On top of your never-ending holiday to-do list (shop, wrap, cook, clean, repeat) you want to look pulled together, because, well, it's prime photo-snapping season. New York City makeup artists Ashleigh Ciucci and Lijha Stewart share a few easy pointers for this extra-hectic time of the year.
Fake a More Awake Face
Whether you aren't wearing any eye makeup at all or have a full-blown smoky eye, dab highlighter on the center of your lids and along your lower lash lines (below your iris).
Mix and Match Makeup Textures
Pair a matte lip with shimmery eyes or a glossy lip with matte lids to create an interesting look in front of camera.
Try This Foolproof Eyeliner Trick
Don't stress—you don't need to be good at applying eyeliner to ace this high-impact makeup move. Grab a creamy, black pencil, then tight line your eyes. What that means: Rim your upper and lower waterlines (the fleshy part) with black liner. Why? This makes your lashes look longer and your eyes stand out, says Stewart, who likes to use Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in Matte Black 0L ($19, sephora.com).
Go With a Little Glitter (Trust)
Pick up an inexpensive mascara with glitter in the formula. It might sound juvenile, but the subtle sparkle on your lashes will make your eyes pop in photos. A good one: Circa Beauty Dual Focus Volumizing Mascara & Top Coat ($12, drugstore.com).
Fake Bold Brows
Yes, full brows are trendy, but more importantly, they make you look younger in photos, Stewart says. Brush your brows up so you can see where the gaps are, then fill them in with a fine tip pencil (one that matches your brow hair). Use hair-like strokes to create a naturally full-looking brow.
Don't Powder Your Whole Face
After you've done your makeup, brush powder on your t-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) only. This will ensure you look glowy on your cheekbones, but not greasy on those hot spots on the center of your face. Ciucci's go-to powder: MAC Cosmetics Blot Powder ($26, nordstrom.com), available in five shades.
Find Your Light
The light should be direct to your face. Try to avoid overhead lighting. Natural daylight through a window is about as good as it gets, says Stewart.
Know Your Angle
Head on photos aren't the most flattering. Try tilting your head slightly to one side while still making direct eye contact with the camera.