Christmas is just around the corner! Right now you should be wrapping those last minute gifts, shopping for party outfits, and choosing makeup looks to match those outfits. Even if you don’t wear much makeup throughout the year, the holidays are the best time to add some fun into your makeup routine.
In this list, we’ve curated five different looks in order from most to least difficult, though I have to say, all five looks are equally fabulous in their own respect.
1. Glitter Smokey Eye
We love some sparkle especially over the holidays, so this look is perfect for Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties. This does require some advanced makeup knowledge, a range of eyeshadow colors and some glitter of course, so as long as you have all of the above, you can definitely achieve this look.
Start by priming your eyes with primer or concealer. Then select a neutral transition shade to sweep back and forth above your crease. Use a darker shade to blend into the crease, then use a black shadow in the outer corner of your lids, blending out towards the middle of the lid. Next, cut your crease using concealer, blending it out with a brush when it meets the black shadow. On your cut crease, use your favorite glitter, and you can also add a matte pop of color on your inner corner.
In case of eyeshadow fallout, you can always do your eye makeup before doing the rest of your face. If you prefer to do your face first, you can always set your undereyes with some kind of translucent powder
before moving onto your eyes, like the Pond’s BB Magic Powder. The powder will catch any excess shadow. Once you’ve finished with your shadows, you can sweep off the translucent powder with a powder brush.
2. Intense Cat Eye
Rather than going for the thin liner like you normally do for the rest of the year, try going for exaggerated cat eye to open up and lift your eyes. You can either do just the winged eyeliner, or include some eyeshadow on your lids.
The cat eye is always a little tricky, even for beauty gurus as it’s tough getting them even on both sides. Liquid liner is best for precision, but you can always go for a smokier version using black eyeshadow or liner.
A tip for achieving the perfect cat eye: You can use eyeliner or eyeshadow as a guide for your winged eyeliner. Make sure the wings are angled towards the ends of your eyebrows. Once you’ve got the outline, go over it and fill the rest in with liquid liner.
3. Vampy Holiday Look
Not a fan of glitter or crazy cat eyeliner? Try this vampy holiday glam look. The color scheme you want to go for is either burgundy or black cherry, a deep color that still has some red (because it’s Christmas, after all). For the eyes, three shadows are the minimum to create the smokey eye: one transition shade, dark shadow for the outer third of the lid (optional: also to liner lower lash line), and light color for the rest of the lid. Finish your eyes off with some liner and mascara.
Feel free to play around with your lips, going for a glossy dark lip or even an ombre one if you don’t want to do a matte lip.
4. Bronze or Golden Smokey Eye
Glitter may not be your thing, but bronze and gold makeup are also pretty classic around the holidays and other celebrations throughout the year. You can achieve this look by creating a golden or bronze smokey eye, using black shadow as your liner and then blending out the edges to intensify the smokiness. Nude or muted lipstick tones are best to complete the look.
5. Classic Red Lip
Last, but definitely not least, you can never EVER go wrong with a bold red lip. Remember, there are tons of red shades out there, so pick one that suits your skin tone rather than basing it off what celebrities and makeup gurus like to use. You can use some natural eye shadow so you don’t draw attention away from your lips, but keeping it minimal with just mascara is just as gorgeous.
If you want to be extra with your lips, you can dab some highlighter or lip gloss in the middle to make them look more plump and supple.
Do some contouring, as well as some highlighting to add more dimension to your face. If you want to complement that red lip, you can go for that natural warm flush instead of defining your bone structure using our Organic Cheek and Lip Tint.
As a bonus, you can also paint your nails the same or similar shade as your lips.
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Sheena is the lead fashion writer here at Pretty Me Philippines and has contributed articles for numerous lifestyle blogs and online publications. Other than keeping up with the latest trends, she loves baking and home DIY projects.