how to, makeup

CARGO Guide: Surviving the Holidays

It’s that time of year again. Long workdays turn into nights on the town with friends, holiday parties and an all-around packed social calendar. So what tips, tricks and beauty products do you need right now to help you out, no matter what’s on your schedule day or night? The make-up artists at CARGO Cosmetics have narrowed it down to five easy steps for women to look, feel and be fabulous this holiday season:


Step 1: Mattifier, Concealer, Powder
For a sheer, natural-looking base, use CARGO’s blu_ray High Definition Mattifier to refine pores, minimize lines and mattify in one simple step–while keeping your skin oil-free all day long.

Next, hide telltale evidence of late night parties with blu_ray Concealer. Under-eye circles and blemishes be gone! This miracle product, formulated with Visilox–a Botox alternative–brightens, tightens and lightens skin to keep you looking fresh under harsh office lights or the warm glow of the fireplace.

Finally, set your look with blu_ray Pressed Powder. Photochromatic pigments automatically color correct make-up, so that color always remains consistent and natural-looking. Ultra-fine particles fill in fine lines, while micronized light diffusers camouflage imperfections. The result: great coverage that looks completely natural. Smile for your close up!


Step 2: Get Your Glow On
Find out why CARGO’s Bronzers are famously loved by make-up artists and beauty editors alike. It’s easy to look sculpted and sexy all season long with a little help from these wonder products. For a sun-kissed glow, brush Bronzer above the brow bone, under the cheek bone and along the jaw line – tracing an ‘E’ and a ‘3’ on either side of your face. Next, apply Bronzer under the chin to create a shadow that slims the face – just in case you enjoyed too many sweet treats during last week’s festivities! Finally, add a pop of color to the apples of your cheeks with CARGO’s pro-artist favorite Blushes, for a sexy, cold-weather flush.

The rest of CARGO Cosmetics’ make-up artists holiday tips after the break.

Step 3: It’s All About the Eyes
A flutter of your new long, luscious lashes will turn your workplace crush into a sure thing. Ditch your false lashes this season by using LashActivator to create the lashes you’ve always dreamed of. This proven formula means you can have thicker, longer looking lashes in only 30 days! And don’t forget to add a little glimmer to your eye with CARGO’s EyeLighter. This easy-to-use, double-ended eye highlighting pen will instantly brighten and lift your eyes – and he won’t know what hit him.


Step 4: Perfect Your Pout
Expecting to meet your sweetie under the mistletoe? Then you’ll need to decide which of the seven minty-fresh shades of CARGO’s blu_ray Lip Gloss with Timestrip technology you’ll wear for the occasion. This innovative formula contains hyaluronic acid spheres and a peptide chain to plump lips and smooth out fine lines. But best of all – your pout will always be kissably-fresh, because Timestrip technology lets you know when your gloss is about to expire.


Brightly colored matte lips are also hot this season. For a perfectly pink pout, CARGO’s 100% natural PlantLove Lipstick in Eve Pinky, designed by style icon Whitney Port, does the trick. Plus, CARGO will be donating two dollars from the sale of every lipstick to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. What better way to ring in the holidays than to give back and look good, all at the same time?

Step 5: Don’t Show Up Empty Handed!
For under $35, you can share the “beauty” of the season and toast your hostess with one of CARGO’s three Mediterranean and Eastern-inspired Holiday Kits. The Hands of Hope Collection (a $90 value retailing for $29) features nine brilliant eyeshadows, each embossed with the Hamsa hand – an enduring emblem of peace, hope and prosperity. Enclosed in a gorgeous jewel-embossed box, this gift will spread the spirit and glamour of the holidays.