Working out what to wear on Christmas day is only half the problem, knowing which makeup look would go best with your outfit is another thing. Now, there’s a reason we love tinsel on Christmas trees and strings of lights around our homes: they make everything look beautifully glowing, glittery and shimmery. So, I thought of a splash of color for this Christmas Eve. Let’s get started on how you can create this look yourself! BTW, if you’re not in a reading mood, scroll all the way down for the YouTube tutorial 😉
BASE & BROWS
I did my base exactly as per my previous tutorial, you can read it here or watch it below.
So now that we got the base covered (got it?? 😉 ) let’s talk about brows. I used the L’Oreal Paris Brow Artist Genius Kit Medium To Dark and I love this kit because it has wax, powder and a two sided brush, so it’s kind of a one-stop shop and pretty much all you need for your eyebrows. The brush is pretty small though and it’s never a bad idea to have a good angular brush in your collection to use on your brows, I’d suggest the Vega Angular Brush (PB-08). However, if you want that little extra lift, I would recommend using a brow mascara like the NYX Professional Makeup Tinted Brow Mascara – Brunette Brown.
Firstly, I used cello tapes on the outer corner of my eyes. I wanted to have a sharp and a crisp line after I had done my eye-makeup and using cello tapes while applying eye makeup helps to do that. I stuck it from the outer corner of my eyes to the edge of my eyebrows.
Always, always, always use an eye makeup base, that is if you want your makeup to last for long hours. I used the M.A.C Pro Longwear Paint Pot – Soft Ochre as my base and applied it with a PAC Eyeshadow Brush – 091. The innovative second skin-like formula blends smoothly over lids and creates seamless, buildable coverage without looking heavy or cakey. Then I set the base with a nude eyeshadow – The city kits Pink Edge by Maybelline, or you could use a loose powder – Bharat & Dorris Loose Powder – No.7 or a pressed powder – Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder – 110 Porcelain with a PAC Eyeshadow Blending Brush – 260.
For the first layer of eye shadow I used a brown eyeshadow from The city kits Pink Edge by Maybelline or you could also use a similar shade from the Maybelline New York The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette, (You can read my review on this palette here.) and applied it on the outer corners & inner corners of my eye lids and in my crease line with a PAC Eyeshadow Blending Brush – 260. I applied it with swiping motions, towards the cello tape, to make sure I would get a crisp line when I peel it off. I used this eyeshadow as a transition shade. A transition shade is something that helps to merge colors together, and also gives some depth to your eyeshadow. Even if you decide to only use one eyeshadow on your lid, a transition shade will help bring it to another level, and give it an intensity that otherwise wouldn’t be there. The reason you need a shade or two darker is because it acts as “the middle man,” and merges the darker shade and the lightest shade together. Now, I just built up on this eyeshadow with the Colorbar Flawless Touch Contour And Highlighter – Neutral with a PAC Eyeshadow Blending Brush – 260 and a PAC Eyeshadow Brush – 091. I intensified it by holding the brush further to the tip of it. Then, to darken and warm it up a little more, I used a dark eye shadow, the M.A.C Matte Eye Shadow – Carbon at the outer & inner corners of my eye lids.
Next, I used this gorgeous blue/teal eyeshadow from The Body Shop, or you could use a similar shade like the M.A.C Matte Eye Shadow (Pro Palette Refill Pan) – Teal Appeal with a Beter Beauty Accessories Eye Shadow Brush – Small and applied it only on the center my eyelids with little tiny patting and teeny swiping motions. I have taken this shade right up into my crease line so when I open my eyes I could see a hint of blue. Next, I used a stunning pigment pot by PAC, but you could also use a similar one like the Australis Shimmer Pigment Pot – Merzmerise Mermaid with a Wet n Wild Large Eyeshadow Brush and applied it over the blue/teal eyeshadow that I had previously applied, in other words, I just built up on it. Then I peeled off the cello tape and indeed I got a nice, crisp finish.
For definition I used the Nykaa 24H Vinyl Luxe Eyeliner that I winged out a bit and I complimented it with the M.A.C Matte Eye Shadow – Carbon with a Faces Eyeshadow Brush that I buffed it on my lower lash line. I so used the same eyeshadow to intensify the outer corners of my upper eyes and then blended it to diffuse any harsh or firm lines. I also added an element to my eyes by applying a PAC – 2 in 1 eye & lip pencilon my lower water line, but you could also use NYKAA Glamoreyes Eyeliner Pencil, I felt this pop of color looked extra pretty.
I had a little eyeshadow fall-out, so I fixed it with a concealer – L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD – Medium Beige, it helped me create a crisp line. I highlighted my brow arch with Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Contour Palette – Light To Medium
LASHES & LIPS
To create beautiful looking lashes you actually don’t need more than an eyelash curler like the Vega EC-01 Eyelash Curler and a good mascara like the Maybeline New York Lash Sensational Mascara. However, I always like to add a little “drama” to my look, so I usually opt for false lashes. I went with my favourite ones, the PAC Eye Lashes – 54.
For my lips, I firstly applied Forest Essentials Luscious Lip Balm – Sugared Rose Petal With Organic Bees Wax to keep them moisturized. Then, I defined and filled it with a lip pencil – Pink princess by Max Factor, you could use a similar lip pencil like – Colorbar Definer Lip Liner – 015 Burnt Pink. For my lipstick, I applied the Faces Ultime Pro Matte Lip Crayon – Peach Me 08. I wanted to go subtle on my lips and I wanted my eyes to be focused more in this look.
That’s all there is to it! You can watch the whole tutorial for this look in my YouTube video (see below), please show me some love by liking and subscribing and I’d love to hear your comments (here or on YouTube). Also, if you need more help to get this right, do let me know, it’s what I love to do!