When it comes to eye makeup, our MO usually consists of brows and mascara, but there's something about the holidays that has us reaching for the shadows. Perhaps it’s because a red lip feels a little on the nose this time of year, or maybe it’s an excuse to play with the shimmery midnight-blue and silver shadows that go neglected most days of the year. If you're like us and don't play with all the colors of your palette on a daily basis, you might need a pointer or two with the holidays fast approaching.
So, we went to shadow extraordinaire Teni Panosian of Miss Maven. “During the holidays I like to play around with different looks for each event I go to. One night it’ll be a winged liner look, and the next a cranberry smoky eye," she says. "The holidays are a time to really get festive!”
Ahead, she shows us two very different but equally stunning eye looks, all using one (totally giftable) palette: Clinique's Indulge in Colour Set ($33). See her step-by-step tutorials below!
Smoked-Out Winged Liner
If you're not a liner person, but you still love the look of winged eyeliner this is for you. It's softly smoked out, so you get the best of both worlds.
Step 1: Apply a pale pink shadow across the entire eyelid and blend out the edges. The foam applicator in the Clinique palette is perfect for this because you can lay down an even wash of pigment.
Step 2: Start defining your eye by using the darkest gray shade in the palette, to start building shape at the outer corner. Sweep the shadow along the lash line and blend it into the crease.
Step 3: Using a dampened angled brush, line the entire lash line and extend your wing using the same color. The wet brush allows you to get a deeper gray and a more precise line.
Step 4: To get a really clean line for your wing, swipe a pointed cotton swab just below the wing, along the edge, leaving the rest softly blended out.
A smoky twist on your classic winged liner look. “I would pair this with a deep berry lipstick to add an even more festive vibe,” Panosian says.
A Purple Smoky Eye
If you don't try a colored eye shadow during the holidays, when will you? Don't be intimidated. Neutrals are involved too.
Step 1: Use the foam applicator to apply a base of the cool, purple-gray shadow all over the lid.
Step 2: Next, contour your crease using the purple (yes, purple) eye shadow. Follow the contour of your eye, applying the shadow just slightly above the natural crease, and connect that shape to your lash line.
Step 3: Then, smoke it all out, going over the purple with the darkest shade in the palette to add dimension.
Step 4: Now, you may have been tempted to stop at the last step, but it’s the holidays, so Panosian says add bronze. Just press it into the center of the lid. The combination of purple and bronze really makes brown eyes pop.
Step 5: And finally for the last bit of smokiness, use the foam applicator to smudge the bronze shadow all along the lower lash line.
And that's. A little shimmer, a little color, and perfectly festive. “With a smoky eye, I keep the lips nude, matte or glossy,” Panosian says. “An eye makeup look like this is perfect to pair with an edgy holiday dress; something that incorporates metal accents or metallic fabric.”
Ready to give it a go? Shop the Clinique Indulge Palette in Colour Set below:
What’s your go-to look for holiday parties?