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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,


  • 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.

bkwithlove bkwithlove 8 years
Sabrina you look fabulous. I don't like a ton of makeup either- i love natural, almost-but-not-completely minimalistic look.
Angelica Angelica 8 years
Sabs looks beautiful!
Advah Advah 8 years
Beautiful! And if I may say so, the makeup goes really well with that gorgeous dress!
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 8 years
Very pretty! :)
Haethre Haethre 8 years
emalove emalove 8 years
Very pretty! Oh, and I'm so obsessed with BE Prime Time! It's the best primer I've ever tried. And the BE Buxom Lip Gloss is by far one of the best glosses out there too...I love the Dolly shade. Maybe I'll get Amber next.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
Angela, definately get the gloss - it is my favorite one! Sabs, didn't you just fall in love with it when you put it on? And Amber is such a light, beautiful shade!
Swen Swen 8 years
She looks beautiful. I love the blush.
fifthdaughter fifthdaughter 8 years
Really pretty, the makeup is just highlighting her beautiful features.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
She is so pretty. The look is so fresh and awake.
Angela123 Angela123 8 years
She looks AMAZING, and I will be needing that lip gloss now.
sabs sabs 8 years
thanks everyone! the picture is a little muted, the color was a tad more vibrant in person. But all the tricks i did i learned from bella, thanks bella!
glam-sugar glam-sugar 8 years
Very nice look!
ImmaDiva ImmaDiva 8 years
looks like she's barely wearing any yet highlights features :) great job
runningesq runningesq 8 years
Great look :)
the-makeup-blogette the-makeup-blogette 8 years
She does look fresh and awake, pretty for the pictures! :)
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
Sooooo pretty, I love the blush!
dannysf dannysf 8 years
Really fresh looking. Love it.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Looks great!
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