Festive Eyes: The Rundown

 

I love the festive period, not just for the fact Christmas is one of my favourite times of years, but I just love how glamorous and how much you can experiment with your makeup on a day to day basis. I'm definitely a believer in the idea of being able to dress up or down as much as you wish all year round, but there's something about the party season that just makes me want to bust out by best rose gold and copper hues, go a little heavy handed on the glitter and wear a festive red lip every day of the month. I thought I'd put a quick little post together talking about a few of the eyeshadows that I've been loving over the month of December so if you're a little lost and looking for some inspiration, this might just be what you're looking for! 

 

Gold

For me, gold eyeshadow is a must have around Christmas,  there's just something about a good strong gold eyeshadow look that screams Christmas - plus it's a great way of making an impact, while still remaining relatively neutral in trend. For those who aren't particularly brave with their eyeshadow choices, gold hues are really easy to to work with, and you can make them as subtle or as strong as you want. I really enjoy using something like Half Baked by Urban Decay, it's a gorgeous and prominent gold shade that looks so beautiful regardless whether you're just blending a shade out in the crease, or whether you're pairing it with a more daring combination. If you're looking for something a little more subtle, I'd recommend Woodwinked by MAC. It still has a gorgeous gold undertone but it's a lot softer and definitely doesn't stand out as much. I actually enjoy wearing this all over the lid with a little-winged-liner and a ton of mascara! Another recommendation for those a little braver would be Too Faced 24hr Bulletproof Shadow Liner in the shade Minx*, or Urban Decay Liquid Moondust in Zap; you can either wear them on their own, or you can apply them under your powder shadow to create even more pigment and even more dimension. The Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita palette is just stunning too fyi.

Rose Gold, Copper & Plums

I'm a huge fan of these tones all year around, and in fact, they're some of my most reached for eyeshadows. Despite being perfect for all year round, there's something incredibly festive about them. If you're wanting a palette that's gonna have you covered regardless how subtle or glamorous you're feeling, the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette is a must have. With 12 stunning and buttery shades to choose from, you're definitely going to be able to pull something together that's a little more special than your usual mix up. If you're wanting something a little more plummy, I highly recommend Nars Ondine Eyeshadow. With a subtle gold shimmer running through and purple undertones this remains relatively neutral while still making an incredible impact. I enjoy blending this out with taupe shades and pairing it with a good red lip! MAC Cranberry or Mac Coppering are both incredible shades the party season too, you're able to blend them out to a subtle tint on the eyes or really pack in the pigment - both shades are extremely well loved in my collection and I would highly recommend checking them out! If you're wanting something super glizzy and shimmery, I recommend looking at the Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadows. If you've read this post then you'll already know how much of a huge fan I am of these beauties, but I thought that they definitely needed featuring again! I'm adore the original powder moondust eyeshadows, especially the shades Solstice and Ether, but UD have recently launched their liquid moondusts which are just incredible. You can wear them on there own and blend them out to create more of a subtle look, or you can apply them under the powder eyeshadows and boy oh boy are they beautiful... 

Greens 

For those a little braver with their makeup looks, I definitely recommend experimenting with green eyeshadow around Christmas time. Something like MAC Sumptuous Olive is a great starting point, a hybrid between green and gold this beautiful iridescent shade is fantastic, and relatively safe, way to experiment with colour without going crazy. Similarly, MAC Greensmoke works wonders too. While Sumptuous Olive, as the name suggests, is more of an olive shade with a heavy gold undertone, Greensmoke has more of a green tone while still having heavy gold hues running through. I personally, however, love Urban Decay Lounge. Lounge is an incredible, highly pigmented iridescent hybrid of greens, teals and purples - it's actually like petrol. I love how fun and playful this shade is, and yet how easy it is to work with. I love creating a dramatic smokey eye and pairing it with fresh dewy skin and a simple nude glossy lip. 

 

What eyeshadows do you enjoy wearing over the festive season? 

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  • I love wearing gold eyeshadows around this time of year. Half baked is a favorite of mine, and I really like using the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette for all my shimmers.

    Perfect Shade of Mauve

    • It’s such a stunning shade isn’t it?! If you like shimmery shades, I highly recommend checking out Illamasqua Jubilance, I recently picked it up and it’s my new favourite shade! x

  • cristy

    I love shimmery shadows and these all look amazing xx

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    • If you like shimmery shades, I highly recommend checking out Illamasqua Jubilance, I recently picked it up and it’s my new favourite shade! x

  • Bernadette

    These eye shadow picks are gorgeous! Rose gold, cranberry / burgandy, champagne golds and copper tones are definitely my favourite go to shades.

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    • Mine too!

      • They are definitely my go-to shades too. They’re just so darn beautiful to look at, in the pan and on the eyes! x

  • I wasn’t really sure where to post this – so please excuse the slightly irrelevant comment! – but your photography skills are absolutely incredible!

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  • Abi Street

    Those palettes are incredible! I am starting to use eyeshadow a lot more and i’m loving burgundy tones! x

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    • Burgundy tones are just beautiful, and a great way to introduce a little bit of colour into your makeup without going over the top! x