MAKE UP / Holiday-Inspired (Smokey Eyes & Red Lips)

Normally, when I wear red lipstick I like to keep the rest of my make-up a bit subtle (especially if I’m wearing non-Indian clothes). Though, there are some occasions when I do like having a more dramatic eye and want to wear red lipstick, but don’t for the sake of looking too overdone. So I thought I’d attempt to create a look that mixes up a bit of drama, red lipstick, and subtleness so as to not look like an 80s Prom Queen gone horribly wrong. After a few tries this is what I ended up with:

Here are the products and steps you will need to get this look (product details at end of post):

1. Apply Urban Decay’s Eye Shadow Primer Potion across entire eyelid and up to eyebrow bone.

2. Using a flat eye shadow brush, apply a light-shimmery shadow (I’m using Urban Decay’s Cherry shadow) onto ¾ of your eyelid. Try to avoid the crease because you’re going to apply another darker color shadow into that area.

3. Take contour/crease brush and apply a black shadow (I’m using Urban Decay’s Zero from their Deluxe Shadow palette) into ¼ of the eyelid that you did not cover and into crease right above that area. Do not apply onto entire eyelid crease.

4. Using a blending brush, light blend black shadow into lighter shadow – only where the two shadows meet and slightly into the top, outer crease. Do not brush over lighter shadow – as it will turn it all gray.

It will look something like this:

5. Take a bronze/brown shadow (I’m using Urban Decay’s Underground from their Deluxe Shadow palette) and apply slightly above crease so it shows when you open your eye. You can even do this while your eye is open so you can see where the shadow is going. Using crease brush, lightly blend into crease starting from Zero and lightly blending across the entire lid but picking up the brush as you get into lighter shadow.

Bronze shadow should show here:

The eyes are pretty much finished after this step – all you need to do is apply mascara and eyeliner. However, if you’d like to add just a bit more to make your eyes really pop (maybe for night time or party wear) – continue onto the next two steps.

6. Apply a tiny bit of Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion under eyes, close to lash line.

7. Take an angled eyeliner brush, using UD’s Cherry shadow – apply shadow along bottom lash line starting from tear duct and half way on to lower lash line. Wipe brush then apply UD’s Zero from the outer corner of eye until it meets with lighter shadow. Lightly smudge the shadows to create a soft, blended effect.

8. Apply a tiny bit of UD’s Cherry to eyebrow bone. Then apply eyeliner and mascara.

9. Wipe off any excess shadow from cheeks and face. Then apply foundation or powder of your choice.

10. For cheeks – I dabbed on a tiny bit of LORAC’s TANtalizer Body Bronzing Luminizer across entire cheekbone. Then brushed MAC’s Desert Rose blush onto cheeks to get a pink/bronzy highlighted look.

11. You can use any lipstick or lip gloss that you prefer but it never hurts to try a red lip. I’m using Sephora’s Always Red Cream Lip Stain.

This is a pretty easy look to achieve and can be modified in a couple of ways – only using a darker shadow and lighter one to get a simple smoky effect (see this tutorial for steps) or not applying shadow to lower lash line. To take it from day to night – apply a red/darker lipstick. This will give the look a dramatic effect – perfect for night time or party wear.

Product Details

Eyes: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, Urban Decay Deluxe Eye Shadows in Zero and Underground, Urban Decay Eyeshadow (single) in Cherry, Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner – Blackest Black, L’oreal Telescopic Mascara – Carbon Black

Face: Maybelline FIT foundation in 310, Cover Girl Simply Powder – Buff Beige

Cheeks: LORAC TANtalizer Body Bronzing Luminizer*, MAC Blush – Desert Rose

Lips: SEPHORA Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

*For the bronzer – I bought the smaller, travel size which is only $10 or $12. You don’t need a lot so the smaller tube will go a long way.

7 thoughts on “MAKE UP / Holiday-Inspired (Smokey Eyes & Red Lips)

  1. Oh my gosh, I love this SO much! The close-up pics are so helpful – I cannot tell you how frustrated I get watching YouTube videos and not being able to really see what the makeup is supposed to look like! I’m going to be trying this out tonight for my Christmas party later this week! 🙂

  2. This is such a perfect holiday makeup look! I love how the shimmer almost looks like snow. So gorgeous on you, especially with your dark hair! Anyways… just found your blog and just started following you:) Stop by, say hi and follow back if you feel compelled. XO and happy Friday!

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