Winter is the perfect opportunity to focus on quality family time. For Maria, there's no better way to do that than to host all her loved ones under one cosy roof. And as the resident hostess with the mostest, Maria's got throwing a party down to an art form — including her foolproof beauty look.
"As a Latina, the festive season is extremely important because it means spending time with my family. Living away from home, I love hosting my chosen family: my friends. They ground me, give me a sense of belonging, and they bring me joy. I usually keep it casual with a good cheese board, charcuterie, finger sandwiches, mini cakes, and macarons. Paired with a nice selection of wines, it makes for an unforgettable night full of laughter and new memories."
"To me, part of hosting means looking my best. The same love I put into making every single detail perfect, I put into myself. I use a charcoal-infused moisturiser because it makes my face feel fresh and ready to take on the night. Then, I love making a statement with my makeup and applying golden tones that remind me of the sunsets back home. For the lips, I always go with eos lip balm. The new Pineapple Passionfruit flavour really brings back memories of home and makes me feel warm and cosy, even in the coldest of Winters. To finish my prep for the night, I use volumising hairspray to make sure my hair stays in place and none of it gets on the food."