Festive Look #2: Copper Wing & Plum Lip

I said in my first festive makeup look last week that I was going to try to do more, and I'm so glad I was able to do this one. There won't be any more Christmas looks as I won't have good lighting for the rest of the week before Christmas for photos (I leave for work in the dark and come home from work in the dark), but I'm going to do another look or two next week for New Years. For this one, I was really inspired by the Pat McGrath Metalmorphosis 005 Kits (review), so I decided to try doing a copper winged eyeliner paired with a deep plum lip.

Because the eyes and lips were going to both be a little dramatic, I wanted a really fresh, simple, yet perfected base. Once again I started with the Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer, and then I used the Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation. It looks just like skin, but it can still be built up to a medium-full coverage. I concealed dark circles and any areas of redness with the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer - this is still one of my favorites, and I chose it because of its similar finish to the foundation. 

I used a bit of a heavier hand then usual with my cheek products because I didn't want the bold lip to wash me out. I did some light contouring using the Pixi MultiBalm in Sheer Sculpt - it's such a good shade for contouring, and it's a beautiful formula. I also used the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure because I thought the mauve tone would go well with the plum lip. And for highlighter, I topped off my cheekbones with a dusting of the Cover FX The Perfect Light Highlighting Powder in Moonlight.

For my brows, I used the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade, and it made me fall in love with it all over again - perfect timing because my Brow Wiz just ran out. I didn't use any eyeshadow for this look and instead just went straight to the wing. I started with a regular black liquid liner, the Surratt Beauty Auto-Graphique Eyeliner in Chat Noir - this stuff is seriously magical. I'm usually terrible at winged liner (which is why I wasn't publicly committing to this look earlier), but I was able to get two even wings that actually looked good on my first try. It's definitely down to that brush tip on the pen. To do the copper wing, I just had to use the Pat McGrath Metalmorphosis 005 Kit. I dipped the Real Techniques Detailer Brush (from the Eye Starter Set) into the Mehron Mixing Liquid that comes with the set and then picked up some of the Copper glitter pigment. It immediately transformed the powder into a smooth liquid/cream that was actually really easy to apply. I just followed above the black line I had already created. I had to layer the pigment a bit because it kept getting a little muddy with the black, but I'm really happy with how it turned out. I finished my eyes by tightlining them and then using a coat of the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara.

As soon as I settled on the idea of a plum lip, I knew I had to use the NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Toy - it's just the most beautiful deep purple shade. To make application easier and more even, I started with a layer of the Milk Makeup Lip Color in Grrrl - it's a really similar shade to Toy, but just not as deep. It was then super easy to layer Toy over the top, and it brought out the plum color even more.

I'm so super thrilled with this look - I wasn't sure it was going to turn out any good but I'm really pleased with it.

Also, I'd highly recommend any of the Pat McGrath Kits as a last-minute gift for someone who loves playing with makeup or metallic looks. I'm not even into super dramatic makeup most of the time but I'm still loving the Everything Kit. They're all still in stock at Sephora, and you'll get it delivered in time for Christmas if you get the 2-day shipping!

What's your go-to holiday makeup look?