All right peeps, it’s officially December. I’ve resisted all attempts to start getting all Christmas-y and let November live. Now that my tree is up, I feel comfortable to begin the holiday makeup look extravaganza. This look is inspired by one of the upcoming festivities that will be celebrated in my home country.

I thought of putting together this look because my compatriots will be starting the festivities very soon with Candles Day on the 7th of December, a prelude to a religious festivity on the 8th (if you must know, it’s a Catholic event, Immaculate Conception day). As with many other religious traditions, this one’s become more of an excuse to go out dancing. That’s just as good an excuse as any. Now, you may not celebrate Candles Day, maybe you don’t even celebrate anything in December. You can still rock this look for any party. After all, what better ocassion than that to wear a little sparkle?
 
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This look is supposed to be luminous, so you want to start with a clean, moisturized face. I applied Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance to provide not only a good base for my foundation to stick to, but to add that “lit from within” look.
 
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Although this shade feels a bit too light for my skin, the texture of the Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (in shade 5) is perfect for this look. I applied just a pump using my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. I focus on the middle of the face, working my way outwards.
 
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In a surprising departure from my usual eyebrow routine, I used my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade to shape my brows. Ok, maybe it is not such a shocking departure from my usually schtick, since it’s still the same brand as my regular product. I wanted to achieve a polished, yet natural look; first, brushing the brows with the spooley end of the Anastasia Beverly Hills #12 Duo Brush, then by applying small hair strokes with the angled brush end of the same.
 
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Using my fingers I applied Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo Gel-Cream Eyeshadow in 24k Gold on about 3/4 of the lid (starting from the inner corner). Then, I dab another Color Tattoo shade, On and On Bronze, in the outer corner of the eyes. With a Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush, I blended these shades to ensure no harsh lines.
 
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The exquisite Real Techniques 200 Oval Shadow Brush (from the Bold Metals collection) seem only fitting for this look. Using a Laura Mercier Illuminating Eyeshadow in shade Earth Glow (since discontinued. MAC Sable or Mulch can work, too), I applied on the outer V to create a more diffused look. I also took a bit of the color and ran it on the lower lash line.
 
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And now, the pièce de résistance. The centerpiece of this look, the gorgeous gold from the MAC Pigment in Blonde’s Gold. I applied with a MAC 239 Brush. You have to be very careful when applying. Only pack one side of the brush and then pat on from the center towards the inner corner.
 
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In retrospect, a liquid or gel liner would’ve easier to apply, but pencil was all I had at the time (the pencil got gold all over, thus it was harder to get the right intensity). Plus, it’s not like my beloved Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil ever disappoints. I used shade Demolition on top and lower lash line. I diffused on the lower lash line with the same Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush I used earlier. I also applied liner on the top waterline.
 
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A product I don’t get to use nearly as much as I’d want to is this beautiful rose gold eye pencil, the Chanel Stylo Yeux in shade 312. I applied in the lower waterline and also ran it in the inner corner of the eye. Again, continuing the luminosity these all over!
 
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First time trying this particular product, Benefit’s Roller Lash Mascara. First impression? So far so good! I applied on both top and bottom lashes. If you live in a warmer climate, I do not recommend doing the bottom lashes (especially if you are using concealer after)
 
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Typically I don’t need under eye concealer because I don’t have dark circles under my eyes, but in my case, using this amazing Smashbox High Definition Concealer in shade Medium serves two purposes: first, it cleans up whatever mess I’ve made under the eyes after eyeshadow. Makes it all look pretty neat. Second, it helps me even out the lighter skintone of my under eye area vs. the redness on my cheeks.
 
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This is an essential step if you want your makeup to last and to make your skin texture look as natural as possible: setting powder. I actually use something a bit stronger than regular loose / transluscent powder and it works wonderfully (and as a reader of this blog, you’ll know I’ve used this a lot recently). Using an Ecotools blush brush, I applied Benefit’s Hello Flawless Powder Foundation under my eyes, then buffed all over my face.
 
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I’m starting to run out of this one and I’m definitely repurchasing. I applied NARS Bronzing Powder In Laguna along the hollows of my cheeks with a Real Techniques Mini Blush Brush (another thing I forgot was my bigger contour brush and this one was the one I had around). And that is all the contouring you’ll get from me!
 
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The blush I’m using for this look, on the other hand, doesn’t get nearly as much use. I first tapped this MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Blush in shade 315 Peach Beige on the apples of my cheeksand blended with my fingers. Using a Real Techniques Buffing Brush, I blended the color towards the temples.
 
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Here’s another product I don’t use a lot, mainly because I forgot I had it (good thing I’m working on this makeup experiment, right?). I applied some of this Benefit Sunbeam Highlighter on the top of my cheekbones and blended with my fingers. As usual, remember the idea of this is to add subtle radieance, not disco ball sparkle. Unless that’s your thing, then by all means, disco ball away!
 
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And finally for the lips I’m usimg a lip pencil / lip gloss combo and let me tell you, I was surprised about how much it lasted on my lips, even after food. I first lined my lips with another one of my regular products, the MAC Lip Pencil in Dervish, followed by this Urban Decay NAKED Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss in Sesso.

And there you have it! The finished look!
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