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Create a long-lasting holiday look with these do-it-yourself tips.
Create a long-lasting holiday look with these do-it-yourself tips.

Makeup tips for the perfect smoky-eyed holiday look

'Tis still the season for non-stop parties, photo ops and public appearances, so add some holiday sparkle to your makeup routine!

The most requested look I get at this time of year is the "smoky eye," and I'd like to share my secrets for a long-lasting, sexy look that you can achieve on your own with the right products and tools.

I've added a glittery topper perfect for New Year's Eve fetes using my new go-to glitters by Eye Kandy Cosmetics. They are super-fine and really easy to work with, making fab shimmer attainable for all!

The key to this makeup is layering products and blending, blending, blending! Invest in quality brushes and practice using them to achieve professional, polished peepers. The products, brushes and step-by-step instructions are listed below, along with a video tutorial for my visual learners.

The look I do in the video is a cleaner, bronze-y version of the exact same makeup I'm wearing in the picture, except mine is a more messy, darker, rock 'n' roll translation using the exact same technique. Tweak the colors and the shape to make this beautiful look your own!

Have fun "making up," and may the rest of your holiday season be glittery and glam!

Suggested products:

  • Eye shadow primer (Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer)
  • Two soft, blendable eye liners (Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Pencil or MAC Eye Kohl) – one for eyelid and to line under eye and one very black to rim waterline. (You can use black for both like I did!)
  • Two eye shadows – one darker that coordinates with eyeliner for lid and under eye and a lighter shade for under brow bone (Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette)
  • Glitter (Eye Kandy Cosmetics Sprinkles)
  • Glitter adhesive (Eye Kandy Cosmetics Liquid Sugar)
  • Mascara (L'Oreal Voluminous)
  • False lashes
  • Lash adhesive (Duo)
  • Bronzer
  • Eye shadow brushes (MAC No. 242, No. 252, No. 217, No. 219, No. 224)
  • Glitter application brush(es) (Eye Kandy Cosmetics Brush Large and Small)

Step One: Apply primer to eyelid from lash line to under brow bone. Blend with finger. Then, apply primer to under eye area and blend with edge of No. 242 brush.

Step Two: Apply eyeliner starting at lash line and sketching in the entire eyelid. Stop at crease. Blend with No. 242 brush.

Step Three: Using No. 217 brush apply darker shadow that coordinates with eyeliner over the blended liner. Blend through crease. Think "back and forth, back and forth" for this.

Step Four: Using No. 252 brush, apply lighter eye shadow under brow bone, down to crease. Blend through crease again using No. 217 brush – "back and forth."

Step Five: Apply mascara to upper and lower lashes

Step Six: Apply glitter to upper eyelid from inside corner towards middle. Dip Large or Small Eye Kandy Cosmetics brush into Liquid Sugar, then dip brush into glitter and apply to eyelid.

Step Seven: Apply false lashes.

Step Eight: Using MAC No. 224 brush, apply bronzer through crease.

Step Nine: Rim waterline with black eye liner.

For more information on the products used in this video, visit Eye Kandy Cosmetics, Smashbox, MAC Cosmetics and Urban Decay online.


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