Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Christmas Makeup Look: Gold Smoky Eye

So it's official, Christmas is right on our doorsteps and the preparations are in full swing! One of my favourite parts of the festive season is planning out the makeup I'll be wearing on Christmas Day/New Year's because I'm a beauty hoarder and it's a hobby of mine. In light of that, I've long-since decided which makeup I'll be using for Christmas Day this year, so I thought I'd share it with you! I also just want to apologise for the shoddy quality of these photos. I normally wouldn't complain, I'd just retake them until I was satisfied with them, but the sun has been blindingly shining for days and every photo I take ends up yellow, no matter how often I change the colour balance on my camera. I hope it isn't too distracting, I really did try my best! Sorry! Right, on with the makeup!

Remember me harping on about how dry my skin was and how all foundation looked really bad on me? Well because of that I've reverted back to my glowy summer base routine because it just leaves my skin looking super healthy and doesn't emphasise dry patches. For this I use a mixture of the Erborian BB Crème in the shade Light and the Erborian CC Crème HD. I'll usually mix the two of these on the back of my hand and then press it into my skin using a Beauty Blender. Next up is concealer; I use the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer to cover up any blemishes and the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer for under my eyes. Because the overall look of this base does tend to get a bit dewy - read: shiny - as the day goes on, I'll generally powder my t-zone with the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder. Although this combo doesn't give the most major coverage, I like that it makes it look like you're not really wearing much on your skin. It's a very natural, healthy finish - something my current pasty complexion really needs!

It wouldn't really be a full makeup look for me without a good bit o' contour. Now don't worry, I'm not talking full on Kim-K, hour long sculpting job - just a bit of extra effort to carve out some cheekbones. I love using the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder for this, it's quick, easy and you don't run the risk of getting a muddy looking finish. To add some light to the high points of my face, I'm cracking out The Balm's Mary Lou-Manizer, a gorgeous champagney highlight that adds glow like no other, without any of that super glittery disco ball effect (I've also just spotted this for sale on Feel Unique so now's the time to snap it up if you've been on the fence!). For blush, I obviously had to pick one of the shades I spoke about in my favourite winter blushes post. MAC Fleur Power won the battle, as it's just a lovely shade to add a bit of a rosy glow during the colder months.

Brows are a pivotal part of my makeup in my opinion and I feel like I've really found the products that work best for me in this department, so it's been a while since I've strayed from these! First I'll brush through them with a spoolie, before filling them in with the Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil in the shade Blondeshell. I've almost run out of this and I have no idea how I'm supposed to get my hands on this in Switzerland and I'm slightly more worried about it than I should be - help/ideas would be greatly appreciated! To set everything in place, I go in with the L'Oreal Brow Artist Plumper. This is a tried and tested favourite and it's a great one for filling in any last sparse areas and making brows appear slightly fuller.

Onto the eyes! To me this is one of the best parts of putting together a makeup look - the possibilities are endless! After a great deal of faffing about, I managed to settle on a gold eyeshadow look. To start things off I always prime my lids with the MAC Painterly Paint Pot, it keeps things in place all day, prevents fading and is just a really good 'un. Next, I brought back out my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette, which I don't use nearly enough these days. My main motive for cracking this out again, was the shade Half Baked, which has to be one of the prettiest gold eyeshadows I've ever seen. I used this all over the lid, before going in with MAC Woodwinked and taking that through the crease. Once that was all nicely blended, I went back to the Naked 2 palette and mixed together the shades YDK and Busted and blended those into the outer v to smoke the whole thing out a bit. The result is basically a lovely gold smoky eye. I topped this all off with lashings of the only mascara I ever use: the Benefit They're Real! mascara. I'm also running out of this as well, seriously someone send help.

So last but not least: the lips. I know what you're thinking tinted lip balm? That's it? Listen, I've made no secret about the fact that I like to eat. Christmas Day is about eating. Also family and friends and gifts but seriously, I'm all about that Christmas dinner. In an ideal world where lipstick didn't go sliding off your lips and ending up on your chin/teeth/clothes during meals would I wear it to dinner? Yes, obvs. But the reality is that no red lipstick has really withstood the test of a proper Christmas meal for me. The Benefit Benebalm ensures that my lips are looking nice and rosy without any of the commitment and mess of a proper lipstick. I can drink/eat the night away knowing that the worst that will happen is some fading or no colour being left on my lips. Having said that, I'm sure there are loads of gals out there that are far more skilled in the lipstick department and are probably more graceful than me when it comes to eating Christmas dinner. Hats off to you ladies and also please tell me your secret!

I wasn't sure whether or not to even include a photo of the finished look because the light was so bad that you can't even really see the makeup, but I thought something was better than nothing! I assure you, I actually did traipse about the house all morning wearing a full face of makeup and a pair of pyjamas - glamorous - looking for the best light but the sun just hasn't been on my side. Anyway, I digress. I hope this post has given you some Christmas makeup inspo in case you were stuck for ideas! I'll be spending the rest of my run up to Christmas fervently wrapping presents and making cards whilst simultaneously wondering why I didn't just buy cards for everyone instead. Merry Christmas eve-eve!



  1. I really love the look you came up with! Merry Christmas :)

    xo, Liz

  2. I love Benefit products but I haven't tried the lip tints because I generally prefer lipsticks. Would you recommend these? I'm not sure about getting one yet because they're quite pricey compared to most tints x

    Mollie Victoria Beauty | Blog

  3. This is such a nice selection of products. I really want the UD naked palette, the shades in it are beautiful!


  4. Such a simple and elegant look! And you look gorgeous :-) Merry Christmas!


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