.
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