The season’s holiday parties demand glamour, and we’ll accept tips for achieving it from only the best and brightest. So, naturally, we turned to a make-up artist who gussies up Oscar winners: Mary Wiles.  Wiles, who splits her time between her native UK and U.S., has worked with the likes of Brie Larson and Kristen Wiig. She was kind enough to offer us pearls from her 20+ years of experience.

Holiday makeup trends this season include a dewy glow/ natural skin, red lip and simple clean eye

To achieve dewy skin:

  • Minimal coverage
  • Mix a B.B. cream with a little light reflective cream to achieve glow

Rosy cheek:

  • Apply a highlighter to cheekbones and temple
  • INIKA Lip and Cheek Cream applied to apple of cheek


  • INIKA cream eye shadow in champagne applied to inner eye and lid in to crease.
  • Mascara top and bottom lashes two applications–some individual lashes on outer corners can also be added


  • Defined and brushed up–fill in gaps with powder or pencil


  • Use a deep red color (like INIKA After Dark lipstick)
  • Apply a lip pencil underneath all over lip to create a good long lasting base


See below for more new and current products we’re seeing for the holiday season:

The nyakio Cold Pressed Oils Discovery Kit features three different skin care oils that are 100% vegan and cruelty-free.  The Marula & Neroli Brightening Oil minimizes the appearance of discoloration, age spots, and uneven skin tone.  Manketti & Mafura Anti-Aging Oil targets premature signs of aging, such as wrinkles and loss of firmness.  The Maracuja & Yangu Soothing Oil nourishes and conditions skin while minimizing redness.  (Available at

Tame curly hair with SheaMoisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Holiday Hair Collection.  The trio for thick, curly hair gently cleanses and detangles hair.  The Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo includes Coconut and Neem oils to help restore moisture.  The Curl & Shine Conditioner smoothes dry hair cuticles while taming frizz.  And the Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie helps create shine without weighing down hair for healthy curls.  (Available at

Celebrity make up artist Charlotte Tilbury’s cosmetics line features gorgeous colors (in gorgeous packaging).  Her site features application tips and photos of shades in various skin tones.  The Limited Edition Beauty Icons Gift Set is a collection of Charlotte’s best selling universal hits.  The Naughty and Nice Magic Box Beauty Advent Calendar includes twelve make up treasures.  Mini Charlotte’s Magic Moisturizer, and others.  The Vintage Vamp eyeshadow palette is a fan favorite.  The quad features two red/purple shades, a nude pink to blend, and a super sparkly gold.  (Available at

The Sleep Styler curls hair while you’re sleeping.  The lightweight, ultra-soft hair roller both dries and curls hair.  The microfiber material absorbs moisture and can be used on short or long hair.  (Available at Bed, Bath & Beyond)

EcoTools presents their limited-edition holiday sets.  The Flawlessly Frosted Collection includes six gift sets that include cosmetic bags or creative ornament packaging.  The Sparkle & Shape Brush Set includes brushes for highlighted cheeks and bold brows.  The Blending & Blurring Brush Set is designed to blend, blur, and buff make up from foundation for a flawless and airbrushed look.  The Forever Favorites Collection features two sponges and twelve brushes for application for the entire face.  (Available at

Number 4 High Performance Hair Care introduces their brand new holiday gift sets; each containing three gluten free and paraben free products that are never tested on animals.  Festival Ready, designed to celebrate art and bohemian style, includes Sugar Texturizing Spray, Smoothing Balm, and Texture Paste.  Fit & Fab treats hair to a work out with multi-tasking products to get hair in shape with a detox cocktail of plant based cleansers and nourishing botanicals.  Mindful Wellness uses an intensified infusion of anti-aging ingredients designed to protect and strengthen hair.  Digital Darling has an advanced delivery system for strengthening and color preserving.  (Available at

Marin Bee has teamed up with fellow eco-conscious brand Urbana Sacs for a green holiday gift.  For any Marin Bee purchases of over $50, you’ll receive a reusable, textured black Urbana Sacs bag for free.  Marin Bee supports bee conservation, working with the founder’s non-profit Planet Bee Foundation while showcasing the benefits of pure California wildflower honey in its products.  Their Lip Repair provides hydration with beeswax, calendula and pomegranate.  The Detox Masque calms skin by drawing out toxins and removing excess oil.  And for the body, the Honey Butter moisturizer deeply hydrates with an ultra-rich formula.  (Available at

Fill your home with holiday aromas with the NEST Fragrances holiday collection.  The new Sugar Cookie Collection mixes warm flavors of Tahitian vanilla bean and bourbon-infused caramel with threads of sugarcane crystals.  The Holiday Collection has a festive spice vibe, blending pomegranate, pine, cloves, cinnamon and more.  The aroma of majestic winter forest is captured in the Birchwood Pine Collection using white pine, fir balsam, and birchwood over a base of rich musk and amber.  The Hearth Home Fragrance Collection delivers a wintertime fire aroma by combining frankincense and hints of smoky embers.  All are available in Votive Candle, Classic Candle, 3-Wick Candle, and Reed Diffuser.  The Holiday and Birchwood Pine Collections are also available in Grand 4-Wick Candle, Room Spray, and new Liquidless Diffuser (five scented sticks with a gold metal base), allowing you to customize the strength of your fragrance to your room size and preference.  (Available at