VIDEO: Family-Friendly Cranberry-Inspired Holiday Makeup Look

Hey lovelies! I hope you've had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends. Mine was the usual. I stuffed my face, got the -itis, and woke up from my food coma mid-morning today. Oh! I also created a cute cranberry-infused makeup look yesterday that was perfect for the holiday and the season. Here are the details of my cranberry-infused makeup look.

The Foundation

There is nothing particularly special about my base. I used a primer that fits my skin's needs and creates a soft matte finish. My foundation also has skincare benefits. My face powder controls shine and sets my base. The products used for my base are:

  • Studio Gear Prime Objective Skin Perfecting Face Primer (review to come soon)
  • e.l.f Zit-Zapping Concealer in green
  • Maybelline Cover Stick in Yellow
  • NYX Concealer Jar in Orange
  • Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Foundation in Rich Tan
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Sand
  • e.l.f High Definition Undereye Setting Powder
  • tarte Amazonian Clay Smooth Operator in Tan

The Contour and Highlight

For me, contour is about creating natural-looking definition for the face. It combines a mix of shading and light to enhance, and subtly define your features. I use a concealer, a contour palette, and bronzer to contour. When I highlight, I want it to be noticed. So, I enhance the places that light normally reflects off, to give my face more of a glow. The areas that I pay more attention to when contouring and highlighting are my cheeks and nose. I worked more on my nose for this look because I wanted a little lift. My nose is flat. I mean, I have no bridge for my glasses to rest on. So, I shade to give some light and shadow to my nose that doesn't normally exist. My Contour and highlight products:

  • BH Cosmetics Contour Palette
  • Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base
  • Illuminate Cosmetics by Ashley Tisdale Beach Goddess Palette shades for Blush - Bermuda; Highlight - St. Lucia
  • MAKE Beauty Solstice Bronzer in Warm 1

The Eyes (Brows Included)

Here is where the cranberry infusion begins. I chase a mixture of matte shadows to lay down the fall colors I wanted. I used four shades of brown to shade and create depth. Then I went in with a matte red. To finish I added a shimmery copper shade to the center lid. I used the following for my eyes:

My brows are always a problem for me. They are naturally uneven in shape, hair density. and hair thickness. So, getting them to look even is a struggle. I haven’t mastered it yet. My friends think I know how to do brows well. The truth is, I know how to make mine look passable. What I use for my brows:

Cranberry Lips

I was lucky last week to receive a free lipstick from Maybelline in the mail. It is a new shade from their ColorSensational line called Blissful Berry. It is a gorgeous cranberry shade that I was saving for Thanksgiving. If you are a long-time reader of this blog you know I am an advocate for layering lip color to make it last. For big family meal days, you want your lipstick to last through the meal. Check out How To Make Your Wine Lip Color Last All Day for layering tips and tricks.

  • Avon Color Trend Lip Liner in Wild Berry (discontinued try their Ultra Luxury Lip Liner in the same shade)
  • Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Blissful Berry

The Finishers

I like to finish my makeup looks with a dusting of HD Powder and a setting spray. The HD powder gives me a soft-focus look like the soft-focus filter you'll find in photo editing software. I follow the powder with a few spritzes of a setting spray.

I am pleased with my Thanksgiving, cranberry-infused makeup. I may wear this look again before the season ends. This post is to help fill in some gaps from the GRWM video I made on Thanksgiving while I did my makeup. Editing this video was a struggle. It took forever and I still ended up having to speed it up and then record a voice over to explain everything I did. Here is the video and if you have any questions the look or the application techniques I use please feel free to ask in the comment on this post or on the YouTube video page.

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