If you are like me then you love a little bit of glamour, and Christmas is just another excuse to get all dolled up and be creative with your makeup application. Last year I did a Christmas Makeup Tutorial inspired by the traditional Christmas colours of red and green. This year, however, I took my inspiration from the season of summer (as New Zealand celebrates Christmas in summer), but also from the colours of a wood fire burning on a cold night (for those of you who celebrate Christmas in the colder months.) The aim of this look is for it to look super glowing, yet also glamorous and most important, wearable for a more relaxed Kiwi Christmas. It’s kind of exciting as this is also my first fully cruelty-free makeup tutorial! So let’s get into it.
Glowing Christmas Makeup Tutorial
Step One: Face Base
It’s really important to make sure that your skin has an even texture when you start applying your makeup. The best way to do this is by using a toner before everything else. I use the Tea Tree Spray Toner from Lush Cosmetics and spritz 2 to 3 sprays over my whole face and neck. Tea Tree is also good for your skin if you have any blemishes. As I had a few spots on my cheeks, chin and temples, I applied a very small amount of the Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion. this helps to create a better texture around the skin where the blemish is, while at the same time reducing redness and the visibility of the pimple. Next with clean hands, apply moisturiser to your face and neck and let it sink in for at least 10 minutes. I like to use the Trilogy Vital Moisturising Cream as it is non-greasy which is important in the heat of summer and you only need a pea sized amount to cover your face. Primer is also a really important product to use if you want your makeup to not slip off during a hot Christmas Day. I use the Australis The Original Primer, and again you only need a pea sized amount for your whole face.
Now you can’t forget your lips! I have already written a post on how necessary it is to use a lip scrub, especially as one of the lip options for this look uses a matte lipstick. I use the Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub and then as it is Christmas I have been following it up with my Limited Edition Glazed Apple Lip Balm from the Body Shop.
The next area which is super important to prime is your eyelids. Seeing as the eyes are one of the main focuses you want to make sure your makeup lasts the whole day. A matte eyelid primer like the Urban Decay Matte Eyeshadow Primer is great for the heat and makes it last that extra few hours. It can also intensify the opacity of your eyeshadows and make the colours pop more.
As the main point for this tutorial is to look glowy I recommend using something like the Lush Feeling Younger Skin Tint underneath your foundation. This will leave your skin looking amazingly glowy as it reflects the light particles.It also doubles as an under eye highlighting concealer and a highlighter.
Once your moisturiser and other priming products have sunk in and dried it is time to apply your foundation. I am now getting into my summer glow and because of the heat I don’t want to use a foundation that is full coverage. I have opted for the Chi Chi Cosmetics Fabulous and Flawless Foundation in 5 Natural Beige. I apply this with my Bossy Cosmetics Stippler Brush. Next apply concealer to problem areas using your ring finger. I used the Collection Cosmetics Illuminating Touch Brightening concealer under my eyes and the Thin Lizzy Concealer Creme in Minx on any blemishes. After patting in set your whole face with a translucent powder. As I am after a lot of glow I used the e.l.f Cosmetics High Definition Powder in Sheer, which has a bit of glitter in the formula. Once applied let it set for 5-10 minutes before lightly brushing the excess off.
Step Two: Face Definition
Contouring is the first step in putting some definition back into your face after creating your face base. I use the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in Light-Medium for this look, but you can also use the Australis Contour Kit for a more affordable option. I used the middle of the dark powder in the bottom row to contour my face, using the Real Techniques Contour brush. Apply in the hollow of your cheeks (helps to pull a fish face), on your temples and along your jaw bone.
A palette that I used to create an even more glowy look is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit. This is quite on the pricey side so you can use the Australis bronzers and highlighter for a more affordable alternative. I used the bronzer in this palette across my cheeks and temples to a give a sun-kissed look to my skin. Then for my blush I mixed the two blush shades from the same palette and applied to the apples of my cheeks. If your eyes are still looking a bit tired you can use the Banana shade from the ABH palette underneath them. Lastly I applied the Strobe Lighting Powder in Iridescent Strobe Light to the tops of my cheekbones, on my cupids bow and on the tip of my nose, to highlight my face. All four of these Hourglass shades have great light reflecting properties which is why this palette is perfect for this look!
Step Three: The Eyes
You are probably looking a bit funny at the moment and that will have a lot to do with the fact that you haven’t done your eyebrows yet! Well now it is time to define to scraggly brows into well-shaped arches. Firstly I used the Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil to create a more defined shape. Don’t forget to brush it out a bit with the spooly on the other end to make it look a bit more natural and help it to blend. Next I combed throw my brows with the Australis Tint My Brow in Light Brown. Now I did something a little bit silly next. As it was only my second time using false eyelashes, for some weird reason I decided to put the lashes on before doing my eye makeup. I wouldn’t suggest this as you will get the eyeshadows on the tops of your lashes and they will look a bit funny! Skip this step and then come back and do it once you have finished you eye makeup. Apply your eyelashes of choice using tweezers and lash glue.I used some dramatic GlamEyes false lashes which had a few small diamantes in the outer corner.
To start with the base of your eyeshadows I used the Bossy Cosmetics eye define brush with the bronzer from the Ambient Light Edit palette and blended into the crease. Do this two or three times to build it up to your preference. Next I used a combination of Liar and Factory from the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette and blended them into the outer V of my eye, and up into the crease. To create a warm sun and fire glow to my eyelids I used the RoVie Loose sparkly eyeshadow in Pumpkin Pie all over my lid and blended it into the crease with a clean blending brush. To intensify the colour even more spray a setting spray, like the NYX Dewy Finish, on your makeup brush before swirling the eyeshadow onto the brush. For the inner corners of my eyes I used the Australis Metallix Eyeshadow in Pearl Jammin. Also use a bit of highlighter on your brow bone. Next line your upper lash line, tight-line and waterline with a black eye liner pencil like the Thin Lizzy Eye liner pencil in Black. Blend it out a bit on your lower lash line This helps conceal the lash-band of your lashes and creates a bolder look. You could also use a liquid eyeliner for your top lash line for a thinner line. Lastly for the eyes, apply mascara to blend together your natural and false eyelashes. I used the Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara, which also happens to be waterproof.
Step Four: The Lips
The great thing is you have already prepped you lips 3 steps ago, so we can get straight into the colouring in! Start off by lining your lips with a red lipliner. I think this look goes best with a slightly overdrawn lip. For the lips today I have 3 options in terms of colour and opacity. The choice all comes down to how bold and casual you want to go. The first option is a simple lip tint from Sierra Bees. This is a really sheer lip tint in a sparkly red colour which is great for something more casual. For something a little bit more you could go for a classy, reddy-pink lipstick with a gold reflect to it like this ColourCo one that I got from a Pharmacy pack. The last and most dramatic option is to go for a bright matte red like the Australis NY-CEE Velourlips. This is a great option as it is also long-lasting!
Set your face with a setting spray and you are ready for the Christmas Day celebrations! Don’t forget to tag me on social media if you post a photo of you recreation!
What lip do you prefer? Subtle, Classy or Dramatic? Let me know in the comments below!