Holiday Makeup Tips by FACE atelier Makeup Artist Amy Zdunowski-Roeder

With Christmas and New Years Eve now only weeks away, many women are already planning their holiday party outfits and the biggest mistake they usually make? Applying their makeup incorrectly! Today, FACE atelier pro makeup artist, Amy Zdunowski-Roeder, will share with us her Top 5 Holiday Makeup No No’s and how to avoid them.

1. Makeup On Flaky Dry Skin Will Look Flaky.
Exfoliate and hydrate (hydration is so important) and use a non-alcoholic based foundation or mineral makeup to create balance.

* Extra Tip from Phyllis: Use a hydrating toner/Asian lotion after you wash your face to help soften your skin so the moisturizer sinks in better. Read more about them here.

2. Makeup That Is Too Dark For The Skin.
Some ladies purchase makeup a few shades darker because they believe that will give them the festive “bronzed” look. What happens instead, is the skin looks jarringly unnatural. Foundation should be tested in natural light, on your chin or better yet, neck.

* Extra Tip from Phyllis: For the perfect glow, use a bronzer sparingly along the cheekbones, forehead, chin and nose.

3. Avoid The Clown Look.
Makeup should be fun, creative and exciting. However, it is very easy to overdo it during the party season. Pick ONE area to emphasize – cheeks, lips or eyes. For example, if you have bold and dramatic sexy dark eye makeup on, a pale lip and light rosy cheeks will make your eyes pop and you will have a completed look that is just right!

4. Over-Penciling Your Eyebrows.
An over-penciled eyebrow is the first thing an onlooker notices and has the tendency to look painted on. Many, many women unknowingly make this mistake, which can be one of the hardest to break. For best results, select an eye shadow color that matches your hair color and apply with a small angled brush using light brush strokes.

Phyllis’ Favorite: Anastasia Highlighting Brow Kit

5. Blending.
Blending is the professional makeup artist’s secret weapon! It is what creates the flawless face. Important areas to blend:

* Along the jawline. Your eyes catch it when the foundation isn’t blended properly into the neck so blend and blend some area to avoid “that line”.

* Unless you want an 80’s look, blend out cheek color so you look flushed not painted.

* Blend eyeshadow when you use multiple colors to avoid hard lines.

* Always lip liner into the lip to avoid the hard drawn-on look.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. Thanks for these tips :)

    For the foundation, it’s difficult to choose the same color that the neck and which matches exactly your skintone because my forehead is darker than my cheeks… but I can use different colors of foundations.

  2. Very helpful tips. I definitely agree about the foundation shade. Thanks Phyllis!

    I think leighton meester should have followed the advice: Avoid the Clown look.

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