GUEST POST: Christmas Eve Makeup

-This post was written by my sister, Taylor-

Now I don’t know about you, but I am notorious for wearing just a little too much makeup to family parties. But now it’s my thing and I figure I may as well not stop now. That being said, this look I plan on wearing tonight for Christmas Eve is very full-on, and you may be more comfortable wearing it to an actual Christmas Party. Or home alone with your cat, I’m really in no place to judge your life choices.

            Also, everyone does the classic gold eye and red lip for Christmas, so I figured I’d mix it up. Instead, it’s going to be a copper eye and a berry lip, very different and definitely original, right?

            Getting to it, starting off with a light, luminous base, I’m opting for the Charlotte Tilbury “Light Wonder” Youth-Boosting Perfect Skin Foundation. This gives the skin coverage without totally masking it, and also as the name suggests, makes the skin look bright and fresh. Then, with a touch of brightening concealer under the eyes (my favorite is still the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, but the Maybelline Dream Lumi works equally well!), the base is done and you are looking even more radiant than when you started, who knew it was possible.

            Next to eyebrows, and I like to make them pretty sculpted with this look since everything else is intense your eyebrows may as well be too. To achieve this, I’ve been loving the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil. Once you get over the shock of the price, this pencil is incredible I promise.

            For part one of the main event, start with an eye primer on the eyes to make sure all the glitter you’re about to pile on stays through both laughing and crying (I do not know your family life, but it’s good to always be prepared). Then, using a flat brush I’ll press on Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in the shade LaLa (but any metallic copper shadow should work) to the outer half of my eyelid. On the inner half, I’ll dust on a light, glittery shade, like the lightest out of the Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angels Eyeshadow Quad. To give a little more drama, add a touch of a darker, more bronze-y shade (one can also be found in the quad I’m using) to the very outer corner of the eye. Then, just blend blend blend until everything looks seamless. To finish, smudge a bit of a golden eyeliner, like the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Smog, into the upper lashline.

            Going back to the face, I’ve found this look looks best with a little bit of contouring. I know the thought of this can be scary, but don’t worry I believe in you. Using a shade that’s more gray than orange, such as in the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Face Sculpt and Highlight, lightly dust in the hollow from the center of the ear until you’re even with the outer corner of the eye. Then, if you’re anything like Kelsey or me you’ll pile on the highlighter until you resemble a disco ball. I like to use the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in the shade moonstone. And with a touch of berry-toned blush, the face is done. You look great.

            Finally we reach the lips. My current favorite Berry shade is the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in shade number 14, Blackberry Sorbet. Now I’m sure you’ve heard Kelsey sing the praises of this liquid lipstick, but let me just reiterate it again. This is incredible, does not move, and dries very matte. The only thing is this dark shade can get a little difficult to apply neatly, but if you take your time you’ll be thankful you did.

            And voila! You are now ready for any Christmas Party you could ever be invited to, and will stand out from all the other beautiful women wearing red lipstick. But you should go talk to them and find out what shade of red that is, because it’s equally beautiful and looks great on them. 

Thank you to Taylor for guest posting! You can follow her on Instagram here.