Easy NYE Makeup Look

Hey, friends! I hope you all had a magical Christmas & holiday season. I’ve been in London visiting family over the holidays, getting some much needed R&R! Luckily, I don’t have to go back to work or school until next week, so this two week vacation has been incredible! As much as I’d love to bask in all that is Christmas, I can’t help but look forward to the upcoming celebrations for the new year. If you’re like me (which I think you are), and plan your sparkly outfits beforehand – makeup is usually something that you just kind of wing on the day. Even before my love for dressing up, makeup has always been my passion. In fact, I attended makeup school & worked in the cosmetics industry before I returned to complete my arts degree. It’s fun and creative, but more importantly, makeup is a lot less intimidating than everyone makes it out to be! If you’ve been scouting YouTube or Pinterest for festive makeup inspired looks, I have one more look I’ve prepared for you guys. This easy step-by-step holiday makeup tutorial, which you can definitely adjust and customize for yourself! It may take a bit of practice, but I promise once you get the hang of it – this look will only take you 10 minutes tops!! And you can easily transition this look for evening makeup looks in the new year.

Are you ready? LET’S DO THIS!

I’ve already applied my BB Cream and made up my eyebrows. I suggest that if you’re just starting out, to hold off on the BB Cream, foundation, or concealer part. If you’re new at handling a makeup brush, you MAY get some eyeshadow fallout below your eyes which can be a pain to remedy once you’ve already applied your foundation. I recommend starting with your eyes first, and then applying your foundation after for a flawless finish. I’m still recovering from studying from exams and Christmas binging, so apart from some lighting adjustments, I’ve left out the heavy photoshop and filter effects to give you guys the most realistic outcome for this look (so please excuse the eye bags)!

The first item I used was the 24 Hour Extended Eye Base by Mac Cosmetics ($27 CAD). I can’t even begin to explain my love for this product! I’m a huge fan of makeup primers (perhaps I’ll do a post on that soon), & this one is my ultimate favourite to apply before eye products. I have hooded eyes, so my eye products have a tendency to bleed onto the skin near my brows. When I use this eye base however, I never run into that issue. I also have normal to dry skin, and often I find that primers flake on my skin. With this product, there is no flaking, OR greasy residue if you tend to have oily eye lids. It can easily be applied with clean finger tips.

The second product is the Pro Paint Pot by Mac Cosmetics ($26 CAD). It’s a highly pigmented, long-wearing eye base which can be applied on its own – or before eyeshadow. Adding two primers at this point will really ensure your eye makeup will last all day/night! The colour I used was a limited edition called Fancy Frosting, but you can find similar reflective shades in Vintage Selection (frosted peach), and Bare Study (gold pearl). You won’t be needing too much of this product anyway, since we will be dipping into eyeshadow as well. But as you can see, it allows us to work on a sparkly base from the start.

On top of the base, I added a light dusting of the Nyx Ultra Pearl Mania Loose Eyeshadow in White Pearl ($3 CAD). I’ve had this product for YEARS, and I still have SOOO much left. For $3, it will seriously last you your lifetime. To apply this, I used the #239 brush by Mac ($30 CAD), but it’s hella overpriced, & any eyeshadow brush will do! I also recommend putting just a bit in the inner corners of your eyes to really make them pop!

Next, on the outer edges of my eyelids I very gently applied Makeup Forever Artist Shadow in Black ($26 CAD), which is a matte finish eyeshadow that is easily blendable. This product is very pigmented but as you can see, I applied very little to the corners of my eyes. Feel free to go in with more if you prefer! It’s always better to start off with a little amount and build up the colour, as opposed to going straight in with a ton of product on your brush. Remember, it’s easier to add than take away product, so slowly keep building up. If you find that it looks a bit muddy, use a clean brush and apply a  flesh tone eyeshadow colour on it, while making small circles surrounding the muddy area with your brush to clean up the look.

As you can see, I’ve cleaned up the eyes a little with a lighter eyeshadow which is similar to my skintone, entitled Vanilla by Mac ($16 CAD). I also applied just a touch of a taupe colour called Coquette to the outer corners to give them more depth. You can definitely add any brown, grey, or taupe colours to the corners if you want to add to the look.

I then applied one of my favourite black liquid eyeliners called Scandal Eyes by Rimmel London. You can easily purchase this product from any major drugstore or department store. Adding liquid eyeliner really makes the eyes pop with contrast! Pro tip: apply black eyeliner pencil on your top eye line (just under your eyelashes), for added drama. 

I then used another product which is no longer available from MAC for my mascara, BUT good news, it wasn’t my favourite. On a side note, I’m currently loving Hydra Lash Nourishing Mascara by Joe Fresh ($12 CAD), which is available Shoppers Drug Mart. It’s enriched with argan oil, and gives lashes a softer finish, which I prefer.

At this point, our eyes are done and we’re ready to move to my favourite part …. LIPS!!!

To begin, I use Mac Prep + Prime Lip ($17.50 CAD). Enough Mac products yet? Haha. Hands down, this is my favourite product EVER. Even if I’m not wearing lipstick, this product doubles as a lip chap. I used to never wear matte lipsticks because my lips flaked, and it just made my lips look awful by the end of the day. Not to mention, I hated how dry they felt. This product has allowed me to fall in love with matte products because it makes such a soft base to apply matte products, and I seriously never need to reapply my lip products if I’m wearing this! 10/10 I WOULD RECOMMEND.

I then applied Ruby Woo Lip Liner ($17.50 CAD), all over my lips!

I then used Red Jade Retro Matte Lip Colour ($21 CAD), which is a liquid-suede lip colour that is true to colour and super long-lasting! After applying lip products, we’re done!!

Selfie Ready

And there you go, guys! A super-easy makeup look just in time for NYE!!! What are your plans? Any sparkly parties I NEED to be aware of? I’ll probably just be staying in with family, which has always been my favourite way to bring in the new year.

Let me know if you guys try this look, or if you’d like to see more beauty How-To Tutorials in the future!

Take care & keep warm!! <3


A Sparkly Introduction

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Hi, lovelies! Welcome to my first ever blog post on The Sparkle Style. Let me start off by saying how excited I am to finally introduce TSS. I have wanted to create this blog for many years, and I decided 2017 was the year I would finally step out of my comfort zone and make it happen. My plan is for the blog to focus on self-love through beauty, style, and travel.

I thought that for my first blog post, and my first post for 2017, that I would shower my readers in all the sparkly magic that is NEW YEARS EVE. I am a sucker for anything drenched in sparkles AND/or sequins, which is why it makes perfect sense to introduce the blog to you guys with a New Years post.

I’m not a fan of large crowds, which is why I always opt to bring in the new year with my family. Dressing up to the nines with loved ones and sipping on wine (or knocking back tequila shots), is my favourite way to spend new years eve. I imagine a lot of blogs showcasing 2017 posts with much to say on resolutions, tips on being a better person, and inspirational reflections…..which is why I will not be talking about any of these things right now. It’s not that these things don’t matter (duh), I just don’t want to begin blogging with a generic post.

Because my priorities are spot on, I’d like to move on and bask in all the WHITE SWAN princess glory that is THIS dress:

I’ve had this little number tucked away for too long. Seeing how I haven’t yet become a famous figure skater, I thought I might as well take the dress out for a spin…

Dress: French Connection (sold out) / Choker Necklace: M for Mendocino / Earrings and other accessories: Betsey Johnson

   So, that’s it. Post numero uno! What did you guys get up to on NYE? I look forward to meeting and getting to know my readers so please introduce yourself to me in the comments section below if you love merlot, free vacations, and laughing at your own jokes.

xo, Nikole

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