This is the second part in my three-part series of holiday makeup looks featuring coordinating outfits from Rent the Runway. I kicked off the series with a classic red lip look here and did a smokey eye/nude lip combo here, but today’s look is for my girlie girls – a simple sparkly gold shadow and a glossy bright pink lip.
Continue reading to find out how to get this fun holiday makeup look and get some inspiration for some equally fun outfits!
Within the descriptions, I’m linking the exact products I personally used. You can use whatever you have that’s similar.
Start by priming your eyelids all the way up to the brow bone with MAC’s Painterly paintpot. Then apply face powder (or eyeshadow the color of your skin) from the crease of your eyelid up to the brow – leave your lid sticky from the primer. This will allow the gold shadow to really POP and allow the shadow to blend out smoother. Now, apply your gold shadow with your finger for the most impact on your lid, layering until your desired effect. I went pretty heavy. Take a blending brush, dip it in your bronzer and apply that very lightly to your crease to help blend the gold shadow so there’s no harsh edges blending up towards the brow. Line your upper lash line with a black liquid liner. Take the brown pencil liner and line your lower lash line and also within the water line (the inside of your eye). Smudge the brown liner with a mix of your bronzer and the gold shadow to soften the look. Apply a few coats of black mascara and false lashes (if desired). Fill in your brows with a pencil to complete the eye look.
As mentioned in the first look in this series, for special occasion makeup and long-wearing looks, you really need to put the effort in and build thin layers of product to create a beautiful finish. The process is nearly identical to the red lip look I posted earlier this week.
Apply foundation with the buffing brush. Assess where concealer is needed (if at all). I applied it under the eyes and blended down the cheek for a more seamless effect. Then take the contour stick and apply it to the top of the forehead, temples, hollows of the cheeks (but stop half way to your mouth – you don’t want to look like you have a beard lol), under the jaw line and under the chin. Buff, buff, buff, with buffing brush. Now that all the cream products are on the skin, time to set it all. Take your face powder and a nice fluffy brush and PAT it over your skin (do not swirl and swipe). Be sure to really set any under-eye concealer. Now, we’re going to layer the powder products. Start with a subtle powder highlighter and apply to the tops of the cheekbones, the tip of the nose and the cupid’s bow (top of the lips). Then take the bronzer and apply to tops of forehead, cheeks, top of the nose and chin (where the sun would hit). To finish, add a golden pink blush to the apples of the cheeks.
I lightly dabbed MAC’s Candy Yum Yum on my lips and blended it out with my fingers. This shade is hot, neon pink and really packs a punch if you’re not careful but it’s so fun! It’s also a matte finish so it is very long-lasting. I topped it off with a pink plumping lip gloss for added shine.
As I mentioned in the first part of this series, if you haven’t used Rent the Runway, you’re in for a treat. I’ve used them over the years for military balls, New Year’s Eves, weddings and even my own bridal shower! You get to rent designer dresses for a fraction of the cost (many under $50) from a four to eight-day period. They arrive clean and pressed, you look awesome and then you return in the provided garment bag. They’ll take care of any dry cleaning for you. You also get to pick two sizes to help ensure a better fit and I’ve never had an issue with sizing because of the hundreds of customer reviews and photos to help make the decision a no-brainer. You can even filter outfits by body shape, age-range, occasion and so much more. Obviously, I love the site and think it’s a great resource for fancier occasions because how often do you get to re-wear nice dresses that you took 25 selfies in?!
These outfits were so cute, I thought they would really compliment the playfulness of the hot pink lip and sparkly gold eyeshadow. Between the short, A-line cream skirt, super sassy drop-waist feathered number and the sequined shift, I honestly couldn’t pick a favorite.
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