Simple steps to gorgeous holiday hair and makeup

(BPT) – You’re donning a cute cozy sweater, you’ve decked the halls at home and now it’s time to dazzle with beautiful holiday hair and makeup.

EcoTools Beauty Team members and expert stylists Christine Symonds and Teni Panosian have created a complete holiday hair and makeup look that, with just a few simple steps, will have your style merry and bright for any event.

Holiday makeup: classic and flawless

“This time of year there’s certainly no shortage of seasonal celebrations, and a classic makeup look is always a crowd pleaser,” says Panosian, YouTube beauty star and voice behind MissMaven.com. “Using tools from the three limited-edition EcoTools holiday sets, it’s easy to achieve a flawless, festive look.”

Step 1. Using the Skin Perfecting Brush from the Four-Piece Beautiful Complexion Set, apply your favorite foundation.

Step 2. Taking the Precision Foundation Brush from the Festive & Flawless Face Set, apply concealer under your eyes and around your mouth. Also dab a little bit into the center of your forehead to brighten and conceal.

Step 3. Also from the Festive & Flawless Face Set, take the Buffing Concealer Brush and blend the concealer using small, circular motions for an even and flawless base.

Step 4. Going back to the Four-Piece Beautiful Complexion Set, grab the Mattifying Finish Brush and a matte bronzer to give your skin a bit of warmth. Apply the bronzer into the hollows of your cheeks, along your jawline and into your hairline.

Step 5. Using the same brush, sweep a soft, neutral pink blush onto your cheeks for a natural, rosy look. Then, set your makeup by applying a translucent powder using the Full Powder Brush from the Festive & Flawless Face Set.

Step 6. To add a healthy glow, take the Complexion Blending Brush from the same Festive & Flawless Face Set and dab on your favorite powder highlighter to the high points of your cheekbones, your brow bone, and above the arches of your eyebrows.

Step 7. For the eyes, take the Angled Eyeliner Brush from the Mini Essentials Holiday Set and begin applying a black gel eyeliner at the inner corner of your eye, slowly working your way to the outer corner. At the outer corner, create a wing of your desired thickness and fill it in.

Step 8. To complete the eyes, apply a few coats of your favorite mascara to both the top and bottom lashes.

Step 9. Moving on to the lips, apply a bright red matte lip color. Beauty tip: To clean up the edges of your lipstick, use a concealer brush to apply a tiny amount of concealer at the edge of your lips, creating a clean, crisp edge. Then blend the concealer outward and you’re done!

Holiday headband twist

“A simple go-to hairstyle with a touch of pizazz is ideal for any holiday gathering,” says celebrity hair stylist Symonds. “This headband twist offers a hint of sparkle that you’ll want to wear all season long.”

Step 1. Comb through dry, clean hair or second-day hair with the Styler + Smoother Hair Brush to smooth out any tangles.

Step 2. Taking a section of hair at the crown of the head, lightly backcomb downward to create volume. Repeat this again a few times, grabbing more hair as you go. When the desired volume is reached, gently smooth out the top without disrupting the volume you just created.

Step 3. Place your headband (hello, sparkles!) at the desired position on your head, on top of all of your hair. Then, secure it at the nape of the neck with a few bobby pins.

Step 4. One at a time, take the two side sections in front of each ear and lightly twist them back and into the headband. The elasticity of the headband will hold them in place.

Step 5. Now that all of your hair is set back, split it into two sections and loosely braid each one. Doing this creates texture and control for when you twist them back into the base of the headband. Secure each braid with a clear elastic.

Step 6. Go back in with your fingers and pull each braid apart slightly to create a fuller, more “undone” look. Then, take one of the braids and weave it through the back side of the headband, leave the ends hanging down. Repeat on the other side.

Step 7. Tuck both ends into the loop to hide them and secure with bobby pins.

Step 8. Spray your entire head with a medium-hold hairspray and you’re ready to party all night!

For more holiday makeup and hair inspiration, visit EcoTools.com.


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