Hello, friends! I absolutely loved playing with my Chocolate Bar palette (click HERE for the review!) that I felt like I needed to do a holiday look for you!
I had actually done this look a couple of days before Christmas, as I was planning to wear it at Christmas lunch. But alas, because I don’t normally do a full face of makeup; and this look took me almost 2 hours to conceptualize and execute, I had to do a pared down version. But then again, this look isn’t just for the holidays – there’s something about gold eyes and red lips that make it so versatile for just about any occasion. And if you like pin-up or 50s-style makeup, nothing stands out as an icon of the look more than a rich, red lip!
I’ll try to detail the instructions as best as I can, as I forgot to take photos during the process since I was taking note of how long it would take me to complete the look. I’ll be starting from the eyes since I’m assuming that each of my readers and friends have their own foundation and brow routines!
1. With a fluffy brush, sweep White Chocolate over the entire lid as well as to set your browbone if you’ve placed concealer (to define your eyebrows).
2. Using Salted Caramel on a pointed blending brush, apply this along your crease, building up color and blending softly. This will be our transition shade, and will make blending shadows easier and more seamless.
3. Pack Hazelnut all along your mobile lid, blending softly up to the crease. (Tip: Always check if your eyeshadows can be seen when you look straight into the mirror – this is especially helpful for those with hooded lids!)
4. With a smaller brush, use Haute Chocolate to darken the outer crease area to add definition and depth.
5. For a bit of gold highlight, use Creme Brulee on the center of the lid, blending the edges into Hazelnut.
6. Make a mixture of Hazelnut and Haute Chocolate, then with a smudger brush, buff the color along your lower lashline, blending downwards for a slightly smoky effect.
7. Using Champagne Truffle and a small pencil brush, use it to brighten up your inner corner. You can carefully blend this up to the crease, and create a slight cut crease effect.
8. Line your eyes thinly with a black liquid liner, creating a wing at the end. How thick or long you wing your liner is up to you! I used Clio’s Kill Black Waterproof Pen Liner.
9. Now, you can curl your lashes and apply mascara, preferably a volumizing formula to really boost your peepers; or apply falsies for lush lashes that command attention! (I did the latter, but unfortunately kind of messed up with the application of the right one– welp)
10. With a large, fluffy powder or face brush, warm up your complexion with a matte bronzer.
11. With your brush of choice (I use either a small blush brush or an angled blush brush), apply your contour shade as you normally would – I personally love Too Faced’s Chocolate Soleil Bronzer. Since I have a rounder face, I need all the contouring I get to make sure I have angles to counter my roundness – come through, cheekbones!
12. With your brush of choice (I use a pointed blending brush, or a fan brush), apply your highlighter (I used Too Faced’s Snow Bunny Bronzer) on the highest points of your face. I recommend the tops of your cheekbones, down the bridge and tip of your nose, slightly on your forehead, on your cupid’s bow, and just a tiny bit on your chin. Dusting some on your browbone and just above the arch of your eyebrow really ties the look together!
13. With a fluffy blush brush, make a mix of a gold-toned brown with a peachy pink, and dust this on the area between your highlighter and bronzer. Try to stay away from the inner parts of your cheeks, though a little dusting on the apples never hurt anyone!
14. With the same blush brush, lightly blend all your cheek shades together so they blend seamlessly.
15. Assuming your lips have already been prepped (exfoliated, applied with lip balm, etc.), blot out any excess product with a tissue to prepare for your lipstick application.
16. Use whichever formula you prefer, but find a rich, blue-toned red that suits you. I used MUA Luxe’s Velvet Lip Lacquer in Reckless (a popular dupe for Lime Crime’s Red Velvet, but in a creamier formulation).
17. For a clean look, use your concealer brush to tidy up the edges.
18. Set your makeup with your setting spray or fixer of choice, and you’re good to go!
If you’re relatively new to makeup application, this might take you a while. But with practice and frequent experimentation, you’ll get the hang of it, I promise! 😀
Happy Holidays, everyone! Here’s hoping you all had a good 2015, and wishing you a prosperous 2016 to come!