Holiday Makeup Ideas | Pops of Color

ColourPop It's My Pleasure

Do or Dough, Bare Minimum, Chick Lit, Earthshine


Next in my ode to the holiday makeup season, this set of color combination ideas is focused on pulling in stronger, more colorful hues. If you missed part one, I’m pulling color combinations from past and present pre-made palettes along with some picks using single shades that will hopefully inspire some of your holiday makeup looks this season. The next (and final) part will be focused on darker, smokier, and slightly cooler-toned looks!

About This Series

Each look idea is centered around a “quad” of four shades with the expectation that one might bring in the appropriate brow bone or additional transitional shade based on skin tone. I know that I tend to use more like five or six shades in a typical look, but I think that four is a happy medium to give a good idea of the “core” color scheme of a look while giving you the ability to lighten/darken as desired. I have listed the colors in this order: inner lid, middle of lid, outer lid/crease, and crease/above crease.

You might see combinations that seem slightly repeated but placement will vary (e.g. a halo placement where the lightest and more shimmery shade is placed on the center) as placement can also create a different effect/look! You might also want to consider incorporating your favorite matte/shimmer shades (as applicable) to increase the versatility of certain palettes. Consider these ideas a jumping off point!

Sydney Grace Autumn's Reign

Magnificent Chestnut, Fallen Splendor, Moonlit Kingdom, Majestic Breeze


ColourPop Good as Gold

Bold Rush, Nugget About It, Let's Do It, Big Brooch


Sydney Grace Eyeshadows

Levy, Fool's Gold, Sweetheart, Queen of Hearts


ColourPop Blue Moon

Lumi, Billie Jean, Da Ba Dee, Moonlite


Sydney Grace Eyeshadows

Blue Mist, Comforter, Abyss, Thunderbird


Natasha Denona Lila

Amethyst (141M), Magnolia (143K), Magentic (142M), Layla (140M)


ColourPop Just My Luck

Olive U, 50-50, Mo Bamba, Chances Are


Sydney Grace Eyeshadows

Magenta Dreams, Laura's Memory, Chamellionaire, Thrilled


Natasha Denona Metropolis

Claret (274M), Imperia (265M), Jubilee (271M), Symbol (272CP)


Sydney Grace Eyeshadows

Magic Act, Tiara, Below Zero, Midnight Amethyst


Pat McGrath Subversive (Mini)

Synthetica, Gold Standard, Lapis Luxury, Blue Blood


Sydney Grace Eyeshadows

Levy, Deep Desire, Forever Enough, Midnight


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My mom’s side’s Christmas party is tomorrow. I don’t have any Sydney Grace shadows and thus can’t wear the exact shades, but I’m doing something like A Chilling Shift!

My Chilling Shift color duplicates were the icy pink shade (#2, top middle) from the original Huda Gemstone Obsessions palette, the Aquarius and Sagittarius shimmers from the BH Cosmetics Zodiac palette (Aquarius gold, Sag green), and UD Fringe from my beloved Electric palette. I chose to modify the application, using pink all over the eye, Aquarius from lashline to crease, Sag in crease, and Fringe as an eyeliner. I added Tarte Mistletoe bronzer (from this year’s 9 Ways to Shine cheek wardrobe) as blush and a mix of UD Scorched and L’Oreal Collection Exclusive Doutzen’s Pink lipsticks. The look went over really well!

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