With so many holiday-themed products coming out for the season, it can be tough navigating the sheer volume of new releases to find products that are on-trend and worth the money. Never fear, here is our lowdown on the key holiday trends, as well as our picks for new releases.
Glitter and Glimmer
Glitter is always in for the holidays, and this year, it is everywhere – on eyes, nails, and cheeks! To pull off this trend, we suggest you pick one feature of your face to go all out with the glitter (we personally love glittery eyes), and keep the rest of the look simple. To wear this trend on your eyes, we love MUFE’s Holiday Glow Palette, with a selection of diamond glitter shades to grace your eyes. If you’re thinking of lighting up your cheeks, we like Benefit Cosmetic’s High Beam for a high-impact highlighter.
If that’s not enough oomph for you, glitzing up your nails will add an extra dimension of glitter to your look. We love Essie Hors D’oeuvres and Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Blizzard for some serious nail glitter. If you dare, you can even top off you look with MUFE’s Strauss Glitters – little glitter stones that you can apply to any part of your face or décolleté.
Holiday beauty trends tend to veer either light or dark: think either a dark smokey eye, or else a white ice-queen glow. That’s why we’re more than delighted to see a little bit of romance and femininity this season, with pinks making a surprise appearance this holiday season! Our favourites this season are the Shu Uemura Heart-full Pink Parallel Eye and Cheek Palette as well as Laura Mercier’s new Illuminating Eye Colors in Crystal Fantasy, Pearl Fantasy, and Opal Fantasy – the palettes have shades that are a mix of girly romance and holiday cheer.
To finish off your look, we love the whimsy of the Shu Uemura Princess Love Wink False Eyelashes. Scent-wise, look no further than Kiehl’s Patchouli and Fresh Rose Eau de Toilette – a combination of warmth and romance that will complement the makeup.
The red lips of Hollywood’s glamorous 1930s and 1940s are always a classic! We love this look all year round, but holiday parties are the perfect time to unleash your inner movie starlet. Almost all the major brands have variations of red lipstick, but our favourites are Bobbi Brown’s Rich Lip Color in Old Hollywood and Laura Mercier’s Creme Smooth Lip Color in Red Amour. And if you want to channel the Hollywood stars of old, don’t forget to glam up your nails too! Our red nail polish pick this holiday season is OPI’s In my Santa Suit.
Jerlene lives a triple life as a caffein-consuming zombie in the morning, a hardworking multi-faceted office employee in the day, and a passionate beauty writer at night. Since its inception in 2009, her beauty blog, Of Faces and Fingers, has been featured in various print and online publications, including Allure Korea, Fabulous Magazine, Her World, and Edgars Club Magazine. You can also find her on Google Plus, Twitter as @musicalhouses, and Facebook.