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Makeup from the office straight to a holiday party

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Makeup touch-up tips

If you are heading from the office directly to a holiday party, you want your makeup to look its best but you don't want to wash your face and start all over. Fortunately with a few touch-ups, you can restore your makeup to look as good as is it did in the morning. Emmy-Award winning makeup artist Kevin James Bennett offers these tips to give you that freshly applied look.

Holiday makeupTouch-up tips

  • Remove all of your lipstick and lip liner. You'll want a fresh application to go with your revived make up. Apply a light layer of lip conditioner to soften and smooth your lips while you touch up the rest of your face.
  • If things look too messy or dark under the eyes, use a Q-Tip with a little moisturizer to clean the area. Yes, I said moisturizer -- it works great for quick cleanups and won't break down the makeup you apply over it.
  • If your eye-shadow has creased or eyeliner has run, blot the area gently with a tissue, then use a brush or sponge to smooth out the remaining color. Apply a little translucent pressed powder over the area to catch any excess oil and then reapply shadow and liner as needed to make your eye makeup look fresh again.
  • If you have oily skin, blot away any excess by laying a blotting tissue over a make up sponge and press it lightly over the shiny areas on your face. Do this before you do anything else.
  • Once the excess oil on your skin has been blotted, remove the blotting tissue and use the sponge to smooth out your foundation, concealer and blush (women with dry and normal skin should also follow this step). Use a gentle buffing motion, making sure to smooth all edges as you go.
  • Use your favorite foundation to touch up blemishes, faded areas and around the mouth. Blend with the sponge or your fingers.
  • Apply a little foundation or concealer under the eyes to highlight and brighten the center of your face.
  • Lightly dust translucent powder over the face (kabuki brushes are best for this step) to set make up and give you a soft, smooth finish.
  • Apply more blush or bronzer and finish with a touch of highlight powder on the tops of your cheekbones.
  • Finally, blot off any excess lip conditioner and reapply lip liner and lipstick.

For some extra party pizazz

  • Shimmering eyes-shadow brushed lightly over the lid.
  • Extra black eyeliner smudged with a brush or Q-tip for a sexy, smoky effect.
  • A dab of luscious high shine gloss with a burst of shimmering sparkle over your lipstick to give it holiday gleam.

Office to party fashion tips

  • Wear a sheath dress to the office with a blazer on top. Slip the blazer off for the party or add a glitzy jacket that you can keep in the car.
  • Keep your jewelry simple at work, then add a pair of chandelier earrings, a bold cuff bracelet and a large cocktail ring for your holiday party.
  • Wear a ruffled blouse, pencil skirt and pumps to the office. For a party, change to a shorter skirt with patterned tights and boots.

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