I think it goes without saying that Christmas is a time for bold reds & glittering gold make-up.
However, I don't actually find it that flattering on me personally, or, that comfortable (I have no interest in topping up a bright red lip after every mince pie I eat). So I thought I'd raid my collection and have a look for a more relaxed, food & drink friendly option. The theme was a bronze - gold slightly smokey eye with a gold flecked, burgundy lip and this is what I opted for...
YSL Teint Touche Eclat for a dewy, natural base - nothing too heavy and full on, with the help of Bobbi Brown's Corrector & Concealer to patch up under eye bags & too-much-sugar blemishes. Followed by Hourglass Arch Sculpting Pencil in Soft Brunette and a little Mac Omega for the brows. I don't usually powder, but perhaps a bit of Rimmel's Stay Matte will help keep things in place on the day.
It didn't take too long to figure out an eyeshadow palette to use - Stila In The Light is still a firm favourite it seems! The deep gold/brown went all over the lid, with a little matte brown in the crease and a smidgen of the bright gold shimmer patted onto the centre of the eyelid to add a bit more sparkle. I also used the eyeliner; Damsel, that comes with it, drawn closely to the lash line, smudged out and repeat to create a subtle, smokey look (also handy if you do it half asleep, as I know I will be).
To finish off, I felt like brown liner in the waterline would be a bit too heavy for what I wanted, so I opted for the very pretty Mac Powersurge eyeliner, which added a bit of an extra something, without looking too intense. Followed by a quick curl & coating of mascara to complete the look.
Blush, Highlight & Contour
As always, I used Kevin Aucoin Sculpting Powder to slightly contour my cheeks. It adds such a subtle 'shadow' without adding much warmth, which, as a casper white person, I definitely appreciate. Then I added a little Mac Cubic blush for a natural flush of colour - Nars Douceur is very, very similar. Finally, I swept on some Mac Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle to the tops of my cheek bones, brow bone & down the centre of my nose for a 'I got my 8 hours and didn't spend all night awake with excitement' glow.
As the very minimal product left shows, Mac's Baron Rose LE (sorry!) lipstick, has been thoroughly loved - and then some. I may shed a tear when this eventually kicks the bucket, but hopefully it has one more festive season left in its locker. A very pretty, sheer, deep red/burgundy lipstick with gold flecks throughout... Yes, 'sheer' and 'deep red' - it's hard to describe and something I've never been able to find anything similar to, but it is a dream and makes me feel a lot more put together, without the hassle of a classic red lip!
What make-up look have you been opting for lately? Are you ready for Christmas yet? I can't believe it is so soon... I'm just looking forward to enjoying the day itself now! (And eating to my hearts content).