Photo: Ellen von Unwerth
I adore this makeup — so festive and fun! — and decided to do a pretend-tutorial, or how I would do it. :) If you have a party to go attend this month, you’ll love this!
Step 1: Prime it
Eyeshadow primer is essential, and here’s why: staying up all night and dancing will make your lids produce oil, causing your eyeshadow to crease. Ghastly turquoises creases are not an option! Candy Eyed Eyeshadow Helper will keep your eyeshadow ON for hours and hours (in my case, 12+ hours!) and ensure it’s still as bright as when you first applied it. Spread a thin layer all over the eye area with your finger tip — be sure to bring it as close to the lashes as possible, and get the bottom lid too.
Step 2: Pack it on
That deep turquoise eyeshadow is a show-stopper. Don’t have that exact hue? No worries, you can always mix it out of what you’ve got. I’m going to pretend we’re using Lime Crime colors. Start out packging Troubadour onto the lid with a dense, short-bristled brush (top and bottom lid). Blend out with a clean, fluffy brush. Since Troubadour is a slightly lighter turquoise, you can deepen by running some Medusa over it. Keep your dark color overlay close to lashes (top and bottom) if you want a cool smoky effect! Fill in waterline with a turquoise pencil.
Apply 2-3 coats of mascara to your lashes. Individual falsies just at the ends would look brilliant if you have them.
Step 3: It’s glow-time
The foundation in the picture is too heavy and will make you look too ‘done-up’. Since you’re going to be interacting with people in person, I recommend lighter coverage with a tinted moisturizer instead (my favorite is by Laura Mercier, or you can mix some lotion with your foundation on the back of your hand). This will make your skin glow like an apple. Spots should be covered up individually with concealer, afterwards. Skip powder to preserve the shine.
Since you’ll be using a lot of strong colors on eyes and lips, so go easy on the blush. Try a touch of peach or hot pink on the cheeks.
Step 4: Pucker up
Love the semi-gloss lipstick in the picture! Retrofuturist will do the job beautifully. To create a last-all-night pout, fill in the lips with a red pencil apply directly from the bullet following your natural lipline at first, then correct & perfect with pencil. Avoid lip gloss as it will make your lipstick less long-lasting — unless you don’t mind an occasional touch up!
Deerlings: Have you started planning out your Christmas/New Year’s Eve makeup yet?