Easy holiday makeup : from everyday to instant party

I recently made an appearance on WVLT news with a segment on easy holiday makeup : taking your everyday makeup to an instant party look.  I've received so much feedback about it that I thought I would go into more detail here so all your questions were answered!  So feel free to watch the video and then see below for more details and some of the products that I used...

These tips aren't product or brand driven, they're all about COLOR {whether you find it at the drugstore or the department store} and choosing colors that have a lot of impact for an instant holiday party look. 

I'm working on a model who's wearing very basic, everyday makeup - a little foundation to even out the skin, a neutral lip color, and a little eyeshadow + mascara.  Adding a gold-based illuminator to the cheekbones + apples of the cheeks adds a gorgeous radiance to the skin {one that we all tend to be without in the winter months}.  Then I add a deep, berry-colored cream blush to the apples of the cheeks and blend it in with my fingers to give her that perfect winter flush, the just-came-in-from-the-cold look.  This step adds so much life to the face, and pairs perfectly with the berry lip that follows {or also works great with a nude lip if you wanted to keep it a little more demure}.

The next step is a high-impact, bold berry lip color, which is a fresh + inspired party look : I find a deep pink like this to have the intensity of a classic red lip, but it's a little more wearable.  It's a very modern party look that is flattering on most every skin type.  {*artist's tip : make it REALLY easy on yourself and cheat a step by using the berry lipstick you pick out on your cheeks as well.  Just swipe a little lipstick on your fingers and blend into the apples of your cheeks for a perfectly matched blush color.}

Black eyeliner is the final step {and really the most important}.  A strong, black liner on top of the eyelid grounds the whole look, adding just the right amount of drama to the eye {without it being too much}.  Apply a richly pigmented {pencil, gel, or liquid} close to the lash line so that it mimics and enhances the lashes themselves, and the entire look is done {or almost…}!

If you want to take your look a little farther, pop on some gold or silver metallic eyeshadow to the eyelid to make the eyes really sparkle.  Don't be afraid to use sparkle!  Regardless of age, I think a little sparkle or shimmer on the eyelid is the most wearable place to use it without feeling overdone.  I used a gold metallic on my model {I tend to prefer the warmth of gold on the skin}, which finishes this super easy instant party look.  

All of this takes MINUTES to do and requires little to no technique {read : no more poring over You-Tube videos or combing through Pinterest to find your next holiday look}.  

*Again, this was not a product-driven segment {because these colors can be found anywhere, and you can invest in them as much or as little as you would like to}, but since so many people were asking specifically which products I used on my model, here's a list of them : 

*Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer in Kitten Shimmer

*Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Raspberry

*Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars in NSFW + Queen {custom mixed}

*Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink

*Make Up For Ever Star Powder 920