I attended my first holiday party of the season earlier this week, so I thought I’d share my makeup look. I love getting dressed up for holiday parties because, on Christmas day, I’m usually wearing a nightgown, getting drunk off White Russians with my dad, and watching basketball all day. Maybe I’ll switch it up this year. Maybe.
The party I attended was my boyfriend’s company holiday party where I met all of his co-workers for the first time, so I wanted to look nice and make a good impression, but I also wanted my makeup to last all night and stand up to the hors d’oeuvres and wine I jammed into my face. I wanted to do something classic and festive, with a little something extra, so I settled on a soft gold smokey eye with some glitter on the lower lash line, and a deep, matte red lip.
- Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Primer
- Maybelline Matte and Poreless Foundation in Nude Beige with a few drops of Porcelain
- Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Light-Medium
- Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette
- Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed
- Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
- Morphe 35F Palette (to highlight)
- Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray
- Urban Decay Primer Potion
- Morphe 35F Palette
- NYX Liquid Black Liner
- Bitzy Nail and Body Glitter in Goldie Locks
- Duo Eyelash Glue (for lashes and glitter)
- CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara
- Ardell Demi Wispies
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in Ebony
- Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Unicorn Blood
When working with glitter, I always do my eye makeup first. That way, if (read: when) the glitter gets everywhere, I can clean it up without destroying the rest of my makeup. The eye look is actually quite simple, and the only palette I used was the 35F from Morphe. I started with two transition colors slightly above my crease – a light brown and a medium brown. I then took a deep bronze color on the outer third of my eyelid and added a gold shade on the rest of the lid. I wanted to add a bit more smokiness, so I used a pencil brush to apply a black eyeshadow to the outer V. I applied the same gold shade from my lid to the bottom lash line. This look would also be gorgeous with a smoked out lower lash line and black liner on the waterline, but I wanted to keep it bright.
I don’t have any glitter adhesive so I used my Duo lash glue and it worked juuuuuust fine – no need to splurge on glitter glue. I applied it with a small liner brush to the inner third of my bottom lash line. I then applied the loose cosmetic glitter with the same brush, by pressing the glitter into the glue. I added a small wing with black liquid eyeliner and applied mascara, and the false lashes.
I didn’t do anything too crazy with my face makeup. I did some light contouring of the cheek bones and added a rosy nude blush to add a natural flush to my face, which was then made more obvious by the wine (look up “Asian flush”). One of my favorite things to do lately is to use eyeshadow as a highlighter. The highlight shades in the 35F Palette by Morphe are perfect for highlighting the face if you want to be a little extra – and don’t we all during the holidays?
I had to go for a red lip, I mean, come on. I did want to make it a bit more interesting than my usual bright, retro, matte red lip. I opted for Unicorn Blood by Jeffree Star, which is an incredible dark, rusty red. I am obsessed with the formula of Jeffree Star’s liquid lipsticks and this color is just insanity.
I loved the way this look turned out. It was a little glam because of the lashes and glitter, but remained classic because of the color palette. I plan on doing more holiday looks, so stay tuned!