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Holiday Makeup Look: Gold Glitter & Red Lips

December 16, 2015 0 Comments

Holiday Makeup Look: Gold Glitter & Red Lips

Holiday parties are among us! Today I wanted to share my first Holiday Makeup Look – a simple way to go glam this season. A go-to staple for the holidays is of course, a bold red lip. But if you throw in some gold glitter, then you’ve upped your makeup game. I promise that wearing glitter doesn’t have to be difficult (just a little messy). I used Espionage Cosmetics BOOM!, a cosmetic-grade gold glitter. Espionage Cosmetics makes fun fandom-themed cosmetics and they frequent comic conventions – it’s fun to play with their stuff in person!

You’ll need something for the glitter to stick to – be it clear eyelash glue, cream eyeshadow, mixing medium, or adhesive base. I recommend Silk Naturals Stick Em Eye Shadow Enhancer or Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy. I’ve read some people have had success with a mixture of aloe vera gel, glycerin, and water. For this look, I used both a cream eyeshadow base and a trial size tube of Pixie Epoxy. You’ll also need a bit of scotch tape to pick up glitter fallout.

Holiday Look: Gold Glitter & Red Lips


I prepped my skin with the 100% Pure Mattifying Primer and my eyes with Faerie Organic Forty Winks Eye Primer.


Using a fluffy blending brush, I used Jane Iredale’s Almond (from the Daytime Eyeshadow Kit) along the visible upper part of my lids, otherwise known as the conventional crease. I have slightly hooded eyes so I keep my eyes open while applying eyeshadow to see what will actually be visible with my eyes open. For the longest time I was closing them and applying crease colors into my actual crease, then watching all my hard work disappear once I opened my eyes. Don’t make this mistake, hooded lid sisters!

Then I went in with the gold shade, Lady Godiva, from the Lily Lolo Laid Bare Palette, onto my movable lid. On top of that, I dabbed some Au Naturale Cream Eyeshadow in Palma. Once that was set, I applied the Pixie Epoxy and pressed on some the BOOM!. I created my winged liner with Physicians Formula’s Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum. I tightlined with Honest Beauty True Velvet Eyeliner in Truly Black and used the same liner on my upper waterline and outer 3/4 lower waterline.

Holiday Look: Gold Glitter & Red Lips

Holiday Look: Gold Glitter & Red Lips

To top off the eye look, I applied Georgie Beauty’s Lashes in No. 8 and used the accompanying lash adhesive. To blend them in with my regular lashes, I ran a little bit of W3LL PEOPLE Expressionist Mascara through both my upper and lower lashes. Now is the time to bust out that scotch tape and pick up any glitter fallout!

Underneath my eyes I primed with Faerie Organic Forty Winks again, used Silk Naturals Peach HD Concealer 40 to counteract darkness, and Hynt Beauty DUET Perfecting Concealer in Medium over that. I went back in with the Honest Eyeliner and lined under my eyes, but only half of the way in, smudged the line, and then set the undereye area with Silk Naturals Brightening Concealer #2 (comparable to Anastasia Beverly Hills Banana Powder).


Brows were filled in with Ecobrow in Penelope and tamed with Jane Iredale PureBrow Gel in Brunette to keep them in place. I used Oyster from the same JI Daytime palette on my brow bone and on the inner corners of my eyes.

Holiday Look: Gold Glitter & Red Lips


Once my eyes were done I used Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation in Illusion all over my face with fingers, blended with a Beauty Blender, and concealed blemishes and scars with Honest Beauty Concealer Duo in Balanced Beige.


For soft contouring, I dabbed on some Kjaer Weis Dazzling Bronzer onto the hollows of my cheeks. I went over it lightly with Alima Pure Sombra, and used that powder on the circumference of my face, down my nose, and under my lower lip. I kept my cheeks simple with Kjaer Weis Desired Glow and RMS Beauty Living Luminizer for the high points of my face.

Holiday Look: Gold Glitter & Red Lips


I lined my lips with the Jane Iredale Lip Pencil in Crimson. This Silk Naturals Lipstick (also in Crimson) is supposed to be an exact dupe for MAC Russian Red. Having owned Russian Red, I’d have to agree. I got rid of it before I got the SN dupe, so I haven’t done a side-by-side comparison, but it is seriously spot-on. Silk Naturals’ dupes never fail to make the green beauty transition easy peasy! For good measure, here’s a photo of me wearing MAC Russian Red from 2013:

Holiday Makeup Look: Gold Glitter & Red Lips


To set everything, I pressed RMS Beauty “Un” Powder in 2-3 into my skin with a powder puff, paying special attention to areas with concealer. I then spritzed with Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator.

And that’s it!

Since the glitter is kept on the mobile part of the lid, it’ll be a fun surprise every time you blink. See this gif I posted to my Instagram the other day:

I’ve even got weird, unflattering, straight-on flash shots for you, too (including a Notorious B.I.G. one). I’m sure I’ve discussed my uneven eye creases on here before, but you can see the asymmetry in these flash photos. Because of how uneven my folds are, I extend the shadow on my left (your right) eye up further to even them out.

Holiday Look: Gold Glitter & Red Lips

I actually wore my make up similarly to this at a holiday party last year when I had purple hair:

Holiday Makeup Look: Gold Glitter & Red Lips

Holiday Makeup Look: Gold Glitter & Red Lips

I hope this inspired you to add a little glitz to your makeup looks this season!

Would you wear this holiday look? Do you guys like this Makeup Look feature? I’m thinking of doing more!


Mayette Villanueva is a California-based natural beauty & style blogger.