Fresh Snow

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The holiday season is officially on!  There is fresh snow on the ground and the mall has the Christmas decorations up and all I want to do is shop!

Anyways, in honour of the holiday season, I thought I would do the typical December look: shimmery eyes with red lips.  It’s been done before numerous times and is the unofficial look of the season but I thought I would show you guys how I do it. I’m not a red lipstick kind-of-girl at all, but for the sake of this tutorial I thought what other colour could I possibly pair this with other than a gorgeous blood red?

Let’s get started! So like always, apply a foundation primer to your face.  I used Laura Mercier Foundation Primer.  After the primer I used YSL Touche Eclat under my eyes and on my brow bone to highlight those areas. Now apply your foundation.  I used MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NC15.  This is the whitest foundation I own and I chose this foundation over my other ones that are a bit darker because I wanted “Snow White” skin.  I applied the foundation with my Body Shop foundation brush.

After your foundation is blended I highly recommend grabbing a flat top brush or a kabuki and buffing it in to make sure it stays on your face and to smooth it out.  I did this using my ELF Flat Top Powder Brush ($3 at Target). Once you are done applying your foundation and buffing it in, grab a powder and set it.  I used Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder using a Bare Escentuals Full Face brush. Now we are moving on to contouring.  I used NARS Laguna bronzer and worked this into the hollows of my cheekbones and onto my temples. Next is cheeks!  I wanted my cheeks to be very subtle and pink so I grabbed NARS Angelika blush (I got my Laguna/Angelika duo from the NARS Lose Yourself set from Sephora).  Apply the colours on the apples of your cheeks and blend back towards your ears.  I used a Quo blush brush. Next I grabbed my It Cosmetics Brow Power Lift and used the matte side on my frown lines (the sides of my mouth), and the lines between my eyebrows. I also applied this over my eyebrows.  I used a Bare Escentuals concealer brush to blend it. To fill in my brows I used Clinique’s Sable eyeshadow, a matte brown colour. I got this trio in a previous gift with purchase and it’s the most perfect brown for eyebrows and the brush that comes with it is excellent to apply it with. Moving onto eyes!  I primed my eyelids up to my brow bone with my trusty Urban Decay Primer Potion. For my lids I used Lancome’s Color Design Style Section Metallic, a shimmery silver colour.  I applied the eyeshadow using a ELF eyeshadow brush from their Studio Collection. For the crease I used a gunmetal colour, appropriately called Gunmetal from the Urban Decay Naked Palette. Moving onto the lower lashes.  I used a white eyeliner by NYX for my waterline and then used the silver colour from Lancome to go over it.  After that I grabbed some Gunmetal on my eyeliner brush from Quo and lined my lower lash line. For eyeliner I used MAC Liquid Eye Liner in black and lined my entire top lash line winging it out at the end.  From there I also lined my lower lash line about halfway in and then connected it to the wing.  You can do this with either liquid or a gel liner, I wouldn’t really recommend a pencil one. Moving onto lashes!  I curled my eyelashes with my Sephora eyelash curler and then used my mini Shu Uemura curler to get the lashes I missed.  From there I used Dior DiorShow Maximizing Lash Plumping Serum and Primer and then YSL Volume Effect Faux Cils mascara. For a highlight I used the pearl side of the It Cosmetics Brow Power Lift.  I applied this on my brow bone and on the inside corners of my eyes.

If you have fall out from the grey eyeshadow apply a concealer now to clean it all up. To finish up the look I used this dual-ended lipgloss/lipstick from Clinique.  The lipstick is their Different Lipstick in the colour #33 Raspberry Glace and the gloss is their Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 in #13 Fireberry.  If you have a red lip liner, as always, apply that before your lipstick to prevent the colour from bleeding out.  I don’t own a red lip liner because I hardly ever wear red, but it is definitely a staple to have in any collection.  

After I applied the colour I grabbed my NYX white eyeliner once again and highlighted my cupid’s bow, the area right in the middle of your upper lip. And we are done!  I think this is the perfect holiday look that you can either rock during the day, night, holiday party, etc.  Just grab some glittery stuff and you are good to go!

 

Do you plan to rock shimmery eyes and red lips this holiday season?  Leave me a comment below :).


 


 

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