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An unconventionally gorgeous take on holiday makeup

An unconventionally gorgeous take on holiday makeup

A sparkling eye is practically synonymous with holiday makeup, but when done in a statement hue, the look feels fresh and festive. Here, makeup artist Kate Synnott used two shades of violet—both imbued with plenty of sparkle—to stand out against complementary pink-and-peach tones on cheeks and lips. Although this is a beautiful look for sophisticated soirées and late-night parties, Synnott says its lack of fussiness makes it worth incorporating into your year-round repertoire."It has a more undone and smudged vibe, so you can wear it anytime." Below, her instructions on how to make it so.


For subtle all-over radiance, Synnott applied Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk foundation, adding Clé de Peau Correcteur Visage concealer for extra coverage where needed. A healthy-looking, multi-dimensional glow required multiple products—but each step adds its own allure. On the apples of cheeks, Synnott blended in Glossier Cloud Paint in Puff, a cool-hued pink, for a just-came-in-from-the-cold flush of color.  Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Radiant Bronze Light added warmth while a dusting of Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone adorned cheekbones with a pale gold shimmer.


For this look, Synnott used shades from the Pat McGrath Labs MOTHERSHIP VI: Midnight Sun palette. Skinshow Moonglow, a pearlescent peach provided a base, while Blitz Violet Orchid put a sparkling purple on top. For more intense color, she added Pat McGrath Labs Eyedols eye shadow in Synthetica. On lashes: Pat McGrath Labs FetishEYES Mascara.


Synnott outlined and filled lips with Pat McGrath Labs Permagel Ultra Lip Pencil in Suburbia before brushing on Pat McGrath Labs LuxeTrance Lipstick in Valletta.


Now see the look in motion.

Photo and video by Elias Tahan. Makeup by Kate Synnott. Hair by Kylee Heath.

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