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Holiday makeup trends

The holiday season is the perfect time to evoke a sense of glamour and luxury with your makeup, so what could be better than taking a cue from Hollywood as inspiration for your own radiant holiday look?

Christina Hendricks
Zooey Deshanel
Kat Dennings

Whether you’re attending a performance of “The Nutcracker” or an evening cocktail party or hitting the town on New Year’s Eve, the holiday party season is certainly the time to put your best face forward and let your glamorous side prevail. With these luxurious products and ideas from Hourglass Cosmetics, it’s easy to create a stunning look that will leave you feeling red-carpet-ready, much like many of your favourite celebrities.

Hourglass CosmeticsFrom the founder

We recently had the chance to ask the founder of Hourglass Cosmetics, Carisa Janes, why her cosmetics line is perfect for the holidays. She explains, “The holidays are a time to elevate the glamour — but without too much fuss. Hourglass makes it easy to look party-ready with a few key products. The trick is to start with products that have remarkable staying power, and then you’re free to enjoy the evening. Veil mineral primer ensures your makeup remains fresh for many hours, and Immaculate liquid powder foundation creates a matte complexion with real longevity — your skin will remain photo-ready all evening. Finish up with Opaque Rouge liquid lipstick, a sophisticated matte lip colour with up to 14 hours of continuous wear. Choose a celebratory shade like Riviera (a vibrant tangerine) or Icon (a vivid blue-red).”

Red-carpet looks

Many of Hollywood’s elite, such as Jessica Alba, Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Blunt and Claire Danes, are fans of Hourglass, as well as the following celebrities, who were seen wearing these beautiful red-carpet looks at the 2012 Emmys.

Christina Hendricks

The creator of this look, Vanessa Scali for Hourglass Cosmetics, was inspired by the feminine look of Christina’s dress and opted to keep a romantic feel to her face but with a strong lip colour for contrast. These are the products she used to create this striking look: 

  • Hourglass No. 28 primer serum
  • Hourglass Illusion tinted moisturizer in Shell
  • Hourglass Hidden corrective concealer
  • Hourglass Aura sheer cheek stain in Flush
  • Hourglass Calligraphy liquid liner in Ebony
  • Hourglass Visionaire eyeshadow duo in Gypsy
  • Hourglass Film Noir full-spectrum mascara
  • Hourglass Opaque Rouge liquid lipstick in Icon

Zooey Deschanel

Jorgee Douglass created Zooey’s flawless and fabulous makeup look using these products:

  • Hourglass Veil mineral primer
  • Hourglass Illusion tinted moisturizer in Ivory
  • Hourglass Hidden corrective concealer in Fair and Pearl
  • Hourglass Oxygen mineral powder in #1
  • Hourglass Aura sheer cheek stain in Flush
  • Hourglass Vol. 6 eye palette
  • Hourglass Calligraphy liquid eyeliner in Ebony
  • Hourglass Film Noir lash lacquer

Kat Dennings

Kat is seen here looking picture perfect, wearing one of the celebratory lip colours suggested by Carisa Janes: Hourglass Opaque Rouge liquid lipstick in Icon.

Hourglass Cosmetics are available Canada-wide at Sephora stores and online at

Photos courtesy of Hourglass Cosmetics

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