I wanted to create a New Year’s Eve look that was versatile enough to work for both a cozy dinner in with friends or a Gatsby-Bash style celebration. I also wanted a look that was focused on complexion perfection; given the amount of photos we would probably take during the holiday festivities so creating the perfect base on my face before applying actual colors and shades was paramount.
Step 1: I started off my look by using Dior Beauty’s Backstage Pros range FIX IT COLOUR multipurpose color concealers: inspired by the house’s Backstage makeup techniques. The 4 shade collection is comprised of colors designed to target and neutralize the colour imperfections all over your face. Because imperfections aren’t always red or spotted, they differ according to the area of your face like your nose or lips; so according to the color wheel, each shade you use to cover up these discolorations needs to neutralize them rather than simply just cover them up. Let me demonstrate further:
First: Green, your weapon for fighting redness.
Lately I’ve been experiencing increased redness, so again according to the color wheel green cancels out red. You can see in the picture where I chose to apply this on my face. It differs from one person to another
Second: 200 Apricot This one is made for us olive skinned ladies
Think dark spots, hyper-pigmentation and dark circles that are usually caused by excess sun. Guilty! I have one that is a nightmare, no high-end cream can fix, so applying an apricot shade over it totally toned it down, better than any yellow concealer I’ve used before. This is how I applied it.
Third: 100 Blue, Anti-dullness action
Blue you might think? Yes, blue, lilac-blue evens out yellow-toned skin for an enhanced glow. So this one should be applied to dull areas of the face where you feel light is captured most. Here is how I applied it
Fourth: 300 Yellow
This one is pretty much straight forward- like any yellow toned concealer it works to erase stubborn under-eye circles especially blueish-darkish ones and here’s another way to use it. On your lips, specifically before applying lipstick, to bring out the true color intended.
It’s all about blending really well, here I used my once again trust Beauty Blender.
Step 2: Foundation
I wasn’t looking for heavy coverage, especially since I used the FIX IT COLOUR color concealers, but I did want my skin to glow with a dewy finish, kind of like the strobing technique that’s so in right now. That’s why instead of using your just any classic foundation, I chose the Dreamskin Perfect Skin Cushion by Dior. Light, airy, and hydrating, I love the way it left my skin looking luminous, perfect for a holiday look.
Step 3: EyeShadow
I’m loving every detail of the Dior Splendor Holiday Collection out now inspired by iconic fashion house’s couture ateliers with their sparkling creations embellished with lots of sequins motifs.The 5 COULEURS SPLENDOR Eyeshadow Palette in Precious Embroidery is a real stunner not to mention a limited edition, almost too pretty to use.
The textures are pearlescent and medium pigmented, with a ideal satin finish. For my eyes here I used the off white as a base, topped it off with the gorgeous gold champagne shade in the middle and creased my eyelid with the bronze taupe shade and then worked my way up to my brow bone with a medium taupe.
Step 4: Lipstick
No Holiday look is complete without a striking bold red lip shade, that’s not even up for debate. And it doesn’t get more classic, then a good, creamy red lipstick with exceptional long wear that won’t dry your lips out. That’s where the 999 Rouge Dior comes in, a staple matte fiery red shade, that will never go out of style. Be prepared for a brighter complexion (and teeth!) and for lots of compliments. I didn’t even have to reapply after a meal so that makes me very happy and comfortable.
Step 5: Blusher
Next, I applied the gorgeous DiorBlush Splendor which is also designed to keep with the spirit of the holiday sequined collection, dabbing lightly on the apples of my cheeks. it’s a slightly shimmery apricot shade that will give you just the right amount of warmth without competing with your pigmented lipstick.
Step 6: Highlighter
Finally my favorite from the Splendor Collection,The Diorific Illuminating Pressed Powder with its gold jewel-like packaging. I love the formula on this, it’s sheer but gives of an actual pigmented glow rather than simply a shimmery powdery finish. It’s the perfect subdued gold and everything you would expect your festive new highlighter to look like.
Step 8: Bonus Touch
Last but not least Nails! I love how these Diorific Vernis bottles now look like Christmas ornaments. The formula is high shine as one would expect for the holidays. I chose the 850 Splendor, a classic red with a subtle shimmer, which lasted for up to ten days on my nails, no complaints there at all. It went perfectly with my full holiday makeup look.
And there you have it, I hope you enjoyed this Step by Step Holiday Tutorial. Check back in for more new looks I have have planned for you this 2017 and don’t forget to follow me on SnapChat- IVYSAYS for all the latest in beauty arrivals as they hit your favorite makeup counters.