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.
I believe everyone knows by now that I love playing with bold and bright makeup, but I also have a lot of fun with dark and dramatic makeup as well.
I wanted to use one of my MAC pigments that I hadn’t gotten around to trying out yet, the Gold (pro) metallic shade. And I ended up with this dark golden cranberry look.
It is a very dramatic makeup look and not very suitable for day, but perfect for a night out.
Let’s take a look at how to create this look:
*follow any of the links below for swatches, where to buy and other shades available*
- As always, fill in your brows first to help frame the area. I used Mystery eyeshadow by MAC Cosmetics for this.
- Prime your lid and all the way up to your crease. I used Urban Decay’s Primer Potion. It is super important to use a primer if you want long wear time and to avoid creasing. Your shadows will also apply more vibrantly and stay true throughout the day/night.
- Using a flat eyeshadow brush, dab the Gold pigment all over your lids (from the inside of the eye to the outside of the eye).
- Using the same brush (brush off the gold first on a kleenex) use your Cranberry eyeshadow throughout the crease and up onto your brow bone.
- Then, using a fluffy crease brush, lightly dust a true black gently back and forth through your crease. For this, I used Corrupt eyeshadow by Makeup Geek. I’ve never seen a black so black!
- I then highlighted my brow bone and inner corner of my eye using Zephyr eyeshadow by Urban Decay, a shimmery white.
- Using the same Gold pigment again, I went and lightly smudged it below my lower lashes.
- For eyeliner I used Master Precise Felt Tip Liquid Liner (available at Ulta in the US and at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada) on my lid and Blacktrack Fluidline by MAC on my waterline.
- Finish the look with at least two coats of mascara (remember we are going for dark and dramatic here). I used Clinique’s High Impact Mascara.
- (Optional) Add false eyelashes to your look. I used #305 accent lashes by Ardell. (They are only on the outside corners)
Face > For my under eye concealer I used Erase Paste by benefit in shade No.1. Then, all over I used Makeup Forever HD Foundation in shade #118 topped with MAC’s Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in shade Light Plus.
Cheeks > Margin Blush by MAC Cosmetics
Lips > Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polishin shade Leslie
Hair > I used a 1″ Bombshell Curling rod by Sultra to create the long waves. I love to use this on my hair, because your hair keeps its length as opposed to using a curling iron or a straightener where you get ringlets and your hair shrinks up several inches.
What do you think? Do you see yourself ever wearing a look like this? If not, what would you change?
Thanks for reading!