Ana Patricia applying lipstick in a mirror

Skincare Secrets From a Former Beauty Queen: Ana Patricia Gámez Shares Tips For Glamming Up Your Holidays

When it comes to getting glammed up for the holidays, there are a few signature beauty looks on Ana Patricia Gámez’s shortlist: a red lip and a smoky eye.

The Mexican beauty queen-turned-TV host has spent her fair share of time in the spotlight, which means she’s got an impressive reserve of industry insider beauty and skincare tips and tricks. For example? “Don’t wear the smoky eye with the red lip,” Ana Patricia warns. “Choose one!”

Below, Ana Patricia reveals genius how-tos for easy and gorgeous holiday beauty looks that you can re-create using her picks from Sonia Kashuk and PIXI by Petra—all available at Target!

How to: Apply false eyelashes
Ana Patricia putting on false lashes

“Tweezers are my secret weapon,” says Ana Patricia. “That’s what I use to ensure the lashes stay in place. And when you remove the lashes from the package, they may still have some of the adhesive used to keep them in place within the packaging, so I make sure to completely remove it, as that can create lumps when applying the lashes.”

How to: Pick the right lip product
Ana Patricia putting on red lipstick

“I love to add a pop of lip color to almost any holiday look,” says Ana Patricia. “If you’re going for a bold color like red-orange, wear a lipstick. If you have a long day ahead of you, use a lip stain. You may be hopping from event to event, so lip stains are great because you don't have to worry about re-applying. If you are going to spend time outside, I suggest a gloss because it will keep your lips hydrated."

How to: Choose matte or shimmer shadow
Ana Patricia applying eye shadow

“It depends on the lighting,” says Ana Patricia. “If it’s daytime or you’ll have lots of lighting, go with the matte shadows. If you’ll be at an evening event or in dim lighting, I recommend shimmery shadows. A little contouring is the one thing I suggest adding to any look to help define your features.”

How to: Make the makeup last
Ana Patricia applying a makeup setting spray

Makeup setting sprays can prolong the duration of your makeup,” says Ana Patricia. “If we're going out for the night, I’ll spray on a small amount to finalize my look and make sure it’ll last all night long.”

How to: Wipe the slate clean
Headshot of Ana Patricia

“After any party or big night out, what you want most is sleep,” Ana Patricia admits. “I don’t always have the energy for a full evening beauty routine, so for me the quickest and easiest thing is to keep makeup removing wipes on my nightstand.”

For more holiday skincare selects, take a look at our 12 days of beauty calendar!

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