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12 days holiday beauty gift guide and giveaway: Day 2 | LORAC

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Winter weather in New York City may enhance the festive mood by ushering in the holidays with a little snow fall, but the chill is pretty brutal on the skin. Founded on the principle that cosmetics should be kind to, and never destroy your skin, treatment-based LORAC Cosmetics will help keep skin healthy, happy, and more than a little glammed up for the many end-of-year parties coming in the next few weeks.

Readily available at many Kohl's and Ulta locations*, LORAC also makes a variety of special value gift sets and stocking stuffers, which makes light work of gifting your favorite beauty junkie. One particular stand out for this holiday is the LORAC Rockin' Red Hot 3D Liquid Lustre set: a gorgeous, glittery quad pack of long wearing droplets which give a safe metallic leaf/ wet look effect to the eyes.

Since holiday schedules are always jam packed, and everyone can use a little extra beauty help to get through the day-- Examiner turned to LORAC pro artist Dean Fournier for holiday tips and tricks. Lucky for everyone, Fournier, who is well known for his work with celebrity clients Nora Zehetner, Georgina Chapman, and Lake Bell, had a wealth of holiday beauty survival tips to share.

EXAMINER: How do you celebrate Christmas?

DEAN: Every year is different since I have family and friends scattered across the east coast. This year, I'm spending it with my best friend and her family in Delaware.

EXAMINER: What is your favorite holiday memory?

DEAN: I was an '80's kid. Before A Christmas Story was a cult hit, it was a family favorite of ours. So one year my father recreated the Christmas morning scene...after all the other gifts had been unwrapped he pulled out my very own BB gun much to my surprise. I didn't necessarily have my heart set on one that year like Ralphie did from the movie, but it was so neat how much my Dad got into it and that's what made it so special in my memory.

EXAMINER: What is your pick this year for a fail proof holiday beauty gift for your favorite gals? What is your pick for the fellows?

DEAN: Gals...Undoubtedly lip gloss! One of my favorites is LORAC Rockin' Red Hot Mini Lip Gloss Collection. No matter her age or style, a gal can appreciate a little lip gloss especially in these cold, dry months. Guys... iTunes gift card; let's be real, men are impossible to shop for!

EXAMINER: You have 15 minutes to get ready for a holiday soriee, what do you do?

DEAN: If you only have a few minutes, grab a black eye liner, I suggest LORAC 3-in-1 Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil. Not only can you line your eyes, you can create a quick smokey eye by smudging on upper and lower lash lines. If you only have a lipstick handy, it can always double as a cream blush.

EXAMINER: It is actually the annual office holiday bash--what is an appropriate makeup look?

DEAN: This is your chance to be a little more playful with your makeup while not being too sexy. The best way to do this is by turning up your lip look. Try a festive ruby red gloss (Lip Lustre Gloss in Ruby Lustre).

EXAMINER: Glitter, yes or no?

DEAN: Yes, absolutely without a doubt! The holidays are in fact the best time of the year to use glitter like LORAC 3D Liquid Lustre in your makeup look. It's festive and a bit magical just like this time of year.

EXAMINER: Do you believe in Santa?

DEAN: Of course. Who else is eating those cookies every Christmas Eve?

EXAMINER: Any final words of wisdom for how to look great and feel great all the way through this holiday season?

DEAN: Try to find something to smile about; the holidays are never as perfect as they are in the movies or a holiday card so find humor in the dysfunction or mishaps. And besides, nothing is more attractive than a smile. Try a beauty look you've never tried before like a glittery eye lid or a bright red lip. And at those holiday parties, be sure to drink a glass of water in between every cocktail. You will thank yourself in the morning.

In the spirit of holiday giving, LORAC Cosmetics is partnering with Examiner Alice An to offer a giveaway. Swing by Made (Up) in NY to enter to win a Lorac Rockin Red Hot 3D Liquid Lustre Set and stay tuned, a new giveaway will be posted every day leading up to December 25th.

*Correction 12/20/2013-- LORAC is no longer available in Sephora stores.

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