It’s the holiday season—which means it’s time to look your best. And while you should definitely wear a standout frock and chic shoes, your best look for day or evening begins with your face.
Here, we chat with celebrity makeup artist and eyebrow guru Erwin Gomez, owner of Karma by Erwin Gomez in Georgetown, about how to show off your loveliest visage this holiday season and beyond. And since he’s just released a new makeup line (available in his salon and online at erwingomezcosmetics.com), we show off a few great picks that will leave you looking pretty. 104 24th St. NW, 202-293-3333
If your eyes are the windows to your soul, your eyebrows are the chic curtains. So have them groomed (from $45 at Karma) and filled in if needed. Gomez uses a combination of wax and precise tweezing to make sure brow shape is suited to each client. (My brows looked fantastic after a turn in his chair.) “Eyebrows [are] the perfect frame,” Gomez says. “You never want to follow a trend.”
A celeb secret to glowy skin? An oxygen blast treatment ($55), says Gomez. He says this service—which is painless and given in a private room or at Gomez’s makeup station—can give a temporary glow and help plump and prep the skin for makeup.
“Having the right foundation is key,” Gomez adds. His new offering, High Definition Foundation ($40), is available in a wide variety of shades and works for various skin types, including dry skin. Apply it with a foundation brush for best coverage—no separate concealer or primer required. Makeup with Erwin is $200; $140 with one of his protégés.
Black eyeliner is also a staple. “I think everyone should have a black eyeliner and black shadow,” Gomez says, noting that it gives a “nice smoky, sexy” look. Try his new water-resistant, Ink Cream Liner ($23), which you can smudge a bit for added appeal. For precise application, smooth it on with Gomez’s Bent Eye Liner Brush ($10). And if you’re really trying to impress, add a pair of lashes, which Gomez calls “really important.” (There’s a reason why you see so many celebs wearing them.)
Last are lips, and Gomez now offers his Liquid Gloss ($30) in a range of 16 shades. The formula goes on smoothly (not sticky) and finishes off your look. We like the Peggy shade, a soft pink that appears just sheer enough but still offers polish.