I am a complete makeup novice. Not because I never had the opportunity to use it. I just wasn’t very interested in learning. But lately, with my renewed passion for personal style has come a desire to learn how to apply makeup. So when Walmart gave me the opportunity to recreate three holiday looks from their latest Beauty Scoop magazine, I jumped at the chance. Like I said, I’m a complete novice, with the exception of my hair, so if I can do all three of these looks, anyone can.
The Walmart beauty team gave me a bag of goodies like this one and set me loose to create makeup magic.
Check out this video demonstration of all three looks in progress.
Look 1: Chic PonyPuff (for natural hair)
- Shea Moisture Organic Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk
- Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Reconstructive Elixir
This look was actually supposed to be a low ponytail, but with my thick natural curls, there was no way I was going to get my hair pulled back that way. So I modified it into a sleek top puff instead, with a little bling to make it special for the holidays.
I started the style on stretched day-old curls, but you can do this on wet, detangled hair just out of the shower. Keep in mind that in the colder months, so you’ll want to style your hair long enough before you walk out the door for it to dry a bit. Use about a dime-sized amount (really) of Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk to moisturize your edges and help sweep your hair up. Use a bristle brush to further smooth your edges and bring the hair to the top center of your head.
Use an ouchless headband to smooth your hair up into a puff. It will be loose, so pull the headband at one side, then twist it and double back over your hair, creating a more snug fit. Spray the Shea Moisture Reconstructive Elixir around your edges to help protect them and add some shine. Then, fluff your curls to make your puff the size and shape you’d like. Finally, embellish with a hard headband in the color of your choosing. I chose silver. However, instead of wearing the headband the traditional way, turn it sideways and wrap it around your puff.
The finished look:
Look 2: Bold Lip
This is the easiest look to complete and the one I’ve been playing with most often lately. Simply choose a bold color that you like for your skin tone. It can be anything from red to berry or even blue. I chose a gorgeous shade of red from the CoverGirl Queen Collection. And I’ll be doing my research to find an eco-friendly color to add to my lipstick stash.
Simply cover your lips with your chosen color, being careful to follow the outline of your lips without going over. With a bold color, you don’t have to apply a lot. And with a red lip, as I did, you can either leave the rest of your face completely bare, or use only foundation to even out your skin tone or cover blemishes.
I’ve worn this look quite a few times in recent weeks because it’s so easy and the bold lip can stand alone. But paired with the chic ponypuff, this is a look that would be perfect for any holiday gathering, from Thanksgiving dinner to the office Christmas party.
Look 3: Bright Eyes
- CoverGirl Smoky ShadowBlast: Tempest Blue 825 (aff)
- Covergirl Liquiline Blast: Blackfire 410 (aff)
- Rimmel ScandalEyes Flex mascara (aff)
- Almost nude lip, like Rimmel Stay Glossy: 750 Immortal Charm (aff)
This look was the most challenging for me, but the ShadowBlast stick really make the job easier than it would’ve been with powder. Each end of the stick is labeled, step 1 and step 2. The step 1 side featured a soft blue color on a stick with a rounded tip, which means if you can use a crayon, you can use this product. Simply use that end to color your eyelid, blending with your fingers as necessary.
Flip to the opposite end of the stick for step 2, which is a brighter blue stick with a tapered edge. Line the top outside edge of your lid with the darker blue, blending the two colors with your fingers as needed. For a more subtle look, use just a little of the second color and blend well. For a more dramatic look, cover more of your lid with the second color and blend sparingly.
Next, use the blue end of the Liquiline Blast eyeliner to line the eyes at the lash line. Blend with your fingers. Apply ScandalEyes mascara lightly on your lashes. Finally, finish the look with an almost nude lip. For my skin tone, that meant Rimmel gloss in 750 Immortal Charm, but use whatever works for you.
The finished look:
Next time I try this, I think I’ll use more of the darker blue for a more dramatic, nighttime look, but this fresh face would be perfect for a family gathering during the holidays.
I’m also going to work on getting Walmart to carry more more sustainable makeup brands, like Nvey Eco and some others. Because my first question when applying anything to my face is “what’s in it?”
DISCLOSURE: I am a member of the Walmart Moms program. Walmart has provided me with beauty products to try as well as compensation for sharing these holiday looks with you. Participation is voluntary and, as usual, all opinions are my own.