Festive + Fabulous Makeup

by Rebecca Casciano

Sustainable beauty is a result of what we eat, drink and think, as well as what we apply to our skin. Just as our food can nourish us from the inside, the skincare, makeup and personal care products we choose can nourish us from the outside. The good news is we don’t have to compromise the health of our bodies or our environment to look and feel our best. We also don’t have to compromise glamour, luxury or style to live in a more natural and organic way. In this monthly feature, we will explore what’s in our beauty products. Please join me in my quest for the most natural, yet effective cosmetics!
The season of sparkle, cheer and holiday parties is upon us! Whether it’s your company party, dinner with friends, family gatherings, or all of the above, you’re sure to be socializing a bit more than usual this month. And since the holidays are all about bright colors and shimmery things, you may be inspired to break out of your daily routine and have a little fun with your makeup. After all, it’s one of the simplest ways to feel festive and fabulous!
Here are a few green beauty gems for your holiday fun:
Go smoky. To get this classic party favorite, try rms beauty Eye Polish in Karma. The intense, deep grey pigment and creamy texture make for a sultry, smoky eye in seconds. Apply a small amount of Karma to your eyelid with your ring finger or a small, stiff brush. Blend outwards, softening at the crease and corners of your eyelid. For a bit more drama, apply W3LL PEOPLE Hypnotist Eyeliner to upper and lower lashline.
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Make it metallic. Adorn your eyes or face with luxe shimmer and you are sure to glow. To get the look on eyes, first apply a neutral eyeshadow or concealer as a base. Then swipe your metal of choice across lids and finish with a few coats of mascara. Gold, silver and bronze are all pretty and Alima Pure Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow offers the full range. To add a platinum-like accents to the face, try Youngblood Cosmetics Luminous Creme Blush in Champagne Life. Apply it as a highlighter on brow bones, top of cheekbones and cupids bow (peak at top of the lips).
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Red rules. There’s nothing that says holiday beauty (and glamour) like a red lip. It’s also the quickest way to brighten up your face and smile. I’m a firm believer there’s a perfect red lipstick for everyone. But perhaps even more than important than choosing the right shade, you have to be willing to be a little bold– and now is the perfect time for it! One of my favorite picks for the season is Ilia Beauty Lipstick in Strike It Up, a rich, classic red with a matte finish. For a more subtle look, try something rosy but sheer, like La Bella Figura Hydrating Lip Color in Lissette La Coquette.
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Give yourself the gift of beauty and add one or two of these products to your makeup kit this holiday season. Not only will you feel great wearing them, you will be supporting brands that care about our health and environment. They would also make wonderful gifts for the women in your life. Happy, healthy holidays to you!

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