Sunday, 21 December 2014

Bronze & Burgundy : Festive Make-up

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...

Base

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.

Eyes

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. 

Lips

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).

Have a lovely Sunday!
xo

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24 comments

  1. Such pretty make-up :') I love how natural looking it is too! xx

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    1. Thanks so much Jenny :) that's what I was aiming for! Xx

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  2. This is such a stunning look! That Stila palette is beyond beautiful.

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  3. I love the contour, your cheekbones look amazing! So envious haha.

    Becoming Becca

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    1. Haha oh it's all angles I promise. I have a block face half of the time xx

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  4. The Stila palette is gorgeous, and that lipstick is so pretty! Lovely photos and post x
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  5. Such a pretty make up look, love that lipstick! You look lovely x

    SophiesMakeupBlog

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  6. Love this look! The lip color is my favorite! xo

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  7. Looks gorgeous!!

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  8. Your makeup looks fantastic, I need to get my hands on that palette!

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn

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  9. I love the combination of shades that you've used here! I feel like there are so many opportunities do to bold makeup over the holidays that lately I've been opting for the bare minimum with a little bit of mascara and tinted lip chap. I also just discovered the Nyx Wonder Pencil which I love!

    xx Kathryn
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    1. Oo I love the sound of the pencil :) will have to check it out! Thank you xx

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  10. you are such a natural beauty! wow.

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  11. I find bold lips don't always suit me too (especially with my paler winter skin tone!), I've been loving the rose gold/ bronze shades in my Naked3 palette lately - really like the look you've created
    Daniella x

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    1. The Naked 3 always looks so so pretty! I may have to buy it if it goes in the sale on Boxing Day or something :) xx

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  12. You are so pretty!
    xx

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  13. Shew! Who is this gorgeous person?! I love the makeup look :) xx

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  14. Pretty make up :) I've been eyeing up that palette for ages, may have to pick it up eventually!

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    x

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  15. Your makeup looks beautiful! Simple, yet glam.

    - New reader :)

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  16. That palette looks gorgeous. Your skin looks absolutely divine. x

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