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The one thing that curly girls love more than hair products is makeup. A new shade of lipstick? Bring it on! Sparkly eyeshadow? Yes, please!

The holidays are a great time to experiment with different looks. Whether you've always wanted to try a fuchsia lipstick or a sparkly eyeshadow, the holidays are the time to experiment with different looks. (Always test your new look out first before your big party.)

The NaturallyCurly team tried out some of the hottest new products to provide some tips to stand out in the crowd at your holiday parties.

 

The Eyes Have It!

There’s nothing that gets us more excited than eye shadow palettes. They offer endless possibilities, and we discovered some new ones that have us jumping for joy. They include: 

Kevyn Aucoin Jewel Pop:This is the perfect all-in-one face and eye palette that will give you a stunning bejeweled transformation. What we loved most was the eyeshadow could be applied wet or dry. For an intense pop of color and shine, add water for extra sparkle to give you a crushed jewel look.

Smith & Cult Glitterbaby Obsessed Duo: This 2-piece set includes a Metallic-Shift Eyeshadow in Gold and Shot All-Over Glitter Crush, a gold glitter paste that offers sparkle and shapes to your look. We loved the way this gold shade turned black and smoky when we smudged it as the black micronized pigments were released by our touch.

Laura Geller Nude Attitude Multi-Finish Eye Shadow Palette: These easy-to-use shades give you everything you need for a subtle or dramatic look, with satin, matte and pearl shades – from matte baby pink to metallic spicy copper.

bareMinerals Bounce & Blur Eyeshadow Palette: Dusk enabled us to create the perfect smokey eye, with five shades designed to build and blend.

Perfect amount of pearl to give your eyes an incredible lift and luster

Quick Tip: Don’t go overboard with glittery shadows. A little sparkle goes a long way, and if you’re going for metallic lids, steer clear of shimmer on your cheeks and lips. 

 

Glow Wherever You Go

Nothing can take your look up a notch than a good luminizer, and the newest ones come in a variety of forms. We loved:

bareMinerals BarePro Glow:This liquid highlighter gave us a golden natural glow – the perfect finishing touch for any look. We applied it mostly on our shoulders and neck at a friend’s wedding to give us endless summer glow. We paired BarePro Highlighter in Fiercewith Bounce & Blur Powder Blush in Blurred Bufff or a warm golden glow to keep us photo ready while we danced the night away.

Smith & Cult Glitter Obsessed Duo: This two-piece shimmery duo delivers everything you need for a standout gold party look, with satin, matte and pearl.

Merle Norman Ready, Set Glow Body Shimmer: We paired the Body Shimmer with our powder blush for a warm golden glow. It’s the perfect finishing touch for any holiday look. 

Lumene Instant Illuminizer: This easy-to-apply luminizer contains pearlescent luminizing pigments, instantly creates a luminous complexion. We got compliments all night!

Quick Tip: Use an illuminator as an eyeshadow and as a highlighter for your cheekbones. Shimmery shadow can also work well as a highlighter if you don’t own actual highlighter. It easily gives you a beautiful holiday glow.

 

Rosy Cheeks

Cold winter weather can make our skin look dull and dry. Blush is an ideal way to add extra radiance and color at the same time. Some of favorites include: 

Lip Bar Fresh Glow: We loved this 2-in-1 bronzer and blush in Just Got Paid- a shimmering golden cinnamon illuminating bronzer with a bottom layer of perfect blush pink for that "just kissed by the sun" look. In. This is month The Lip Bar's first, first-ever non lip product. And this compact wins the glam award!

Merle Norman Lasting Cheekcolor: This silky powder formula blends easily, and the Precious Pink gave us the perfect rosy glow.

bareMInerals Bounce & Blur:This fingertip-friendly, weightless powder blush blends like a dream, and the Coral Cloudand Blurred Buff shades provided the perfect universal glow.

Smith & Cult Flash Flush Cream Blush: The Universal Peach shade went on easily and instantly brightened up our face. And the velvety cream-to-powder formula made it easy to apply

Quick Tip: When choosing a brighter color, make sure you blend well to create a natural look. Start with a light touch,  adding pigment as you go. 

 

Pucker Up!

Nothing can dress up a look more than the perfect lipstick. It can complement your other makeup or be the main focus of your look. We checked out:

bareMinerals BarePro Longwear Lipstick: This is perfect for parties because the full-coverage matte color lasts throughout a night of eating and drinking. Unlike many matte lipsticks, it has a creamy gloss finish. We especially loved Blackberry, a deep raisin shade, Nutmeg,a reddish brown color, and Petunia, a bright pink.

Lipstick Queen Saint Sheer Lipstick:This lipstick is uber creamy and moisturizing. We loved the Peachy Natural lined Lipstick Queen Visible Lip Liner in Dusty Rose for a holiday glam look. If you have a lipstick lover on your holiday list, we highly recommend Lipstick Queen’s Luxury Holiday Lip Vault. This 8-piece collection is filled with an assortment of sheer, light, medium and full coverage lipsticks, from Frog Prince, an enchanting emerald green magically transforms into a flattering rosebud pink to Blue By You, a stunning indigo blue that morphs into a pearlized raspberry pink.  

Lip Bar Lipstick: One of our favorite looks for the holiday season the metallic lip. And one of our favorites is Conceited, a metallic peach that made our lips look gilded by the gods.

Lucky Chick Lip Glaze: We are obsessed with this lip gloss. Available in Golden or Shimmery,we can wear alone or over our favorite matte shade to add a metallic sheen.

Quick Tip: Less is more when you’re wearing blush with bright lipstick— pick a blush in the same color family as your lipstick, and use a light hand.

Final Tip: Never go to sleep without removing your makeup. This will prevent irritation and breakouts.