Holiday Eco Glam Look
Welcome to the Everyday Effortless Beauty Series by Klava Z, which is a beauty series showing you how to do flawless, fresh, fun and natural makeup looks for everyday life.
This is another eco makeup look when I used only natural non-toxic products, this time by Delizioso Skin Care to create it!
Holiday season, as always has crept up upon me suddenly leaving me wondering when I’m going to do all these great holiday projects I had in mind. 🙂 Maybe next year?
Tis the time for anything fun, sparkly, shimmery! Which means you have a legitimate excuse to put some extra bling on your face! This Holiday Eco Glam Look is appropriate for an office daytime party or an evening restaurant outing. Usually even for going-out makeup I prefer to choose only one feature of the face to focus on and either go for dramatic eyer OR lips. However, since it’s holiday time, a little excess is allowed and even encouraged, so my Glammed Up version of this look is strong makeup all over which my lovely model pulled so nicely. You would never guess that she doesn’t usually wear makeup! This version of the makeup is perfect for an extravagant evening out or a New Year celebration!
I did a twist on the traditional holiday colours of green and red and used olive on the eyes and pink on the lips and cheeks instead. It’s actually a pretty combination even if it doesn’t sound like one. It’s a softer, more feminine version of green and red that I personally wouldn’t recommend in makeup for most people. The olive tone eyeshadow has a gold metallic finish to it and I mixed a bit of light silver to add dimension to the colours and also to add a cool tone to the eyes to tie in a cool tone pink lipstick even more. I don’t mind mixing gold and silver as long as it’s done right. 🙂
Even with colours on the eyes being green and metallic, the makeup still ended up looking elegant with soft smokey eyes and appropriate for an office party. It’s all about the placement and blending that makes it so wearable and that’s what I focus on explaining in the how-to technique part of my post below.
TECHNIQUE – EYES
When you are working with shimmery or dark colours, I recommend to start with your eyes first in case of fall outs or smudges. This way if you make a mess then you can just wipe it off without worrying about redoing your foundation.
Make sure to have a base for your eye-shadows to grab on to, whether it’s an eye-primer or a long wearing concealer, which what I used in this case.
I used a flat synthetic brush, to get an intense colour pay off, to apply the metallic olive eyeshadow all over the mobile lid and also along the lower lash line. Then I blended the colour towards the brow, just slightly above the crease with a soft blending brush to bring a hint of this colour there. This way the colour is the most intense in the middle of the lid and then gradually disappears outwards. Otherwise if this fun colour goes strong all the way above the crease it might look too garish.
To brighten up the colour, I mixed a silvery white eye-shadow in the inner corner and blended it fading towards the middle of the eye.
A sneaky liner was placed with a black pencil in between the lashes to make the roots of the lashes look really dark and full. Read all about this wonderful technique that most know as tightlining here.
Then I used a slightly wet angle brush to pick up a powder eye-liner to create a liner on the top and using the same brush soften the border of the liner for a more smokey look. I took what was left on the brush to add some dark in the outer bottom corner along the lashes as well. Since it was in a powder form, I was also able to use the same product as an eye-shadow to darken the outer top corner of the lid to create more depth and drama. And again I used a blending brush to go over the dark to make sure the colours are seamlessly flowing one into another. Well blended colours is what will make your makeup look polished and neat. Also how you move your brushes against your skin will also make a difference in how eye-shadows will go on. I focus on these techniques during my makeup lessons.
Finally lots of mascara applied in layers, going back and forth between the eyes to give layers a chance to dry a little bit, to define the eyes with a luscious fringe!
Since this is a going out Holiday Eco Glam Look, the base of the makeup needs to be long lasting and flawless (who knows how long that party is going to go for?). I think that the more dramatic makeup is applied, the more perfect the foundation should be and a bit of extra coverage is ok to achieve that flawless look. But more coverage doesn’t mean cakey!!! I used a medium to full coverage foundation that sets to matte finish and applied a few sheer layers with a flat synthetic foundation brush to get the coverage. After I gently pressed the final layer of foundation into the skin using a slightly damp beauty blender (if you don’t know what it is and you use foundation – look it up right now!). My makeup kit is not complete without this handy little tool that makes the surface of the foundation look so smooth!
I brightened up under the eyes with a slightly lighter then skin tone concealer to create a highlighted effect.
Then I applied the cream blush on the apples of the cheeks and slightly up and out along the cheekbones. To make sure that the cream blush goes on evenly, instead of dipping the brush into the pot, I placed a bit of cream on my hand, spread it thin and then stippled the brush on that to pick up the colour.
After everything was done I used a very sheer application of setting powder on the T-zone to ensure that foundation stays put and shine-free in that zone.
Lipstick needs to last through all the party talking and drinking, so I started with a lipliner in a neutral colour. I like how the lipliner gives light-coloured lips more definition. Then I applied a layer of long-wearing lipstick in a medium nude tone mixing a bit of the same cool tone pink cream blush I used earlier, as it is a lips and cheek product.
This summer I had a chance to connect with two lovely sisters, Leeona and Ariel, the creators of a kick-ass natural skin care company Delizioso. There are so many amazing things I love about this company! All of their products are 100% natural, raw and 100% paraben and synthetic free with no preservatives in sight. They are cruelty free. They are very particular about not diluting the active ingredients with water or other fillers so that the end products are at their highest potency delivering bio-dynamic powers of nature straight to skin. And all of the products are manufactured in Canada! On top of their extensive skin care, the girls also created a big selection of beautiful makeup. Along with offering neutral colours, the girls didn’t shy away from more daring and creative colours, which is not easy to find in a eco makeup world.
The sisters very generously send me a few of their products to play with and the more I discovered over the course of the past couple of months, the more I fell in love with them! So for this holiday eco glam look I decided to only use their products.
Dual Action Foundation Hydrating Coverage. It’s not easy to find an eco foundation that has this much high-pigmented coverage and stays put so well! It blends nicely and is easily buildable and sets right away to a natural matte finish. Which means you have to work fast with it. This makes it a great option for normal to oily skin types. This is also a good option for acne-prone skin because it has anti-inflammatory and blemish fighting properties! This alone blows my mind because I’m so used to conventional foundations that will only make breakouts worse. The other properties of the Dual Action Foundation are anti-aging, nourishing and sun protective. So this baby has got you covered on all fronts! And it smells divine being infused with Bulgarian rose oil!
Camouflage Mousse. Same in terms of coverage and longevity goes for this concealer. It has been my personal staple for all my angry spots and blemishes for the past couple of months. I already raved about this concealer on my Instagram. It covers well with a tiniest amount and doesn’t budge for hours. I like to use it with a small soft brush or the tip of my beauty blender.
Lust Lip and Cheek Shine. Another personal staple of mine that I sang praises to already! First of all I love it’s mutlitasking ability! The less I have in my makeup bag – the better. I need a very small amount of products because it’s so pigmented! It blends smoothly on to the skin and the colour stays put for the day, which is hard to do on my oily skin. This cream blush has a lovely dewy finish to it. See above in the FACE section on the best technique to apply this blush. The colour is a cool tone pink mauve that looks great on cheeks and lips! Goes on almost like a weightless stain on the lips.
Pressed & Perfect Eyeshadow in Cinnamon Sticks and in Coconut. If you want an eye-shadow that has high pay off, don’t look any further. The colour you see in the pot is the colour you get on the skin with its high pigment quality. The formula is velvety smooth, applies easily and sticks well. It’s made with pure minerals and great even for sensitive eyes. Mica, being the main ingredient, provides a beautiful metallic shimmer that’s not overpowering. Cinnamon Sticks is an olive colour with brown undertones and gold shimmer finish. Coconut is icy white with cool tone shimmer.
100% Natural Eyeliner Pencil/Brow Pencil in Midnight Black. It has a creamy consistency that makes it glide easily on the skin. The colour is a true black and as with everything in this line, it’s very pigmented. It stays on well with minimal smudging.
Intense Black Loose Eyeliner Powder. I was curious to try out this product because I don’t generally work with loose pigments, so I was worried that it would be messy. But it was very easy to work with! I just picked up the product with a slightly (not soaking) wet angle brush from the lid. A little goes a long way because, again, it’s super pigmented, and it doubles as an eye-shadow as well! The beauty of this formula is that once it’s on, it doesn’t smudge and will stay on all day. It’s easy to apply in a very precise line or smudge it for a smokey look. Can be applied wet or dry.
Volumizing Mascara in Black Diamond. I love that this mascara has so many lash nourishing ingredients to help keep lashes healthy. It does a good job at defining the lashes with it’s rich black pigment.
Creme de la Creme Natural Lipstick in Vanilla Creme. Goes on very creamy due to so many lovely nourishing oils and butters in the formula and has a nice rich satin finish. It has good longevity and amazing colour pay off. This has been my go to colour when I go for more dramatic eyes and want nude lips. It’s a medium light nude with warm pink undertones.
Lipliner Pencil Peachy Nude. This pencil is soft feeling upon application but not too creamy, so it doesn’t slide all over the place. The formula is very long wearing which will greatly enhance the longevity of your lipstick as well! Colour pay off, you guess it, is rich! The colour is peachy brown neutral.
GLAMMED UP VERSION OF THE LOOK
I know, it’s funny to have a glammed up version of the glam makeup look, but here it is, because sometimes there are different levels of glam! 😉
I just love how a simple change of lipstick has created such an impact to this Holiday Eco Glam Look! I chose a beautiful deep magenta colour, staying within the original palette of cool pink tones. I also added a strip of false lashes to make the eyes pop a bit more. Can’t go full glam without falsies, right?! My favourite are Demi Wispies by Ardell.
I hope this holiday season you have a chance to relax, enjoy time with your loved ones and of course, go out to a few fun parties looking all kinds of fabulous!
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Have an effortless beauty day!