Bare Minimum Holiday Makeup for When All You’re Really Doing Is Sitting on Your Parents' Couch
I’m not here to diss holiday beauty guides. I’m into the updos, the hair accessories, the glitter lips, and the glitter in general. But, I have to be completely honest. Apart from a few get-togethers I have with friends, my holiday plans consist of crashing on my parents' couch, drinking way too many cups of coffee, and binging on cable TV (oh, the luxury). And for those activities, I'm not exactly wearing a glitter cat-eye. In fact, I'm not really wearing a ton of makeup at all.
While most of my focus is on skincare during the holidays, I cut my makeup routine down to the absolute bare minimum. I reach for products that are lightweight, easy to use, and make me feel a little less groggy. Basically, I want to look somewhat awake and fresh-faced in those candids I know my grandfather will be taking with his digital camera.
If you're on the same type of agenda, keep scrolling for a few of the products that I'm definitely packing this year.
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Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15
I can pop this on when I'm still slightly red from working out, and it gives me just the right amount of coverage. As the day goes on, it still allows that subtle rosiness to shine through.
Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows
If there's one thing I do besides apply a skin tint, it's fill in my brows. I love brow gels that have a mascara wand applicator because they create the most natural finish.
Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Eye Shadow
This product's cream-to-powder consistency means it's ideal for applying with your fingertips. I tap my ring finger on the top of the shadow and gently dab it on my lids for a little shimmer. It's buildable, so when you're not on your parent's couch, you can really amp it up.
Maybelline Snapscara Washable Mascara
Like the name suggests, this new mascara from Maybelline creates a natural yet voluminous, full lash look in, well, a snap. And when you're at home for the holidays, you don't necessarily need a look that's going to last all day long. While this formula doesn't clump or flake, it also comes off in seconds with a standard face cleanser and warm water.
Pat McGrath Labs Lip Fetish Lip Balm
If you want to feel a little bit fancier as you binge on Netflix holiday movies, pick up one of Pat McGrath's luxe lip balms. This one will keep your lips hydrated, while leaving behind a pretty, simple sheen.
RMS Beauty Luminizer X Quad
Most highlighters sit on top of your skin, but these RMS luminizers almost sink into your skin, creating a dewy, fresh, healthy look. I dab the bronze shade on the high points of my face to create a sun-kissed-like look.