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The Ultimate Holiday Makeup: Step By Step

The Ultimate Holiday Makeup: Step By Step
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With Christmas approaching (at great speed), it’s probably a good idea to start making some Christmas makeup plans before the work party sneaks up on you and you’re doing your makeup at your desk with approximately 13 minutes spare. Generally speaking, Christmas makeup means you can go bold. The nights are darker and longer and if you want to wear a glittery eye and a red lip, no-one will question it. They will just be double taking because you look so awesome!

The star of this show is the Stila Matte n Metal eyeshadow Palette. I know this isn’t the first time I’ve featured it but I love it so much!

The quality is undeniable. The packing is gorgeous, and the application is so smooth. Perfect for your Christmas makeup. Usually in makeup palettes, there are 1 or 2 shades that I never even use but in this palette, every one of the 12 shades is stunning.

I created this look using my favorite products from SkinStore and if you want to know how I did it, just keep reading.

Christmas Makeup

What Will I Need To Create This Christmas Makeup Look?


Eyes Before Base

Unless you fancy a Christmas makeup mess, start with your eye makeup before your face makeup. That way, any eye shadow that drips onto your face, you can tidy up before you create a flawless base.

*** Please note all of the makeup brushes featured are from the Sigma Essential Brush Kit and all of the eyeshadows are from the Stila Matte 'N Metal Eye Shadow Palette ***

Christmas Makeup
  1. Prime your eyes with the Blinc eyeshadow base. This is the best way to keep your eyeshadow in place all day. It stops any natural oils smudging your eye shadow.
  2. Start with the E40 Tapered blending brush from the Sigma Essential Brush Kit and the shade 'Vintage' from the Stila Matte 'N Metal palette. Dust all over your eye with this pale neutral color. Use the same brush and the the shade 'Velour' to create some natural depth in the sockets of the eye.
  3. Shade over your eyelid (below your eye socket) using the Sigma E60 large shader brush. Use the shade 'Velour' again (the warm matte) as a base. This warm shade will work as a good color to pack the rest of the eyeshadows on.
  4. Now use the E55 eye shader and add some of 'Flare' to your eye and pack it on from the outside in. Use the same brush to apply 'Sequin', this gorgeous gold shade will blend seamlessly with 'Flare' and add a lovely shimmer to your eyes.
  5. At this point you can add some liquid eyeliner, whether you want to add a wing or not is completely your preference. I usedthe Illamasqua Precision Ink to create a sharp winged liner.
  6. Make your Christmas Makeup last with a generous application of my favorite primer ever! It's the Illamasqua Hydra Veil primer and it is awesome. Apply this over your face using the Sigma F60 brush for a truly hydrated, non greasy makeup base.
  7. The new Dermablend Flawless Creator Foundation will not disappoint. Apply a small amount to the back of your hand and use the Sigma F50 dual fibre brush to dip into it. Start are the center of your face and work the product in. Use circular motions with your brush to really buff the foundation in. If you want even more coverage, add a second layer.
  8. Now it's time to add some light and shade with the Osmosis Color Bronzer Contour Duo   .This cute compact is a 2-in-1. It's a matte bronzing powder and pressed pearly highlighter. Use the F40 angled contour brush to create chiselled cheek bones and an Angelina Jolie Jaw line.
  9. Use the highligther from the Osmosis duo to accentuate the high points of the face, i.e, the top of the cheek bones, brow bones, cupid bow and down the center of the nose. The Sigma E70 brush is great for highlighting.
  10. You could have added mascara to your Christmas makeup look earlier in the process but I like to wait until my base is done. I used The Balm Cheater Mascara to really add volume to my lashes. Start from the root and use zig zag motions up to the tip.
  11. I like to line my lips with a slightly darker shade to make them look more enhanced. I used the Osmosis Lip Pencil in the shade 'Nude' to trace around my lip line and the Stila Liquid Lipstick on top. As I wanted a fairly pale shade I opted for 'Bellissima'. It glides over your lips like a dream!
Christmas Makeup

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Thank you for reading my post. There’s no denying I really do love everything makeup and I only recommend what I would use myself and on my clients. I hope you enjoyed reading over my christmas makeup look. You can swap the nude lip for a Christmas red, that would look fab too! As I always say, if you have any questions or makeup requests simply tweet them over and I’ll be happy to offer expert makeup advice and create some looks.

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