Of course ladies it's the holidays and you want to put your best face forward for the new year! To help you along the way, I reached out to a fellow MUA to give you a few quick tips to get you ready just in the knick of time!
Valisha Wigfall is a makeup artist from the MUA gawds! She has been featured in different magazines and loves the artistry behind making women feel beautiful both inside and out. Here are a few tips and tricks from her that you can try as we near closer to the holidays and a brand new year.
Q:For 2016, do you think thicker brows will still be a trend?
A: Yes, I think a more natural fuller brow will still be in. No more over drawn brows and bright concealers.
Q:What tips do you have for getting the perfect arch?
A: Making sure the head of the brow starts where the inner corner of your eye, the peak of the brow should align with the iris of your eye, and making sure the tail of the brown ends at the outer corner of the eye and not past that. Swiping a concealer or eyeshadow a shade brighter than your skin tone right under the peak gives the illusion of a higher arch.
Q: Using a metallic color over the eyelids are big around this time. What are some ways to not overdo the shimmery look?
A: Placing just a small amount on the eyelid focusing on the center of the lid and not going above the crease gives a nice pop without over doing it.
Q: What tips do you have for applying lashes?
A: Hold a hand mirror down below your face and look down into the mirror so you can see your lashline. Makes sure to measure the lash on your lid without glue to make sure it will fit. If it is too long, always make sure to trim the ends, the longer hairs and try to cut the same amount on each lash. Apply the lash glue and wait about 30-60 seconds to allow the glue to get tacky. With tweezers, end of the lash on first and pull the lash as close to your lash line as possible. With your fingers, carefully pinch the lash close to the lashline. This takes a lot of practice lol.
Q: What are some nice go to holiday colors? What are your current favorite colors/brands?
A: I love a nice red lip, plum/wine , or deep purples. I love Sephora Lip Stain Always Red 01, Mac Ruby Woo, Mac Rebel Lipglass, Colorpop Creeper, Limbo and LAX.
Q:Are spring colors a no go during the holidays?
A: Not necessarily. I’m not one to think you can only wear certain colors in seasons. I think paired with the right lipliners it could be worn nicely.
Q:Any tips you have for applying lipstick?
A: Lip scrub is recommended once a week, especially during colder seasons. Make sure your lips are moisturized before applying any product. I love Smith’s Rosebud lip balm in strawberry or Aqauaphor lip conditioner which can be find in Walmart or most drug stores. When lining your lips, don’t over trace your natural lip line. For an ombre effect, fill in the inner corners of the lips more than that the lipstick color.
Q:Since we are going into a new year soon, what are some makeup trends that need to stay in 2015, if any?
A: I would say the dramatic highlighting and contouring as well as matte skin. A more natural, fresh look is always timeless.
Q:If applying minimal makeup is your thing, what are some ways to play up your key features during the holidays?
A: A nice blush. Not an 80’s bold blush, but a nice sweep of color to give a natural flushed/ fresh face. Hightlighting powders give a nice glow to the face also.
Q: If you have oily skin, what are some ways to combat that issue?
A: After cleaning the skin, use a toner and an oil-free moisturizer. There are several great primers out there. For special occasions a great old school remedy is using a dime-size amount of the original milk of magnesia. Put it on like a moisturizer and it will turn white, but once you apply the foundation it will be fine. It helps to control the oil in your skin and the foundation to last longer.
Q: What places do you recommend buying products during the holiday season?
A: I like shopping at Ulta, Sephora, and Mac. Most have different coupons and specials they run.
Q: Since we are in the winter months, can you talk about the importance of moisturizing before applying makeup?
A: Any great looking face needs to start with great skin. It’s important that your skin looks well, so you don’t have to use as much product, and so it can look smooth and well blended.
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