i absolutely love when i have guests come, especially when they speak beauty product.
i always end up trying a few new things. if i were to write a “what i currently use” post,
it would include sources of other blogs and friends telling me what they like…
since i really have upped my skin care game with the power of recommendation.

speaking of, we have a giveaway for some skin care you might like this week on the FB page. check it out the Rodan + Fields micro-dermabrasion set giveaway here. {share to get free samples}

this guest post was written by Gwen Lewis for Big Red Clifford.

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The holidays are just around the corner and you can sparkle even more than all of those glittery decorations with the right make-up. Whether you are going to a casual family dinner or a happening party with your friends, use these make-up tips and look sensational throughout the holiday season. 

Even before your make-up gets applied, you need to start with a great base. This scrub from Fair and Flawless ensures that your pores are as minimized as possible, all while giving you clear skin. With exfoliated, smooth skin, how can you go wrong with the rest of your beauty routine?

Now that you have the perfect base, take your smooth skin a step further with the right moisturizer that will give your skin a natural glow. Ulta Daily Moisturizer Face Glow provides the perfect backdrop for your holiday make-up look.

After moisturizing your skin, it’s time to apply the perfect foundation. Foundation not only helps even out your appearance, it also gives your makeup a great surface to hold onto. Maybelline’s Dream Nude is light and airy, so it won’t clog your pores, yet it gives your skin an even, natural look.

Dark circles and blemishes don’t work well with holiday makeup. Cover them up with the Physicians Formula Concealer Twins. The green side covers up red imperfections and the yellow helps to get rid of those dark circles under the eyes.

You certainly don’t want your eyeshadow to wipe away before you are done with your festivities, and with Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24 Hour Cream Gel Shadow, it won’t have to. This eye shadow comes in a wide range of stunning colors that are perfect for the holiday season, and they really have some staying power.

Give your eyes that extra pop to really stand out from the crowd with this highlighter pencil from Jane Iredale. Use it to highlight the inner corners of the eyes, and it even acts as a liner. Your eyes will instantly look more awake

Get that smoldering smoky look for your holiday affair with ease, thanks to this fantastic shadow-pencil that is designed specifically to create a smoky look.

This mascara, from Lancome, will instantly make your lashes look full, thicker, and longer for hours on end. It’s the perfect way to complete your holiday look!


With these make-up tips, you will instantly grab all of the attention at this year’s holiday parties and because of their long-lasting staying power, you won’t have to worry about it all rubbing off two hours into the festivities.

Gwen Lewis is a freelance writer in Southern California. With the holidays coming up, she knows it’s a must to perfect her beauty routine, and these products will do exactly that. She loves finding new products to try out!