Tis the season of too many things to do! When you’re running from the class holiday party, to after work holiday cocktails, to last minute shopping, to evening musical concerts, the LAST thing you want to do is worry about how to squeeze in an hour of primping before your annual holiday soiree. Lucky for us, the style gurus from Tranquille Hair and Body in Towson put together 15 minute and hair and make-up routines that will have you party ready in a snap.
Many thanks to mom and reader Sara Waire for being our “momdel” for this piece!
Holiday Make-Up in Fifteen Minutes
“Clean, fresh face is in this holiday season,” said make-up artist Kristen Floyd, “So getting ready is easier! The key is to start with clean, moisturized skin.” (Editor’s note: Just say no to contouring, hallelujah!) Clean skin, neutral eyes, and a statement lip are all you really need for a polished and glam evening look.
STEP ONE: An easy way to make sure your make-up stays put all evening is to start with Youngblood’s Minerals in the Mist. Just a little spritz freshens and preps the skin. Then take a mineral primer and apply all over. “It’s super silky and smooth,” said Kristen, “which helps to blur any fine lines or wrinkles — not that Sara here has any! It also will hydrate and help your make-up last all party long.”
STEP TWO: If you have great skin (if only we all did), you can skip full foundation and go with a tinted moisturizer. You can also mix your tinted moisturizer with liquid foundation to make the coverage lighter. Don’t forget under your eyes and eyelids.
STEP THREE: Here’s where the concealer comes in. Notice we didn’t use concealer first? That’s a pro tip! After you apply your foundation, you may not even need it. Just a dab where you need it and then blend.
STEP FOUR: Cheeks. Creme blush is quick and easy. Just dot, dot and blend. “You want to dot right where your bone is and blend. The result? A romantic blush and it takes two seconds,” said Kristen.
STEP FIVE: Go for a neutral eye shadow — and then focus on lashes and brows. Using Youngblood’s brow artiste palette, Kristen filled in Sara’s eyebrows with quick, hairline strokes. Just follow the direction of the hair growth and use small flicks of the wrist. Don’t forget to blend so it remains soft. Then apply mascara.
STEP SIX: Top your look with a statement lip. Yes, that means go bold. Start with a neutral lip liner and then cover the lip with a matte lip color. Layer a lip cream on top to give the color more depth and help your lip color last longer. You can even leave the middle of the lip without a second layer to create an ombre effect.
Give yourself another mineral mist spritz and you’re make-up ready!
If you have an extra five minutes, give your lashes a boost with temporary lashes. Make sure to purchase tapered ones and measure your eye before applying. “With temporary lashes, one of the tricks for applying to is to let the glue set for 30 seconds after applying it to the lash and before applying it to your eye,” said Kristen. Don’t forget: temporary lashes are one-time use only. “But they are a great party solution if you’re not ready to commit to lash extensions!”
All products by Youngblood: Minerals in the Mist Spray, Mineral Primer, Liquid Mineral Foundation, Ultimate Concealer, Creme Blush in Plum Satin, Brow Artiste Palette in Dark, Eyeshadow in Cocoa, Lip Liner in Malt, Lip Cray in Rodeo Red, and Creme Lipstick in Bistro. All products available at Tranquille Hair and Body in Towson.
Holiday Hair in Fifteen Minutes
“Soft curls that are perfect for any occasion, day or night,” said stylist Sarah Aiello, “And the perfect quick, but stylish finishing for moms on the go during the holidays!”
The key to getting this look in 15 minutes or less? Start with dry hair. We’re operating on the assumption that you probably got your 30 second shower in that morning so your locks are dry — even if they’ve been tucked in a mom bun all day.
STEP ONE: Spray with Fashion Head for a light hold. This will help maintain the curls.
STEP TWO: Using a curling iron, curl everything from the ear forward away from your face. Behind the ear, alternate curls — curling one toward your face and the next away from your face. “This will prevent sausage curl. It’s not a technical term, it’s just what I call it!” joked Sarah.
STEP THREE: Once your entire head has been curled, spray with a dry texture spray. Allow to set a second and then gently pull the curls out.
STEP FOUR: Use a spray wax to manage any fly aways. Spritz with your favorite hair spray and you’re ready to go!
All products by Redken: Redken Fashion Work 12, Redken Windblown (dry texture spray), Redken Wax Blast
Photos by Laura Black.