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Get Holiday Ready with These Eye Makeup Looks

The eye makeup you wear can really transform your look from an every day one to a festive one. Whether you like to keep things sweet and shimmery or hard and graphic, here are some eye makeup ideas to get you holiday ready. 

Peach Shimmer

Beautiful woman with peach eyeshadow and red lipstick

Peach is a color that complements just about every skin tone, making this a look well worth trying. It’s subtle and delicate, while still having a festive shimmer. 

Begin with an eye primer, applying this to your lids and concentrating it along your crease. 

Apply a light peach shade of eyeshadow over your lips, pressing it in to accentuate the pigment. Then, pick a lighter shade and apply this just above your crease, before using an even lighter shade just under your brow bone. 

Take an eyeshadow shade that is slightly darker than the peach and apply this along your crease, blending it in well. 

You will now need a shimmery peach shadow…

Apply this to your lids, opting for a small amount to begin with and then gradually building the color up. Take a liquid eyeliner and begin at the inner corners of your eyes, drawing a line along your lash line and extending this outwards. Take some time with this, ensuring that you define any jagged edges. 

Swipe some mascara over your lashes, both on the top as well as the bottom, to finish this look.  

Triangular Liquid Liner

Woman with fashionable triangular liquid liner

The heavy graphic nature of this look exudes attitude, and while you may think that this is a difficult one to create, it is actually quite simple…

Here’s what you will need:

  • Eye primer
  • A black waterproof liquid liner 
  • A black eyeliner pencil 
  • Black mascara 
  • Makeup remover wipes 
  • Q-tips

Begin by cleansing your skin and then priming your eyes, as this will give your eyeliner a better base onto which it can grip. This will help your look to last for so much longer.   

Then, take your liquid liner and draw a thin line along your upper lash line, keeping it as close to your upper lash line as possible. Extend this outwards and upwards, creating an angle that works with your natural contours. 

Move the liner back to the inner corner of your eye and then start a new line, this time one that points up at a higher angle, so that it can join up with the first line that you drew. 

Take your pencil eyeliner and fill in the gaps in the shape that you have just created, between the two lines. You can use your liquid to then fill in any gaps around the edges that may have appeared. 

Now, take one of your makeup remover wipes and wrap it tightly around a Q-tip. 

It is now time to create that clever little triangle…

  1. Using the end of the wrapped Q-tip, carve out a triangle in the filled-in shape that you have already created. 
  2. Don’t worry if you end up smudging some of the eyeliner around the triangle…
  3. Once you are done creating the triangle, take your liquid eyeliner and define it, giving it straight edges. 
  4. Finish off the look with a few coats of black mascara to really make your eyes stand out.

Once you are done, head on out and enjoy all of the compliments that you will receive!

Wondering what the rest of your makeup should consist of? 

Well, although the black liner is quite bold, the fact that it is all one color means that you can still have a bit of fun when it comes to the rest of your face, especially with your lips. 

A deep red lipstick will give this look some glamour, while lighter shades will soften this look down slightly. 

Shimmery Turquoise and Gold

Gently smiling woman with metallic green eyeshadow and lipstick

This is such a stunning holiday look, making use of both shimmery gold and turquoise eyeshadow shades. The colors complement each other beautifully, and the shimmer is perfect for the festive season. 

Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Prime your eyes and then add a base coat of eyeshadow all over your lids 
  2. Using a black eyeliner pencil, draw a line extending outwards and upwards from the outer corner of your eye. Create a 45-degree angle and continue this line towards the crease of your eyelid,  creating a sideways V-shape
  3. Use a matte black eyeshadow, along with a brown shadow, to blend these lines and soften them down 
  4. Place some shimmery turquoise eyeshadow in the center of your lids, blending this outwards so that it covers more of your lids
  5. Apply some shimmery gold eyeshadow to your tear ducts, once again blending this towards the outer edges of your eyes. This will help to brighten your look up and make your eyes appear wider and more awake
  6. Spend a bit more time blending all of the different colors together to create smooth gradients, ensuring that there are no harsh edges

And there you have it, the look is complete! 

Want to give your eyes even more definition? 

Smudge some black eyeliner along your waterline, and give your lashes a few coatings of mascara. Fake lashes can also work well with this look, but do be careful that you don’t overdo it, as the colors used already make quite the statement themselves. 

Extra-Thick Lashes

Woman closing her eyes, with extra thick eyelashes

This look places a focus on the eyelashes, with false lashes used to give them a thicker, longer and more luscious appearance. 

If you regularly wear false lashes, then this will be an easy look to put together. 

However, for everyone else, here’s how it’s done…

To begin with, you need to buy yourself a set of extra thick false lashes. It is important to go for extra thick styles in order to achieve the volume required for this look.

Once you’ve got your lashes, you will need to trim them down to size. In order to do this, you will need to first measure them against your eyes. 

Take the lashes out of their packaging, being careful to peel them out from the outer corners rather than pull them out from the inner corners. Since the outer corners will be trimmed anyway, it doesn’t matter too much if a lash here happens to break. 

Then, hold this against your natural lash line, in a position for the fake lash strip to begin at the same place as the bulk of your natural eyelashes. It can be tempting to place the strip closer to the inner corners of your eyes, but this will only end up irritating your eyes. 

Are your fake lashes too long? 

Give them a trim with a pair of scissors, making sure that you cut them at the vein rather than the actual lashes. 

Next, apply a thin layer of eyelash glue along the vein of the strip, running this all the way to each end. You can also place some of this glue along your own lash line if you want to give the lashes some added security. 

Then, point your eyes downwards and place the vein of the fake lashes along your lash line, pressing this in. Squeeze the lashes down onto your natural lashes, encouraging them to bond.

What about the eyeliner in this look? 

For best results, apply a layer of liquid liner before applying your lashes, but after you have measured and trimmed them. Then, once your lashes are on, apply another layer of liquid liner to help make it really stand out. 

Glittered Lids

Silver glitter eyeshadow

This silver glittery look is perfect for a festive occasion, and all of that sparkle will ensure that your eyes are the focal point of your entire look.

Begin by making sure that your brows are immaculately groomed, using a small brush to keep all of the hairs running in the same direction. 

Then, move on to your eyes, following these steps: 

  • Apply an eyeshadow base over your lids, blending this upwards over your crease 
  • Use a deeper brown eyeshadow shade, along with a blending brush, to blend the brown eyeshadow along your crease. Make sure you only use one layer of the brown, as you want the finish to be smooth and soft rather than harsh 
  • Apply a mixing medium over your lids, in the area that you want the glitter to adhere to. If you don’t have any mixing medium, eyelash glue will work just as well 
  • Dip a flat brush into some silver glitter, and then pat this onto your lids. Don’t worry about stray specks of glitter falling onto your face, as you will be able to tidy this up later on 
  • Apply some liquid eyeliner to your upper lash line, making the line as thick or as thin as you want. Extending this line out to create a cat-eye shape really accentuates this look 
  • Use a matte black eyeshadow along your crease to give your eyes some extra definition, before blending this line out 
  • Use a blush brush to brush away any loose glitter that has fallen on your face

Now that you’re done with the glitter, it is time to move on to your lashes…

A few swipes of mascara is all you need to complete this look, but if you would like some extra drama, a strip of false lashes wouldn’t go amiss. 

Try to keep the rest of your makeup relatively simple, as the glitter is already quite powerful. Nude lips work well with this look, enabling the glitter to really stand out and speak for itself. 

Pop of Yellow

Bright yellow eyeshadow

While yellow is quite a summery shade, this pop of color on the eyes works really well for the holiday season, providing a bright and vibrant look. 

The key is finding a yellow eyeshadow that has plenty of pigment. This is a look where you really want the yellow to be bold and stand out, rather than having it fade into your skin. 

Begin with an eye primer, applying this to your lids as well as upwards towards your brow bone. 

Then, dab a brush onto your yellow eyeshadow and apply this over your lids. Extend the color outwards from the outer corners of your eye, as well as upwards, so that it stops just underneath your brow bone. You will likely need quite a few layers of color for this in order to ensure that the pigment is bold enough. 

Next, you will need some eyeliner…

If you want a starker contrast, opt for a black liquid liner. On the other hand, if you want to tone this look down slightly, a pencil will give you a softer effect. 

Draw a line along your upper lash line, keeping this one as close to your lash line as possible. Then, fill in your waterline with an eyeliner pencil, extending this line outwards and upwards from the outer corners of your eyes. Make sure that this line joins up with the yellow shadow you have already applied. 

Once you are done, finish the look with a couple of layers of mascara to really make your eyes pop even more. 

Not sure if yellow would work with your eye color or skin tone? 

Don’t worry – yellow is actually a very universal shade. Just about everybody has a touch of yellow in their skin undertones, meaning that this is a color that is flattering for everyone. 

What should you do with the rest of your face?

Keep it simple, especially when it comes to your lips. All you need is a touch of balm or some nude lipstick to balance out the yellow. Anything brighter than these neutrals will only make your face look over-done. 

It is always fun to experiment with eye makeup, especially during the holiday season. This gives you the opportunity to try out looks that you may not otherwise have attempted, opting for something that little bit extra special for any festivities you may have planned. 

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