Bold, Beautiful Party Makeup Ideas

We put together some of our favorite makeup tips, across different seasons, to create a bold, beautiful look — that is as gorgeous across a crowd as up close, and in photo after video after photo — for your biggest celebration this year!


Think: less is more — heavier foundation can look weighed down and dull over time.
Think: easy to retouch — so a quick dot and dab in the bathroom is all you need.
Think: highlighting over contouring — it’s like wearing your own filter in photos.


Add a bit of pure virgin coconut oil Know-It-Oil to Skin-The-Bluff Concealer. This complexion-perfecting tip from Underneath It All…Is Great Skin! effectively conceals “quirks in progress” while keeping skin naked-looking. The subtle sheen adds extra camouflage by reflecting light. Then, mix the coconut oil in with Skin Bloom Blush highlighter in “Luminous” before applying to skin, and voilà…it’s like walking around with very your own lighting team (now all you need is a wind machine).

blog-luminous-wframe-20161226Light and bright, light and bright:choose strobing over contouring for a big fête. Strobing creates the dew-glow-radiance of healthy-looking skin. Unless you’re an expert, contouring can look harsh or get muddy as the hours pass, or be obvious in different lighting. Like contouring, strobing can sculpt the face — but, instead of with time-consuming and skilled shadowing, by making certain features brighter. Learn how in Hypoallergenic Strobing.


Shown here: Illuminants Brilliant Finish Powder Foundation (use dry for a light powder, or wet for fuller coverage),
Skin-The-Bluff Concealer,
Illuminants+ Face-Hand-Body Lotion (a brightening moisturizer),
Skin Bloom Blush in “Luminous”,
Eyeshadow & Concealer Brush, Foundation Brush, and
Skintangible “BBBB” Cream (BB But Better) SPF 30.

Make sure your foundation lasts as long as you do with this all-night technique: target imperfections with your shade of Skin-The-Bluff Concealer (it also comes in green to cancel out redness, and yellow to hide dark under-eye circles). Then, even out your skin tone with Skintangible BBBB Cream, which keeps the look fresh —it works with all skin tones, too. If you’re feeling pale, add a touch (a touch) of sun with a subtle hand and our Tarte-à-Tan “Coco” Bronzing Powder (Tor Torre shows you how — and even how to use it with Luminous — in How To Apply Bronzer). Highlight with Skin Bloom Blush in “Luminous” for dewy skin that also emphasizes contours and lets light bounce off beautifully in photos (see above). Finish with Illuminants Brilliant Finish Powder-Foundation as a final touch to pull it all together and control shine (you want to glow, not borderline bead-up with sweat). Don’t forget to take your concealer and powder with you for easy touch-ups throughout the night (from The ONE Look — Party After Party, Photo After Photo — You’ll Need This Holiday Season).



Definition, definition, definition. Go for a sharp, clean wing or smudgy, smoky drama, but get those eyes standing out!

blog-partymakeupideas-eyes-wframe-20161226Clockwise from top left: (H)ighbrow Eye & Brow Liner in “Brown,”
Ooh-La-Lash Volumizing Mascara!, and
Two True Hues Eyeshadow Duo in Bleecker (metallic rose gold and deep wine), “Dallas” (a warm copper-coral mix), and Roses & Bon-Bons (a rich dark brown and pale pink-cream). 

Parties means photos, and the key to definition in any photo: bold eyes and brows.

There is nothing like eyeliner to add drama to a look, and tightlining is all the rage, writes Yciar in Three Beauty Trends To Try Now. Use (H)ighbrow Eye & Brow Liner to draw on the waterline above and below the eye. Or, create a cat-eye to make eyes look bigger and build depth — use your liner on the insides of the lash line then above it, working upwards and outwards to draw a wing.

Fill in and shape brows architecturally. Least likely to fade, they’ll ensure definition even in low-light conditions.

Finally, Lots of lashes are key: thank you, Ooh-La-Lash Mascara! Use a lash curler for an even more bright-eyed appearance…necessary with so many late nights in a row (from The ONE Look — Party After Party, Photo After Photo — You’ll Need This Holiday Season).

Lips & Cheeks


Lipsticks: Subtle Shine Lipstick in (clockwise from top) “Beet It,” “Strawberry Fields,” “Fifi,” and “Giddy.”
Velvet Matte Lipstick in “Light My Fire” (center) and “Copa” (bottom middle).
Skin Bloom Blush in “Heat,” “Pant” (top right) and “Georgia.” 

Try this fun, color-blocking technique by Jess Arnaudin to add freshness, depth, and a surprising complexity to bright lip colors — and just like personalities, bright colors with depth and complexity can make a party! In The ONE Look — Party After Party, Photo After Photo — You’ll Need This Holiday Season, Jess adds, “Go bright, or go home. Cameras tend to wash out and flatten…and you’re not always in control of the filter. On lips, brights like Beet It and Copa are brilliant buildable options: dot on lightly for a sweet, subtle stain or layer on (and top with The Big, Brave Boo-Boo Balm!) for more glamor. For cheeks, try a bright pink like Georgia or toasty Heat, so you’re peppy and glowing in photos no matter how late it is!

Beauty Skin

Makeup Hack: Anti-Aging “Tan” with Virgin Coconut Oil!

This Gorgeous Anti-Aging Tan Is Made In The Shade!

There is just no upside to tanning. It leads to skin cancer (deadly) or leathery, wrinkly photo-aging (mummification). This virgin coconut oil-rich bronzing technique lets you channel Raquel Welch circa “One Million Years B.C.” … without looking one million years old.

What you need:

  1. Tarte-à-Tan Antioxidant Bronzing “Coco” Powder
  2. Know-It-Oil or Oil’s Well virgin coconut oil
  3. Small bowl or saucer.
  4. Nail file or hard, thin spatula

“Dew” It:

Using your nail file or thin spatula, scrape about ¼ teaspoon of Tarte-à-Tan Antioxidant Bronzing “Coco” Powder into a small bowl or saucer.

Add virgin coconut oil (Know-It-Oil or Oil’s Well) in the same amount you’d use on your face and body.

Stir, then spread on like a lotion, starting with legs, then torso and arms. The leftover oil on your hands is the perfect amount for your face.

Feel like you need more glow on the face?

  • Dust on some more Tarte-à-Tan (How To Apply Bronzer) and add a warm blush (Skin Bloom Blush in Bellini is an all-time favorite with a tan).
  • Want to kick the shimmer up even more? Add Skin Bloom Blush in Luminous strategically (Hypoallergenic Strobing).

Blow-dry and/or complete the rest of your makeup before getting dressed — because virgin coconut oil’s fatty acids are native to skin, it sets quickly (and even if it stains clothing it usually washes out easily).

That’s it! Your anti-aging tan is complete!


Instead of wiping off the little leftover oil, scrunch up the ends of your hair for a leave-in conditioning treatment. Or gently pat your hair to help tame fly-aways!


Renewable Energy

Makeup by TorTorre


Renewable Energy

What we’re loving: powerful, defined eyes against a soft, sunlit radiance.

Shown above: Tarte-à-Tan Bronzing “Coco” Powder; Skin Bloom Blush in Bellini; Two True Hues Eyeshadow in Dallas; (H)Eyebrow Eye & Brow Liner in Brown; Ooh-La-Lash! Volumizing Mascara; a mix of Lipstick in Beet It and Birthday Suit.

Start with dewy skin (a good skincare regimen plus moisturizer; finish with a layer of virgin coconut oil). Apply sunny touches everywhere — bronzer plus a gold-peach blush and peach-pink lids and lips. Finish with dark, tightlined eyes (draw on the lashline’s waterlines) and layers of mascara. If you’re feeling more power than solar, opt for a loud red lip.

Click here for more beautiful, sunny trends to try now.


Solar Power


Top, clockwise: Velvet Matte Lipstick in Birthday Suit; Subtle Shine Lipstick in Beet It; Glitz Lipstick in Sweater Girl; Skin Bloom Blush in Bellini; Tarte-à-Tan Bronzing “Coco” Powder; Two True Hues Eyeshadow Duo in Berries & Cream, and Dallas.

Bottom, clockwise: Ooh-La-Lash! Volumizing Mascara; Velvet Matte Lipstick in Va-Va-Voom; (H)Eyebrow Eye + Brow Liner.

Beauty Featured

Three Beauty Trends To Try Now

Yciar Castillo does gorgeous makeup, but we love her for more than her talent.  She’s a gentle soul — her calm is as vital to us as her artistry on manic shoots — and a great mom to her adorable little girl.  We also love Yciar’s philosophy of simple makeup application for the everyday woman.  With so much picking up speed this time of year — work, fitness, decluttering, skin goals — we thought who better to tap for spring trends than the makeup artist whose mantra is makeup does not have to be complicated!

Spring is breaking but before you decide to give up your more dramatic holiday and winter looks, this year, spring  makeup trends actually call for a bit of drama and colour.  

Here are my favorites:

1. Makeup? What Makeup?


Dewy, beautiful skin is still a thing this season.  As always, the first step in makeup is skincare.  The healthier your skin, the easier it is to achieve this look.  Apply a generous amount of moisturizer and  top with a very lightweight foundation or BB Cream such as Skintangible “Faint”action Skin-Refining Non-Makeup SPF30.  Then use a minimal amount of concealer to hide any unwanted blemishes (spot conceal).  The less makeup you look like you have on, the better.

2. Rock and Sol


Keeping with the “healthy skin” look, add some warmth to your skin with a light sweep of bronzer on the cheeks, forehead, chin and top of the nose.   Tarte-à-Tan Antioxidant Bronzing Powder is perfect to get that wonderful sheer bronze glow.  The best part is that it takes care of your skin by repairing and keeping skin hydrated while you rock that sun-kissed radiance. 

There nothing like eyeliner to add drama to a look.  Tightlining is all the rage for spring.  Use your eyeliner and draw on the waterline above and below the eye like I did here.  

3. Loudspeaker


The classic red lip has decided to stay for spring. Pick pure red shades such as VMV’s Velvet Matte Lipstick in Va-Va-Voom for a gorgeous pop of colour on those lips.  

Lashes are huge this season – the longer, the thicker, the better!  You can achieve the look I did here with coats (and coats) of mascara.  Ooh-La-Lash! Volumizing Mascara coats each lash with a special compound that makes your lashes look thicker and more luscious.

Learn more about Yciar here and on, and follow her to learn how makeup — even really beautiful makeup — does not have to be complicated!

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How To Apply Bronzer

Not surprisingly, it starts with skin…

Makeup artist Tor Torre created this bronzed bombshell look on Alex. Tanning just isn’t an option anymore…here’s how you get a sun-kissed glow expertly, and safely:

1. Make sure your skin is moisturized. Any of our moisturizers will “dew,” including our treatment moisturizers (remember, however, that alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids can make you more sensitive to the sun) and even our Armada Sun + Light Screens (you’ll see there’s a running theme here of sun avoidance).

2. Skip the heavy foundation. Try Skintangible BBBB Cream (SPF 30, too!) for a finish that’s dewy, not dry.

3. Dip Skintelligent Beauty Large Powder/Bronzer Brush onto Tarte-à-Tan Antioxidant Bronzing “Coco” Powder and tap off excess.

Gently sweep over the perimeter of your face (almost tracing the number three) from hairline, to temples and cheekbones, and jawline. Without adding more powder, dab brush lightly on your nose, neck, and collabones.

Tarte-à-Tan comes with a hint of sheen (and coconut oil!) for a look that’s radiant, not burnt. But Skin Bloom Blush in Luminous (a sheer highlighter) makes skin look positively luminescent. With our Blush Brush, swipe gently above cheekbones down the bridge of your nose, under brow bones, and on the innermost third of the eye (for this, use our Eye Contouring Brush for more precision).

Follow Tor on Instagram now for awesome travel photos, skincare videos and makeup tips!


That’s Tor wielding the brush off frame!