This time of the year can be a slog to get through. It's cold, it's dark, the holidays have passed, and we've packed up our supply of glittery, tinsel-bedecked party outfits. So what better way to raise your spirits than to don a new beauty look? (Word to the wise: Don't pack away the sparkle just yet.) Taking inspiration from a cozy cup of cocoa (as one does), we dreamed up this rich mocha eye shadow look with Estée Lauder. It's sultry enough for an evening out, but if you're down for a slightly more amped-up daytime look, we suggest you wear it 24/7.
And don't worry: It's not as complicated as it looks. In collaboration with makeup artist Gloria Noto, we're breaking down exactly how to smudge, blend, and smoke your way to chocolatey perfection below.
Keep scrolling to lift your makeup game and your spirits.
Winter-Proof Your Face
Winter does a number on the skin, so it's best to start with a drop of facial serum, followed by a nice, thick moisturizer.
Make Your Own Glow
If your base makeup won't last from the walk to your car to your destination, it's not the base makeup for you. Symptoms include redness creeping in, and foundation breaking apart around your nose or the edges of your forehead—sound familiar? Instead, choose a full-coverage, long-wearing formula like Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup ($42), which boasts 24-hour staying power.
To start your mocha eye look, Noto suggests using the same foundation as a kind of eye primer, spreading it over your lids to create a smooth base. Next, line your upper lash line with a deep-brown pencil. (This one is a favorite among pro artists!)
Blend; Then Blend Again
A multi-shade palette can seem intimidating, but Noto breaks it down like paint-by-numbers using Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting EyeShadow 5-Color Palette in Defiant Nude ($54). Start by brushing the matte ivory shade all over your lids as a base. Then layer on the matte brown shadow, smudging a bit along your lower lash line as well. Blend it like your a.m. mochaccino to get this softened, smoky version, and finish with a touch of bling. Pat the sparkly brown shade on top, and dab a bit of the shimmery gold shade on your brow bone and the inner corners of your eyes.
Model wears Theory tank.
For extra drama, make your lashes stand out with a volumizing mascara. We like Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Lash Multi Effects Mascara ($28) for its double-sided brush. Just wiggle it at the base of your lashes up to the tips for a final finishing touch.
Majorly Mocha Eyes
Model wears an Intermix x Missoni jacket with an A.L.C. top and an Elizabeth and James ring.
Pretty, simple, and super impactful on any eye color, make this mocha eye shadow look your go-to this season.
What's your signature seasonal beauty look? Create your favorites and more with formulas that last from Estée Lauder.