Sparkly makeup for the festive season

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My favorite season is here! To celebrate this dark yet lovely time, I created a sparkly look that goes for any Christmas parties as well as the New Year’s Eve.

The sparkly eyeshadow I used on the lid is super easy to use and it looks gorgeous. Or if you’re not into sparkle, you can also leave the eye makeup totally matte. You see, I actually used a matte eye shadow palette, which is more versatile than it sounds. But more on the products at the end of this post, let’s get to the tutorial.

Sparkly party makeup for the festive season

A beautiful base makes beautiful makeup – here’s my tips for achieving an even yet radiant party base.

Hydration & subtle glow to the skin

Winter tends to dry out the skin a bit, so to avoid looking dry or cakey, try adding some glow to the foundation. I mixed a small pump of *Vita Liberata’s beauty blur primer (I have the shade Latte Light) to my foundation to achieve that overall subtle glow on the skin. This trick works for me really well in winter – the extra hydration this primer brings to my skin is also much appreciated.

Face lift with a blush

I used my fingers to apply a touch of *Dr. Paw Paw’s Orange Tinted Balm on the highest points of my cheeks. I blended the blush high towards my temples. This lifts up the face and also brings the focus to the eye makeup. Cream products in general are great for winter and for parties. A cream blush actually lasts really well on the cheeks too.

Festive eye makeup tutorial  Рstep by step photos

  1. Clean base. Use an eyeshadow primer to avoid creasing. If you don’t have one, apply concealer and and a skin-colored matte eyeshadow to set it.
  2. Start to shade your eye with a light color. The right placement for the color depends on your eye shape. On my deep set eyes I lift it quite high so that it’s visible and hides the hooded lid. Don’t forget your bottom lid. Blend the eyeshadow seamlessly to your skin.
  3. Deepen that shading even more with a darker color. I chose a warm orangey color.
  4. Take a dark brown color and deepen that shading one more time. I focused it in the outer corner and lifted the outer corner in a V-shape, going up and outwards from my eye. To get it just right, make sure to look at your eye from different angles or different mirrors. The shading should start from your lash line and blend towards the tail of your brow.
  5. Add a lid color – though this is optional – because there’s a sparkly liquid topper coming on the lid next. However, I added a bit of warmth to the lid with an orange.
  6. Add your sparkly lid color on the lid. Focus it on the center of the lid and blend carefully towards the shading. I also applied it on the inner corners.
  7. Line your eyes and add mascara.
  8. Add false lashes and you’re done!

I used House of Lashes individual lashes (Patrick Ta She Doesn’t Need Much).

Milani Holographic Eye Topper Luster Light

Milani Holographic Eye Topper Luster Light

The sparkly liquid eyeshadow photographs surprisingly well, but obviously it’s even more beautiful in real life. *Milani’s Holographic Topper in Luster Light is such a perfect product to use on the lid. It’s super sparkly and reflective – and it looks multidimensional thanks to the holographic glow. I found it easiest to just pat on the lid with my finger, but you could also use a flat brush. There’s some play time with it before it dries down, but once it dries on the lid, it’s not sticky and it lasts the whole night, if you need it to.

Milani Ungilded Most Loved Mattes Palette Swatches

Milani Gilded Most Loved Mattes Eyeshadow Palette

Everyone needs matte eyeshadows for shading and creating the base for the eye makeup. I use matte eyeshadows basically in all of my looks. *Milani’s Ungilded Most Loved Mattes Palette contains all the colors I could possibly want and need. The colors are easy to blend and there’s a nice variation of light, medium, dark, warm and cooler tones.

I like to wear metallic or shimmer eyeshadows on my lid. This palette also inspires me to use all the single eye shadows I have in my drawer. (Such as that Milani Holographic Eye Topper.)

Milani Amore Matte Satin Lipstick Satin

The perfect red matte lip: Milani Amore Satin Matte Lip Creme Satin

Looking for the perfect red, that makes your skin glow and teeth look white? *Milani’s Amore Satin Matte Lip Creme in the shade Satin works for everyone. It’s not overly cool, but it’s still leaning more towards cool. I like the applicator and the consistency. It has a satin finish as promised, that feels comfortable even on someone who usually steers away from matte lipsticks. I’ve even been wearing this on office days just at home.

EGLIPS Water Glaze Tint

Another option for matte lips: EGLIPS Water Glaze Tint

If you don’t want to go full red or full matte, you could also try a lip tint. *EGLIPS Water Glaze Tint feels hydrating and watery (almost like a gel) on the lips and it still has a nice pigment. This I’ve been also wearing on days when I don’t feel like applying a lipstick, but would still like some color. Very comfortable on the lips.

Easy & long lasting nail stickers from Dashing Diva

Would you believe I’m wearing nail stickers in the photos? It was my first time trying Dashing Diva’s stickers and I’m sold. They are easy to use, they last nicely and best of all, no nail polish or nail remover smell needed. I already ordered other shades. These are a great idea for a party!

*Dashing Diva nail stickers

Last year there weren’t really any parties, so this year I’m really excited for all end of the year festivities (even if they’re small gatherings). What about you, any parties coming up?

Catrice Liquid Camouflage High Coverage Concealer – NARS RCC dupe

affordable good concealer

catrice concealers review

I didn’t think I would be able to live without my beloved NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, but it just so happened, that one day I ran out of it. And I didn’t buy a new one. Instead, I tried to find an affordable version of it and was pretty determined to try new products, just for the sake of trying new products. Being a beauty blogger and all.

And you know what? I think I have found a pretty good dupe for *NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. And that is: *Catrice Cosmetics’ Liquid Camouflage High Coverage concealer.

Besides being a good dupe for NARS RCC, this concealer is great, affordable and cruelty-free.

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Catrice Cosmetics Liquid Camouflage High Coverage Concealer review

catrice concealers

The concealer comes in a simple, yet beautiful packaging with a soft applicator. The consistency of the concealer is liquid yet quite thick and it’s easy to apply and blend onto the skin. It does dry pretty quickly though, so you don’t have a ton of time to work with it. But to be honest: who has additional time anyway? You just apply the concealer, blend it to it’s place and that’s it. One minute, two tops. Done.

It says that it lasts 12 hours and it waterproof, but I haven’t taken a swim in it. I have, however, exercised and sweated through my makeup and it has lasted well throughout my day. It’s one of those silent friends – it just is there and it takes care of you and it doesn’t let you down. But you don’t necessarily notice it either. Luckily I’m doing this review so I can really dig deep into this friendship and thank it for being there for me.

When I compare this to NARS RCC – it is not as creamy and soft-feeling as that is. Here’s the catch: It’s a bit dry. If you have dry under eyes, this isn’t necessarily your product. When it comes to pigmentation and coverage – Catrice concealer comes close. If you want coverage from a drugstore concealer, this one is a good choice. You can also make thinner layers and build it up. I would say the longevity is about the same with these two. I would still say that NARS one is the best concealer I’ve tried, but then again, this is five times more affordable than that and taking that into consideration, this concealer is pretty awesome.

I usually use two colors to hide my dark under eyes: a peachy color to color-correct the blue hues – and then a lighter color to brighten it up. Here I used 015 Honey and 110 Porcelain. I also use the concealer to hide any blemishes, and for that, I go for the honey color as well.

Catrice concelears before & after – Hiding dark under eye circles

catrice concealers before after

I applied quite thin layers, to make my under eye area match with the rest of my face (where I’ve used pretty sheer foundation).

For more in-depth tutorial about hiding dark circles, check out my post: How to conceal dark circles under eyes – Concealer tips

affordable concealer
Shop this concealer:

*Catrice Liquid Camouflage Concealer

Have you tried this product? Or do you know of an even better one? Let me know in the comments!

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