4 totally glam holiday makeup looks

By: Julia McEwen

Marie Rainville Author: Canadian Living Credits: Marie Rainville


4 totally glam holiday makeup looks

By: Julia McEwen
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These four beauty looks are anything but traditional—but they're beautiful just the same. Add a wee bit of jeweltone colour to your lids, kisser or nails and you'll be the belle of the ball.

Berry makeup on lips and nails

Photo by Marie Rainville

Very berry

From ruby-tinged pouts to matte magenta mouths, berry lips ruled the fall runways. Their reign continues well into winter with rich, hydrating lipsticks in shades of amethyst and kunzite. Another swoon-worthy trend? Matching your lips to your tips. The retro esthetic of coordinating berry finishes creates a subtle yet powerful beauty statement.

Dress, $70, Earrings, Ring,

Berry makeup products
Product photos by Geoffrey Ross

Get the look: 

1. Ceramic Glaze Nail Lacquer in Applause, $10,
2. Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Liquid Lip Potion in True Liar, $34,
3. Essence Metal Glam Eyeshadow in Coffee to Glow, $3.50,
4. Gosh Velvet Touch Matte Lipstick in Raspberry, $14,
5. Essie Nail Polish in Flowerista, $10,

Purple eyeshadow
Photo by Marie Rainville

Ritzy business

Draw attention to your peepers with rich and regal smoky purples. Swapping out sooty black for vivid lilacs instantly softens a smoky eye. And, if you're looking to bling it on—after all, it is the holidays—press micronized glitter over top or look for a purple shadow with major sparkle.


Purple and pink makeup products
Product photos by Geoffrey Ross

Get the look:

1. M.A.C Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Plum Dressing, $24,
2. Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Glaze in Make a Mauve, $12,
3. Sephora Collection Colorful Shadow & Liner in Purple, $18,
4. Ardell Natural Eyelashes, $6.50, Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Lipstick in #45, $8,

Green eye makeup with red lips
Photo by Marie Rainville

The clash

One of the golden rules of makeup is never to pair a dramatic eye with an equally bold lip. We say, phooey! Sometimes, you need to break the rules to achieve true greatness. Take a risk and swipe shimmering emerald-green shadow onto lids, then pair with an audacious juicy red lip. When two striking beauty elements are equally intense, the effect is sophisticated—never garish.

Faux-fur stole, $100, Earrings,

Green and red makeup products
Product photos by Geoffrey Ross

Get the look:

1. Giorgio Armani Eye Tint in Émeraude, $39,
2. Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Lounge, $22,
3. Lise Watier Eye Shine in Peacock, $22,
4. Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer in Cherry Pop, $21,
5. L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Intenza mascara, $11,

Purple lips with blue nails
Photo by Marie Rainville

Lost in space

When it comes to nail art, simple touches can make the biggest impact. Instead of applying an intricate design, try a negative-space manicure. A polish-free V-shape surrounded by sapphire-coloured lacquer elongates nails while adding a smidgen of edginess and elegance.

Balmain for H&M dress, $179, Crisscross ring, Ring,

Blue nail polishes and pink lip gloss

Product photos by Geoffrey Ross

Get the look:

1. Avon Nailwear Pro+ Nail Enamel in Vibe, $8,
2. SpaRitual Lacquer in Intricate, $12,
3. CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Mutant, $8.50,
4. Urban Decay Revolution High Color Lipgloss in Vice, $26,

Read more:
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This story was originally published in the December 2015 issue of Canadian Living.

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4 totally glam holiday makeup looks