Eyes and lips seem to be the thing that’s forever changing in my makeup routine. I like to mix up my lip a couple of times a week and switch up my eye look every other depending on how experimental I’m feeling. With the festive period now here with Christmas only a matter of weeks away and New Year also soon approaching, the two biggest celebrations of the year are a great chance to change up your usual everyday lip and eye picks and go for something a little more different to what you would usually go for.
Today I’m going to share with you some of my own Christmas eye and lip picks, that will hopefully spark some inspiration into what you might want to go for over the next month and even check out some of these products for yourself.
When I think of festive eyes I think lots of glitz and glamour! You’re also going to want something that lasts you all night long and this is where an eye primer is going to come in handy. The Urban Decay Primer Potion is a great shout. This will help to keep your eye makeup on for as long as possible, it also helps to prevent creasing and gives much more of a smoother application. Or a more affordable alternative, but what works in the same way are the NYX eyeshadow bases. These are primer pots which help to prevent fall out and make application easier all whilst keeping your eye makeup on as long as possible.
Now you’re base is ready to go, my usual go to everyday shadow is typically a shimmery golden shadow, but I think this colour choice is also perfect for this period. Gold is a shade we do associate more with Christmas. It’s also one that is very flattering on all skin tones and goes with many different eye colours. Using this as the main colour within your look, you can add other shades to create a smokey eye or more definition to your look.
The Mac Amber Times Nine palette is one that can be used to achieve this type of look. This palette is perfect for this time of the year and because of the shade range, you have the option of creating whatever kind of look you want to for a series of occasions over the festive period. But of course, it does come with the gold shimmer option also known as Creative Copper. You can then use Cork the matte light brown shade as your contour through the crease of your lid to add definition. The shade Kitties can be added for a pop of colour in the inner corner of your eye. You can also use more of the other shades within the palette depending on how creative or glamorous you want to be with your look.
Another colour choice you could go for on your eyes is the on trend and another Christmas associated shade more known as copper. My top pick for this is the NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow in Show Girl. Not only are these very affordable and highly pigmented, but they’re also long lasting too. Like the previous gold look, put a brown shade through the crease to define your lid and a pop of a brighter colour for highlight.
To add the finishing touches to your shadow looks, you might want to add a liquid liner like the L’oreal Super Liner or pencil liner like those from Urban Decay 24/7 range to your eyes. If you’re going for the liquid liner option, go for a cat flick for extra drama or for a more relaxed look run it along the top of your lashes for a more fuller and defined lash line. If you plan on going for pencil liners, then run them along the lower lashline or water line and smudge them out to enhance your smokey eye. Finally to add more glamour to your look, go for a mascara or a set of false lashes, that create volume, drama and curl to your lashes. My number one pick is the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara. It’s honestly one of the best mascaras out there right now and perfect for long lasting occasions.
Moving onto lip choices for this time of the year. For me personally, I think there is three likely options to go for. The first is the classic Christmas red. Depending whether you prefer warm or cool toned reds, my go to shade is Mac’s Diva. One I have mentioned lots on my blog, but one I’ll never not stop praising. It’s more of a deep burgundy red. It’s a matte formula so will last for a good few hours on the lips without budging. I normally pair this with NYX’s Retractable Lip Pencil in Dark Red. This helps to prevent smudging and creates a more neater application. I have a full post on this berry lip combination here.
Sticking on the dark lip colour theme, I have a great lip option for those who are a fan of liquid lipsticks. We all know that liquid lipsticks are great for staying on our lips for hours, being highly pigmented with a matte finish and hopefully not too drying on the lips, which makes this type of lip product perfect for the party season. The NYX Liquid Suede in Vintage is a must have choice. It’s a warm toned maroon shade. It’s very creamy when applied on the lips and once dried it doesn’t feel drying at all. It does have the tendency to go patchy, so bare in mind that you might have to touch up.
The final lip option is one for the nude lip lovers! My choice is swaying more away from the matte finishes, so if you’re someone who hates them or finds them too drying for you, then keep on reading. Rimmel’s Kate Moss Lasting Finishing lipstick in 03 is a beige toned nude. It feels very creamy yet light on the lips. These also last a good amount of time too. This is perfect for anyone who wants more of a natural relaxed lip if they want to keep their eye look the star of the show or prefer natural simple looks. You could also pair this with a lip gloss if you fancied something a little extra, like the Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Puckers. Even though these claim to pump up the lips a little (although I can’t notice much difference) the colour pay off of these are quite good and they don’t feel sticky on the lips like most lip glosses do. Nude Star in particular would look great with the Rimmel lipstick.
What are your Christmas eye and lip picks? Have you tried any of these products?
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