How To Do Your Holiday Makeup in Just 5 Minutes

A quick and easy tutorial using products from Joe Fresh—plus a chance to win!
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A quick and easy tutorial using products from Joe Fresh—plus a chance to win!
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Easy holiday makeup tutorial

My classic holiday makeup look, all by Joe Fresh!

When it comes to holiday parties, my makeup mantra is "high impact, low effort."

That's right—I want to look festive, but I can't be spending tons of time on my face. (I've got places to go, people to see, shopping to do, etc!)

That's where today's tutorial comes in. I've created a fresh, classic look that is glamorous enough for any special occasion, but will only take you five minutes to do. It will work on all skin tones and with any outfit, and you absolutely do not need any special makeup skills to achieve it.

Even better: all the products I used are from Joe Fresh, and we're giving them away (plus a $100 Joe Fresh gift card) to one lucky reader! Keep reading to find out how to win.

The Joe Fresh "5-Minute Face" — What I Used

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The products I used from Joe Fresh's "5-Minute Face" assortment.

Easy holiday makeup tutorial - products

The beautiful Joe Fresh Matte Lipstick in Raspberry.

Easy holiday makeup tutorial - products

Joe Fresh's Bronzer Duo in Golden Tan, Blush in Rose and Eye Shadow in Twinkle.

Here's what I used from Joe Fresh to create my "5-Minute Face" for the holiday season:

  • Joe Fresh Sheer Tint in Porcelain 
  • Joe Fresh Eye Shadow in Twinkle
  • Joe Fresh 8 Hr Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in Black
  • Joe Fresh Lash Plump Volumizing Mascara
  • Joe Fresh Blush in Rose
  • Joe Fresh Bronzer Duo in Golden Tan
  • Joe Fresh Matte Lipstick in Raspberry
  • Joe Fresh Long Wear Lip Liner in Deep Red

Quick note to say: the quality of this makeup is seriously GREAT. If you haven't tried Joe Fresh yet, I think you'll be mega-impressed by the textures, pigmentation and finishes, especially compared to other brands at this price point. Honestly, I love every single thing on this list!

Okay, on to the tutorial...

Step 1: Even Out Your Complexion

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Perfect your complexion with Joe Fresh Sheer Tint.

To start, I covered minor skin imperfections and evened out my tone with Joe Fresh Sheer Tint in Porcelain. I'm actually a long-time user of this tinted moisturizer, which a makeup artist recommended to me a few years ago. It gives you lightweight coverage and a beautiful (non-greasy) glow, and the undertones are nice and neutral—not too pink, like most drugstore foundations. You can apply it with a brush, or just use your fingers, like I did here.

Step 2: Define Your Eyes

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Apply Joe Fresh Eye Shadow in Twinkle from lash lines to brows.

I think it looks really modern right now to do a single, shimmering colour on your lids—going all the way from your lash lines right up to the brows. This also happens to be super-easy and something you can do in mere seconds! I used Joe Fresh Eye Shadow in Twinkle to get this sheer wash of silver. The effect is fresh, and not as heavy as the traditional smoky eye in browns, greys and blacks.

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Line the upper lash lines with Joe Fresh 8 Hr Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in Black.

Next, you want to "ground" the silver with some liner close to the lash lines; this will make your eyes pop. I used Joe Fresh 8 Hr Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in Black, which is amazingly long-wearing. Tried and tested by me, and it definitely does not smear or transfer in the eight hours! To keep our look clean, I applied it along the upper lash lines only, with soft baby flicks at the outer edges. I also used it to darken the upper waterlines, which creates the illusion of fuller lashes.

Step 3: Plump Up Your Lashes

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Create dramatic lashes with Joe Fresh Lash Plump Volumizing Mascara in Black.

Speaking of lashes, a volume-building mascara is a must for any party makeup look. This one is Joe Fresh Lash Plump Volumizing Mascara in Black, and I applied several coats to my upper and bottom lashes. I really like its shorter wand and fat brush, and it gives me no clumping whatsoever.

Step 4: Sculpt Your Cheeks

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Add a healthy flush to your cheeks with Joe Fresh Blush in Rose.

I like to do my blush after I've done my eye makeup, so that I get a better sense of how intense I need to go on my cheeks. I used Joe Fresh Blush in Rose, and oh my—it's just the PERFECT peachy-pink blush. It's got exactly the right tone and amount of pigment to give you that natural, flushing-from-within look we all covet. Why it wasn't in my life sooner, I don't know! 

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Highlight and contour with Joe Fresh Bronzer Duo in Golden Tan.

This next bit is optional, but if you want, you can do some subtle contouring and highlighting. The Joe Fresh Bronzer Duo in Golden Tan is excellent for this, because one side is a warm matte shade, and the other a golden shimmer shade. I'm not one for heavy contour, but it can look good to just put a tiny bit of the matte shade in the hollows of your cheeks. Then, dust the lighter, shimmery shade along the tops of your cheeks. This can add some extra dimension, without looking overdone.

Step 5: Make Your Lips Pop

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Choose a rich red such as Joe Fresh Matte Lipstick in Raspberry.

Nothing says "festive" like a beautiful red lip, and Joe Fresh Matte Lipstick in Raspberry totally fits the bill! I applied it straight from the tube, and can't say enough good things about its creamy, non-drying texture. 

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Perfect your lip shape with Joe Fresh Long Wear Lip Liner in Deep Red.

The last step is lip liner, and yes, I'm applying it after my lipstick. Of course, you can also put it on before, but I find that doing the liner last is the best way to completely perfect my lip shape. I do a little over-lining work, and also fill in the corners, which gives my lips a much fuller, more even appearance. I used Joe Fresh Long Wear Lip Liner in Deep Red—and as you may have heard, I'm a huge fan of this lip liner! Not only is the longevity amazing, but it also comes with a brush on the other end, so you can easily blend your liner and lipstick together for a seamless finish.

The Final Look

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My Joe Fresh "5-Minute Face" for holiday parties!

Five minutes later, and here's the final, festive result! I just love this combo of a bold, creamy red mouth with cool-toned metallic eyes. 

I hope you do, too, because here's how to win everything I just shared...

Win the Joe Fresh "5-Minute Face" Products + a $100 Joe Fresh Gift Card

Joe Fresh is giving the full "5-Minute Face" assortment of products plus a $100 Joe Fresh gift card to one lucky Beauty Editor reader. 

You must be a resident of Canada (excluding Quebec) to be eligible to win, and have until December 14th to enter right here:

For the full contest rules and regulations, see here.

Good luck (and let me know if you've tried Joe Fresh makeup)!

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