The Party-Perfect Holiday Outfit — & The Makeup To Match

Web01Photo: Courtesy of Clara Balzary.
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There isn’t a time when I don't want to put on a sparkly number, but there are really only two occasions when a sequin dress is appropriate: my birthday and, of course, New Year's Eve. To kick off 2014, I found this baby from Parker. And, despite the fact that it's sequined, it's a solid neutral, which gives me liberty to go wild with my makeup.
Step 1: Every good makeup look starts with a great foundation. For me, it’s important that my makeup lasts all night, so I started with Revlon’s ColorStay Makeup, which stays put, but doesn't feel heavy. Take a makeup sponge and lightly dab the foundation where you need it, then blend.
Step 2: I wanted to create a smoky dark eye, so I'm using a ready-to-go palette, Revlon’s PhotoReady Primer + Eyeshadow in Renaissance. Apply the slate gray shadow with a flat brush, patting the color onto the lid from your lashline to your crease.
Step 3: Then apply the purple shadow into your crease from the outside of your eye towards the inside of your eye, tapering the color as you go. Really concentrate the color in your outside crease for that smoky feel. Take a blending brush and mix the two colors together.
Step 4: Apply a shimmery beige shadow with a fluffy brush directly under the arch of your eyebrows.
Step 5: Curl your lashes and apply two coats of mascara. I love Dior Diorshow Waterproof Mascara in Black. The secret to having clump-free lashes is to wait for each coat to dry before reapplying.
Step 6: Apply peachy blush to the apples of your cheeks. I use NARS Blush in Torrid.
Step 7: You know I am not leaving the house without lipstick, and for this look I wanted something sultry for the evening. I chose Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Sultry Sable.
Revlon Photo Ready Primer + EyeShadow in Renaissance , $9.99, available at Revlon; Dior Diorshow Waterproof Mascara in Black, $25, available at Sephora; NARS Blush in Torrid, $29, available at NARS; Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Sultry Sable, $6.99, available at Revlon.
Web02Photo: Courtesy of Clara Balzary.
This holiday season, go out and find that special dress covered in sequins or sparkle to make you feel like you can take on the world and your work holiday party, all on the same day. Pair your glitz with a smoky eye and bold berry lip for the ultimate beauty combo this holiday season. Cheers!
Parker Sequin Dress, $396, available at Parker.
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