’Tis the season for holiday parties galore, and celebrity makeup artist Allan Avendaño is here with some festive beauty ideas to take you from Thanksgiving dinner straight through to New Year’s Eve. As the pro behind Hollywood darlings like Vanessa Hudgens, Camila Cabello, Jenna Dewan, Sarah Hyland and Ashley Graham, the makeup maestro knows a thing or two about creating flirty and fun looks, and he’s breaking down his top five holiday beauty ideas inspired by his famous clientele exclusively for Us.
Because the key to any #flawless makeup look is good skin, Avendaño recently teamed up with the breakout busters at Differin as a brand ambassador. To keep skin clear and glowing even when you’re wearing a lot of makeup and maybe (over)indulging in sweets and treats this time of year, he recommends ending every day with a double cleanse to ensure your face is totally bare before bed.
“I always start with a makeup wipe like Cetaphil Gentle Makeup Remover Wipes. This is especially helpful if you have heavier makeup on,” he tells Us. “Then I use Differin Gentle Cleanser, which is a great gentle cleansing option because it won’t strip your skin and effectively removes dirt and grime.”
He also spot treats any breakouts or problem areas with the Differin Gel (an over-the-counter topical retinoid treatment that works to prevent blemishes and clogged pores without over-drying or irritating the skin). “I recommend this to all of my clients to make sure they can be confident on any red carpet or press day,” he says. “It’s so simple to integrate it into your skincare routine and is great for anyone with mild to moderate acne or even occasional breakouts.”
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