I had intended to get this post up a little bit sooner, but as well all know - December is a busy month!
I got a little carried away with my 12 Days of Festive Nails series and between shopping for Christmas, baking goodies and attending family/friend gatherings, time flew by faster than I could have ever imagined.
Although Christmas is tomorrow, I still wanted to post this look to give you some inspiration for future parties (ahem - New Years).
The eye shadow combination is what I have worn to every holiday party this month and it wears well with any lip colour. My favourite is to wear it with a bold red lip, but I've also sported a nude and pink as well.
I started by smoothing a little bit of the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser onto my nose, cheeks and forehead (anywhere I tend to have visible pores). Next I applied Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation in the shade 120 Nude Beige. I used a Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki brush to buff this into my skin.
I always make sure I prime my eyes to ensure the colours I apply will last throughout the day and night. I really like the Lorac Pro Behind the Scenes Eye Primer. For shadows, I used the colour Taupe from my beloved Lorac Pro Palette and blended that into my crease using a Sigma E35 Tapered Blending brush.
I then took a wet flat shader brush and mixed a bit of the Nude and White colour from the same palette. I packed this onto my eyelids. I also used my finger to press even more pigment onto my eyes. By wetting the brush, I am helping amplify the sparkle and colour of each shade. I really wanted the centre part of my eyelids to be nice and bright.
I also applied the Nude colour on the inner conners.
I went back in with that same blending brush from before, without picking up any additional product, and went around the edges to make sure everything looked smooth.
Using a smaller crease brush, I mixed a bit of the dark brown shades in this palette - Sable and Espresso - and focused this on the outer corner of my eyes to add a bit more depth. I also smudged this along my lower lash line.
I used the Cream shade with a fairly large shader brush to highlight my brow bone. It's matte so it helps balance the shimmer from my eyelids.
It wouldn't be a glam holiday look if I didn't do a winged liner, and of course I used my holy grail liquid liner - the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper. I also applied the NYX Slim Eye Pencil in Black along my waterline.
I've been loving the Covergirl Full Lash Bloom mascara lately, so I applied two coats of this to my eyelashes.
The end result is a subtle smoky eye with a little bit of sparkle - perfect for this time of year.
The red lip may be my favourite part of this whole entire look. I used Siren in Scarlet from the Maybelline Color Sensation Creamy Matte collection. I first applied it straight from the bullet and then I took a piece of tissue and blotted.
To help the colour last throughout the night, I then went in with a lip brush and painted over the already existing colour. This also helps get a more precise and crisp line around my lips.
That's it guys! I hope you enjoyed this post and I wish you all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser
Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation
Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer
Lorac Pro Behind the Scenes Eye Primer
Lorac Pro Eyeshadow Palette
Sigma E35 Tapered Blending Brush
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
NYX Eyeliner Pencil
Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Nars Sin Blush
Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick