Even if you’re like me and don’t have many holiday plans, you can still look beautiful, fresh, and mistletoe-ready with this Mistletoe Kiss look. Below are some extra pictures of the finished look, plus a step-by-step guide for when you try it out on your own!
I love how bright and pretty the makeup for this look is. See how natural the crease ends up looking?
Steps to the “Mistletoe Kiss” Look:
Step 1: Foundation.
I’m a huge fan of cream foundation in wintry months. Since the weather will already dry out your skin, choose a foundation with an emollient texture. These will blend much easier and reduce dry flakes.
Step 2: Powder.
Set your foundation with finely milled powder in a translucent color.
Step 3: Brows.
Fill in your brows. I kept mine thinner than usual for this look, which gave me more brow bone and shadow area to play around with.
Step 4: Eyelids.
Prep your lids for eyeshadow with an eyeshadow primer. Just apply with the wand and blend in with your fingertips to keep your eyeshadow from creasing.
Step 5: Shadow.
Apply a peach eyeshadow to your lids to neutralize the color of your lids and add warmth to your eyes.
Step 6: Crease.
Find your ideal eyelid crease and shade it with a matte brown eyeshadow to give your eyes greater depth and really open them up.
Step 7: Trace.
Now, draw a sharp line over your crease using a darker brown eyeshadow and an angled brush. Don’t worry if it looks unnatural; it will look much softer when we are finished.
Step 8: Blend.
Blend the line with a larger brush. Keep blending until the line is soft, but don’t blend it in too much, we don’t want to lose the line completely.
Step 9: Balance.
Balance out your eyes by using the leftover shadow on your angled brush and running it along your lower lash line.
Step 10: Brighten.
Apply a light, shimmery eyeshadow in a champagne color to your brow bone, inner corner, and lower lash line of your eyes to brighten them up. Here, I am using Urban Decay eyeshadow in Sin, which was included in the December Glam Bags.
Step 11: Line.
Line your eyes with a dark brown gel eyeliner. Staying as close to the lash line as possible, sculpt out a line using small brush strokes. The line should be very thin around the inner corners and taper out to the outer corners.
Step 12: Define.
Using the same gel liner, draw a line around the outer corner of your fake crease. This will make it look more realistic. Even if you think the crease looks somewhat unnatural in person, trust me when I say it will photograph beautifully.
Step 13: Curl, curl, curl!
Step 14: Lashes.
Generously apply coats of mascara to build your lashes. For this look, I used the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara from the December Glam Bag. (And then I cheated and applied false demi lashes.)
Step 16: Blush.
Apply a pretty blush to the apples of your cheeks. In this tutorial, I am using Mai Couture Blush Sheets in Sunset Blvd. If you find your face is shiny, now is a great time to blot. Using your blotting sheets, start at the center of your face, and then move to your chin and forehead.
Step 17: Lips.
If you want your eyes to really stand out, skip the bold lip color. I’m a sucker for color though, and in for this look, I decided to use my NYX soft matte lip cream in Amsterdam. After you apply your lip color, you can matte-ify your lips by blotting them on the blotting sheets.
That’s it! Even if you don’t have a single holiday party to attend, you can still look fab with this look :D. Thank you, Kassandra Swygard, for naming it!
For what occasion would you try out this makeup?