Sparkle With Holiday Makeup!

Author: Shannon Miller

In gymnastics I was more concerned about how many flips I could do before I hit the ground than I was about whether or not my makeup stayed on during a competition.

Of course the days photo shoots and high definition television (and the fact that I’m brushing up against my mid 30’s) makes the art of makeup a must most days.

One of my favorite makeup artists to work with is Renee Parenteau.

She has an amazing eye for detail and always makes me look and feel beautiful. She has worked with huge celebrities like John Travolta and Kelly Preston, George Carlin and Robin Wright-Penn and professional athletes Mia Hamm, Nancy Hogshead Makar, Sergio Garcia and Sir Nick Faldo.

Renee has worked on incredible shoots with

  • German Vogue,
  • Land’s End at Timberline Lodge,Oregon,
  • multiple fashion catalogs,
  • and on location around the world.

Renee has now launched her own line of makeup so that we can all look like a star each day. Find it at

Renee is joining us in studio for SML Radio Dec 12th to discuss holiday makeup. Whether you’re preparing for your office party, Christmas Day feast or a New Year’s extravaganza, check out these quick holiday tips to look great!

Call in with questions for Renee on Dec 12th 9-10am EST at 904-340-0690 on Shannon Miller Lifestyle Radio.

Listen live via internet at or in Jacksonville 9-10am EST on AM 690/106.5FM WOKV.

Renee Parenteau:

Let Renee Parenteau Pro Makeup Work for You.As the Hollywood stars shine and glitter on the red carpet so does beautiful holiday makeup. This season is all about glamour and glowing skin. You should shine, but only in the right places. Adding sheen is a quick way to add some holiday glamour to your day or evening look!

Look in the mirror and notice how the light falls on your face and the areas it highlights:

  • Brow bone (the area under your eyebrow)
  • Lower eyelid above lash line
  • Top of the cheekbones
  • Bridge of the nose
  • Center of lower lip
  • Shoulders
  • Collar bone
  • Shins

First, showcase beautiful skin by exfoliating and moisturizing your face and exposed skin. Next, choose just a couple of places for sheen for the ultimate effect. Use a fluffy brush with a soft gold or silver loose highlight powder for larger areas and a large eye shadow brush for the eye area. Shimmer powder can be tapped with your finger onto the center of the lower lip! It’s festive and makes lips look fuller too!

Apply a matte shadow in crease to keep the focus on the sheen of the brow bone or lower lid.  Highly frosted shadows over the entire lid area causes the light to reflect all over the lid actually making the eyes appear smaller.

  • For intensity, use a creme shadow base under loose glittery shadows!
  • Glitter eye liner is most beautiful over a dark eyeliner.
  • Creme blush or sheer powder blush with a touch of pearl also gives cheeks a natural blush and soft glow!
  • Remember! If your clothing has glitter or sequins limit the sheen in your makeup or choose a matte look like smokey eyes since your dress will be the sparkle focus!

Speaking of a focal point, choose either lips or eyes to enhance. Smokey eyes need a subtle lip color. Fabulous, classic red lips are best with neutral matte shadows with just the lashes and eyeliner enhanced. Apply demi lashes to the outer corner of the eye for an upswept glam look.

Renee Parenteau Pro MakeupNow that you’ve created a glowingly beautiful holiday face, go out and dazzle them!

Courtesy: Renne Parenteau

of Renee Parenteau Make Up

TIP:  There are a few beauty items I can’t live without; mascara, chapstick and powder.

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