Merry and Bright: Red & Shimmery Gold Holiday Makeup

'Tis the Season to Shine: Red & Gold Holiday Makeup

I will fully admit that I’m not the most talented accessorizer. I rarely wear jewelry other than my wedding ring and heirloom family ring, and I’m always impressed by women that can stack bracelets and pile on necklaces to look amazing. One accessory that I never leave the house without, however, is makeup. On a day-to-day basis, I play it safe for my work environment, but weekends and nights out are another story.

When the holidays roll around, I go totally nuts. I bust out the bold lip color, I actually get a manicure for once, and I pile on the shimmer. My husband has a legitimate glitter phobia (no, seriously), so I’m restricted to shimmer and sequins.

These bold looks above for eyes, lips, and nails use classic red and gold holiday makeup but each has a graphic, modern twist. You can use one look on its own for subdued glamour or go crazy and wear them all for serious drama (that’s my plan for this weekend!). I included my favorite concealing and brightening skin products as well, since glowing skin is the best canvas for bold use of color.

I plan on spending the weekend in a sea of Santa hats and champagne, so I’ll road-test each of these looks and report back on how well they stand up to merrymaking. Happy weekend to all, and to all a good night!


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