And you can do it using natural makeup.
Even though the holidays may look a bit different this year—RIP, big, fancy parties—there’s no reason you can’t dress up, pamper yourself, and experiment with makeup. And yes: The glam makeup looks that ruled autumn/winter ’20/’21 runways can be achieved using natural, nontoxic products found at natural health retailers. With the help of two makeup artists, we show you how it’s done.
Smoky eyes can be notoriously tricky to achieve. They’re intimidating! I have to confess that my first teenage attempts had me looking more raccoonish than glamorous.
Clean beauty consultant Natalia Lavaggi assures us that smoky eyes don’t have to be scary, or even dark. (In fact, a softer iteration of the smoky eye ruled A/W runways from Dior to Givenchy this year.)
The key to a pro smoky eye, Lavaggi says, is in the blending: “Blend a lot so that there aren’t any harsh lines, and always apply lightly, adding more until you achieve your desired look.”
For a finishing touch, beauty and style expert Nadia Albano suggests adding a touch of glitter to the center of the smoky eye “to create a three-dimensional look.”
Make sure that none of the products you choose contain toxic chemicals and harsh preservatives, such as parabens. Nontoxic makeup is often formulated with healthy preservatives from nature, such as rosemary.
Not a fan of Hollywood red? No problem! Oxblood lipsticks are making their vampy presence known this season. And if your carefully applied lipstick gets a bit smudged—hopefully because of a mistletoe rendezvous with your significant other—don’t sweat it. Blurry, just-kissed lipstick was also a runway darling at A/W shows.
Look for natural pigments formulated with a base of nourishing ingredients like plant oils and cocoa butter.
Albano’s take on glitter? “[It] always a fun way to add texture and is always on trend for the holidays.” Naturally glittery eye makeup is also a more accessible and eco-friendly way to pay homage to the over-the-top adornments that made a splash on runways from Giambattista Valli (where real crystals encircled models’ eyes) to Erdem (where silver foil mottled eyelids and brow bones).
“Soft silver liners and metallic eyeshadows exude sophistication and are really fun around the holiday season to add glam,” says Lavaggi.
If that’s still a bit too showy for your Zoom cocktail hour, two subtle natural options for some sparkle are an illuminating powder (which can be applied to cheekbones and the bridge of the nose with a blush brush) or a solid illuminator (which can be applied with fingertips). Rather than large flakes of artificial glitter, the shimmer in these products comes from natural mineral pigments.
While the holiday season is a great time to experiment, make sure you’re not doing the most.
Both Nadia Albano and Natalia Lavaggi know that good makeup depends on a great base. Skin can become drier in the winter months, so we need to nurture it!