Try two of beauty’s most iconic looks at once

Get inspired by this easy guide to dazzling holiday makeup.

On a list of beauty’s most timeless looks, a smoky eye and a bold red lip would certainly be at the top. While wearing them simultaneously may have been considered a faux pas in the past, it is possible to combine the two for a look that beams with iconic intensity — all that’s required is a fresh take. For the eyes, the goal is to balance dark and light tones while creating an elongated shape for exaggerated impact. Meanwhile, dressing lips in an unexpected orange-red hue will provide an instant update to the classic red lip. The best news? You can create this eye-catching holiday beauty look in just five steps!

Step 1: Build a solid base

The best way to showcase dramatic makeup is with flawless skin. Use foundation and concealer to enhance your complexion, and a light dusting of translucent powder to set makeup. Next, focus on the base of the smoky eyes. Use a black eyeliner, such as Lise Watier Smokey Kohl Velours in “Noir Velours,” to trace along the upper and lower waterlines. Then smudge liner slightly along the upper lash line to add extra definition.

Step 2: Work your angles

Choose an eye shadow palette that offers both dark neutral and lighter metallic shades, such as Dior Holiday 5 Couleurs Couture Eye Palette. Using a small dense eyeshadow brush, dip into the darkest shade and trace a large graphic winged shape that extends from the outer corner of the eye towards the temple and back into the crease. Fill in the elongated triangle with the dark shadow. With a clean brush, use the lightest shade to apply shadow over lids. Start at the inner corner and blend shadow into crease so it merges with the winged shape.

Step 3: Redefine your gaze

Once the eyeshadow is well-blended, intensify definition around the eyes. Reapply eyeliner along the upper lash line if needed, and then apply two coats of Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Magnet Extreme Lengthening Mascara to enhance the lashes.

Step 4: Get lit from within

With strong eyes and a bold lip in play, you can press pause on blush. But adding luminosity to your complexion is still a smart move. Blend a dab of a gel formula along cheekbones; it will melt into skin leaving a dewy radiance.

Step 5: Double down on glam

You’re ready for the grand finale: painting on a bold red lip! Choosing a scarlet tone with a slight orange tinge, such as Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture The Slim Velvet Radical Lipstick in “Fiery Spice,” will provide a modern twist. The semi-matte cream formula has intense pigment payoff, so a precise application is best to make the rich hue pop. Use a lip brush to trace the colour around your lip shape first, then fill in lips using lipstick from the tube.

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