One Basic Eye Tutorial, Countless Lip Options
The easiest way to change up your look for different occasions during the holiday season is with lipstick, and as you can see, there are countless options; each one will give you a completely different look just by switching out the color.
I’m throwing in the eye tutorial because it’s really quick and simple. A straightforward neutral eye with a soft wing.
Step 1: Just use any brown shadow you have and apply it only on the mobile lid, under the socket line. You don’t want the shadow to turn into a smoky look and you don’t want the brown to be too obvious as well. It’s just there to define your eyes.
Pull along the lid and then fade outwards slightly.
Step 2: For the liner, just hold your pencil or kajal vertical so it’s pointing skywards, and then set it down on the outer corner of your lid. Pull it inwards and downwards slightly, and you should get a nice line that is thick at the outer corners and thin at the inner corners.
Step 3: With a Q-tip or a pencil brush, smoke out the pencil with short, inward strokes. You can extend the outer wing a little, but still do it with INWARD strokes, because I find this gives you controlled and neat lines. Pulling it outwards is ok if you’re used to doing it, but if you’re not, you could end up with one side at a different angle than the other.
Step 4: Apply mascara just as you would usually, and that’s all there is to it. You can wear false lashes if you want more drama.
Step 5: On the cheeks, I just kept things very soft with a light pink (MAC Well-Dressed), and it’s barely visible. If you’re going with a darker or brighter lip, you CAN use a slightly stronger blush, but you don’t always have to.
Two of the most interesting high-end bright shades are MAC Impassioned (bright reddened-fuchsia) and Lime Crime My Beautiful Rocket (true, true orange - this has minimal red tones), simply because these aren’t that easy to dupe in the drugstore.
For most colors though, you can find fabulous low-cost alternatives from Maybelline, Cover Girl, Revlon and Wet n Wild ANYTIME. The drugstore brands have really stepped up their game in the past few years and stopped giving us low-pigment, wishy-washy shades.
I do love the Wet n Wild matte lipsticks in particular (2 of the most dramatic; the dark plum and the pale blue-pink, are from this brand). They are very drying though, so I applied lip balm beneath, which is why they don’t look matte in my photos.)