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‘Tis the season to look Christmas Spectactular!! Jennifer McCamish, resident make-up artist/trainer for the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, gives us some quick tips to get that Christmas glow without Chris Cringle cheeks! I interviewed Jennifer as she showed the beautiful Monique Brantley how to get her fabulous face to sparkle like the brightest lights on Broadway.

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It may be dry in the winter months, but you’re still on blemish alert. To combat the flakes of skin that build up, continue your daily skin regimen as prescribed by a dermatologist, but make sure you exfoliate every so often to smooth the skin’s surface. You also need to keep a good moisturizer handy. Using a moisturizing foundation with light diffusers takes away those flakes while simultaneously giving your skin a shimmer and glow. Try Chanel’s Éclat Originel (, Revlon Skinlights ( or Aveeno Positively Radiant ( to achieve this effect. As for that pimple? Try a concealer with salicylic acid and apply it with a make-up brush for even coverage.

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Make-up without proper application is like a great colorist with her roots showing. Trish McEvoy ( is famous for her make-up brushes but using any brush set with different sized brushes is better than using eyeshadow sponge tip applicators which can’t get into the small creases around your eyes. Your fingers are fine for a quick blending fix, but if you have the time, brushes will help you achieve a flawless complexion.

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The holidays are a great excuse for playing up smoky eyes with accents of dark greens or even blues. Use foundation or concealer as a basecoat for eyeshadow color to adhere to. Since pencils tend to run, Jennifer recommends liquid eyeliner or wetting your charcoal eyeshadow to create a gel and applying it with a tapping motion close to your lash line with an eyeliner brush ( makes a great shadow/gel). Speaking of lashes, Jennifer likes to brighten the eyes by using false lashes (either individually applied with surgical glue or by cutting a ¼ of a strip) to the outer corners of the top row of eyelashes. Be sure to use your eyelash curler (the one from is highly recommended)! Mascara should be applied with a twisting/wiggling motion from the base to the tips of the lashes.

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Use a thickening mascara (try Maybelline Great Lash in conjunction with a lengthening mascara like Maybelline’s Lash Discovery for maximum results. Finally, to add that holiday twinkle, lightly line the lower corners of your eyes with a silver, white, or cream eyeliner. Too much can make the eyes appear ashy, but the right amount can make eyes appear large and bright.

Santa would be very disappointed if you neglected your cheeks. Jennifer uses a shimmery bronzer on Monique, applying it lightly from her temples to under her cheek bones. She then asks Monique to smile and proceeds to apply a pink hued blush to the apples of her cheeks. At the top of the cheek, you can also apply a shimmery powder such as Sprinkle Me Lola Shimmer Powder Blush ( or belightful by MAC ( for something extra.

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The Rockettes are known for their clean, classic glamour but as the make-up trainer and founder of the Rockettes make-up training program, Jennifer has tried to modernize this look by incorporating a sophisticated burgundy lipstick rather than a traditional cherry red shade. Outlining the lips and then using the liner to fill in the lips make lips full and the lipstick last longer. The make-up brand she uses to make sure those Rockettes are looking their best whether the curtain is rising or they’re taking their bow is Make-up Forever, a Parisian company with a Manhattan location in SoHo (409 West Broadway, between Spring & Prince Streets) or at Sephora. Its silicon base makes this make-up line so long-lasting, it’s used by the cast of Baywatch!

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With these tips in mind, you’ll not only look Christmas Spectacular, you’ll look amazing all year round!

In addition to her work with the Rockettes, Jennifer is a freelance make-up consultant who works with celebrities including Nicole Richie, as well as with private clients for weddings and special events. She can be reached at 917-592-1513 and coming soon at

Originally published December 2005

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