Impressing that special someone this holiday season?
1. Smoldering Seductress
Trends may come and go, but the smoky eye still serves as the sexy night out staple.
To get the look, select a palette with a good range of shades in the same color family (we love the earthy shades in this limited-edition Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Eye Palette for a more toned-down, yet still effective, smoke). Sweep the lightest shade across the lid, then blend one of the darker shades from lash line to crease (adding fuel to the fire with a dark liner and a stroke of the darkest shade on the top and bottom lash line and your best volumizing mascara). Tip: Leave the rest of your palette neutral to avoid looking overdone.
2. Kiss of Death
The vampy lip gets a sophisticated makeover in one of this season's hottest beauty bites.
To get the look, invest in a liner and matching, moisturizing lip color reminiscent of your favorite red wine (we personally like the versatility of this Lip Line Perfector Colorless Anti-Featherine Lip Pencil, and richness of this Satin Bordeaux Red Rouge Artist Intense Color Lipstick, from Make Up for Ever). As for the rest of your palette? Stick to a dewy shade for eyelids and cheekbones, then just add a coats of lengthening mascara.
3. Coloring Inside the Lines
Add a playful twist to your everyday beauty look (while still appearing polished) with a pop of color around the eye.
To get the look, we suggest going with a deep or jewel-toned shade (such as Mainline, a deep green/blue from Urban Decay). After applying a neutral or slightly-shimmery wash to the eye lid, simply line the top and bottom lash line, finishing off your look with a touch of highlighter at the inner corner of the eye and mascara.
4. Glow, Baby, Glow
Lackluster skin got you down? Put a sultry spin on seasonal skin with a warm (yet sun-safe) bronze.
To get the look, apply a lightweight foundation to trouble spots, setting with a translucent powder in the same, or slightly darker, shade. Once your canvas is set, simply blend in a golden blush or bronzer for desired effect, with emphasis on the apples of your cheeks (we suggest a multi-colored version, such as Guerlain's Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder, for more dimension). Tip: Play up your golden glow with highlighter along the brow line and inner corner of the eye, topping off your look with an eyeshadow in the same color family.
To get the look, create a fresh canvas with a luminizing foundation (for a natural look, we love this Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation from Josie Maran), amplifying with a peachy blush (incorporating highlighter as desired). Then, apply a dark brown liner to the lash line and a touch of mascara, completing your look with a rose-tinted balm or gloss on the lip. Tip: Gain extra (natural-looking) momentum with false eye lashes.
6. Ravishingly Retro
When it comes to mesmerizing eyes, there's a serious case for becoming a "cat" lady.
To get the look, scoop up a liquid eye liner (such as this High Shine Liquid Vinyl Eye Liner from Stila), carefully applying along the top and bottom lash line and connecting in an upward, wing-tip motion away from the eye. Add a few coats of lengthening mascara, completing the look with a classic red lip.