The Holiday Beauty Survival Guide


Ahhh, the holidays... A dark time (literally, it is pitch black night starting at 4:30PM in New York these days) filled with a lot of brightness. Candles (ITG is never not lit), strings of twinkle lights, and your face, because it should be covered in pounds and pounds of highlighter for the next four weeks. With good reason, though. Knowing you, you're already booked solid with festive outings. Hey, it's not your fault people admire your work and want to be in your presence. It just means you've got to be prepared. What are you going to wear? (This.) And more importantly, what are you going to do to your face? Wonder no longer. Please find, complied below for your convenience, a collection of the glam-est beauty solutions to all your holiday beautifying needs. Things like the singularly perfect eye palette and glitter texturizing spray. All similarly superfluous—but that's the fun of it, right? 'Tis the season.

Here goes...

The Skin

Start luxuriously, with Charlotte Tilbury's Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask. A) Because it's packaged in gold foil, but more importantly B) because it's dry, so while you'll get all the hydration and brightness you need in 15 minutes, you won't emerge a soppy, drippy, serum-soaked mess. Keep the gold vibes going with a pump or two of Victoria Beckham's Morning Aura, a primer-moisturizer-luminizer in one that lets you shine while also keeping everything in place on your face. And what exactly is it keeping in place? Nothing other than Dior's Airflash Spray Foundation (or if you prefer the French: brume de teint éclat et légèreté, whatever that means). If one wants to look truly airbrushed, one must BE truly airbrushed. Lightly mist over your face for streak-free finish. Or spray onto a Beautyblender—that works almost as well.

Flawless skin is great, but is it enough? That's a personal decision, but this year, ITG lands very clearly in the NO camp. It's the holidays! It doesn't matter what you celebrate—surely something we can all get behind is some overzealous highlighter use. So pick up Kevyn Aucoin's Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting. Similar to the Morning Aura, you could use this all over. But for now, just tap a few dots on the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, under the eyebrows, and the cupid's bow. Bronzey, creamy, delicious. The same can be said of Fenty Beauty's Match Stix. A trio (maybe Truffle, Ivory, and Trippin') is all you need to contour yourself totally new bone structure.

The Eyes

Go classic. Smoky eye, cat flick, doesn't matter. Just make sure whatever it is, it's in shades of grey and black. Why? NO REASON. Just this mega-glam eye shadow palette from Serge Lutens. No decorative eye color has ever been so definitively correct in its creative direction. Respect. For liner and lashes, a holiday set suggestion: Marc Jacobs' Night Owl Eye Set. It rings in at $32, with delightfully mini versions of his eye-defining favorites. Is it a gift set, or just smart shopping? Depends on your perspective.

The Lips

Daggers all around. No, really—both Ellis Faas and Hourglass offer a take on the dramatic packaging. Thin, shiny, vaguely dangerous in the wrong hands...sounds just right for the office holiday shindig. So pick your poison: Hourglass Confession for the serious lipstick lovers; Ellis Faas Creamy Lips if you like something on the verge of a high-pigment vinyl gloss. Whichever you pick, the glamour doesn't end when you take it off. Tatcha's gold-flecked balm is your after-hours jolt of luxury.

The Hair

Depends on what you're going for. For that slicked-back Hadid look (and a nifty, DIY face lift), hydrate ends with Shu Uemura's Essence Absolue and wind around into a bun. The slick your flyaways with what is perhaps the most perfect hairspray since L'Oréal's Elnett: Marulaoil Rare Oil Perfecting Hairspray. It's the least sticky, shiniest, most nourishing hold product that's made its way into the ITG closet. Truly something to behold. Heh. Of course, if bed head is your game, grab a bottle of Davines' This Is A Shimmering Mist. It's a shimmering mist! Glitter for your hair! Because your cheekbones, eyelids, and outfit shouldn't have all the fun.

Photographed by Tom Newton.

And then after the party, recover with one of these hangover masks.