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Get the Look: Holiday Beauty Trends

Are you dying to know how make-up artist, Jen Navaro, pulled off that luxurious oxblood lip in Verily's November/December 2013 issue? Or what about that shimmering emerald eye for a holiday party look?

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then we want to make it easy for you! Here is a step-by-step guide on how to recreate two of our favorite looks from our November/December 2013 Holiday Soirée spread.


Art Credit: Will Hughes Haddad

Add polish to your holiday party outfit with a simple, dramatic pout.

Find your Shade:

Oxblood, wine, and burgundy are all used to describe the moody hue that was styled for this shoot. To find the perfect match, remember that the undertones in the lipstick complement those in our skin—whether cool, warm, or neutral. Cool complexions have a yellow tone, warm has a pink tone, and neutral has a balance of yellow and pink.

On the lips:

With any strong lip color, use a liner to plot the lip line, and ensure it is a close match to the tone of the lipstick. There are a few options for different skin tones, including MAC Lip Liner in Nightmoth for deeper complexions, and Chanel Precision Lip Definer in Amarante for fair and medium complexions. Jen used Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Liner in 9C with Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in 48 on our model.

After lining the lips, apply the lipstick starting from the center of each lip and working outward. Alternative lipsticks to try are MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Good To Be Bad, which is more sheer, or Wet 'N Wild Megalast Lip Color in Cherry Bomb. If the color isn't looking warm enough, more adventurous ladies may like to try mixing a bright orange lip liner into the deep tone for the full effect, like Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip in 17C.

For any smudges around the lip line, clean up with a makeup remover swab or with concealer on a small brush.

Bonus Tips:

Cheek: Clean, natural skin complements and draws attention to a strong lip. Instead of blush on the apples of the cheeks, Jen contoured our model's cheekbones, which added warmth and definition.

There are a few different contour powders on the market, like this universal shade MAC blush in Harmony, Make Up For Ever Sculpting Kit, or Physicians Formula all-in-one powder. An easy way to apply is to make a fish face, and blend the contour shade into the line under the cheekbone, along the temples and hairline.

Eyes: Eyes and eyebrows need minimal grooming—just a swipe of black mascara and brushed-through brows.

This look is all about the eyes. Jewel tones like sapphire, garnet, emerald, and amethyst intensify the hues of any eye color, so your eyes will look even more vivid than before.


Prep Your Eye:

Make sure to prep your eyelid with a shadow primer so the color has something to stick to—which means it won't fade or crease even into the wee hours.

Apply The Shadow:

Apply the color over the lid, not exceeding the crease where the socket meets the brow bone. With a clean shadow brush, blend the outer edges of the shadow into the bare skin, which buffs away any sharp lines. Jen used Make Up For Ever Diamond Shadow in 310, but other options include Boots No7 Eyeshadow Quad in Green Glades, Maybelline Eye Studio Plush Shadow Quad in Gutsy Green, and L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Golden Emerald.

Apply an emerald eyeliner as close to the lashes as possible for added intensity. Repeat on the lower lash line. Dip a smudge brush in the shadow and blend it into the liner to soften it. Finish with your favorite mascara.

Bonus Tips:

Cheek: With the emphasis on the eyes, keep unnecessary color and shimmer off the cheeks. If you need to add a little warmth back into your complexion, opt for a matte bronzer applied softly to the bottoms of your cheek bones, blending outward.

Lips: Our model is wearing NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Floralies with Armour Beauty lip gloss in Stardust over it. If you have a fairer complexion, you may want to try e.l.f Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick in In The Nude paired with BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie lip gloss in Super Power. If you have a deeper complexion, try Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstacy lipstick in Cashmere topped off by Bobbi Brown lip gloss in Honey.

Have a photo of yourself trying one of these makeup looks? Post it to Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #verilyholidaybeauty. We would love to see how you interpret these!

Photography by Will Hughes Haddad. Makeup by Jen Navaro.