It's New Year's Eve. This is the time for drama, the perfect setting for full-on glam.
Here are my findings to pull off the glam without looking overdone...
I love to wear a polished look that incorporates a subtle, sophisticated glam. It's something that I developed years ago. The matte look was just too much of a constant struggle thanks to my slightly oily skin. I decided to stop fighting my skin and just "go for the glow" with a polished, radiant look.
Create the Pre-Makeup Glow
It starts with the basics...an essentially healthy diet (occasional indulgence is natural and something to be expected), gentle cleansing and moisture. I also believe in pampering the skin with gentle treatments like herb-infused steam facials and masks designed to encourage "the glow". The key is gentle treatment.
The steam facial can easily be done by adding an herbal tea bag to a bowl of gently steaming water. I love using rosehip or chamomile. There are tons of ready-made masks as well as DIY recipes on the Internet.
I'd recommend prepping your skin with a relaxing herbal steam, mask, cleanser, and combining your moisturizer with a rosewater or mineral water spray. The spray-moisturizer mix will give your skin a dewy glow.
Add Some Shimmer
I incorporate a subtle, sophisticated glam into my everyday look with a sheer shimmer. Nars' sheer blush is my holy grail for this effect. The glitter particles in these blushes are the smallest and least obvious that I've found. I use a light touch when applying the sheer, highlighting colors to add that extra luminosity to my day look.
I love Luster, a sheer golden apricot highlighting blush; and Albatross, a sheer light-golden highlighter. Reckless, a sheer pink shimmer, is another option.
I'd recommend combining Albatross with Luster or Reckless to highlight your cheekbones, adding contouring blush, and using the Albatross as a highlighter on your forehead, nose and chin. It can also be used to add a little something extra to the décolleté.
Next, use a brow highlighter like Benefit's High Brow in Champagne Pink.
Top off your lip color with a gold-infused, shimmering gloss on the center of your bottom lip for an ombré-style finishing touch.
Why not celebrate the new year with a pamper session? Try the recommended skin-pamperring treatments, add a mani/pedi and create a festive mood with scented candles, hand-soaked incense sticks (The soaked ones are much better than the dipped version.), relaxing music, and tea, sparkling cider, wine or champagne.