Eye Makeup for the Holidays…or for Any Day

I haven’t done a makeup post in awhile so I figured it was time for one…and what better time to post about makeup than the holidays, right? I just got a new Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow Quad in Starlet from Youngblood and was inspired by how beautiful it looks on. It has beautiful platinum and silver metallic shades as well as charcoal and black which is perfect for the holiday season.



I love having fun with makeup, but whenever I go too far over the top for the holidays (usually meaning too much glitter or shimmer…I can’t help that I like shiny things!) I usually regret it in the pictures because those types of products don’t always photograph well in different types of lighting or with different types of cameras. They may look cool in person but I get really annoyed when I spend lots of time on special effects-ish makeup and then it doesn’t translate well on film. 

This looked waaay cooler in person.

These effects look great in a studio or with proper lighting and a camera crew, but in regular places with regular lighting and regular cameras they get lost. So I really enjoy using regular professional makeup that is really highly pigmented, blendable, and versatile; and creating dramatic yet wearable and camera-friendly looks for the holidays.


What is great about this particular quad is that it gives you the option to be minimalist or go all out and over the top. These colors are typically used for a smoky eye application but truthfully the smoky eye has been overly exaggerated and overdone and I’m kind of over it now (thanks a lot Jerseylicious). I like to create dramatic and dimensional looks using the La Banana technique (although I’ve been doing this technique for close to 20 years I recently learned from an article in Les Nouvelles Esthetiques & Spa [December 2011 issue] that it is actually called La Banana! Who knew?), which highlights the lid and browbone and goes darker in the crease. I like to go darker in the corners as well. So my finished look is a version of La Banana. 

However, I am showing you each layer of color in the photos below. You can stop applying color at any stage below and then skip to the finishing stage (brows, liner, and mascara) depending on how dramatic you want your look to be. Like I said, this is very versatile and wearable so you can use the less dramatic stages for daytime or more conservative holiday functions.


Keep in mind that the following technique works well with any color palette. Just make sure you are using high quality, well-pigmented, and very blendable shadows; and that you have some good tools of the trade.

Starting out:



I started out with cleansed and moisturized (with an SPF) skin and recently shaped eyebrows. I did not use any lid primer because Youngblood’s shadows stay put really well. I just dabbed a little of my concealer and translucent powder to even out the tone.


Step 1:



I applied Platinum to the lid and blended up to the crease. Then I used the lightest shade (Moonstone) on the brow bone and inner corner of the eye and blended it into the Platinum. This look alone really pops with black eyeliner on the top lid, a well defined brow and lashes, and a red lip. Very retro. 

Or you can continue to…

Step 2:



I blended the charcoal tone (Storm) into the crease and on the outer corner of the lid. I went back in with the Platinum and Moonstone to make sure there were no lines of demarcation…you want to make sure everything is well blended. This look itself is very versatile. You can lightly finish the brows and lashes for a great neutral day look or you can go more dramatic with the brow and lashes for an evening look. This look has much more impact than the first look but is still appropriate for more conservative functions. 

But if you really want to go all out for the holidays continue to…

Step 3:



I took a small smudge brush and did a dark line in the crease (kind of like tracing your eyeball) with the Black Opal. I also darkened the outer corner a bit and added a little bit on the outside corner of the lower lid…not a smoky eye; just some nice definition. I used Storm to soften the “banana” line a bit so it didn’t look too harsh, and then touched back up and re-blended with the Platinum and Moonstone.


Step 4: Finishing



I brushed and filled in my brows with my gloBrow Powder Duo in Brown from GloMinerals. I used my Extreme Pigment Eye Pencil in Blackest Black from Youngblood to line my upper lids with a slight wing on the outer corner. Then I curled my lashes (you can use false lashes if you want for high drama…I don’t use them because my lashes are long enough without them), and applied two coats of my Black Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara from Tarte Cosmetics.


As mentioned before, I like a red lip with the look from Step 1, but I personally think it’s too much for Step 2 or 3…unless you want to look like one of the girls from the Robert Palmer “Addicted to Love” video. If you really want a red lip for the holidays, stick with Step 1. I went with a very neutral liner (Youngblood’s Lip Liner Pencil in Malt) and gloss (Youngblood’s Champagne Ice) with this look. I also did slight contouring with Bare Escentuals Warmth All Over Face Color and used BareMinerals All Over Face Color in Bare Radiance as a highlighter/blush.


Here is the completed look in different types of lighting…you can see it looks great in both and photographs great in both. This look is not difficult at all when you take it step by step. 

Practice with different colors…I’d love to see what you come up with! Take some pix and email them to me at holisticallyhaute@gmail.com and I just might feature them in a future post!


*Youngblood eyeshadow image from Youngblood’s website.

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