The holidays mean so much to so many people and as silly as this may sound, the biggest deal for me is getting ready to see people I haven’t seen for a year (or more, eeep). If you’re a cosmetic junkie like I am, you will be painted up the best you have been all year with sparkles and jewls and sequins and bold colours. For Christmas, I am usually a blue and silver girl. It just screams winter glamour. Don’t get me wrong – reds and golds are beautiful too (as you may have seen in my Christmas Nail picks), but there is something so glitzy to me about the silver and blue combo. Anyways, I decided to put together a really easy but bold make up look for the holidays or New Years! While I was at it, I thought it may be the perfect opportunity to try out a new mascara which I have been holding onto for a few weeks now: the Annabelle Big Show Waterproof Mascara**. Family events and gift giving can get emotional so I always recommend some waterproof mascara.
First up, a bit of a hydrating spray of the Avene Thermal Spring Water which I received from ipsy to moisturize and make my makeup go on a bit smoother. I will most definitely be buying this stuff the second it runs out (or sooner). It feels fantasticly hydrating, and as far as I am concerned, it is multiuse. I use it when I need a bit of a burst of hydration, to set my makeup, wake up my fiancé… Whatever I need it for. Paired with this, I put on a Mattifying primer from Cover FX. This stuff is not my favourite, but I am trying to go through some of my primers as I mentioned in my last Empties post. I have a Murad one waiting for me once I am through with 2 others I have open…
For foundation, I pulled out a newer discovery of mine: the True Match foundation from L’Oreal in W2 Light Ivory. So far, I have liked the coverage, the colour is really close, and it feels pretty good on, but I can’t say it is my favourite yet. I think it may be just about time to pull out yet another foundation to try. Leave any recommendations below! Next up, I took my little sample of Benefit’s Fake Up Concealer that I received from Sephora a while back. The colour looks completely wrong for me but when blended, I think it matches pretty well. This is the lightest shade you get unfortunately, but the consistency is creamy and has a pretty good coverage to it.
When doing a bolder eye, I change up my make up routine a bit and do the eyes before finishing my face. This way, if I make any mistakes with mascara or if there is fallout, or whatever the case, it isn’t such a hassle to clean up. For these eyes, I used Annabelle Smudge Liner in Armour and drew a dramatic V on the outer area of my eye. This liner is so smooth and creamy that it works amazingly well as a base. In fact, I end up doing that with my eye liner a lot because otherwise, I would never go through pencil liners. I have never been too great with doing pencil liner, but these are so simple because they smudge to fit wherever you need which is especially handy for tightlining. To fill in the remainder of the lid, I took Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal eyeliner in Silver which is super bright silver. Again, very creamy and blendable. Using a dense crease brush from Real Techniques, I then blended them out to fill in any gaps before putting on some eye shadow.
This has to be one of the most amazing palettes I have ever seen with a price tag that is equally as impressive. BH Cosmetics Galaxy Palette may look a bit intimidating but the colours, the sparkle, the size and payoff is amazing. The best part? It is currently only $11.95 for 18 baked eyeshadows. I first took the colour Earth and patted it onto the Rimmel liner on my lid, leaving a silver line close to my lashes clear. To deepen the Annabelle liner, I took my favourite blending brush by Mirabella and blended out the edge using Eclipse. Don’t they work together flawlessly? This taupe-grey is making its way to be my most beloved colour of the month, let me tell ya.
Now, to finish off the face, I added some Rimmel Match Perfection 2 in 1 Concealer and Highlighter under my eyes and set my face with Rimmels Stay Matte translucent powder. This combination gives my skin a beautifully matte but bright finish. Excuse the condition of my Stay Matte powder, it has obviously been through some things…
To define the eyes, I used the Annabelle Smudge Liner underneath my eyes about half way and took a Urban Decay 24/7 pencil liner in Black Velvet along my upper waterline and just above my lashes. I find if I don’t do both and smudge it a bit, the effect really doesn’t turn out well. The black liner doesn’t have to be very thick as next, I took the Marcelle double ended liquid liner and made a bit of a wing.
To finish the eye, the Annabelle Big Show Waterproof Mascara**. Here is a recap: it lengthens, it is a very intense matte black and it is absolutely waterproof. As you can see, it works very well even on my bottom lashes which always tend to be my challenge. A tip to remove it: I used the Annabelle (yes, again) Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover pads**. They are a bit oily for me but do they ever work at taking mascara and liner off without any eye pain.
With the eyes done, I finished up my brows with my forever loved Annabelle Brow Liner in Universal Medium, threw on a bit of Mac Mocha blush and a cool-toned highlighter by Temptu and the piece de resistance, a knockout lip. This is a combination of the J Cat Wonder Lip Paint in Love Potion which I received through Ipsy on top of the Maybelline Color Whispers in Berry Ready. This stuff stays put, let me tell you. It does not move when you eat even which makes it a perfect Christmas lip.
I hope you enjoyed my little make up tutorial 🙂 Many more to come in 2015! Merry Christmas!
Til next time, ttfn x