The season of holiday parties is upon us! I always love getting done up for Christmas parties and the like. I feel as though I can be more adventurous this time of year and am able to put on some makeup that I wouldn’t normally leave the house in…no longer stuck waiting for those special occasions.
Last year, I tried out my very first Pin-Up makeup look and was sporting a bold red lip.
This year (or at least for party #1) I went with a metallic smokey eye. The Copper pigment adds enough glitz and glam to make the look festive and the use of black kicks the look up a notch into the world of dark, dramatic and sexy.
Get the eyes:
- Step 1 is “Tame those brows!”. Fill them in, glue them down, do whatever it is you do to get that area ready. 🙂
- Prime your lid and all the way up through your crease to your brow. I used Urban Decay’s Primer Potion. Make sure you are always using some sort of primer as a base, whether you want a soft daytime look or something dramatic for evening. It provides you long wear time and will help you avoid creasing. Your shadows will also apply more vibrantly and stay true throughout the day/night, without “melting off”.
- Next, take a piece of tape (scotch, masking, painters, any will do) and get it in line with your lower lash line and where your eye brows end. Press it down, making sure it is nice and smooth with a good seal. It will take you a few minutes to get used to how this feels when you blink.
- Using a flat eye shadow brush, I pressed on “Copper” pigment by MAC all over my lids, working from the inside out.
- Using a stiff dome brush, start dusting a matte black shadow throughout your crease, and down along the outside of your eye, along the tape line. Using this same colour and brush, lightly smudge this along your lower lash line too, the outside half only. I used “Corrupt” by Makeup Geek as my matte black shade. It’s really intense and heavily pigmented. I suggest using a matte shadow for this step so the Copper shade stands out more…and when I am putting black this high on my brow bone, I feel like the matte texture helps tone it down slightly and isn’t as overpowering as a lustre or frost might be. You can feel free to use a glitzy black if you’d prefer.
- I decided against an inner corner highlight with this look. Instead, I used “Goldmine” eyeshadow by MAC on the inner quarter of my lid to gently lighten the copper and create a very subtle gradient effect.
- Then I took a fluffy crease blush and gently dusted “Brule” eyeshadow by MAC underneath my brows. Brule is a soft matte, nearly nude shadow that is close to my natural skin tone.
- At this point you should be ready to pull that tape off! If necessary, perform any clean up that the tape might have missed. A Q-tip dipped in makeup remover will do the trick!
- For eye liner I used Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner in “Trooper” on my lid. The felt tip on this makes it really easy to apply and wing out the edges. To create a similar look to what I have here, you want to continue your line out past your lashes and gently flick it upwards. Now, draw that line down to your lower lash line and fill in the middle. On my waterline I opted for Makeup Forever’s Aqua Eyes waterproof liner in black. For this, I applied it once to my waterline, let it sit for a couple of minutes and then went back in with the pencil again to make it more opaque. Both of these eye liners are from my “Draw the Line” Sephora Favorites sampler that I am super in love with, it’s great value and you should check it out if you haven’t already, it has definitely proven to be one of the best purchases I have made all year!
- Finish the look with at least two coats of mascara. I used “They’re Real!” mascara by Benefit. Normally if I am wearing false eyelashes I go for a soft basic mascara. But because I was only planning on wearing lashes on the outer half, I used my most intense volumizing mascara.
- (Optional) As always, the addition of false eyelashes is optional. For this look, I used “305” by Ardell.
Get the look:
Face > For my under eye concealer I used Erase Paste by benefit in shade No.1. Then, all over I used MUFE’s HD foundation in shade 118 topped with MAC’s Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in shade Light Plus.
Cheeks > Powder Blush from Too Faced’s Natural Face Palette (a slightly shimmery pink frost blush)
Lips > “Leslie” Buxom Lips
Hair > Curls using a 1″ rod by Sultra
What sort of makeup will you be wearing for your holiday parties this year?
P.S. This look was loosely inspired by “Mad as the Jangsara” where she used the same Copper pigment by MAC.
Well, I’m sure this post isn’t coming as a shocker to any of you. I’ve always been a sucker for value sets, gifts with purchases and the Sephora Favorite samplers.
Draw the Line is the 2012 eyeliner sampler from Sephora featuring 3 full size products and 3 deluxe minis.
This set allows you to “Flick, drag, sweep, or smudge with cream, liquid or pencil. Create countless looks with this essential black eyeliner kit.” Available on-line or in-store this set retails for $28.00 US ($82.00 value) or $34.00 CAD ($98.00 value).
I was really excited when I saw this eyeliner sampler. I’ve been on the hunt for a new liquid eyeliner (felt tip) as well as something that will work on my waterline. As lovely as MAC’s fluidline glides across your lid, it has never worked well on my waterline. In under an hour after application I will have little chunks flaking off and creating a mess under my eyes. So now, I have a new gel liner (that is actually waterproof) as well as a couple of waterproof pencils I can put to the test.
Let’s take a closer look at the products inside:
- Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner in “Midnight Black”. At 3.4g/12oz this is one of the three full size products. A cream eye liner like this is the favourite of many, it offers a similar look to a crisp liquid liner, but is easier to apply. It does require an eyeliner brush though, which is not included. Sold individually, this product would be $22.00 US or $27.00 CAD. 7 different shades available on-line or in-store.
- Urban Decay 24/7 Waterpoof Liquid Eyeliner in shade “Perversion”. At 1.7ml this is the second of the full size products. It is a classic liquid eye liner brush, not a felt tip applicator. If you have a steady hand you can create gorgeous precise lines with this one. This product, when sold individually is $19.00 US or $23.00 CAD. 11 different shades available on-line or in-store for this cult favorite. And after just two products in , we’ve already blown the cost of this sampler set out of the water. I love a good deal!
- Sephora Collection’s Waterproof Retractable Eyeliner in shade “09 Glitter Black” is the last of the three full size products at 0.31g. It is a vibrant black with tiny silver specks of glitter. It comes with a smudger on the bottom end as well if you are going for a more blended effect. This one is available in a mere 22 shades and can be purchased on-line or in-store for $12.00 US or $16.00 CAD.
- Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner in shade “Trooper”. This was the first product I reached for when I took off the plastic. The felt tip pen makes drawing on perfect lines quick and easy. The super fine tip makes any touch ups a breeze. This water resistant product is designed for application on the face and the body. The full size product is approximately 3 times the size of this deluxe sample and retails for $18.00 US or $22.00 CAD. You can purchase here or in-store and choose from 5 different shades.
- Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil is a favorite amongst beauty addicts and make up artists alike. This award winning product also doubles as a vibrant eye shadow. I was excited to try this matte black liner on my waterline and I’ve got to say it held up very well, with almost no signs of wear after several hours. Aqua eyes full size pencils retail for $18.00 US or $20.00 CAD and come in 25 different colors.
- Buxom Insider Eyeliner in “Black Jasper” is a black metallic, retractable, velvety liner.Its gentle design is tailored for application of the inner rims of your eyes. This liner contains antioxidants and vitamins to protect this delicate area. (I know, I know, I should’ve read this and tried this one first!) It is definitely next on my list to try out on my waterline. I might even try tight-lining for the first time! It makes it sound like such a lovely prospect! The full size Buxom Insider eyeliners can be purchased on-line and in-store for $14.00 US and $18.00 CAD. 8 shades give you some affordable options if you are wanting to pick this up.
I’ve swatched them all next to each other here so you can see the differences in opacity and thickness:
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I really am so impressed with the value of this set. For a bunch of black eyeliners…you really do get the best of everything. You have a wide variety of products with unique purposes…and you can’t beat the price no matter how you look at it.
What is your favorite black eyeliner that you can’t live without? Every girl has got to have at least one!
I have full swatches of their lip sampler “Give Me Some Lip” as well for anyone interested.