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Day Two: Makeup Looks for Day and Night

Welcome to day two of the 12 Days of Christmas (According to Francesca). Or, #12DaysofFranmas because I really can't resist myself. Today I bring to you two makeup looks that you can recreate for this holiday season. One is more natural and the other is pretty much Christmas if it puked all over your face. Honestly, the only thing more Christmassy would probably be strands of garland used as fake lashes.

For both looks, you can do your usual face routine, whether it's just concealer or a full coverage foundation. Just put on your skin what you're comfortable with and leave it at that. Feel free to do your brows however you want as well.

For the more natural look on the left, instead of using a normal setting powder, I would go in with one of Hourglass's ambient lighting powders to give you a natural, glowing finish rather than a precise and smooth matte look. If you wanted to go in with an extra highlight, I would go in with NARS Albatross on the highest points of your face (top of your cheekbones, bridge of your nose, forehead, cupid's bow, and your chin). For your cheek color, pop on some of Tarte's Exposed blush for a natural flush that also acts as a faint contour. To finish it off, use some of Lorac's Pro Matte Lip Color in Pink Taupe for that perfect natural mauve lip.

On your lid, place an even layer of Benefit's Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in Bikini-tini all over the lid. With a small brush, place a chocolate brown shade (like NYX Tryst) along your upper lash line to act as a very natural eyeliner. Add a coat of your favorite mascara and head out the door!

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For the second look on the right, use a matte setting powder like this one from Rimmel to set your foundation and concealer. Use your favorite matte bronzer (like Too Faced Chocolate Soliel) to contour your cheeks, forehead, and down your neck. Using the original Naked palette, place the shade Half Baked all over your lid and use Smog to blend into your crease to add some definition to your eye. Use a liquid liner to draw a thick line on your lash line and add a small cat flick (Kat Von D Tattoo Liner gives a nice, precise line). After you add your mascara, finish off your look with the perfect holiday red pout (NARS Dragon Girl is a personal favorite).

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