‘Tis the season to wear as much glitter, sparkles and shimmer as you possibly can! I know just how hard it is to pick out the right makeup look for Christmas parties or New Year’s Eve, so I’ve gathered five go-to eye holiday makeup looks for you to try! I created step-by-step tutorials to help you replicate these looks! Pick your favorite one to wear out on the town this holiday season!
1. Glitter Winged Eyeliner
- Step 1: Prime your eye with your favorite eye primer. NARS “Smudge Proof Eye shadow Base” is one of my favorites!
- Step 2: Lightly sweep on a neutral shimmer all over your eyelid. MAC “Naked Lunch” or Urban Decay’s “Virgin” would be great choices.
- Step 3: Blend a warm matte brown, such as MAC “Soft Brown” and MAC “Texture” into your crease to avoid any harsh lines.
- Step 4: SLAY your winged eyeliner!
- Step 5: Above the winged eyeliner put Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner or NYX Glitter Liner.
- Step 6: Blend out your bottom lash line with the same warm browns you used in your crease and apply the glitter eyeliner from your bottom inner-corner and let it fade out.
- Step 7: Add Rimmel London ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in “Nude” to your water line! This will make your eyes look bigger.
- Step 8: Add lots of mascara to your top and bottom lashes! My favorite mascara at the moment is L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza.
2. Urban Decay’s Naked 2 Palette Tutorial
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- Step 1: Prime your eyelid with Urban Decay’s Primer Potion. You are going to want this look to last all night.
- Step 2: Pat “Half-Baked” from your inner-corner to mid-lid, then from mid-lid to outer corner pat in “Chopped.” Be sure to use patting and pressing motions when applying these colors to ensure they adhere to your eyelid. This will make the color a little more intense and will help you avoid fallout.
- Step 3: Blend the color “Tease” all over your upper-crease, and then apply “Busted” just below that in your lower-crease. Be sure to bring these colors from outer corner to inner corner.
- Step 4: Pack on the color “Blackout” on the outer-v of your crease and blend it out.
- Step 5: Apply Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue before applying the glitter to the eye. Press a layer of any silver glitter or pigment from inner corner to mid-lid of your eye. Make Up Forever’s “Silver 2” is perfect for this look.
- Step 6: Create wing eyeliner and put on false lashes.
3. The Silver Eye Look (Perfect for Blue Eyes)
- Step 1: Prime your eye. Personally, I prefer MAC Painterly Paint Pot. This will give your eye a nice base coat that will mask any imperfections on the eyelid.
- Step 2: Use tape to make a sharp line before you do your eye shadow. Line the tape up so it starts at the end of your eyebrow to the outer corner of your eye
- Step 3: Start blending a transition color into the crease of your eye. To recreate this look I used MAC “Soft Brown” and MAC “Saddle.”
- Step 4: Use a silver eye shadow all over your lid. Urban Decay’s “YDK,” MAC “Satin Taupe,” or Sephora Collection “Diamonds are Forever” are all perfect choices to replicate the look.
- Step 5: Start darkening the crease and outer edges of your eye using cool-tone brown shades. The Tarte Amazonian Clay Palette and Becca Ombre Nudes Palette have some great matte brown shades for this look. After you are happy with the brown shades lightly blend a purple color to your crease. Go in with a black eye shadow on the outer-v of your eye to make the look even more dramatic.
- Step 6: Apply Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue on top of the silver eye shadow and use Make Up Forever’s “Silver 2.” Focus the glitter on the middle of your eyelid and let it lightly fade to your inner corner. Be sure not drag the glitter up to your crease.
- Step 7: Apply black winged eyeliner and add white or nude eyeliner to your waterline.
- Step 8: Blend out your bottom lash line with a brown shadow first then go in with a black shadow. Also add silver glitter to the inner corner and bottom inner corner of your eye.
- Step 9: Apply false lashes and remove the tape!
4. The “Poker Face” Look
- Step 1: Prime your eye with NYX HD Eye Shadow Primer.
- Step 2: Tape the your eye from your eyebrow to outer corner of your eye.
- Step 3: Apply Morphe “ES60 – Birthday Suit” and Morphe “ES62 – Toasted Hazelnut” in your crease.
- Step 4: In the deeper part of your crease blend Makeup Geek “Americano,” or MAC “Embark,” lightly. Go back in with “ES62 – Toasted Hazelnut” to smooth it out. Keep blending these colors back and forth until you are happy with the amount of pigmentation on your lid. When applying these colors, be sure to bring the colors all the way from inner corner to outer corner. The only part of your lid that should be blank by the end is the middle.
- Step 5: Apply Makeup Geek Pigment “Poker Face” JUST in the middle of your lid. Keep the inner corner and outer corner dark. By doing this, it will make your eyes pop and look bigger. To avoid fallout and ruining your makeup, spray your brush with MAC Fix + or eye drops; this will give your eye a more metallic foiled finish.
(Note: To avoid ruining the rest of your makeup, apply your foundation last so you can wipe away any of the extra shadow that landed on your cheeks.)
- Step 6: Add a highlight to your inner corner and brow bone. Any light eye shadow will due as long as it has a gold undertone to it. I like using MAC “Nylon” in my inner corner and Stila “Dune” under my brows. By doing this step, it will make your eyes look more open and give your eyebrow a lifted appearance.
- Step 7: Apply liquid eyeliner to the top of your lids and add black kohl to your waterline.
- Step 8: Blend out your lower lash-line with the same browns you used in your crease.
- Step 9: Add false lashes, put on lower mascara and take off the tape!
5. The Gold Glitter Look
- Step 1: Prime your eyes with Maybelline Eye studio Color Tattoo.
- Step 2: Use a transition color in your crease such as Morphe Brushes “Deep Skin” or MakeUp Geek “Peach Smoothie.”
- Step 3: Start deepening the crease with colors such as MAC “Saddle” or Morphe “ES62 – Toasted Hazelnut.” After, use warm browns such as Urban Decay “Busted,” NARS “Galapegous” or any browns from the Maybelline “The Nudes” palette. Keep blending the crease till you are happy with the darkness.
- Step 4: Apply MAC “Amber Lights” or Milani “Sun Goddess” to your lid (this color is great for brown eyes because it’ll make your eye color look rich).
- Step 5: Apply Too Faced Shadow Insurance on top of MAC “Amber lights.” Use OCC Glitter in “Gold.” Use patting not swiping motions when working with the glitter.
- Step 6: Highlight the inner corner with MAC “Nylon” or the lightest color in Maybelline “The Nudes” palette.
- Step 7: Apply a liquid liner to the top of your lid and black kohl to the bottom.
- Step 8: Use the dark browns to blend out your lower lash line.
- Step 9: If you are daring, go back in with the liquid liner or gel eyeliner and define your inner corner to give it more of a cat eye appearance before you put on loads of mascara!
I would love to see your replications of these looks, so post a picture on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #srtrendsNYE!
*Note these are not the actual products they used in the pictures!
How to safely dispose of used medical sharps during holiday travel
((Family Features) It doesn’t matter if you are traveling by plane, train, car or staying home this holiday season, it’s important to know how to safely dispose of used medical sharps. Millions of people in the United States use needles, lancets and syringes – otherwise known as sharps – to puncture the skin and dispense medication to help manage short- or long-term chronic conditions like diabetes, arthritis, cancer or auto-immune diseases.
For both existing sharps users and people using sharps for the first time, disposal can be confusing, especially while traveling.
An easy-to-use online tool can help sharps users navigate safe disposal rules wherever they are. An option like SafetyIsThePoint.org helps people learn how to safely discard their used sharps and find disposal locations across the United States.
People who use sharps can often dispose of them at home or on the road. It’s as simple as 1-2-3:
- Place used sharps in a strong, plastic container like a laundry detergent or bleach bottle.
- When the container is 75% full, seal it tightly with duct tape and label it “do not recycle.”
- Place the sealed container in regular household trash.
Disposal rules are different in every state, so it’s important to confirm local disposal regulations. To help travelers comply with local regulations, SafetyIsThePoint.org includes a clickable map and ZIP code finder that explains disposal rules by location, as some states legally prohibit disposing of sharps in the trash or recycling containers and require sharps to be transported to a collection center in an approved sharps container.
Free printable resources and a step-by-step guide for at-home sharps disposal are available on the website for sharps users, health care providers, patient educators and advocates. The resources can also be downloaded and sent to family members and friends ahead of travel, so they know what to expect.
Learn more about the rules of safe sharps disposal this holiday season at SafetyIsThePoint.org.
Commonly Used Medical Sharps
- Needles – fine, slender, hollow pieces of metal, typically attached to syringes, used to inject medication under the skin or withdraw fluid from the body
- Lancets, also called “fingersticks” – often used by people with diabetes to get drops of blood for testing
- Auto injectors, including epinephrine pens – syringes pre-filled with fluid medication designed to be self-injected into the body
- Infusion sets – tubing systems with needles used to deliver drugs to the body
- Connection needles – needles that connect to a tube used to transfer fluids in and out of the body
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Medicare open enrollment ends Dec. 7: Comparing coverage options
(Family Features) If you’re enrolled in Medicare, it’s important to remember Medicare Open Enrollment is open through Dec. 7 each year. It is the time for people with Medicare to compare their prescription drug and health coverage options for the upcoming year.
It is important to compare your options because plans can change every year – even your current choice may be changing. Your health needs can change, too. By comparing all your options, you could save money, find a coverage option better tailored to your needs or both.
How to Compare Prescription Drug and Health Coverage Options
Medicare.gov is the official source for information about Medicare and Open Enrollment. You may see enrollment information from various insurance companies and other sources. Start at Medicare.gov to get unbiased information to find the type of coverage that best meets your needs.
Comparing prescription drug and health coverage options is easy at Medicare.gov. You can input the list of medications you are taking and conduct a side-by-side comparison of plan coverage, costs and quality ratings. If you are happy with your current choice, you don’t have to do anything. If you choose a new option for 2024, you can enroll right there.
Before you enroll in a plan, consider the following:
- Check if your health care providers are in a plan’s network.
- Check if your prescriptions are included on a plan’s formulary and if the plan works with your pharmacy.
- Check the plan’s Star Rating on Medicare.gov to see how it performs on quality, customer service and more.
- Remember low monthly premiums may not always be the best overall value for your specific needs.
- Review a plan’s estimated total costs to you, including deductible and other out-of-pocket costs.
- Check if Medicare Advantage plans offer extra benefits, like vision, hearing or dental coverage, if you need these services.
- Remember that you may need a referral or prior authorization for some services under Medicare Advantage plans.
Vaccine, Insulin and Drug Cost Savings
Improvements to the Medicare program are adding up to savings and improved access to affordable treatments because of the Inflation Reduction Act.
- Insulin: If you have Medicare and take insulin, you’ll pay no more than $35 for a month’s supply of each covered insulin. This includes people who have Medicare drug coverage (Part D) and all Part B covered insulins.
- Vaccines: People with Medicare drug coverage will pay nothing out of pocket for adult vaccines, including the shingles vaccine, that are recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
- Drug Cost Savings: In 2024, people enrolled in Part D who have very high drug costs will get some relief. Once they reach a certain threshold on paying out-of-pocket costs – what we call the catastrophic phase – they will no longer have additional cost sharing or copays at the pharmacy.
Medicare Can Help
To compare options and find the best coverage to fit your needs:
- Visit Medicare.gov and conduct side-by-side comparisons of costs and coverage.
- Call 1-800-MEDICARE. Help is available 24 hours a day, including weekends.
- Access personalized health insurance counseling in your community at no cost, available from your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). Visit shiphelp.org or call 1-800-MEDICARE for locations near you.
There are two main ways to get Medicare coverage: Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage (Medicare-approved plans from private companies). There are differences between the two that are important to understand when reviewing your coverage options.
- With Original Medicare, you get your health care through Medicare Parts A and B. You can join a separate drug plan to get Medicare drug coverage (also called Part D). And you can see any doctor that takes Medicare anywhere in the U.S.
- Medicare Advantage is an alternative that usually bundles your health and drug coverage all in one plan. Some plans may offer extra benefits that Original Medicare doesn’t cover – like certain vision, hearing and dental services. In many cases, you can only use doctors who are in the plan’s network.
If you are new to Medicare or need to review the ways you can get your Medicare coverage, visit Medicare.gov and click “Get Started with Medicare.”
Extra Help with Prescription Drug Costs
If you are struggling with prescription drug costs, Extra Help is a Medicare program that can help pay for your drug coverage (Part D) premiums, deductibles, coinsurance and other costs. If you make less than $22,000 a year ($30,000 for married couples), it’s worth it to apply. Visit ssa.gov/extrahelp or call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 to apply. The program will expand to cover more drug costs for people with limited resources in 2024. People who qualify for Extra Help generally will pay no more than $4.50 for each generic drug and $11.20 for each brand-name drug.
Information provided by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
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Be ready to save a life: Understanding the two steps of hands-only CPR
(Family Features) Every year, 350,000 people die from cardiac arrest in the United States. However, hands-on emergency intervention like cardiopulmonary resuscitation – or CPR – from a bystander can make the difference between life and death in sudden cardiac arrest emergencies.
In fact, immediate CPR can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival, according to the American Heart Association. During the first few minutes an individual is suffering from cardiac arrest, chest compressions can help keep blood flow active and push remaining oxygen through the body to keep vital organs alive, which extends the opportunity for a successful resuscitation once trained medical staff arrive.
Because 88% of cardiac arrests – electrical malfunctions in the heart that cause an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupt the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs – occur at home, it is often a friend or family member who witnesses a child, spouse, parent or friend going into cardiac arrest. As survival can depend on how quickly CPR is started, compression-only CPR, or Hands-Only CPR, is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an out-of-hospital setting such as at home, work or in a park.
“By equipping people with Hands-Only CPR training, we are empowering them to spring into action if a loved one needs help, as the majority of cardiac arrests occur at home,” said Dr. Anezi Uzendu, M.D., interventional cardiologist and American Heart Association volunteer.
As part of the World Restart a Heart Day initiative, the American Heart Association aims to increase awareness about the importance of bystander CPR through its Hands-Only CPR campaign, nationally supported by the Elevance Health Foundation, and offers these two simple steps:
- Call 911 (or send someone to do that).
- Push hard and fast in the center of the chest of the individual experiencing cardiac arrest.
Using the beat of a familiar song with 100-120 beats per minute, such as “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, can help you stay on pace with the necessary compressions.
“Being able to efficiently perform Hands-Only CPR in the moment can mean the difference between life and death, and by following these two simple steps we can increase someone’s chance of survival from cardiac arrest,” said Shantanu Agrawal, M.D., board certified emergency medicine doctor and chief health officer at Elevance Health. “As a longstanding supporter of the American Heart Association, we remain focused on working together to improve health inequities in our communities by expanding access to training and increasing the number of people who learn and feel confident performing Hands-Only CPR to save lives.”
To find more information and resources, visit heart.org/CPR.
6 Links in the Adult Out-of-Hospital Chain of Survival
When properly executed, a strong chain of survival – or series of actions – can improve the chances of survival and recovery for victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Hands-Only CPR is a critical step in the American Heart Association’s Chain of Survival, which also includes:
- Activation of Emergency Response: Recognize symptoms of cardiac arrest and call 911.
- High-Quality CPR: Push hard and fast in the center of the victim’s chest until emergency personnel arrive.
- Defibrillation: Use an automated external defibrillator (AED) to restart the victim’s heart and reset it to a healthy rhythm.
- Advanced Resuscitation: Medical professionals provide additional life-saving medical services.
- Post-Cardiac Arrest Care: Transport victim to an appropriate hospital or treatment facility to optimize survival, organ function and neurological recovery.
- Recovery: Survivors receive additional treatment, observation, rehabilitation and psychological support to aid in recovery and help prevent recurrent cardiac arrest.
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American Heart Association
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