In the season of excess, it’s easy to go overboard on a lot of things: cookies, cocktails, spending, sequins. But, like Sabrina said, “more isn’t always better. Sometimes, it’s just more.” This is especially true when it comes to makeup. I know this from a number of personal experiences, mostly made up of important nights that I’ve semi-ruined by deciding to try out a new eyeshadow palette, brow pencil and lipstick all at once for the special occasion. This has always ended one of two ways: me, washing my face five minutes before I’m supposed to leave my house and starting from scratch, or lots of de-tagging on Facebook the following day. To help you (and me) avoid any drag-queen disasters this season, we asked Lauren Genatossio, owner of Sarra Salon in South Boston, for a go-to beauty look that’s glam, but simple. Here’s what she came up with.
Lips: Go burgundy, suggests Genatossio. “Burgundy lips are all the rage this season and the perfect holiday accessory. As an alternative to a classic red, burgundy is a sophisticated edge to the timeless trend. In order to do the color right, the key is to make the rest of your makeup look simple, starting with glowing, even skin and perfectly groomed brows.” Face: Apply concealer where necessary, and brighten your face by adding a touch of luminizer. “Our cult-favorite luminizer stick (Sarra’s in-house brand) rounds out the look by adding glow and dimension to the cheekbones. Use fingertips to warm up the product and sweep along the highest point of the cheek. The end result is quick, chic and festive,” Genatossio says. Eyes: “To balance the strength of a deeper lip color, add black eyeliner pushed tightly into the root of the top lash line, keeping it as crisp as possible,” Genatossio counsels. “We love our new super-wear gel liner in noir, which goes on smooth, doesn’t skip and lasts for hours. Always follow the eyeliner step with a thick coat of shiny black mascara.”
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