Holiday Makeup: Gold & Cranberry + Bold Lips (or Bronze Lips!)

This is almost like a two-for-one kind of look, because I took photos of two [drastically] different lip combinations — the first is a deeper plummy red and the second more of a bronzy nude. I wanted to try out some of the products I’ve reviewed lately, so that’s where I tried to draw inspiration from.

If there’s a review or a product photo of one of the products I used, just click the product name and link. Let me know if you like me linking to the products this way or not — if it’s not helpful, please let me know!

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying MAC Soft Ochre paint pot as your eyeshadow base all over the lid with the 249. Using the 239, apply Dolce & Gabbana Gold Eyeshadow Duo (gold) on the inner third of the eyelid. Next, apply Dolce & Gabbana Gold Eyeshadow Duo (copper) on the middle third of the eyelid and lightly blend with the inner corner. Darken the outer third of the lid with MAC Cranberry eyeshadow with the 239, gently brushing it into the lower crease. Next, define the crease by applying MAC Fig. 1 eyeshadow with the 226. Lightly tap and brush Dolce & Gabbana Gold Eyeshadow Duo (gold) directly above the crease to soften. To finish the eyeshadow look, sweep MAC Rose Blanc eyeshadow as a highlighter on the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying Urban Decay Zero Liner on the lower waterline and L’Oreal HIP Gold Chrome Eyeliner on the lower lash line, and then sweeping lashes with Chanel Exceptionnel mascara.

For cheeks, apply Benefit Sugarbomb to the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 129.

For lips, apply Dolce & Gabbana Ruby Lipstick first, and then layer Lancome Mercury Rising Lipgloss for a bolder lip look. For a softer lip color, try Dolce & Gabbana Gold Lipstick as a base and then top with Givenchy Tender Pearl Lipgloss.

Check out more photos!

Dolce & Gabbana Gold Eyeshadow Duo (Gold/Copper); MAC Cranberry eyeshadow, MAC Fig. 1 eyeshadow, MAC Rose Blanc eyeshadow

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Very pretty look. I think I need Cranberry in my life. The second lip combo is my favorite 🙂
I also like the picture of the swatches and the linking you added! Personally I would rather have you just link to the gallery than to reviews, but that’s just my preference 🙂

Thanks, Roxanne! Cranberry is gorgeous – love it so! 🙂

If it’s in the gallery, I think I link to it, but a lot of newer products and non-MAC ones aren’t in the gallery yet!

Oh this is so pretty! Although I don’t have any of these eyeshadows, I reckon I can recreate it with some others I own. I will try it asap! 🙂 Love the bold lips too. Thank you!

Oh, I bet you could! 🙂 I’ve been trying to use permanent products and not so many really old, ancient LEs… unless there’s a good dupe. It’s tough, LOL.

Like the red lips so much.

And the blend of the eye colors is gorgeous! Love the gold eyeliner on your lower lashline. The transition from eggplant to cranberry and then the gold was very well-blended!!

Great look!

Gorgeous look! The colour combination is really unexpected, but works perfectly.

I love that you’ve linked to the products, and that there are swatches! It makes things a lot easier on my end — I’ve grown accustomed to immediately searching for swatches after seeing your FOTDs 😛

Is it alright if I add this to my link post tomorrow, Christine? I’d have a description of the post and one of your photos, but with the proper crediting etc 🙂 Please let me know if I need to take it down and I’d be more than happy to!

Ahhh! This is an unbelievably pretty look! Such a great color combination. I’m impressed and was inspired to do something similarish today (but softer – Ricepaper instead of a bold gold – and w/o the purple). I do like this best with the bold lips. Today I went for something in-between, Gems lipstick with Enchantress lipglass, a combo that’s making me swoon.

hey christine
this is by far my fav hahhaha like very wearable for me u know pinks and golds
m glad i bought cranberry after ur recomm.
pls suggest any mac lipstick for this look
keep up the great looks

This is sooo pretty, my fav. color combination of all time, although I wouldn’t have taken up the highlighter so high on the sides of my nose. I like the bronze nude lip!

That’s absolutely gorgeous!
And even better, I have dupes for every single one of these shadows.
I like it better with the lighter lips though, gives it a nice airy feel.

OMG I was hoping you’d use Benefit Sugarbomb in a look! It is really, really gorgeous!! I looooove this look, Christine! Golds and Cranberry always look so amazing on you but the purple really adds a touch I wouldn’t have thought to use! So pretty! I do have to say I prefer the darker lip for impact but wow, the bronzey nude actually makes the look really pretty and daytime appropriate! You did such a fantastic job! 😀

I had to 🙂

Thanks so much! It’s amazing how different lip colors can totally alter a look — I knew some would find the bold lips too much, clownish, etc., so I thought changing it up and putting some polar opposite lips would show how different it can be!

Absolutely gorgeous Christine!! I’m gonna try this with the bronze lips.
I don’t have cranberry, any other color in MAC that would look similar?
Happy Holidays!!

I LOVE the links to the products and the SWATCHES!!! I’m forever trying to match what i have to what you’ve used and this helps SO MUCH!!!! I also prefer the Bronze lips:)

I did a similar look today, only to come online and see this! 😀 I used Amber Lights in the inner corner and Cranberry on the outer lid. (Cranberry is a seriously underated colour for brown, hazel and green eyes) On the lips I used 80% lipliner(love it) and flashmode lustreglass.

love it! the color combination is beautiful. the picture quality is so clear, which makes the colors of your eyes really pop. what camera do you use?

This is beautiful… like a sunset. I like the darker lips better personally. I really must get my hands on Fig. 1 since I love it and have wanted that color forever… And I also love that you can get away with not wearing liner on the top and it looks good. It looks rather odd on me I find.

Thanks so much, Katie! So glad you liked it 🙂

I wonder if you think I can get away with it only because you’re so used to seeing yourself with it?

This make up gives you cat’s eyes! You’re such a beautiful lady. 🙂 Beside, as I can give my point of view, I prefer Bronze lips. It’s less “I wear make up” but more sensual and more luminous.

It’s ridiculous, I really love the kind of look MAC Fig. 1 can allow but for some reason, I never feel like buying such colors because I’m afraid to look like I have bruises. Yet I’m a long time black smokey girl so I’m not afraid of bold looks. Silly me, I don’t think it would look bad with my green eyes.

(your hair is starting to get long now, cool!)

Thanks so much! 🙂

Yes, definitely – the lip color is all in what kind of look you’re going for! The neutral/lighter lips tone the look down quite a bit.

ooo I love the colour combo. What mac eyeshadow would be a dupe for the gold? I only have amber lights but I can certainly pick up goldmine or gorgeous gold if those are better? I think this is gonna be my christmas look yay

this is so pretty! you look gorgeous! I tried it- but changed it up a bit by adding more eyeliner and smoking it out in the outer v because that’s what just worked with my eye shape. i was so glad i found this! this is one of my favorite looks you’ve done.

Ahh, a look!! So exciting. 🙂 You look gorgeous in this one. I would have never thought to throw all those colors together for the eyes. So pretty and unique.

The eyes are gorgeous! I like how you did the swatches too. Both lips look great although I think I prefer the second lips.

Your shots are always amazing 🙂

This is such a gorgeous look. I love gold for the holidays and will definitely be trying this look out. ;D That both lip shades look lovely with your complexion, by the way. I’m so envious!

Christine this look is amazing. I have worn it to work several times and it’s the look that I get the most compliments on from the customers I talk too all day. I am often told it looks like a sunset, so yeah I just wanted to tell you that and say thanks for this one. 🙂

Dear Christine, your blog became in 2011 even more beautiful and convenient! Last year i dreamed about the straight links to products you use in your looks – and here we are! 🙂 i am from Russia and we have this stuff here as well and i adore it (but cry sometimes when i see your prices, ours are much higher and nobody knows why).

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