Holiday Makeup [step by step]

before + after

I’ve been wanting to incorporate more makeup related posts into my blog and have been slowly making the transition.  To be honest, I’ve felt a little uninspired with my outfits lately and think that by including makeup posts as well, will be able to produce more content on a regular basis.  I wanted to film a holiday inspired look that could also be worn for day time if you chose and decided to go with a smoky red eye and a dark lip.


Step 1// I started with fresh face with moisturizer, then applied foundation and filled in my eyebrows.  I decided to skip documenting these steps since I plan on filming an eyebrow routine in the new year.


Step 2// Apply an eyeshadow primer to enhance the colour and lasting power of the eyeshadows you use.  I really like this one by Motives since it’s a pale pink and gives my lids an almost white base to work with.



Step 3// Using a soft pinkish brown (here I used the colour Undone from Urban Decay’s Vice 3 palette) and a fluffy blending brush, place this colour in the crease and blend it upwards and side to side across the crease.  This will start to create a transition for when you place darker colours over top.

Step 4//  With a small crease brush, use a warmer brown darker than the previous and place in the crease, and begin working the colour in side to side.  Make sure you’re not blending upwards.  After adding this colour, lightly blend with a fluffy blending brush it into the lighter colour and add more into the crease if you need to create more depth.


Step 5// Using a small dense brush, pack a deep matte brownish red in the outer corner of your eyelids.  I used the shade Succubus from the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette.  You want to keep this colour only on the eyelid, making sure you don’t add anything to the crease.  This colour will be blended out eventually and if too much is added beforehand, it will look too harsh and potentially blotchy.

Step 6//  After packing Succubus into the outer corners, you want to lightly blend this colour out to blend it with your lighter transition shades.  Blending will take away some of the brightnes and saturation so you will have to go back in with more colour.  This is one of the more important steps and it’s usually best to gradually add more colour, blend, and continue until the desired colour and look is achieved.  This shadow colour is going to act as a base for the metallic red added next to help it look more vibrant and I also just preferred how it looked with the two were layered over top.

Step 7// Taking a brighter metallic red (this is Sonic from Urban Decay’s Vice 3 palette) use a small dense synthetic brush to pack this colour over top of the dark matte brownish red previously used.  With metallic colours, I find that sometimes using your finger helps apply the colour more effectively, so I kind of went back and forth using my finger and brush until it came out the way I wanted.


Step 8// Using any light shade, matte or shimmer, whichever your preference and go over wherever there isn’t any red or brown shadow to further define the outer corners and make the colours pop.  I used a combination of the colour Laetus from the Kat Von D shade + light eye contour palette and Last Sin from Urban Decay’s Vice 3 palette.  You want to use a dense eyeshadow brush to pack these colours on and then use a fluffy blending brush to lightly blend the colours together to the crease.


Step 9// This is an optional step and isn’t necessary for people who don’t like the look of shadow on the lower lash line.  But I always do this and feel like my eyes are never finished until I add colour underneath as well.  I used Sonic (UD Vice 3) and Succubus (KVD eye contour) on a small dense brush and lightly ran it underneath.  You want to start out with a little shadow and work your way to the desired look.  If you put too much at first it can look a little overwhelming and disproportionate to the rest of your eye look.


Step 10// Curl and apply mascara to your lashes.  One of my favourite mascara’s is Maybelline Mega Plush waterproof.  I really like how semi clumpy and thick eyelashes look and this has been one of the most consistent products I’ve found.  Obviously, use what ever product or brand you prefer.


Step 11// I have a hard time finding shades specifically for contouring since I find most brands out there make the products too warm or orangey.  Contouring is suppose to give the effect of a “shadow”, meaning that for the most part you should be using a cool toned shade when doing so.  When I do contour, I’ve found this eyeshadow in the colour from KVD eye contour palette and just use a small brush to lightly place in the hollows of my cheeks, and underneath my chin to make my jaw slightly more defined.


Step 12//  I decided to apply every type of face product so I added bronzer, a bit of blush and highlight.  I used Hard Candy bronzer in Tiki, Maybelling blush in Mauve and Becca’s highlight powder in Moonstone.  Typically if my skin was on the oilier side I would set everything with a powder, but my skin was a little dry today so I opted out.


Step 13// I was initially going to keep this lip neutral so it didn’t compete with the brighter eye but who am I kidding.  This is Kat Von D’s everlasting liquid lipstick in Exorcism and it’s my absolute favourite.  I use it almost every single day.  It’s the perfect deep berry red and lasts me throughout a full work day, even after drinking multiple coffees.  Since it is a liquid lipstick I would suggest exfoliating your lips prior to using this to ensure they don’t feel chapped and become cracked throughout the day.


I really wanted to create a look that was universal and would work with colours and shades people would probably already have at home.  Obviously, a red eyeshadow look isn’t something that everyone would like but you could always switch out the two red shades for browns, purples or whatever you wanted!  This was so much fun to do and I’m hoping to actually film some more videos in the new year with both makeup and clothing related topics.  Wishing you all a happy holiday season and thank you for reading!

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