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10 Holiday Beauty Lessons We Learned From NYC

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    The holidays in New York City are pure magic. The colorfully lit tree at Rockefeller Center, department stores going ham on their window displays — there’s just nothing else like it. It's also a time of year when we tend to get a little more experimental with our beauty routines. Our trusty BB cream-plus-mascara combo doesn't cut it when the rest of the city is all aglow — we want in on the action.

    To bring you some fresh inspiration, we're highlighting 10 of our favorite head-turning looks we spied on the streets of NYC. From gilded eyes to luxe wine-colored lips, these unexpected, holiday trends will make you forget your usual makeup M.O. And, while they'll no doubt stir up your festive spirit, they can be worn well after the season is over and the tinsel is packed away. This is thanks to makeup artist Ashleigh Ciucci's expert techniques and top Maybelline product recs. Let the holiday countdown begin.


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    Name: Lorelai Black
    Age: 26
    Occupation: Artist/figure model
    Spotted: Grand Street between Crosby and Broadway

    Get her look:
    The holidays make us want to glitter-bomb everything — including our makeup look. Luckily for us, Ciucci has an expert hack to make it stay in place: eyelash adhesive. She suggests running a thin eyeliner brush coated in clear lash glue along your entire upper lashline. Then, use an angled liner brush to press loose gold glitter (of the cosmetic variety) right on top of the glue for twinkling eyes that will rival the Rockefeller Center tree.

    After you complete both eyes, add a tiny dot of lash glue to the center of your lower lashline. (Just be sure to keep your lashes out of the way.) Then add a final dot of glitter for extra sparkle. Brow gel and sheer berry lip balm round out the look.

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    Name: Rachel Dickinson
    Age: 20
    Occupation: Fashion/beauty/lifestyle blogger and vlogger
    Spotted: Between Mulberry and Grand streets

    Get her look:
    It's been pretty well established that we love the '90s (if our closets and makeup bags weren't proof enough), so we were instantly drawn to Rachel's mauve eyes and brown lips — and appreciated her modern touch with all matte finishes. To cop her look, use a tapered blending brush to sweep mauve shadow over your entire lid. Then, pack the color along your upper lashline for added definition sans eyeliner (one less product to lug around with you). For your lips, simply line them with a cinnamon brown pencil, and fill in the center with a matching creamy matte lipstick.

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    Name: Alison Barton
    Age: 25
    Occupation: Actress/writer
    Spotted: Between Grand and Crosby streets

    Get her look:
    If you swear by a smoky eye, update your signature look with bold blue color and a geometric shape like Alison does here. Using a flat brush, cover your entire eyelid with navy cream shadow from your upper lashline to your browbone, mimicking this half-moon shape for a swath of color. Dip a cotton swab in makeup remover and run it along the edges of each crescent shape for clean, precise lines. Next step: get glossy. Tap a clear, multipurpose balm over your lids for subtle shine, and keep the rest of your look light with pink cream blush and matching lipstick.

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    Name: Sara Anderson
    Age: 23
    Occupation: Opera singer
    Spotted: Between Grand and Central streets

    Get her look:
    No beauty arsenal is complete without a bold and bright red lip. If you're already a devotee, amp up the look with a shine-free finish and super-clean edges. Ciucci suggests this fail-safe technique: Use a small lip brush to apply a first layer of creamy, matte red lipstick. Blot your lips with a tissue to soak up any excess oil, then slick on another coat. For an extra-precise shape, dip an angled brush in foundation and run it around the perimeter of your lips to smooth out any rogue edges. (Pro tip: You also might want to keep that brush on hand if you're planning on mingling under the mistletoe.)

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    Name: Erika Perenic
    Age: 28
    Occupation: Co-owner of vintage clothing boutique
    Spotted: Between Grand and Mulberry streets

    Get her look:
    Our guiding beauty philosophy is the brighter, the better, and Erika's hot-pink lips are living proof. Plus, they're a bold accessory that complements her outfit. Start by prepping your lips with moisturizing balm to create a smooth canvas, then fill in with a matching lipstick straight from the bullet for an easy, effortless look.