Makeup Wars: Holiday Looks

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This week's makeup wars is all about a holiday look, specifically the eyes. With only one day to go until Christmas Eve, you've got just enough time to get some inspiration and pull together a perfectly polished look that will leave your mother-in-law commenting, "what a lovely woman my son married." Or wait a week and leave your significant other thinking, "she's as gorgeous on the inside as she looks on the outside." Or whatever men think...

My picks are a slight twist on the usual holiday shine and sparkle. I went to a wedding on Saturday and decided to go for an understated bronze eye with a bright pop of color on the lips. I thought a smoky eye was too much for an afternoon wedding and daytime makeup wasn't special enough. I was running late, so I have no perfect pictures. I was able to grab some quick snaps along the way, so you'll get the idea.

MaskCara IIID Foundation and Illuminator: I'm still getting the hang of this foundation. I'm not sure it's really the bees knees for ladies with light skin. The contour shade doesn't really show up (making me wonder if I'm actually a medium?), but the highlighting shade is lovely. I find you have to set this with a powder and it's not great on skin with anything more than fine lines. It takes a bit of time to get a flawless finish and you must set it with powder.

To cover up under my eyes, I used Urban Decay's Concealer. This works really well, especially on days when your skin isn't cooperating. It manages to blend beautifully when others won't.

I used Chanel's In Love blush for a flush of color on my cheeks. This is my go to peachy shade for days when I do a very fair look.

I finished up my skin with a light dusting of Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish. I always forget how much I love this powder. I don't know why I ever stray. Then I added a light mist of UD's Makeup Setting Spray and my skin was set.

I filled in my brows with FACE Stockholm's Cinnabar and primed with Too Faced's Original Eye Primer. 

I then blended several shades from the LORAC Pro palette to create a golden-bronze look. I used Champagne in the corner. Then I used Lt. Bronze in the middle of the lid and Gold on the outer corner. I then added a crease with Pewter. I lined close to the lashes with LORAC's Front of the Line PRO in Black. I added a bit of the Liquid Lustre 3D Shimmering Top Coat in silver to the outer corner of my eyes.

I prepped my lashes with MAC's Prep+Prime. You'll get mega long lashes if you build up two coats of primer before applying your mascara. I coated lashes with L'OREAL's new Voluminous Butterfly mascara. The brush gives amazing results, even though it looks a little like a teeny tiny bat wing.

I finished by applying YSL's Glossy Lip Stain in 11, a very bright berry red. It's not a typical red and not a typical berry. It's one of those shades that makes your eyes sparkle automatically. Your lips remain bright and very glossy for hours. I only applied it three times throughout the entire day. Including the drive, it was a 12 hour day with two meals!

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  1. Beautiful holiday look! (of course. I expect nothing less) ;)

  2. That's gorgeous look on you. I must check out that glossy stain--true reds and I don't get along.

  3. That looks so beautiful. With your stunning hair and red lips your eyes are perfect.

  4. How am I just now hearing about the MaskCara IIID Foundation & Illuminator?! It sounds like it takes some working with, but it looks gorgeous on you! Love the look.

  5. You look beautiful! :D Love the LORAC palette! I think that collage you made is awesome! I need to pick your brain on how that was done soon! xoxo


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