As part of the Life Well Lived series, BlogHer asked a few of their bloggers this question:
What is your favorite way to add a bit of sparkle to your holiday look? Is it with make-up, clothing or accessories?
I love to wear the sparkle in my clothes and accessories all year long, so to make the holidays any different, I had to get brave and try out some new makeup.
I took a long hiatus from fancy makeup – like, a decade or so – so I had to go back to the drawing board when I thought about holiday makeup. I wasn’t feeling as adventurous as I did in my twenties. I’m still dutifully studying makeup trends, weighing my tastes, deciding what works for my current mid-30′s face, so I was not about to go all hog wild with all kinds of eyelashes and rhinestones. Plus, holiday parties as a suburban mom pretty much involve midnight games of Rummikub with the neighbors or shmoozing at Bear’s office party with a bunch of nurses in scrubs. Neither one really calls for a huge deviation from the norm.
But I did get to go to one great party this year – the BlogHer Christmas party – and since it was the only for real grown up party I was going to get to go to for ages, I threw caution to the wind and wore fake lashes and everything. It was so much fun to dip my toe into some more adventurous waters, but a little of that goes a very long way.
For a look that’s a little more special than my everyday makeup, but not so much that I look like I’m getting a glamourshot taken, I love to go with a color of eyeshadow that offers a little shimmer. I picked up this palette of MAC eyeshadow and I’ve gone back to it over and over again this season. It’s got variations of all the plums, browns, and blacks that I typically wear, but with some sparkle that takes me out of the typical look. For my midnight game adventures I wear a little bit of the plum along the crease of my eyelid, for my BlogHer Christmas party I wore a whole lot of that copper all over.
It’s enough to make me feel all done up, without making me feel self-conscious about how different I look.