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20 Christmas Makeup Looks to Make You Stand Out

20 Christmas Makeup Looks to Make You Stand Out

With Christmas knocking at the door, there is so much work to be done. By now you have already bought the Christmas tree, and its trinkets; now it is time to decorate them. It is also the time to sit with your shopping lists and be sure there is nothing left for the last minute. With all these in mind, it seems that the ladies are running around the town to get the best for their family, house, and themselves.

Ladies, you have the fancy dresses, matching shoes and bags, and makeup sets to stand out from the crowd and look gorgeous. This article will give you some best Christmas makeup looks for you to try this year.

1. Soft makeup to start the day
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    You can start the day with this soft makeup. Right after your shower, loosely curl your half wet hair, and set it with some hair spray. Don’t over spray or it will look stiff, and not natural. Fix your base with a skin toned foundation and loose powder. Opt for light smoky eyes, thin eyeliner, and darken your lashes with two to three coats of mascara. Add a pinkish hue on your cheeks, and finish your look with a light red color on your lips. You can play around with the lip color and match it according to your dress.

    2. Simple yet classy
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      One of my favorite Christmas makeup looks this holiday is this quick, simple, yet elegant makeup. If you are in a hurry, or simply want to stay off cosmetics in the morning, then this is for you. All it takes is thin liner on the top lids, a baby pink color on the cheeks, and a nude lipstick. You can also coat your pouts with pink gloss. Tie your hair in a fishtail braid, a high ponytail, or a loose bun to finish off this simply yet elegant look.

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      3. Glittery eyes
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        If you don’t have time to do a whole face of makeup, try this shortcut. Just add glittery eyeliner on your top lids. To compliment your glittery eyes, it is best you choose a natural lip color or simple gloss.

        4. Smoky under the eyes
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          This is yet another soft makeup look that will look great in daytime. Here, instead of focusing on the upper eyelids, the liners are drawn with a smoky effect on the lower lids. Two coats of mascara, and you will have a pair of dramatic eyes. You can go with light lipstick, or you can also opt for a darker shade.

          5. Dark and beautiful eyes
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            If you are looking for gorgeous makeup, then emphasize your look entirely on your eyes. Wear extra lashes, put two to three coats of mascara, and, most importantly, kohl your eyes, both the lids, with kohl pencil and liner. Rosy cheeks, a light pink lipstick and a fancy hairdo will complete the look.

            6. Fuchsia lips
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              Red, orange, maroon are the Christmas colors, and so is fuchsia. This color will totally go with dresses of yellow, pink, green, blue, violet, and white. Fuchsia brings a vibrancy to your look, perfect for a winter get together.

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              7. Smoky, sultry eyes
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                From gorgeous lips, we come to gorgeous eyes. The eyes are beautifully highlighted with dark smoky eyeshadow and liner. The shadow is smudged at the edges, adding more drama to the eyes. Nude lips are perfect for this look. You can either blow dry your hair, or tie up your hair tightly.

                8. A glam makeover
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                  There is no rule that you can only highlight your eyes or lips. If you can balance your overall face, then you can easily go with dark lips and glam eyes.

                  9. Red, red lips
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                    Here’s another example of dark lined eyes, and bright colored lips that will help you stand out at your office holiday party.

                    10. Metallic eyes to shine
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                      Here is a playful look that will very much keep this Christmas look alive. Metallic silver on eyelids, cats-eye liner, and glossy lips go best with a short hairstyle.

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                      11. Simply pretty
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                        This look is fresh, and won’t consume much of your time. A dash of eyeliner on your top lids, and a dark lipstick to make you look glamorous. You can play around with the lip colors. Complete the look with a nice headpiece.

                        12. Winged eyes, ladies!
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                          For a dramatic look, go for a winged eyes. Hydrate your lips with pink gloss, and tie your hair on one side.

                          13. Pretty as a picture
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                            This Christmas look is perfect for a night out with your girlfriends. Very gorgeous overall makeup–anyone can pull this off. Keep your hair wavy or curly to add some extra zest to your whole look.

                            14. Sporty chic look
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                              This chic look suits ideally those beauties who sport short hair. Stain your lips in dark colors, and keep the rest of the makeup simple.

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                              15. Perfect Christmas look
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                                A classic beautiful look for a formal dinner. Exquisitely defined lined eyes, berry stained lips, light blush on cheeks, gel set hair, and dangling earrings. You can add a colorful scarf to polish off your look.

                                16. Elegant and enchanting
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                                  Those who are donning red dresses, this Christmas makeup look will be equally lavishing as your dress. Thin outlined eyes in black liner, heavy coated mascara, and red lipstick. You will stun everyone at your next Christmas party.

                                  17. Playful and fun
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                                    Tie your hair up in a bun, wrap a funky headpiece, and expose your attractive features. Now use your imagination and paint yourself. You can use deep maroon, dark red, or berry lipstick, while lining your upper eyelids with strokes of thick lines.

                                    18. Stay simple
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                                      Here’s a look that will complement your side swept bangs. Orange lips! This is a lovely color, so just keep the rest of the makeup simple to really make your lips stand out.

                                      19. Orange is the new love
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                                        Another bright lips look to accessorize your fancy dress. A bright orange, or a bright red, lipstick is perfect for this look. Keep your hair open, in a beach waves style.

                                        20. Beautifully expressed
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                                          Lastly, to finish off the Christmas makeup looks, here is an elegant look that consists of beautifully expressed eyes with liners on top eyelids and lower creases, and red glossy lips. This look can go with any hairstyles, whether you have pixie cut, or long straight hair, or even curly locks–it doesn’t matter. As long as you confidently carry it off, you will be as pretty as a picture.

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                                          Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                                          7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                          7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                          Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                                          Video Summary

                                          Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                                          There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                                          This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                                          Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                                          In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                                          One Exercise, multiple benefits

                                          There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                                          By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                                          When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                                          Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                                          In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                                          What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                                          What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                                            1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                                            Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                                            • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                                            • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                                            • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                                            • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                                            2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                                              Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                                              Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                                              3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                                                Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                                                4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                                                  Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                                                  A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                                                  A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                                                  On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                                                  5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                                    Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                                    6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                                      Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                                      7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                                        Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                                        How to hold a plank position

                                                        1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                                        2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                                        3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                                        4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                                        5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                                        6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                                        7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                                        Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                                        Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                                          How to improve your plank time gradually

                                                          1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                                          2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                                          3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                                          Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                                          Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                                          You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                                          • Prolapse
                                                          • After prolapse surgery
                                                          • Pelvic pain conditions
                                                          • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                                          • Previous childbirth
                                                          • Overweight

                                                          Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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