Lets all be honest, sometimes we just aren't motivated to get all glammed up for another holiday work party. Maybe you have 3 of them this year, or maybe it's your husband/boyfriend/partner's work party, and you just couldn't give two shits about it. Don't panic, we got you.
Leslie Perry of leslieperrycosmetics.com showed me how to pull off two different holiday looks that could fit into anyone's schedule. Leslie is a Michigan make up artist who left the corporate world to follow her dream (you go girl!), and she even has her own cruelty free makeup line! Did I mention she is wickedly cool?!? She's one of those people you meet who inspires you to be a more creative and hard working person, and her make up skills are on.point. #clapback
This Blissful Moment (TBM): Leslie, what would you say is the easiest thing you can do to glam yourself up when you have to go straight from work to an evening holiday party?
Leslie: Focus on the "high impact" areas - your eyes and lips. You can easily and quickly add a bit of eye shadow into your crease to further define your eye. Add a shimmery highlight color on the inner corner of your eyes and a bold color to your lips and you'll be holiday glam worthy in no time! If you have a little extra time, add a touch of the shimmery eye shadow to your cheekbones to give yourself a lit-from-within glow.
TBM: Any recommendations on picking a good dark lip color? Or making a dark lip color stay for the long haul (AKA: After many glasses of wine)?
Leslie: When picking lip color, look for colors that complement your coloring. If you have warm undertones, pick a more orange-red or deep plum shade with gold flecks for example. If you have more cool undertones, a blue-based berry is gorgeous.
To help it last through the night – first, use a lip primer then follow up with a lip liner and fill in your entire lip, not just the outer edges. Apply lip color then blot gently with a tissue. Finally, apply one more layer of lip color.
TBM: Tell me a little about your lipstick brand. What makes it so great? I had heard wonderful things about it, and I ain't gonna lie.... it looked DAMN good once you applied it on me!
Leslie: Thanks! The lipstick is amazing. It’s unique in that it’s both long wearing, highly pigmented and also moisturizing. The creamy texture is really comfortable to wear. The lip colors are packed with the antioxidant vitamin E, which makes them so moisturizing.
TBM - What are your recommendations for the person that has more time on their hands? Aside from the popular bold lip!
Leslie – The smoky eye and a bit of highlight/contour on the face. Smoky eyes are really sultry and sexy. To create a smoky eye, you’ll need three shades of eye shadow (light, medium and dark), a good eyeliner and lots of mascara – or my favorite, false lashes.
Start out by using the lightest color all over the eye. Then use the medium shade in your crease. Finally add the darkest color in a sideways “v” shape on the outer corner of your eye. The trick to a smoky eye is to then gently blend those three shades together to give you the “smoke” effect.
Next, apply liner to the top lash line and smudge. Then apply liner to your water line/inner rim on your lower lash line. Finally, use the darkest eye shadow color as a liner on your bottom lashes. Follow with at least three coats of mascara – or a set of false lashes.
An easy highlight/contour look can be achieved by using concealer and blush. Apply your concealer in a V shape from the inner corner of your eye, all the way to the top of your cheekbone and then out to your hairline above your ear. Once you’ve created this highlight and lifted effect, you can apply blush slightly lower than you may normally apply to create a stronger cheekbone/contour.
TBM – Any tips we should know before doing our smoky eye?
Leslie – When you’re doing a smoky eye, start with the eyes first. That way, any shadow fallout can be cleaned off your cheeks before you’ve created a flawless complexion. The other thing to know is that smoky doesn’t have to mean dark. Smoky is simply a technique that is soft and smudged lines. You can achieve the look with lighter neutral shades or dark shades. And, it’s makeup. If it doesn’t work, wash it off and start again.
TBM - Does a bold lip AND smoky eye ever work or is it too much?
Leslie – I’m not really a proponent of the “less is more” philosophy. When done appropriately and for the right occasion, a smoky eye and bold lip are stunning together. Case in point – take a look at the 1920s era (my favorite decade by the way). Smoky, sooty eyes and bright, bold lips were all the rage. I still love that look.
TBM – Any final thoughts you’d like to share about your cosmetic brand?
Leslie – I created my cosmetics line to fill a void for women who want a high quality product that includes expert advice and tutorials on how to create a polished look for themselves. With my line, women can try new colors and products before buying to see how it feels, how it will wear, if they’re going to love it. And, they can walk out of the salon feeling confident in how to apply my products (or even those they have at home) so they’re able to put their best face forward every day.
I also wanted to make sure the products are made with ingredients that aren’t detrimental to our skin. Leslie Perry Cosmetics are mineral based, hypoallergenic, paraben free and cruelty free.