Look your best in holiday-party photos and your Christmas cards with a few choice makeup and beauty products.
Don’t let photo fear keep you from jumping into pictures this holiday season. A few choice beauty products will boost your confidence and help you shine in family portraits and party photo booths.
Start with great skin. The holidays are hectic but in just a half hour, the Deity Targeted Atoxelene Treatment ($99 at Deity, Fremont) will leave you with lifted brows and fewer fine lines. The skin-care specialists use pressurized air to push Intraceuticals products into the skin for deep, lasting results — but the affect is best the next day, so plan accordingly.
A little glow looks healthy and slimming. Add Paula’s Choice Self Tanning Concentrate (on sale for $12.60 at paulaschoice.com) to your favorite moisturizer for natural, subtle color. The local company keeps all of its products fragrance-free for no irritation.
Even out your complexion with Make Up For Ever HD Foundation ($43 at Sephora), which comes in 40 shades so you can find a perfect, lightweight match.
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Local company Julep is beloved for its nail polishes, but its new Julep Illume Eye Brightener ($22 at julep.com) may steal some of the glory. Available in two shades, it brightens the under-eye area for a wide-awake look.
You can also get a wider-eyed look from a few natural-looking false eyelashes. Georgie Beauty’s La Petite Lash ($18 at Bluemercury, U District) is a subtle set that’s perfect for those who have sparse lashes. For every set purchased, the company donates a set to a women’s cancer center.
Add a rosy glow to cheeks and lips with British makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury’s Beach Stick ($45 at Nordstrom). Creamy and blendable, the makeup stick also plumps and moisturizes for lasting benefits.
If you’re looking for more pop on your pucker, try the new Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color ($35 at department stores). The vibrant shades not only don’t dry lips, they actually leave them more moisturized and conditioned.
Have some fun with nail art with Jamberry’s Christmas Socks Nail Wraps ($15 at jamberry.com). The easy-to-use nail stickers make festive patterns possible at home.
For a look that’s elegant but still has enough sparkle to show on camera, apply the glittery Marc Jacobs Surrender Dorothy Nail Lacquer (out soon for $18 at marcjacobs.com) over a red base.
Finally, no look is complete without polished hair. Use Philip Kingsley’s Daily Damage Defence Conditioning Spray ($38 at philipkingsley.com) before you begin your blow outs to keep strands healthy and smooth, party after party.
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