From metallic eyes to ruby red lips: Holiday parties are the perfect excuse to fight away winter blues with a hot new beauty routine. Jenn Lynn Soorko, cosmetologist at Impulse Cosmetics at Macy's Roosevelt Field and founder of Makeup by JennLynn, demonstrates simple steps to a glam makeover that will spice up your look all winter long.
Before and after: Jenn Lynn Soorko transforms Noel O'Donnell, 24, from natural beauty to life of the holiday party in a few simple steps.
Step 1: Pull hair away from face and remove any lingering makeup or residue from skin. Jenn used Neutrogena Cleansing Towelettes.
Step 2: To avoid chapping from cold winter weather, apply a thin layer of moisturizer to entire face. Jenn used Origins Moisturizing Lotion and applied a thin layer using a foundation brush.
Step 3: "Rule of thumb is eyes before face," Jenn says, explaining that excess eyeshadow can otherwise fall and stick to foundation. She recommends using a primer before applying any makeup for longer lasting results. Then, use a light, illuminating base shadow and cover entire eyelid, starting at the inner corner and blending outward. Jenn used a Rimmel Glam Eyes palette in English Oak. Smooth any creases using a brush.
Step 4: "What you do to one eye, do to the other right away to make sure everything is even," Jenn says. Next, take a deep, shimmery gold (or silver) shadow and apply from the center of the eyelid outward, blending a little past the corners of the eyes for added dramatic effect. Jenn used Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Intense Eyeshadow in Carat Gold. Then, go back with your lighter, illuminating shade and highlight the area below the brows. Add a bit around the tear ducts to make your eyes pop.
Step 5: Apply a thin layer of black eyeliner along the upper lash line and the water line. Jenn used Maybelline Line Express in ebony black, which comes with an eraser on the end for eliminating any excess liner below the eye.
Steps 6 and 7: To really play up the eyes, apply a cake liner over regular eyeliner. You can make your own cake liner by dipping a thin, angled brush into water and then into black eyeshadow. Jenn used MAC Carbon Black eyeshadow and carefully applied it over the upper lash line and just below the water line. She dipped a Q-tip into eye makeup remover oil to clean any excess liner and then added two to three coats of mascara, twirling in an upward motion and sweeping the brush horizontally to separate lashes.
Step 8: Now, onto the face. Apply concealer below eyes and to any problem areas on skin. Jenn used Paint Cosmetics Pro Palette in Light Amber. Then, apply a thin layer of foundation to the entire face using a foundation brush. Smooth foundation over eyebrows to avoid flyaway hairs, Jenn says, and blend below the chin for natural looking skin. She used Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup in Buff and then used a light powder to set the foundation for a matte winter look.
Step 9: Using a darker powder in a bronzed shade and an angled brush, contour the face to create natural looking angles and enhance features. Swipe the brush from the forehead to the top of the ear, and then across the cheek to the mouth and back up around the jawline. It helps to follow the lines that arise when making a fish face.
Step 10: To make the skin glow even on a gloomy winter night, apply a bronzer in sweeping strokes across the cheek bones, forehead, chin and nose. For an extra pop of color, add blush in a pink tone to the apple of the cheeks. Finally, Jenn applied a blush highlighter by Lancome along the cheekbones to help the glow set in.
Step 11: Define brows by using a thin brush to line them with a dark brown powder. Apply brow set gel for a sleek look that keeps hairs in place.
Step 12: Cold weather leads to chapped lips, so exfoliate with a quick lip scrub. Jenn used Sweet Lips Lip Scrub by Lush Cosmetics, which soothes lips and has a vanilla and chocolate flavor. Then, apply a long lasting lip color in the color of the season--red, of course. Jenn used Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Adrenaline, a festive red with the perfect touch of sparkle. She then dabbed a light powder in the cupid's bow to accentuate the shape of the lips and make the color pop. Tie hair in a sleek high bun and throw on that party dress. You're ready to celebrate.
Try Jenn's method yourself, or, for a professional application, she can be reached at 347-886-9809 or found at Impulse Cosmetics at Macy's Roosevelt Field in Garden City. Full-face makeup applications are $50 for clients ages 14 and older and $30 for clients 13 and younger. False lashes are $15 extra, and specials are available for groups of four or more.