The 2014 Holiday Party Look, Part III

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For the third and final installment of the 2014 Holiday Party Looks, we introduce you to Rebecca Zhou. As Glossier's Digital Manager, she spends her days making sure Glossier.com is all systems go. You may recognize her hair, or her sister, from previous posts. Now, meet her:

'I love holiday parties because I love making drinks. I usually do one gin drink and one bourbon drink. Last year I made a really good one—it was bourbon, cranberry juice, champagne, and white wine. Sounds like a total frat drink, but it goes down really easy. I'm making it again this year for the Into The Gloss/Glossier party. It's pretty festive.

The tough part for me is always figuring out what to wear. It's always this decision between the exciting short and sparkly dress or something you'll actually be warm in. This year, I decided I'd go with a jumpsuit. It's the kind of piece I rarely wear, so it feels special. And I'm a fan of anything with pants. Tess Giberson makes a good one. I love that it's not black.

Like everyone else, I'm in the process of growing out my bangs, which is awkward. I'm fine having them fall wherever or pinning them back at work, but for a party, it's hard to find the right place for them. What I've figured out is if you want them to stay down on one side, the momentum of a really severe side part helps. I don't blow dry my hair, but when it's almost dry, I put Bumble and bumble Straight Blow Dry in it for some control. It's not quite like gel, so it doesn't get hard, but it does help with shine.

I’m pretty good at doing my own makeup. I do foundation, blush, a bit of contour, and mascara basically every day. But the real reason I'm good at it though because I used to dance—we'd literally hairspray glitter to our faces so it'd stay for five hours. So for parties, I usually just do my makeup myself, but Annie offered to do my makeup here, and I immediately said yes. Even so, there’s something a little terrifying about handing over my face to someone else. Does she know how I like my coverage? How will she deal with my eyelids? Does she know how I like my blush? I started warning her about dealing with my short, stubby eyelashes only to hear her say she wishes hers were more like mine. After that, I sort of relaxed.

Annie used my everyday foundation, MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NC35, which is a really good product if you're not one of the sheer-tint types. She followed that up with a this really warm combination of MAC Cremeblend Blush in Posey and Becca Lowlight Sculpting Perfector. We didn't talk about using them together, but it's what I do normally to not look like I've got these doll-like spots in the centers of my cheeks. Then she put Napoleon Perdis Lip Gloss in White Swan along my cheekbones to make me a little shiny. My face is usually pretty matte, so this was a change.

I usually keep my lips nude-ish because I have a hard time finding a color actually complements my skin. But the Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint in Coming Up Rosy is light enough that it doesn't seem too overwhelming. Then she dotted my cupid's bow with a little of Lorac's 3D Liquid Lustre in Diamond. I think it's actually an eyeshadow but the sheen made my lips look a little bigger. On my eyelashes Annie put a normal application of & Other Stories Dramatic Mascara on the top, and contrasted it with Twiggy-inspired bottom lashes, all spiky and clumpy. On my nails, Rhapsody by Jin Soon.

My favorite part, though, is the liner. We just launched the Glossier Liquid Foil Liners and I've been having a good time playing with the silver and the gold. My eyelids don't crease, so the surface area between my lash line and brow is one big canvas—there’s plenty of room to play. Annie painted it on the silver generously and, partly because of my eye shape and partly because the formula doesn't budge once the product dries, I don’t have to worry about the product getting smudged and gross by the end of the night. Which means I don't have to worry about it!”

—as told to ITG

Rebecca Zhou photographed by Tom Newton. This post is brought to you by Glossier. Need more inspiration? Read Emily's Holiday Party Look here, and Annie's here.

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