Saturday, December 03, 2016

Holiday Makeup: Metallic Emerald Smoky Eye


December's here, meaning holiday party time and makeup to go with it! Like last year, I'll be rolling out a few makeup looks to give you some inspiration for the season. The first is a fun and festive twist on the traditional smoky eye incorporating green shadows. This glamorous look is ideal for a cocktail party and pairs well with a little black dress. Or, if you really want to sparkle, pair it with a silver sequin dress. Either way, continue reading if you want to know my tips for achieving this look and a detailed list of the products I used.

Here are my main tips for achieving this look:

  1. Put down the glitter. I know it's tempting to use glitter, especially since it's so readily available during this time of year, but if you use the wrong kind of glitter or apply it incorrectly, it can start to look chunky and, well, tacky. Your best bet is to stick with metallic and/or shimmery eye shadows. To intensify the shimmer, apply with a wet concealer brush (use setting spray or good ol' eye drops) and pat, don't swipe.
  2. Don't forget liner & lashes. This look just isn't complete without black (or dark brown) eyeliner and voluminous eyelashes. Match the drama of the eye shadows by lining both the upper and lower lashlines (get in the waterlines, too) and apply either false eyelashes or a lot of thickening mascara.
  3. Keep everything else light. To keep the focus on the eyes, go light on the contouring (or skip altogether), lightly fill in the eyebrows with a shadow or brow powder, and opt for a more neutral lip. Keep in mind green and red are complementary colors, so rosy hues on the cheeks and lips will work well with the green smoky eye.

Products Used:

SOAP & GLORY One Heck of a Blot Foundation in Fair Enough

URBAN DECAY COSMETICS Naked Skin Concealer in Light Neutral

NYX COSMETICS HD Finishing Powder in Banana

KAT VON D BEAUTY MetalMatte Eyeshadow Palette (Moss, Watt, Tinsel)

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Brow Powder Duo in Ash Brown


EYEKO Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Black

MARC JACOBS BEAUTY Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Blacquer 42 - Black

ARDELL Double Up Black Lashes #204

RIMMEL LONDON Lash Accelerator Mascara in Extreme Black

MILANI COSMETICS Baked Blush in "Luminoso"


xo  Sc


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