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  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Hallaca, the final product!

    Hallaca, the final product!

    My Latin friends are all holiday fanatics, and every one of our festivities comes with a great deal of pre-production. The first gathering of the year was Mari's Thanksgiving leftover party where everyone had to wear ugly Christmas sweaters, and decorate the tree. Next up is Tati's Venezuelan Christmas kick off party. Here, once again, we decorate the Christmas tree, and everyone cooks a traditional dish from Venezuela. Most importantly, this is the party where Boris gets to make hallacas. He claims to make the best ones in town.

    Guiso ready to cool down

    Guiso ready to cool down

    Hallacas are a kind of tamale (don't tell Venezuelans that!) made with corn-based dough, pork, chicken and meat- all wrapped in a plantain leaf and cooked slowly. This year I decided to document the preparation process from start to finish, only to realize how much work and patience making hallacas requires. On the other hand, I enjoyed taking that first bite with great appreciation.

    We started by meeting one day

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  • Shine Latina met with L'Oreal Paris' color designer to discover the inspiration behind perfect makeup colors and how to achieve red carpet looks.

    Jennifer Lopez


    A good foundation

    A perfect and flawless makeup look starts with the base, according to L'Oreal Paris' color designer and "makeup anthropologist", Orrea Light. She suggests Latinas choose their foundation correctly by taking their skin's undertones into account. "Cooler tones could go gray and may look a little white on [olive]," says Light. The expert's secret for finding the perfect foundation is testing on the jawline, avoiding the neck because it's lighter than the face.

    Lively colors for Latinas
    For Light, inspiration behind developing the perfect colors or trends stems from everywhere, including the art and automobile industry. "If I see a beautiful Bentley, I'll call the manufacturer and say 'We need that color for a nail polish!'" says Light of the colors reflected in makeup lines. Whether it's a night for bold, red lips, or sexy n

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  • Make a resolution for looking beautiful at your New Year's party with this sparkling and smoky makeup look.


    Toasting to a beautiful New Year

    Toasting to a beautiful New Year

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    A dashing New Year's Eve party provides the perfect excuse to break out your smoky shadows and shimmer. I personally will be rocking a smoked-out, sexy look with flirty false lashes and a subtle nude lip. You could amp it up even more with a bright red lip for your next New Year's fiesta. Make it a resolution to follow along in the video below, and start 2013 with a bold look!



    Start with a good base

    Begin by applying a foundation with no SPF. Since it's likely you'll be taking pictures, and SPF tends to reflect light making you look pasty, opt for a base that omits this protective ingredient. I applied Laura Mercier's Oil Free Supreme Foundation with a Sigma F88 Flat Angled Kabuki. If you have dark under eye circles, be sure to also apply some concealer. I've been loving Laura Mercier's Secret Camouflage because it has two different color

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  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Paella for all the primos

    Paella for all the primos

    In Latin America, it is very common to have an extended family composed of close friends we like to call primos or cousins. In addition to biological cousins, primos are people we grew up with- neighbors, school mates, lifelong family friends. Growing up in Colombia, having four sisters in the family meant four times the number of cousins and friends to attend parties and family gathering. You can imagine my mom's difficulty when it came time to cook for everyone!

    One year for one of my sister's birthdays, mom decided to make two big pans of paella the night before. Then, the day of the party, all she had to do was heat the paella in the oven, and serve it with crusty French bread. All the primos loved the dish and helped themselves to multiple seconds. My mom was ecstatic to have found a formula that helped her feed the entire family, and at the same time allow her to enjoy the party out of the kitchen.

    Paella for all the primos

    Paella for all the primos

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  • Flor de Maria Rivera

    By Flor de Maria Rivera

    Fashion gossip of the day, chicas: it's time to pull out those old graphic sweaters that have been collecting dust in your closet-yup, it's the latest, cool fashion trend! I recently got a mustard owl sweater and I've been rocking it with just about everything!

    1. For a casual day, pair a sweater like this one with jeans and booties. When it's cold out, throw on a coat or your favorite leather jacket. Of course, don't forget to accessorize!

    Related: The Best Types of Shapewear and Fajas

    2. If you are in the mood to go out for bebidas, this sweater goes great with a sequined skirt-it's the perfect way to balance things out. Just remember this rule of thumb: if you want to show some legs, just make sure you cover up on top and vice versa.

    Related: 5 Shoes Every Woman Needs in Her Closet

    3. Sexy office chica? Pair it with slacks and a pencil skirt! Just make sure your sweater doesn't say anything inappropriate (we all know we love to express ourselves w

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