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How-To: A Fresh-Faced Holiday Look

My friend Sabs, the community guru of OnSugar, recently had a wedding banquet. She usually doesn't wear makeup, so she wanted a look that would photograph well and play up her natural beauty while letting her still feel like herself. Mission accomplished. She looked classic yet fresh — just right for a wedding or a holiday party.


Weeks before the banquet, Sabrina and I played around with different looks before settling on this one. She did her own makeup, so to find out how to recreate it at home, read more.

  • Face: Sabrina usually doesn't wear foundation, but she decided to splurge on one for the big day. Shu Uemura Face Architect foundation ($42) in 764 was a perfect choice because it evened out her skin tone while still letting her cute freckles show through. She brushed Victoria's Secret Very Sexy Mosaic Blush ($18) in Afterglow on the apples of her cheek before lightly dotting Benefit Miss Popularity ($24) down the bridge of her nose.
  • Eyes: Sabs started by using Bare Escentuals Prime Time eyelid primer ($16), which helps keep eye shadow in place. She used Mark i-mark eye shadow ($4 each) in Whisper (a pale, cool beige) from her lash line to brow line, and Glitterati (a shimmery silver) near the inner corner of her eyes. A touch of Revlon eye shadow in Sterling Rose gave a bit of color to the edges of her eyes. Finally, she used a MAC 266 brush to line her top lashes with Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner in Black Mauve Shimmer Ink ($21) — it's a bit softer than black liner — and brushed on a few coats of Philosophy The Supernatural mascara, which she cannot stop raving about. (It was temporarily discontinued, but it'll be back soon.)
  • Lips: A coat of Bare Escentuals Buxom Lips in Amber, a soft peach shade, is all you need!
  • Photograph courtesy of Scott Elder.

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