Believe it our Not, but the holidays are right around the corner. In my years of being in the makeup/skincare industry when it comes to getting ready for all of the holiday Soirees, I have found that it is an Adult version of PROM!!!!

I am here to tell you how to make this Holidays face fool PROOF!

Always the Big trend of the holidays are a Holiday Red lipstick, So how to pick one, but how to make it looking great all day or night long is another thing.

So a Red lipstick is a Stone cold Classic, however to pick the right one for your skin tone is not the easiest thing to do.  Fortunately I am going to help you out.

A fair skin Lady: 

If you have fair skin, consider a shade that has more of an orange tone to it. This will instantly brighten your complexion.  Think of that wonderful garden red tomato, or a rich piece of red coral. I am not saying you cannot go with a deep red, but please stay away from a blue red they tend to make you a bit too harsh as well a bit dead.

Make sure you go and try the color on before buying it, snap a selfie and make sure it does not look to jarring.

Keep this look up to date? Apply without using a lip liner if you happen to have a few fine lines around your mouth use a flesh tone lip liner apply around the lips after applying the lipstick 

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A medium skin lady:

Think about a cooler red, this means blue, no orange at all. This is the most commentary tone to make your skin tone pop. Think about a Cranberry or Crimson tone. Wearing a shade that is right for you TRULY make you the belle of any ball.

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A Dark skin lady:

The darker skin tone lady often thinks they have got to go to a much deeper color intense color, NOT TRUE.  The reason people feel this way is that a darker skin person usually has a darker lip. To be able to make a sheerer lipstick show, try to even out the color of the lip. Try smoothing a lip foundation over the lip, the same shade as the lip or a shade or two lighter.

I especially like a Brick tone red on a darker skin tone. I love changing up any red color with adding a gloss to it, this makes it playful, as well many more options.

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Things to consider when wearing reds:

Consider the lighting of where you’ll be. If you are going to be outside pick a sheerer red. For evening, go bolder, this way your features will stand out more.

Avoid deep reds in you thinner lips. A deep red will tend to make your lips look thinner.

Experiment with more intensity is you have stronger coloring. For example dark hair, whiter skin, lighter eyes. A natural contrast will give you many more options.

Don’t play both too many features: When wearing a red lipstick keep the eye clean and light.

Don’t toss a red lipstick that does not work, make it work!

Top a warm gloss on a cool red, and a cool gloss on a warmer red.

Make the look work: Take a dab of the red lipstick you choose and apply it to your cheeks as a crème blush. My mother would do this always when wearing a red lip color.

How to prevent bleeding: Apply concealer and powder around the border of the mouth, or use a no color lip liner.

How do you avoid getting it on your teeth?

After applying the lip color, put your finger in your mouth, purse the lip around it, then slowly pull it out to remove the excess color.

If red scares you, try using a gloss, a lip stain, a lip liner with a more neutral lipstick over the liner.

I truly feel everyone can find that perfect red for herself…but remember it is for you, not the same color all of your girlfriends wear!

So here in Colorado we tend to be drier, lacking luster in your skin, how do we get that amazing red carpet fresh look?  Do not think of Contouring, think of Strobing. 

Strobing is the anti-contouring. Strobing is all about enhancing your features by using only a highlighter and natural light. You won’t be caking on tons of foundation; this makes it great for all seasons. I know you are asking what is a highlighter?

It is usually a liquid or a crème shimmer that can be used alone on the skin of mixed into a foundation or moisturizer. It brings a shimmer to the surface of the skin giving a more illuminated effect to the face.

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Its time to throw out those expensive contour palettes with too many mind boggling options, just pick one simple highlighter that can do all of the work for you. Strobing is about simplifying the technique and just focus on where the natural light will hit you, and apply highlighter there to bring that area out a bit more.

Freshen the Face

This is a natural look. Its results are that of a hydrated less make up look, it is good for a younger face, but also great for someone with a drier face, a few lines on the face. This look will give you the illusion that you are drinking your green juices and going to the gym or yoga class daily. A simple and easy way to get this look all over is use an illuminator combined with a moisturizer or mixed into your foundation, Instant youthful…. we all need that at Christmas time!


The most important step to Strobing: Highlight all of the right places. It’s all about brightening up your face; think about where the light naturally hits you. Apply a highlighter on the apples of your cheeks, the bridge of your nose and the cupids bow, this is allowing you to highlight the main area of the face. I also like to apply it to a face on the inner corners of the eyes, the brow bone, the chin as well the center of the forehead, but avoid this area if it tend to get oily.

If you have great skin that will be enough, but if you cannot bear to leave the house that way, apply a bit of foundation over the illuminated areas.

This is a simple and easy way to get you in the holiday mood, a classic red lip, and youthful fresh face!

Enjoy the season; make it a beautiful time with Mooreforlife!