Every year I look forward to the holiday season. Who doesn’t? After all, those shopping center carolers are always claiming it’s the most wonderful time of the year. There’s the decorations, the food and, of course, the parties. But between shopping, cooking and crafts with the kids, it’s not like I have all the time in the world to get ready for the parties I get suckered into attending. So I rely on one basic look that I can tweak here and there. It’s quick, it’s easy and it works every time. Plus, all of the cosmetics are certified organic. I recently filled my makeup bag with products from NVEY ECO’s organic makeup line. The products combine plant and mineral ingredients along with skin-benefiting antioxidants and vitamins. Plus, the professional-quality shades are completely gorgeous. They’re the perfect blend of green and glamour!
I don’t care how fancy the party is I still want to look like me (and not like I’m wearing a Halloween mask). So my go-to holiday look is completely wearable and just gives my favorite features some extra oomph. I start by perfecting my complexion using the Organic Creme Deluxe Foundation. Available in 10 skin-true shades, it helps protect skin with vitamins and antioxidants while offering a soft, full-coverage finish. It feels light and weightless, which is perfect when I want extra coverage for a special event (I hate that heavy-foundation feeling). To make the foundation last longer and to help fake flawless skin, I lightly dust on the Organic Compact Powder. And because my face has pretty much lost all of its pretty summer color, it’s essential that I dust on a bit of the Organic Powder Blush in Warm Pink for the perfect cold-weather rosy glow. (Bonus tip: If you want to lead your fellow party-goers into thinking you just returned from Bermuda, dust a bit of the blush in Rusty Bronze to your forehead, cheeks and chin. Just be sure not to over do it!)
Eye shadow shades, like breakfast cereals, can be loved by one and hated by another. But the Organic Creative Eye Color System in No. 1 truly works for everyone. With five shades, including Grey Shimmer, Deep Rose Shimmer, Neutral Taupe Shimmer, Espresso Shimmer and Soft White Shimmer you can add more or less drama depending on where the day takes you. (Each of these compact shades is also available as a single shadow.) Sound like a lot of shimmer, but I promise it’s not super shiny, music video shimmer. It’s truly subtle and just gives your eyes some extra sparkle and attention. For parties I like to blend the taupe shade from the lid to the brow. I add the espresso shade to my lid only and finish by lightly adding a touch of the soft white shade to the inner corner of my eye (this makes eyes appear brighter and more awake). I finish the eyes with a coat of the Organic Moisturizing Mascara.
I tend to gravitate toward natural-looking shades of lip color. Partially because that’s just me and I like to highlight my eyes, and partially because I don’t want to waste brain power wondering if my bright red lipstick has shifted outside of the mouth region. So I love the nourishing, antioxidant-rich Organic Lipstick in Neutral Mauve. I’ll either wear it alone or top it with the Organic Lip Lustre in Amour Rose (a barely there, shimmering pink) if I’m feeling saucy. This look is perfect for everything from office parties to family gatherings. But if I want to get a little dramatic (for fancy cocktail parties or a New Year’s soiree), I add the Organic Cake Eyeliner to my top lash line and sweep on an extra coat of mascara. Just toss in the lip color in your purse for after-drink touchups and you’re ready to party.