A Festive, Bright-Eyed Look

Since Christmas is just around the corner, I've been trialling some festive looks. I don't even have many plans for Christmas, but it's still a fun excuse to play with makeup. I'm not sure if I'll get around to posting multiple looks, but the first in this tentative series is a really brightening look, focusing on glowing skin and a red lip.

For my base I prepped my skin with the Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer. I just love this stuff, and it really helps foundation apply more smoothly and last longer. Next I applied the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation with a damp Beautyblender - it's seriously glowy skin in a bottle. I had forgotten how beautiful it was.

I wanted to make sure I really brightened my undereyes, as these dark winter morning and nights have left me feeling super sleepy and looking a little zombie-like. I went in with the Onomie Bright Concealing Elixir* under my eyes where the darkness is most prominent, and I also used their ACE Illuminating Eye Treatment* on the tops of my cheekbones and up to my browbone in a "C" shape. I have a review on both of these products here. I tapped everything in with the Beautyblender, allowing them to mix a little. My undereyes were left looking super bright, and it looked like I was all caught up on sleep! Keep an eye out on my Instagram on Friday, 12/16 as well, because I'm teaming up with Onomie to give away one of their holiday sets containing both of these products.

I kept my eyes simple, only applying a light wash of the Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadow in Chimere (review) for a bit of a brightening champagne shade, tightlined with a deep brown eyeliner, and coated my lashes with a couple coats of the Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara.* Brows were finished with a few swipes of Glossier Boy Brow and filling in more sparse areas with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz.

I knew I'd be doing a red lip, so I wanted to add a bit of dimension to my skin to avoid looking washed out. I decided to use the Burberry Blush in Earthy because the shade is the perfect neutral - it defines the cheeks without looking too rosy, so I knew it wouldn't clash with the lip. I also applied a boatload of the Marc Jacobs Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator* all over my face - cheekbones, brow bones, bridge of my nose, tip of my nose, and Cupid's bow. It gave such a phenomenal glow that's pretty much secured its place as one of my favorite highlighters of all time.

To finish the look, I used the NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Majella to line and fill in my lips. This is such a pretty red - not too cool and not too warm, and it doesn't pull orange on me, either. It just makes me feel so Christmas-y and festive. It does transfer a bit, since it's a satin and not a matte, but it leaves a really lovely stain on the lips over time. The Satin Lip Pencils are just my favorite lip products from NARS.

What kinds of holiday makeup looks have you been putting together?