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Mariah Carey’s Makeup Artist Shares His Tips to Holiday Glam

Mariah Carey's Makeup Artist Reveals Why You'll Never See Her in a Red Lip on Christmas

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03:  Mariah Carey performs at the 81st Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Pre-Tape at Rockefeller Center on December 3, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)

As Mariah Carey's makeup artist, there's no one we trust more with all of our holiday glam questions than Kristofer Buckle. Carey is practically the queen of Christmas, making Buckle the queen of Christmas' makeup artist. This year, we may be spending the holidays with different people or in a different location than usual but one thing can stay the same: we can still go all out with our beauty look.

To help you pull off your best, most festive holiday beat yet (even if it's just for Zoom), Buckle shared his tips for recreating Carey's famous soft glam makeup on yourself.

On His Top Holiday Makeup Tips

It's even more important than ever to prep and set your makeup due to face masks. Not only will this give you a smooth application, but it will also keep your beat looking flawless for hours on end. One of his favorite skin-care products to use on his clients to prep before makeup is the Emepelle Serum ($175), which contains antioxidants, niacinamide, peptides, and hyaluronic acid.

"I also recommend clients use it on their own because good makeup starts with great skin," said Buckle. "Using a great makeup setting spray will give your makeup staying power to protect it from being worn off by face coverings and masks. [The] less need for touch-ups means you're not touching your face which can spread bacteria and viruses."

On the Holiday Look He Loves — and 1 He'll Never Use On Mariah Carey

You can't go wrong with a festive red lip (his brand has one called Cashmere Slip Longwear Lipstick in Dare ($14) that's a perfect true red for winter), but if you want to kick that up a knock Buckle recommends adding some sparkle to the eye. "I love a shiny gold eyeshadow swept over the eyelids with a soft lash and a matte red lip with glowy skin."

For Carey's signature holiday makeup look, he's always inspired by 1940s glam. "The holidays are a time of traditions and reminiscing, so a take on a glowy blushed cheek with a warm caramel eyeshadow and a coral lip, which is a nod to the classic Vargas pinup girls of the 1940s, always works."

You may or may not have noticed that Carey rarely ever rocks a red lip, but it's true: "I use coral because Mariah usually is wearing a lot of red for the Christmas season but doesn't like a red lip, so coral gives you that pop of color," said Buckle.

No matter what makeup look you decide to wear this holiday, just remember you can't go wrong with a little bit of sparkle. Then, curl your hair into big, glamorous waves and you have yourself a full Mariah Carey beauty moment.

Image Source: Getty / James Devaney
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