Published: December 03. 2012 2:56PM
Written by Stephanie Morgan
Lucky us. We have a new star in town. Sephora, the beauty retail store specializing in makeup and skin-care products, has opened at Haywood Mall and has brought more make-up to the shelves than we can possibly browse in a day. This is our own personal candy store for grownups. Itís just the spot for those who love making a pretty face just in time for the holidays ó and letís face it, who doesnít?
We dropped by for a step-by-step lesson to create a perfect holiday look for Tiffany Boggs, a wife and mother of three, who was interested in spicing up her look for upcoming holiday happenings.
Start with a clean face that is well moisturized. Selecting a moisturizer can be a bit tricky, so help from an associate will help in choosing the one that best suits your skin type. Oily to dry, we all need to moisturize, so taking the time to find the one that works for you will pay big dividends later. Tinted moisturizer can be an option too, depending on how much coverage you need. In any case, start with your cheeks and nose and blend out to the rest of your face.
Itís all in the eyes. Prime the eyelids first to ensure that eye shadow goes on smoothly and lasts longer. A little primer goes a long way and makes the same true for shadow. Then add color ó a highlighter ó under the brow bone. Using a fluffy brush to spread the color onto the eyelids and spread the color out so that itís thinner. Stronger color is tapped on the eyelids with a smaller brush, and can create intense color. The golden tones work perfectly with any color this season ó on the eyelids, they make a nice strong statement. Finally, blend it out with a fluffy dome-shaped brush intended to blend the colors together. We want all of the colors to work together and create a seamless look on the eyelids.
Apply blush (for Boggs, we used Cinnamon Spice by Sephora) gently and in an upward motion while applying color to the cheek bone. Apply eye shadow and then add liner. Using an angled brush, capture the color of soft eye pencils on the brush and line the eyes in two steps. Never try to line the entire lid in one stroke; line from the outer corner to the middle and then, the middle to the inner corner. Eye shadow is ready for liner and mascara after the shadow has had moment to rest. On the bottom of the eye, a very light line on one quarter of the lid will do. Lining the entire bottom can make the eyes appear much smaller than they really are. Apply a mascara, such as Sephoraís best selling Outrageous Volume, on the top lashes to give the eyes the final touch.
Add an illuminizer made by Sephora, beginning with the eye brow and sweeping around the outside of the eye, to provide an extra highlighter for the eyes. Use your fingers to tap and lightly spread the liquid into place on the bones around the eyes. To finish this holiday look, top lips with gloss only. Dramatic eyes mean softer lips with little or no color but definitely glossy texture.
These four simple steps bring Boggs a whole new look; surely we can all find the time to squeeze when the result is this spectacular.
|Tiffany Boggs before having her make-up applied at Sephora in Haywood Mall.CINDY HOSEA/Staff|