Makeup artist Nick Barose
wants us all to get a little funkier with our makeup this holiday season. His major inspiration this winter has nothing to do with tinsel and Santa’s Suit, but is a way sexier, much more decadent, and truly unexpected source: The Disco Era. “I love disco-inspired makeup because it’s always glamorous but not contrived,” Barose tells Allure
. And the best part is you still get to play around with all
the sparkle and shine. “It’s the perfect makeup inspiration for holidays parties because you can be colorful, glitzy, and glamorous, but the kind of glamour that you can boogie and dance and sweat in.” Over the past couple months, Barose has been playing around with disco-inspired makeup on his celebrity clients, drawing on references like Diana Ross, Donna Summer, and Sister Sledge, “the fun looks of disco divas at Studio 54,” says Barose, who personally loves playing disco music when he’s getting ready. But like all things retro, you can’t replicate the looks exactly as they were in the ’70s and ’80s. “I think most of [the makeup] works today if you keep skin fresh and sheer and avoid stripe-y, bright blush
like they used to do in that era. Rather, go for cream blush formulas and/or highlighter. Limit the disco drama to just eyes and lips to keep it from looking too costume-y.” Here are a few examples of looks Barose has done recently to get you in the holiday — and disco — fever.
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