Blingin’ Blue for the Holidays

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***Special thanks to Clarins for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.***

With the holidays coming up, I’ve been feeling my creative juices flowing with make-up. In fact, I’ve been toying around with different eyeshadows and color combinations to come up with a variety of fun looks. I’ve always loved a good smokey eye, but usually stick with my typical black smokey. For Halloween this year, I tried a pink/purple combo and aimed for a unicorn inspired look. Did you see it on Instagram? While I’m no makeup expert, I have definitely felt inspired to get better with it these days. Plus, practice makes perfect πŸ˜‰

In related news, Clarins just sent me their Essentials Eye Makeup Palette and I am in LOVE! It has all the colors I need to create the perfect smokey eye this fall & winter. It even comes with a handy stencil that gives you some eye make-up ideas if you’re not feeling as creative.

The palette consists of 10 luminous shadows infused with wintery hues that takes one from day to night no matter the occasion. You’ll find a wide range of pearly, matte, satin, and shimmery finishes allowing you to create a plethora of looks. Made with pure plant extracts, every shade is super pigmented and evenly glides onto the eyelids with ease.

After receiving this, I was challenged to create a holiday-ready look incorporating all the colors in one go. Being my first time attempting a blue smokey eye, I’d say that it turned out pretty well.

For any smokey eye, I start light at my inner corners and work my way to the dark side as I move to the outer corners of my eyes. With that said, I blended the first four shades on my inner corners of my eyelids, starting with the pearly white. As I got to the middle, I transitioned to the fifth and sixth shades in the palette. At this point, I had pretty soft, muted eyes that could pass for a casual day look. To make it smokey though, I finished the outer corners with the darker colors in the palette. Finally, I lined my lower lash line with the last 2 dark shades to achieve the dramatic bold look.

For added definition, I added slight wings on the top lash line and some black eyeliner on the bottom lash line. While the eyeshadow alone was pretty dramatic already, these finishing touches really helped to make the eyes POP even more! I also tried something totally new to me — BLUE mascara! I was beyond stoked because it worked so well with this color palette. In light of the holidays around the corner, I was in a shimmery mood. So, I topped it all off with my favorite cosmetic glitter beneath my eyes for that extra sparkle.

A little fun fact for all my friends into green beauty — you’ll be delighted to learn that this palette is extremely eco-friendly.Β All of the materials from the eyeshadow pans, eyeshadow applicator to the palette have been carefully selected to comply with eco-responsible standards. Pretty rad if you ask me!

What make-up look would you create with Clarins’ Essentials Eye Makeup Palette?

Photos by David Potter

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  1. You’re so good at makeup babe! I saw that Halloween look on Instagram and seriously fell in love. You should totally do more fun make-up looks like this! I am digging this smokey eye and the extra sparkle gets me in the holiday spirit. Great way of using all the colors in this Clarins palette!

  2. Wow, I LOVE the blue smokey eye with the shimmer underneath! I am totally not a makeup artist by any means but I love a good smokey eye. The colors of the Clarins palette are so pretty. I can definitely see myself using the silvers and the dark greys and even the dark blues as eyeliner. I am used to purchasing their skincare line but I need to look at their makeup collection now too! xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

  3. WHAO I FORGOT HOW AMAZING YOUR PHOTOS WERE! I have literary been starring for a while hahaha I love everything about the makeup look. I will say I have tried blue for mascara and/or eyeliner and it doesn’t compliment my skin color. However it looks great on you πŸ™‚

    xx
    Iliana | http://www.sophisticatedfashionista.com

    1. Awww thank you girl! I really don’t know what I’m doing but just got lucky that this look turned out nicely. It helps that the shadows are highly pigmented and of great quality. Can never go wrong with Clarins!

  4. This sultry blue look is absolutely stunning on you, Sharon! I love the sparkly details beneath the eye and how you smoked it all out into a wing. It’s really just gorgeous! I haven’t played with blue shades in so long but you’re inspiring me to!

  5. Seriously obsessed with this makeup look! Your skin looks flawless, and you make that glitter look so wearable. I also really love that Clarins eyeshadow palette! Never knew I needed a blue palette haha. You really are beyond talented!

    xoxo Bryanna | Coming in Clutch

  6. This is such a cool holiday eye look! I hardly ever use blue eyeshadows but I would love to try out this kind of look with the glitter πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing and the photos are BEAUTIFUL!!!
    xo Samantha

  7. THESE PHOTOS ARE EVERYTHING. Oh my gosh, I am so obsessed with this look! I would never think to wear blue eyeshadow so I am super glad you shared this look!
    Kelly//www.xoxotheeverydaybabe.com

  8. Ahhhh!!! Completely obsessed with this makeup look! Who knew a blue smokey eye would like this fantastical?! I wanna see more glam looks <3 PS it is so good to know that this Clarin's palette is not only beautiful but also eco-friendly! Two in one score πŸ™‚

    With love, Jenn
    https://jubilantdose.com

  9. I wish I could make my make up like you babe!! These Clarins shadows are stunning. I love the colors which are perfect for the holiday season.
    Love the mix that you did. They really suit very well for the asian eye which I will be willing to try out too. You look stunning in the pictures.

    xoxo
    Marcy

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