holiday beauty made simple

by Angela, Bellacara

This time of year with holiday parties in full swing, many of you want to know how to pair your make-up with the festive attire of the season. We love a bold lip, sparkle and shimmer and a smokey eye. We just don’t love it all at the same time.


If you are going to go for a smokey eye, it’s best to tone down the lip. A pretty nude or a soft pink gloss pair beautifully and make the look more sophisticated than when paired with a dark lip.


When going for a bold lip in red or burgundy, we’re fans of a softer eye shadow. We love a soft peach or taupe with a little white highlighter in the inner eye area. This really softens and brightens the eye. Add a tight line of black eyeliner to deepen the lash line from the corner of the eye to the iris. Gorgeous!

Portman Oscar

For those of you who love a little (or a lot) of shimmer, we generally advise keeping it to either the eyes or the lips. We love a super shimmery eye with a matte lip or a matte shadow with a sparkly lip. The balance makes for an elegant look. However, if done with nude shades and a light hand like on Amanda Seyfried, we’re definitely ready to make an exception.

Amanda Seyfried

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I have been a beauty junkie for what seems like forever, but before I did anything about it, I went to law school. (Yes, my life is a little like the reverse of Legally Blonde.) Then, I worked as a prosecutor in Sonoma County after which I moved to the DC area with my husband in ’97. I served as Majority Counsel to the Senate Banking Committee followed by a year-long stint at a lobbying firm. You get the picture. It was then that I decided to act on my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Finding my favorite beauty products proved to be impossible without stepping foot in a mall–the horror. So, I decided to bring my favorites to Alexandria. A few trips to New York and a flight to France and Bellacara was born in March 2000.

Located in historic Old Town Alexandria, for more than 17 years Bellacara has been Northern Virginia's preeminent boutique for high end cosmetic, skincare and haircare products. At Bellacara you will find premiere beauty products that have been carefully edited by the store’s owner, Angela Sitilides, who personally tests all the products sold in store. The boutique carries only the best product lines – Kiehl’s, Jouer, Dr. Dennis Gross, Christophe Robin, Moroccan Oil, Bumble & Bumble, Fresh, Molton Brown, Skinceuticals, Smashbox, Stila, Mario Badescu, Clarins, Dermalogica, Kevyn Aucoin, Kai, Child, St. Tropez, Smith and Cult, and many more.

1000 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


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