December officially marks party season, which means holiday makeup is out in full force. Between work parties and large family dinners – both filled with Instagram-worthy photo ops – showcasing an impressive and festive spin on your usual look is fun. Incorporating new color palettes and schemes this season is a must, right?
On the other hand, straining your skin with harsh ingredients could do more damage than good. You may look flawless the night of, but the next morning is met with dryness, breakouts and redness. Or, you fail to blend properly and suffer from embarrassingly obvious makeup. Either way, the results are anything but glamorous.
If you’re go-to look is as minimal as tinted moisturizer and a volumizing mascara, your skin could be in for a shock this month. To avoid any holiday makeup predicaments, take the following precautions to safely wear makeup when dolling up for the holidays:
Wash Your Face – Without Fail
Hitting the hay with a face full of holiday makeup may seem like the best thing to do after a boozy night, but it’s a hard-to-break habit you’ll seriously regret the following morning. Aside from a splitting headache and a dry mouth, last night’s antics topped off by sleeping with your makeup on could result in a pesky breakout. We recommend sticking to your full routine every night, including cleanser, eye makeup remover (or coconut oil), toner, serum, moisturizer and eye cream. If you must, however, at least keep makeup towelettes at your bedside. While these allow you to remove your foundation essentially half asleep, wipes don’t provide deep cleansing. And, they certainly don’t offer the anti-wrinkle properties from your professional skincare line. Use makeup wipes in case of “emergency” only.
Go Easy on the Lip Liner
Full lips are sexy. But, trying to fake a puffy pout by over lining your lips takes pro-level experience. Otherwise, going overboard with the lip liner can look obvious and sometimes awkward. Instead, enhance your lips with a striking red lipstick or add some shimmer to highlight your cupid’s bow. Gloss, while somewhat cumbersome, is another strategic product that makes lips appear softer and fuller. To get a sexier look to last, lip fillers are the go-to choice among beauty experts and celebrities. Juvederm is a safe injectable gel that provides natural-looking results. For questions and inquiries about Juvederm in Miami, schedule an appointment with Dr. Busso.
Contour and Highlight Naturally
With the endless mouthwatering treats and easy-to-down drinks throughout the holidays, slight weight gain is expected this time of year. Alcohol and sugar lead to bloat which sometimes displays itself directly on your face. Contouring for a sharper jaw line and a slimmer visage helps combat the unwanted side effects of holiday calories. Meanwhile, highlighting allows for a glowing, fresh look – effectively hiding the little sleep you actually got the night before. Remember, less is more. Oversculpting your face to look like a Kardashian/Jenner may backfire. Start with some simple bronzer and a matte highlighting cream to bring out your best look. Finish it off with a translucent powder to keep makeup in place all day – or night – long.
Don’t be scared to step outside of your comfort zone when applying holiday makeup. But, exercise caution when trying new products or ingredients that could trigger adverse side effects due to conditions like rosacea, adult acne or dryness. Finally, remember to give your skin a break occasionally and let it breathe. Your skin is the body’s largest organ and needs oxygen to thrive!