Holiday Makeup Ideas | Smoldering Glitz

ColourPop Smoke Show

Young Love, Stone Face, Slated, Night Dream


Here’s the third (and final!) installment of my humble suggestions for your next holiday look, should you be in the mood for something smokier! I’ve tried to incorporate deeper, darker, and more dramatic hues along with some emphasis on cooler-toned (less typical gold/bronze choices, at least) as well. (Also, here are: part one and part two.)

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!

Natasha Denona Biba

Sculpture (226CM), Tor (225CP), Seed (224CM), Spot (227CP)


Sydney Grace Eyeshadows

Somber, Recruit, Herky Bird, Midnight


Anastasia x Jackie Aina

Sponsored, Trust Issues, Lituation, Credit


Natasha Denona Gold

Brass, Python, Log (Igneous), Lime Chrome


ColourPop Bare Necessities

Rumored, Cufflinks, Act a Fool, Dutch Process


Sydney Grace Eyeshadows

Green Mist, Keep It Fun, Slayed, Dusk


Pat McGrath Bronze Seduction

Astral Luna Gold, Rose Gold 005, Disobedient, Xtreme Aubergine


ColourPop Bare Necessities

All 4 U, Act a Fool, Stiletto, Baubles


Pat McGrath Subversive

Gigabyte, Lazarus, Xtreme Black, Deep Shade


Anastasia Soft Glam

Dusty Rose, Mulberry, Noir, Cyprus Umber


Sydney Grace Eyeshadows

Speedway, Relax, Cool Brown, Beyond


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What gorgeous colour combinations you have created Christine.
I really gravitate to elements of most of them – Gritty Glam and Surrender to Winter are my favourites. I feel encouraged to do this with shades from my own stash…Thank you Christine.

I love your ideas. Very wearable, classic, and unexpected all in one. You do these curations so well.
For me, I’ll be swiping Colourpop’s Hungry Ghost on my cheekbones and calling it festive.

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