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‘Tis the season for sipping hot cocoa, building snowmen (yes, this is still fun even when you’re all grown up), and hopping from holiday party to holiday party. But with so many soirees to go to, it can be overwhelming to think about wearing different outfits—and switching up your makeup—for each one. The thing is, you can’t go wrong with the classics. A deep, charcoal-silver smoky eye and a bold red lipstick are holiday makeup staples for a reason. These two timeless makeup trends look chic on just about every woman (especially when paired together!)—and they can add a serious touch of glam if you’re wearing your favorite little black party dress. Looking to up your holiday makeup game? Here’s how to create a gorgeous bold red lip and dramatic charcoal smoky eye.
For a striking lip color that lasts, it’s not just swipe-on-your-lipstick-and-go. Help ensure your lipstick stays put through a makeout session under the mistletoe by following these steps.
Step 1: Prep your lips. Although this season is full of holiday cheer, winter can have some pitfalls—especially when it comes to your skin. In fact, you may notice that your lips feel drier and flakier than usual this time of year. So, before you apply any lipstick, make sure to use a lip scrub to exfoliate dead skin cell buildup from the surface of your lips.
Step 2: Use a lip balm. Once you’re done exfoliating your lips, apply a lip balm to help lock in moisture.
Step 3: Swipe on a lip primer. Once more step to go before reaching for your red lipstick! Pick up a lip primer and apply it to your lips to help create a smooth, even canvas for color.
Step 4: Go bold with red lipstick. Use the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Enamel Red to create a glossy red lip or the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte-ly in Love to create a matte red lip. Simply start by applying your red lipstick of choice to the center of your upper lip. Work from the center to the outer edges, following the contour of your mouth. Then, glide your red lipstick across your bottom lip to complete the look. (More of a sparkly lipstick kind of girl? Check out our Holiday Makeup Tutorial: Berry Metallic Lipstick.)
Nothing reminds us of tinsel like shimmery silver eye shadow. Take things up a notch by opting for a more dramatic charcoal smoky eye that features a pop of metallic silver color.
Step 1: Apply primer. Prime your lids to help ensure your eye shadow doesn’t crease as you’re dancing and drinking your way through holiday party season. If you don’t have any primer on hand, a dab of foundation or concealer will work in a pinch.
Step 2: Add sparkly eye shadow. Once your base is set, it’s time to get to work on that charcoal smoky eye. Start by applying the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Metallics Eye Shadow in Aluminum Foil across your eyelid using your fingertip. Keep layering the eye shadow until you get your desired effect. Then, reach for a darker eye shadow shade, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eye Shadow in Noir Cest Noir, and blend it from your lashes to crease and under your lower lash line.
3. Finish your eye makeup look. When you’re done with the silver and charcoal eye shadows, apply a thin line of black liquid eyeliner close to your lash line and a coat (or more, depending on how dramatic you want to be!) of mascara. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Black Party and L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara.
For more holiday makeup ideas, check out our tutorial, Brushed and Bold: The Brows That Will Steal the Show This Holiday Season.