It was looking a little bit like Christmas at the March of Dimes Celebration of Babies Luncheon today, but don't go looking for a fir tree. Jennifer Lopez, Reese Witherspoon, and Molly Sims all showed their beautiful faces, wearing looks that were suspiciously festive. Jennifer lined her eyes in a subtly sparkling green color, while Reese dabbed a crimson hue across her lips. Molly opted for a gilded smoky eye to bring this festive theme full circle. We could see ourselves wearing all three of these looks, but which was your favorite?
Glamorous makeup doesn't always mean a red lip, as proven by Katy Perry at last night's annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball. The singer was sporting a monochromatic makeup look that perfectly complemented her festive outfit, but the look was surprisingly subdued. A neutral smoky eye gave way to a jewel-toned, nude lip that paired gorgeously with a burgundy manicure. The thing that makes Katy's look so ideal is that it's high-impact without being overly colorful. It's the perfect makeup palette for the holidays, be it a work party or a New Year's Eve bash. We were so enamored with this entire look, we started thinking of ways to mimic it. Shop below for the product picks to re-create Katy's look.
The smoky eye is one of the holiday season's most coveted eye shadow looks, but applying all that black shadow can get pretty ugly if you don't know what you're doing. For those of us (ahem . . . like me) who aren't so skilled with smoky eye application, Topshop has gifted us its Smoky Eye Kit ($44). The kit contains the brand's uber-luxe kohl liner, a full-sized tube of its 3D Curve Mascara, and a palette with four shadow shades. While I love the liner and the mascara, my favorite has to be palette, mostly because it does the work for you. Along with your typical black shadow, Topshop's Tuxedo palette houses burgundy, purple, and cream shades, making it easy to create a bunch of different looks. This may be the only kit you need to get you through the holiday season. And as if that weren't enough, the entire kit comes tucked inside a fluorescent envelope clutch. Christmas has come early!
At the red carpet premiere of The Class of '92 in London on Sunday, Victoria Beckham was in full support of her husband David Beckham. And, coincidentally, we were in full support of her sexy gunmetal smoky eye. Victoria is usually one for neutral yet striking makeup looks, so we were more than excited to see her sporting this bold look. The timing couldn't be more perfect, either. Victoria's gunmetal shadow is perfect for the holidays, especially for ladies who aren't so keen on full-on sparkles. She finished the look off with some brushed-up brows and a pale, nude lip. Feeling inspired? Shop some similar shades below!
Bring on the warm hues for Thanksgiving dinner! This makeup look intends to emulate a candlelit glow on the skin with a pop of cranberry on the eyes. Red around the eyes can be intimidating, so try a maroon or berry-toned eye shadow instead. Pair it with a neutral blush and lip color so that your makeup still stays within the "family dinner" realm.
Step 1: Apply a berry eye shadow like MAC Cranberry Eyeshadow ($15) all over the lid and along the bottom lash line.
Step 2: Using a shimmery white or beige eye shadow like Nars Alhambra Eyeshadow Duo ($34), highlight your tearduct area.
Step 3: Apply a warm brown eye shadow on the crease, and make sure to blend with a fluffy brush. I used MAC Swiss Chocolate Eyeshadow ($15).
Step 4: Line your waterline with a nude eyeliner. This will help counteract the redness some red-toned eye shadows create around the eyes.
Step 5: If you're comfortable with your liner skills, create a winged line using liquid liner. You can also use gel liner or skip this step completely.
Step 6: Finish with your favorite mascara, blush, powder, concealer, and foundation. Go with what you know works for you. Special occasions are usually not a good time to try out new face products.
Nothing like packing and unpacking constantly (thanks, holiday travel!) to make you want to reduce the number of items you take with you. Eye shadow singles are bulky in my bag and can shatter easily, which is precisely why I am obsessed with Le Métier de Beauté kaleidoscopes, which I discovered in the POPSUGAR Must Have Box with Neiman Marcus. And since our limited edition Pretty in Punk is all about bold pink tones, I needed a warmer, neutral counterpart for my everyday looks when I'm traveling. Enter the Carnaby Street eye kit ($95), with layerable shades that will easily take me from work to a holiday party and will help me get cleaned up to face a barrage of relatives on Christmas Day. All in one very chic, very compact little stack.
Winter neutrals might seem a little ho-hum, but they're a vital part of anyone's seasonal makeup kit — especially a sparkling brown eye shadow. But instead of just smudging it across your lids and calling it a day, why not use these five celebrities as inspiration? Zoe Saldana (above) is obviously a fan of metallic chocolate, which adds a flattering sheen to the neutral hue, and the shimmering shade seems to be the popular choice amongst other Hollywood stars. Need some more inspiration? Keep scrolling for more celebrities who are nuts over neutrals.
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When it comes to makeup, packaging has kind of lost its mojo. Instead of containers we'd like to display on our dressers and vanities, we have compacts that are more utility-driven than anything. But Japonesque has changed all that with its Color Eye Shadow Palette ($34). Cases emblazoned with pretty painterly designs hold a quad of shadows that are somewhere between cream and powder. The four iridescent colors glide on with a glaze-like texture, making for an easy, buildable shadow look. They also blend together seamlessly, allowing for a wide range of use. If you're looking for one shadow palette to get you through the holidays, you just found it.
Eye shadow is the one area of makeup I still have trouble endorsing, because anything that requires different makeup brushes and numbered instructions to apply is just too high-maintenance for even my beauty-loving self. But then Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color ($25) changed all that. After sitting in the makeup chair for a POPSUGAR Live! segment, I was introduced the creamy shadow in Leather, and it's something I actually don't mind applying. You can use your fingers to dab the color on lids, and the payoff is immediate yet subtle. This metallic mocha shade is the perfect daytime hue for darker skin tones, plus there's a range of shades, so there's an option for every skin tone. Just add a swipe of mascara, and you have an easy eye-makeup look. Even a lazy beauty editor can do it!
Being Asian means my eyelids have no defined crease, which makes standard eye makeup application tips not really applicable. Luckily, makeup artist Sierra Min showed me her tips to mastering a daytime smoky eye look using shades of brown. "For Asian eyes, it's all about creating shapes and dimensions," she explains. In the Instagram video above, you can watch Min shade and shape my eyes. Here are the steps to re-create the look:
1. Apply a shimmering taupe shade all over the lid, from the lash line to the socket. Make sure to blend with your fingers or a brush to smooth out the edges. We used Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow in 20E ($20).
2. Use a dark brown pencil like MAC Eye Kohl in Teddy ($16) from the lash line to just above your eyes when open. This will help to shape your eyes and open them up. Make sure to blend into the the lighter taupe shade to create a subtle gradient.
3. Enhance the color of the brown pencil with a similar color eyeshadow. Focus it near your lash line to build more depth and to help set the pencil.
4. Add black eyeliner, like Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Caviar ($25), right along your lash line to add definition. You can build up the thickness of the line to also help manipulate the shape of your eye, too.
5. To help enhance your eye shape, add liner just to the outer corner of your eyes.
6. Make sure to open up your eyes with an eyelash curler, and set with a waterproof mascara. The fast-drying waterproof formulas help to hold the curl over standard mascara. We used Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara ($30).
See the finished look after the jump!