Red lips, smoky eyes: Make-up looks for the holiday season

Here are some of the hottest make-up trends to help you decide which look to go for during the festive season

Najla Kaddour
Najla Kaddour
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As we approach the end of the year, here are some of the hottest make-up trends to help you decide which look to go for during the festive season.

1990s-inspired brown lips

A brown pout is the ultimate make-up trend this season, no matter what the occasion. The 1990s brown lips have made a huge comeback, with celebrities such as Kylie Jenner and Karrueche embracing the trend. Not only will your teeth appear whiter, it looks perfect on every skin tone. Bold, brown lips can be worn with any eye make-up, whether you want to keep it simple or go all out with shimmers and glitters. This semi-matte chocolate hue is a must-try.

Bronze effect

Nothing screams festive more than bronze-gold eyelids. Apply cream eye shadow on the lid and buff into a bigger shape. Use a blending brush to soften toward the edges, especially around the crease. Add a gold, shimmery eye shadow at the center of the lids. For extra glamor, pair this look with a rich red lipstick or bold burgundy shade.

Soft and Glossy

Nothing beats a natural look, but it takes make-up to look your natural best. Make-up is used to correct imperfections and define natural beauty. This look is all about dewy skin. An intense highlighter is applied to the cheekbones and down the bridge of the nose. Pat a thick, creamy moisturizer on top of the make-up on the cheeks and forehead to get glowing, sporty skin. Dewy highlighters are being used and abused by make-up artists. A touch of gloss is used to highlight features where the light hits, such as the cupids bow, tip of the nose and inner corners of the eyes.

Bold pout

For those who are not fussy when it comes to make-up, burgundy red lips will do the job. To keep the focus on the pout, bold plum lips are paired best with radiant skin and simple eye make-up. To finish off the look, wavy curls are the key for simple yet feminine Hollywood glam, as seen on Chrissy Teigen at the Oscars.

Sun-kissed skin and smokey eyes

A smokey-eyes look paired with nude lips will remain a timeless classic look. Wear it at night with nude matte or glossy lips. As a bulwark against the winter elements, pair smokey eyes with bronzed skin. To get that fresh-from-vacation look, blend the bronzer into the temples. To make the look even more bold and beautiful, add dramatic false lashes.

Red lips and subtle brown smokey eyes

This classy look can be worn by anyone regardless of skin complexion. The smokey effect is very subtle by using a brown eye pencil and smudged around the upper and lower lash line. This creates a beautiful softness to the eyes. An option is to apply false lashes to add definition to the eyes. Finally, pair this retro look with bronzy cheeks and a classic red lipstick that has a velvety finish.

Pop of red lips

Whether you want matte or glossy red lips, the brighter the better. Bright red pouts are paired best with a sleek bun to keep the focus on the lips. Finding your perfect red is a thing of personal preference, but reds with blue undertones complement fairer skin, coral undertones for olive skin, and bold, bright shades for neutral skin. The Ombre lips on Jennifer Lopez are dark on the outside and lighter in the center, using a burgundy lip liner and classic red lipstick. For dimension, a coral lipstick shade was used at the center, and on top of that, a clear gloss for a fuller effect.

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