Annie Walton Doyle
December 23, 2016 11:24 am
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In celebration of the end of a year when all of your makeup don’ts were spun around and turned back into makeup dos, I want to celebrate the holiday season the best way I know how — by breaking more beauty rules!

And has there ever been a combination so universally mocked than blue eyeshadow and red lipstick? It seems to have become a caricature for “bad makeup.” I really don’t know why, I think it looks super retro, cool, and festive. To me, it’s association with cool was cemented by Bridget Hall on the cover of The Face. Cool, right?

Ok, now that I have you on my side, I’m giving you not one but two ways to channel Miss Hall and be the coolest chick at your New Year’s Eve festivity. One is a barely there nod towards the bold look, the other is #going4it in a big way! Either are greatly encouraged by me.

For both of these looks, you’ll want a simple, clean base face. For me, that’s highlighting primer, foundation, and eyebrows.

Here’s look one.

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I mixed the much missed Dior Glow Maximizer Primer ($42) into heavy coverage foundation to make it more slippy-siliconey and more glowy. If you didn’t manage to weasel away a tube of the Dior, I have it on good authority that the Becca Backlight Priming Filter ($38) is similar. The foundation I used was the Vichy DermaBlend Fluid ($16.50), which is a hefty dose of coverage for horrible winter skin.

I did my eyebrows with a waterproof brown mascara because I wanted a super casual, fluffy, natural-ish look.

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For my first, subtle take on the look, I used a pale, sheer blue shadow with a warm, red tinged lip stain. The eyeshadow I used was from UK brand Natural Collection ($2.08) and was called Sky. The quality of this one was pretty awful to be honest, it was powdery and thin. I needed to really pack it on to get this subtle effect.

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Any super pale eyeshadow will do. The NYX Hot Singles shadow in Kandi ($4.50) would be a much better choice.

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Lips were done via a light dabbing of the Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain ($9.49) in Romantic. This is a lovely, subtle, tomato red. It goes on shiny and wears off to a natural looking stain. I actually super like all of these Balm Stains. They’re great for easy, long lasting lips.

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Here’s look two.

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To really amp stuff up, though, you want intense blue eyelids with an opaque, neon red mouth. And I’ve got just the products for it.

On the eyes, a liberal amount of the L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow ($8.49) in the shade Timeless Blue Spark. These are some of the best foil, metallic, pigmented shadows at the drugstore! They have loads of ace colors and no duds.

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Apply with finger in big, sweepy motions, then diffuse the edges with a blending brush. This is a big, kinda messy look so don’t worry about perfect placement. If you’re wearing it to party, it’ll be all over your temples by the end of the night, anyway.

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Lips were my top dog guy, the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet ($9.99) in It’s Redding Men. My love for these is well documented, but if you fear ordering from the internet, the Revlon HD Matte Lip Color in Love ($8.99) will serve you well.

Now, who is ready to party this New Year’s Eve with bold blue eyeshadow and some hot red lips?

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