christmas morning non-makeup

by Angela, Bellacara

Christmas morning is always a production. From the kids running around opening everything with a bow to preparing a meal for the whole family, it’s both stressful and joyous in nearly equal measure–although I think the joyous part tips the scale in the end. The last thing I want to do when I wake up (or rather, someone wakes me up) is to put on a full face of makeup. Yet I know many photos will be taken that morning and it doesn’t take much to look photo-ready. Trust me. I speak from experience. A little bit goes a long way.

Stick to the basics: Bb cream just to even out the skin tone.  I personally use the BB Blur by Peter Thomas Roth (it has light reflecting diamond dust in it). For my eyes, a quick swipe of mascara (especially if you are blonde), goes a long way. Kevyn Aucoin volumizing mascara is amazing because it tubes the lash and won’t smudge even if tear up. And lastly, a lip balm with a little color (Fresh Sugar lip balm in Rose has just enough color), to brighten up my face. Three easy steps and you’ll have your photo-viewers wondering just how you look that good that early.




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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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  1. […] My friend, Angela, from Bellacara wrote a quick post on Alexandria Stylebook today about Christmas morning makeup. It’s worth a […]

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