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Holiday Looks: Everyday Plum

Here’s a super-quick holiday look that’s been my go-to lately. It’s a great alternative for the deep reds and golds we usually see people put on for the holidays since it features an array of plummy goodness and just a hint of a pretty golden glow.

Excuse my face. Like I said earlier, I’ve stopped wearing foundation etc, so all you’ll see today are the color (eyes, cheeks, lips) themselves. 🙂 Prepare for pores!

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I wanted to do a plum-based look that played with golds, so I did my eye in those colors, and picked a subtle plum lip shade. I paired it with a peachy-pink blush with a bit of golden shimmer, instead of my favorite plummy blush, NARS Sin, because I felt like bringing it to the cheeks might be a bit overkill. I wanted also a glow and a light flush, instead of heavy pigmentation.

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Eyes: MAC Paint Pot (Rubenesque), bareMinerals A Vision in Velvet Mineral Eyeshadow (Satin Plum and Velvet Vanilla), Shu Uemura x Karl Lagerfeld Painting Liner (Blackish Satin Purple), Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus 12 on uncurled lashes.

Eyebrows semi-filled in with a light brown from The Body Shop’s Brow Kit.

Holiday Looks: Everyday Plum

Cheeks: NARS Blush (Orgasm), NARS Illuminator (Orgasm)

Lips: Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Lipcolor (Premier Plum)

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Short How-To for the Eyes:

  • Wash the lid with a golden cream shadow for the base color.
  • Apply a non-shimmery plum shadow on the outer “v”
  • Bring in the plum color towards the center, without reaching the center
  • Apply a light, non-shimmery shadow on the browbone for highlight
  • Line upper lash line with a purple liner
  • Finish off with mascara on the upper lashes


This is a great eye look because it’s a) quick and easy to do, and b) “lip-color” friendly. You can just switch your lip to a darker shade to go from day to night.

Hope this helps or gives you any ideas! What’s your favorite holiday look? 🙂


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