Hello beauty fans! Today we are going to talk about holiday glam look #2, so grab your favorite drink, settle in, and let’s talk beauty!

Today’s combo was inspired by a client of mine that loves a nice semi-smoky eye with a light lip. In other words, a classic evening look! Since we are going into the holidays I wanted to add some burgundies in there instead of just basic black. I try not to ever use black unless I am doing a blackout smokey eye, and even then I still find a way to incorporate some warm toned browns in there! This look was created using all MAC products.

How to Get the Look

Step 1 Apply Eyeshadow Primer

Any eyeshadow primer will do, but you all know my favorites by now! For this client in particular I used a MAC Prolongwear Paint Pot in the shade Soft Ochre. As always, please make sure to apply a primer before applying eyeshadow otherwise your eyeshadow will not stay put and you will end up with it underneath your eyes!

Step 2 Apply Soft Brown

Using a MAC 224 or Sigma E40, swirl your brush in Soft Brown and tap off the excess. Then apply from the lower to upper crease in windshield wiper and circular motions, but do not bring the color up to the brow bone!

Step 3 Apply Saddle

Using a MAC 224 or Sigma E40, swirl your brush in Saddle and tap off the excess, then apply to the crease below Soft Brown in windshield wiper and circular motions. Then go back over it with a clean blending brush to make sure there are no harsh lines. I like to use the Morphe M505 brush for this!

Step 4 Apply Sketch

Using a Sigma E25 or a MAC 217 brush, swirl your brush in Sketch and tap off the excess. Apply the color on the outer corner of the eyelid in a patting motion, then start blending in circular motions (bring it VERY slightly in towards the center of the eye) then blend up into the lower crease right under Saddle.

Tip: To make the outer V color really deep, use a dense blending brush like the Morphe M433. It packs on the color really nicely while simultaneously helping to slightly blend. Since this brush only slightly blends you need to go back over it with a fluffier brush like the Morphe M505 to make sure there are no harsh lines.

Step 5 Apply Pigment

Using a MAC 242 brush, take a small amount of any lightly colored pigment and apply to the eyelid and pat, do not swipe the pigment on the eyelid. If you swipe it will fall all over your face. If you do your foundation last this isn’t a problem, but if you do your foundation first it will ruin your face makeup and under eye concealer. Some options you can use for this look are

Some options you can use for this look are Naked pigment, English Guilt (Holiday 2016), or Sugar rush (which I used also from Holiday 2016), all from MAC. Another cheaper alternative would be a super shock eyeshadow from Colour Pop called Lovely. When I am not working at MAC this is my go-to lid color for pretty much any look when I want a nice shiny golden shade without using glitter, it is beautiful!!


Tip: To add even more knock out power to your lid color, load up your brush with your pigment of choice then spritz it once or twice with some Fix Plus and apply; making sure to pat not swipe of course! This technique turns any shimmery shadow into a nice metallic finish, kicking up the glam factor!

Then taking your E25 or 217 apply a little more Sketch on the outer v of the eyelid making sure to blend the edges between the lid color and Sketch.

Step 6 Apply Eyeliner

You can either use liquid or gel for this. When working on clients I like to use black gel liner. With this look you can add a nice sharp wing, a little flick, or just follow the natural shape of your eye.

Step 7 Smoke Out Lower Lash Line

Using a pencil brush, swirl your brush in Saddle, tap off the excess, then run it back and forth on your lower lash line from outer to inner corner. Repeat with Sketch then blend out using your 217 or E25. We want it diffused, no harsh lines!

Step 8 Mascara or Falsies

Apply your favorite pair of false eyelashes to complete the look, or just mascara your naturals!

Step 9 Lips

I did a nice pinky beige lip with this look. The lipstick is in the shade Modesty-a muted neutral pink and paired it with the lip liner Staunchly Stylish- a pinky beige.

A photo posted by Erin (@lolalarueartistry) on Nov 27, 2016 at 4:25pm PST

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