FOTD: Holiday glam

Do you feel Christmas in the air? Me, sort of! The weather is definitely colder (at least during mornings and evenings) and the neighbors are putting up wreaths and trees. Shopping malls are playing Christmas songs on loop, which I think is sneaky since it makes people mellow and make them want to buy more stuff! Anyway, I'm already making plans for the holidays - gifts to give, food to prepare - but I'll never forget the most essential thing...what to wear!

This season means more parties to attend, whether they're with family, friends, or co-workers. Allow me to suggest a look that features two major holiday themes: sparkle and the color red. What I like about it is that it's versatile and has that "wow" factor. If you're not comfortable with a strong red lipstick, you can easily replace it with a toned-down shade.

Are you ready for my tutorial? Read on!

Step 1: Start with a well-primed and evened-out face. Parties tend to last until late, so your makeup should be able to keep up! I used the Smooth-365 Peptide Serum as primer, then applied the Paul & Joe Creamy Compact Powder Foundation, MAC Studiofinish Concealer, topped by Ellana mineral finishing powder. In2It for the brows and Too Faced Shadow Insurance as eye primer.

Step 2: I patted on a sparkly white eyeshadow (Urban Decay Polyester Bride) on the lid. It's whiter and more glittery in person! I always thought it's a lot like snow.

Step 3: I blended in a warm nutty shade on the crease (Bobbi Brown Copper Sand).

Step 4: I then added a bit of smoke on the outer V using MAC Satin Taupe. This is optional; I just prefer having extra definition on my lids. I highlighted my brow bones and blended out the harsh edges with Youngblood Alabaster (a translucent beige eyeshadow).

Step 5: Added definition to my lids by lining my upper and lower lash line with Estee Lauder's Artiste Eye Pencil in Soft Smudge Black. For my waterline, I used the Paul & Joe Eye Crayon (shimmery beige).

Step 6: Curled my lashes and applied mascara (Revlon Fabulash) to open up the eyes.

Step 7: Instead of blush, I contoured my cheeks with a dark powder (Artdeco Bronzing Powder). Read my tutorial on contouring here. Matching pink/peach blush with red lipstick can make the makeup look garish.

Step 8: I carefully filled in my lips with a stunning red lipstick called NYX Electra.

Here is the result!

Hope this helps!