Tuesday, December 23, 2014

HOLIDAY GLAM | Hair & Makeup Tutorial

It's alllllmost Christmas and I have been taking advantage of the season in my makeup routine as much as possible. Of course, it's standard fare to have red lips and a little sparkle, but I punched up the look with orange undertones and a braided twist! Bending the rules a little will make you stand out from the crowd so it's always exciting to try something a little different, am I right?

Here's my holiday tutorial for 2014! Hope you enjoy! Video and more photos after the jump. :)


eyeshadow primer | Too Faced Shadow Insurance
eyeshadow | Lorac Skinny Palette
brow pencil | Sigma Brow Pencil
eyelash curler | Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
false lashes | Ivory False Lashes

My real focus for this look was to create something that is quick and easy to follow but has a big impact in the end. The key points are an easy glittery eye and iconic red lips which screams holiday.

Because this focuses mostly on a soft, neutral palette for the eyes I wanted a really bold statement lip. Deviating from the traditional deep red, I opted instead for a hot-orange Urban Decay Bang lip pencil  (a current everyday go-to) underneath NYX's classic Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam. They work to create an elevated, matte bright red which I am totally obsessed with!

The glitter liner I used on my lids is Urban Decay in Distortion which sparkles an effervescent greenish-gold. It's seriously SO EASY I can't believe I don't use it more frequently. Can we bring back the 80's everyday glitter phase please? (Some of us never left it... Ha!)

For hair, I wanted a twist (ba-dum chh!) on a simple side pony with a cute braided wrap. A key point is curling the face-framing layers away from the face to give it a more glamorous look.

For a more festive look you could also plait a ribbon into the braid so the wrap really stands out.

Hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial and I hope you are all having an amazing holiday! 

Readers, do you have any fun Christmas or holiday plans? What are you doing for your makeup and hair for the season? Let me know in the comments!


  1. Cute makeup! I love how you did your hair :)


  2. Jeeen I really love your eyeshadow! I'm gonna buy lorac palette just because you use it so beautifully! <3


  3. sorry doublepost: and I really love heavy metal glitter liner from UD! omg,... I wanna know if it's close to something like etude house glitter liner or tony moly glitter line? because I could see UD is more sparky but not too sure about it.

  4. I love the hair! I am waiting for my hair to grow to be able to do fun things with it

  5. Wow, I liked that look! It's not too much, not too glittery and not too less. Just the right balance as usual :)
    Enjoy your holidays!

  6. Absolutely stunning! Love the small amount of glitter, such a glam look~



  7. Love the glitz and hair style. You are gorgeous and always inspire me to stay positive. Thank you for being you! I have a question: who makes the neckless you are wearing? Dying to know! Matches awesome with the earring:) Happy holiday<3

  8. Beautiful look! Very simple yet classic. Love the lipstick too

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  9. Your eyeliner is perfect! *A*

  10. Love the touch of glitter, perfect for the holiday mood :) Merry Christmas :)

    from Lazygulrox

  11. Agh, everything from your shadow to your hair and top is seriously perfection! Such a gorgeous look, and I hope that you had a lovely Christmas!

    Beautyosaurus Lex

  12. Love your makeup and your holiday look. =) Which camera do you use to shoot the videos and to take photos? The quality is amazing

  13. Really loved this holiday look Jen! ^__^ I especially adore the red/orange lips! I might need to run out and grab that lip pencil from UD! *___*

  14. I am still using this look, even though it is not the Holidays!


  15. Just beautiful! Your hair also looks so cute, I will have to try and recreate the look definitely!


  16. Very beautiful hair. Love the wave and color best!

    All things black hair care!

  17. Gorgeous! Which hair curler did you use, and which would you recommend? Love your curls!! <3

  18. I have a recommendation for you. You don't really talk about MAC but I am totally addicted to the Miley Cyrus Viva Glam lipstick and gloss. I have red hair and fair skin, but there is something so beautiful that I like wearing it everyday: https://www.maccosmetics.com/whats_new/14239/New-Collections/Viva-Glam-Miley-Cyrus/index.tmpl


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