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It’s officially holiday party season! And it’s probably safe to say that you’ll be posting tons of photos (including plenty of selfies) from all of the celebrations you attend this year. Want to ensure you look flawless in every pic you snap? A full-coverage foundation can make all the difference in the world. Dark spots or dark circles under the eyes that you don’t want anyone scrolling through your feed to see? A full-coverage foundation can help hide them. Blemishes and blackheads that even the best filter won’t completely blur? Yep, full-coverage foundation can help disguise those, too.
Smoothing out the look of your complexion should be the first step you take when you’re dolling yourself up for a holiday party. Whether you’re a red lipstick fanatic, a sucker for metallic makeup, or obsessed with natural-looking eye shadow shades, using the right foundation can tie your whole look together and allow your best features to shine. Here’s how to apply a full-coverage foundation for flawless-looking skin (plus three fun, festive holiday makeup ideas!).
Before you apply your full-coverage foundation, you can use color-correcting concealer on any areas that you’re particularly concerned with on your face. The L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Color Correcting Crayons come in five shades that work across skin tones. The shades include peach, orange, and bisque (to disguise dark circles on different skin tones), yellow (to combat the look of discoloration), and green (to neutralize the appearance of redness). Use your color corrector shades of choice sparingly, and blend them in with a makeup blender or your finger.
When it comes to full-coverage foundation, try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation. This full-coverage foundation blends instantly onto skin to camouflage dark spots, blemishes, scars, and hyperpigmentation. It’s formulated with high-load pigments for total coverage that lasts and feels fresh all day. For the most flawless finish, buff the foundation into your skin with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, which is designed with an easy-to-grip shape. Bonus: You can also use this foundation on your neck, arms, and legs to even out your skin tone—and even to cover up tattoos. Read How to Temporarily Cover Up Tattoos with Makeup to find out how.
Once you’re done perfecting the appearance of your complexion with a full-coverage foundation, pick a holiday makeup look that’s on-trend for all your upcoming festivities. Here are three of our favorites for 2018.
Holiday makeup look #1: metallic berry lipstick. Take one look IRL and online, and it’ll be clear to see that metallic makeup is having a serious moment. To take your holiday makeup look to the next level, set aside your normal nude lipstick and embrace the metallic lipstick trend. Layer your lips with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lip Metallic in Glactic Foil or Smoldering Eclipse. Start at your cupid’s bow and work your way outwards to perfect your lip look.
Holiday makeup look #2: shimmering snowflake cheekbones. If one thing’s for certain, perfectly highlighted cheekbones are this season’s top face makeup trend. To get the look, after applying your foundation, choose your highlighting method. Want a liquid glow? Dab on a few drops of the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops. More of a powder makeup kind of girl? Try the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Shimmerista Highlighting Powder. If that’s the route you take, consider moving past your cheekbones and dust a little on your collarbones, too.
Holiday makeup look #3: Mega-bright eyeliner. Step away from basic black eyeliner and opt for a festive green instead. After your skin is set with your full-coverage foundation, Use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Wild Green, which has a felt tip for precision. Apply it along your upper lash line, as close to your lashes as possible. Start at the inner corner of your eye and work outwards. For a really impactful holiday makeup look, repeat the process underneath your lower lash line.
Now that your holiday makeup is on point, why not spruce up your hair, too? Read our article, In-Betweeners: 4 Medium-Length Hairstyles for the Holiday Season, to get some holiday hair inspo.