Happy (almost Christmas) Weekend, everyone! I'm now writing from the comfy confines of my parents' house in my hometown, sitting cozily in my penguin pajamas, surrounded by an extensive array of holiday decorations. Just how I like it. While I'm clearly not channeling glam at the moment, I recently created a festive look that I think would be perfect for anyone who wanted to feel like a bombshell at their upcoming holiday party. It features my new favourite red lipstick, MAC Lady Danger, which really does provide some instant retro glamour!
For this party look, I evened out my complexion with a fuller coverage long-wear base (Revlon ColourStay Whipped) and then focused on adding some serious glow to the skin. I applied Inglot HD Illuminating Pressed Powder #504 all over for a soft-focus sheen, then added touches of both BeneFit's Watts Up and The Balm's Mary Loumanizer on my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose. Instant bling!
I contoured my cheekbones with a classic pick, Kevin Aucoin's Sculpting Powder in Medium, and added some warmth and a gentle pop of colour to my cheeks with The Balm Frat Boy, a flattering matte peach.
For the eyes, I kept the products minimal, which I think upped the impact of the look! I focused on an ultra shimmery golden peach all over the lids (the lovely Stila Oasis eye shadow) and some bold, classic black winged liner (Annabelle Stay Sharp Self-Sharpening Kohl Eyeliner in Go Black). I finished off with a couple generous coats of BeneFit They're Real and that was it!
For the lips, I knew I wanted a bold, classic red. For some extra definition, I started with Annabelle's Stay Sharp Self-Sharpening Lip Liner in Glam Red, filling in the entire lip area and concentrating on the outer edges and corners to add depth. I then applied some of Lady Danger straight from the bullet, over top of the lip liner. I think the contrast between the cooler red liner and the warmer red lipstick added a nice touch of fullness and dimension to my lips, without an obvious outer edge.
Foundation: Revlon ColourStay Whipped Creme Foundation in Buff
Concealer: BeneFit Fake-Up in Light (under eyes) and MAC Select Cover-Up NC20 (on blemishes and redness)
Powder: Inglot HD Illuminizing Pressed Powder #504
Highlight: BeneFit Watts Up topped with the Balm Mary Loumanizer
Contour: Kevin Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium
Blush: The Balm Frat Boy
Brows: Chantecaille Waterproof Brow Definer in Ash Blonde topped with Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Taupe and Tinted Brow Gel in Caramel
Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion Original Formula
Eye Shadows: Stila eye shadow in Oasis (packed heavily on the lid, blended up to the crease) and Clinique Sugar Cane (from the Black Honey Affair palette) on brow bones and inner corners of the eye
Eyeliner: Annabelle Stay Sharp Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in Go Black
Mascara: BeneFit They're Real
Lips: Annabelle Stay Sharp Waterproof Lip Liner in Glam Red (all over lips, concentrated around edges) topped with MAC Matte Lipstick in Lady Danger
And a few more shots of the look:
I really enjoyed creating this look and have no doubt that I'll be re-creating it more than once over the holidays. I think it's a great way to add some drama and glam to your festive event look, without having to fuss with glitter, false lashes, or other fiddly details. Just bold red lips, glowy skin, classic black liner, and you're set!
Is this a festive look that you'd wear? What have been your go-to holiday party looks this year?
Thanks for stopping by! xo