How much is too much when it comes to makeup?

Special Occasion Makeup Application

You might have your go-to look for day and night down to a science, but there are certain occasions for which you may want to look extra special. A party or big event can be the perfect time to go the extra mile with your makeup.

Holidays are a popular time to be a bit more adventurous with your cosmetics, especially when it comes to subtle shimmer and sparkle. As with all makeup, the trick is not to overdo it - there's no need to rival the decorations! Simply amplify your normal tones with a little something special. Try a sheer gold lipstick or gloss over your normal hue for an added pop that isn't too audacious. A light shimmer on your cheekbones over your blush will give you a holiday glow that makes your skin look extra luminous. If you're feeling a bit more daring, a dramatic, smoky eye is always appropriate for these nighttime occasions. Try a little glitter along the lash line for an extra pop.

Another important makeup occasion is your wedding. Bridal makeup is all about making you appear as the prettiest version of yourself, so this isn't the time to try a new look. However, you might want to apply your makeup a little darker than normal, so you don't look washed out in your photos. That said, you want your look to be fresh and pretty. Use a shimmering highlight along your cheekbones to accentuate them, and apply a bit of light bronzer to the bridge of your nose, forehead and temples for a healthy glow. You could also apply a bit of a frosty, cream highlight shadow to the inner corners of your eyes to really make them stand out. The necessary final touch is waterproof liner and mascara, so you can cry all you want at the altar and still look flawless.

The most important thing to remember is to set aside a bit of extra time to get ready for a special occasion. You may even want to have your makeup applied professionally. Plan out your makeup like you would your outfit so you have a cohesive look.

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