Red Carpet Inspired Holiday Makeup Look

When dolling up clients for the red carpet, I’m often asked for a specific look: soft smokey eyes and chiseled cheeks and a nude lip. In highly photographed moments, sultry, defined features help red carpet regulars find their best angles—not to mention, its a foolproof combo that always looks stunning. Inspired by the red carpet, I designed a holiday makeup look with the camera in mind. I used a mixture of metallic and nude matte shades to create the smoked-out look—the shimmer adding a rock-n-roll vibe to the festive makeup. Pair with a well-blended contour and you have a high-glam look for wherever your holiday plans take you. After all, at any festive fête, there’s bound to be some Instagramming. This look will help you find your light. 

Here are the products I used, all of which are Bobbi Brown (and I even did this look in-person this past weekend at the Nordstrom Bobbi Brown counter at Century City here in LA… it was a blast and thank you all who came out!!) 

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EYES

It’s Your Party Eye & Cheek Palette: Using the warm, gold bronze shade (Bikini Bronze—third eyeshadow, second row), I covered my lids from lash line to brow bone. Then, I used the deep eggplant color (Brown—fourth eyeshadow, second row) on the outer corners, creating a “v” shape by blending from the upper lash line to the outer part of the crease. Finally, I took the brown, matte shade (Taupe—third eyeshadow, first row) along my crease to tie it all together.

Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Bark: I used this along my upper lash line, blending it out with my finger to create the smokey effect. Even though it is a longwear product, I set it with the eggplant eyeshadow (Brown—fourth eyeshadow, second row) for added depth.

Eye Opening Mascara: I love a mascara that can be bold without stealing from the eye look—this one does exactly that, adding volume and length to the lashes. Curl your eyelashes first and then add a single coat of mascara. If you desire more drama, add another coat. The key is to make sure the eye remains soft-looking and diffused.

Waterproof Liner in Evening Sky: I then added navy blue in my waterline to brighten the whites of my eyes. This keeps me looking well-rested and youthful while wearing a dark eye look.

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LIPS & CHEEKS

Luxe Lip Minis in Uber Beige (Sandy Tone Neutral): I applied my lip straight from the bullet, adding a second layer for more volume. I adore the soft texture of this lipstick—it wears so comfortably, moisturizes the lips and leaves behind a rich pigment that lasts all night. And as any long-time readers of Currently Kira know, I can’t resist a good nude! Liner optional.

Moon Glow Highlighter Powder: I gently dusted the gold highlighter across my cheekbones, my brow bone and a on the center of my lids for even more pop. I finished off the eye look with just a small amount of highlighter on the inner corner. Tis the season to be glowing! 

Blush: I used the blush from the It’s Your Party palette (Pink Rose) mixed with another called Winter, swirling them over the apples of my cheeks for a perfectly customized pink hue.

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COMPLEXION

Instant Full Cover Concealer: I applied this sparingly on any spots that needed extra concealing, especially under my eyes. Pro trip: The peachy undertones cancel out blues, making your under eye appear even brighter. I used shades Honey and Natural. 

Skin Foundation Stick: Using just a small amount, I dabbed the foundation onto my t-zone, blending it out with Bobbi Brown’s Buffing brush for a seamless finish. I used shade 4.25. 

Sheer Finish Pressed Powder: I used a light dusting of powder in my t-zone and under my eyes to set the look.

Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder: Using the Medium shade, I chiseled out my cheekbones before adding a little bit all over for extra glow.

 

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Feel free to comment below and share with me your favorite holiday makeup look!

 

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This post is in partnership with Bobbi Brown. Photos by Maddie Cordoba. Blooms courtesy of Venus Et Fleur.

 

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