Beauty: Christmas Party Make Up Series – Red And Green Should Never Be Seen
It’s the last instalment of my Christmas Party Make Up series, so natch I had to go for a challenging look. We all love gold, glittery, silver and blue Christmas decorations but – let’s get real – when we think of Christmas, the vast majority of us will think of red and green. Hardly the most wearable colours, especially together, I hear you say. Well, that’s the nature of a challenge isn’t it? Now sit back with a Venti eggnog latte and allow me to guide you through festive fabulousness.
Start off by filling in your brows if you need to and prime your eyelids with a cranberry-coloured eyeliner (this is a discontinued one by MAC but Sleek and Barry M offer similar substitutes) right up to the crease.
Blend the edges of the eyeliner with a fluffy blending brush, keeping the colour in the shape that you want the finished look to be (I focused on a rounded shape here rather than a winged-out one)
Press a forest-green eyeshadow (this one is by Inglot, but Urban Decay’s Protest eyeshadow would be perfect too) onto the the red base, but not right up to the edges. This is why you blend the red eye liner first, in order to create a smokey effect that literally resembles a puff of smoke billowing out from under the green. Again, keep the green to a relatively neat shape and gently blend the edges.
Line the top lashline with black gel liner (or liquid liner, or black eyeshadow, whatever you prefer) and add a few generous coats of mascara to the top and bottom lashes. As we’re keeping the under-eye area bare, be sure to use a good concealer, such as Collection 2000′s Lasting Perfection concealer (an absolute steal).
And there you go, the ultimate Christmassy look. No need for a festive red lip here, a matte nude lipstick or plain gloss looks perfect with this eye make up along with some subtle contouring. The whole point of this look is that it’s wearable and doesn’t have any hint of fancy-dress about it, despite the choice of colours. For this reason, be sure to invest in a dark red/cranberry eyeliner as opposed to a vivid lipstick-red.