Blogmas 5 – Christmas Makeup Looks

Welcome to Blogmas 5! So far so good in this challenge of 25 posts in 25 days! Have you read yesterday’s blog about Christmas In My House yet?

Today I’m talking about one of my favourite areas and something my friends and I can chat about for hours – makeup. Whether it’s the latest eyeshadow palette, lipstick range or the new highlighter on the block, we’re obsessed by it. And we’re not the only ones.

You only have to head over to Pinterest, YouTube or open a magazine before you’re faced with the latest makeup tutorial or ‘must-buy’ products in the stores.

So I thought I’d do a post during my Blogmas journey on makeup looks for the holidays. Many of us have lots of Christmas events this month; work lunches, evening drinks and full-on parties. I have my own fair share of events and I wanted some advice on how I could achieve the perfect looks. So I reached out to makeup artist Anu Malhi.Anu has been in the business for over 14 years and has trained with some of the makeup industry’s leading brands, including M.A.C. Her high level of knowledge, experience and passion led to her setting up her own Academy.

As director, Anu has a team of experienced hair and makeup artists working in her team and even runs regular courses throughout the year to train others interested in the field from her own makeup studio.

As you know, I’m always transparent from the outset in all my posts when working with brands. Anu is family, but that’s not the reason for me working with her on this post. I reached out to her because she is highly experienced and I have always loved the looks she creates.I can do decent makeup on myself but for a post offering advice and suggestions to others, it was only right I went to an expert.

So on a cold Monday morning I drove to Anu’s studio and asked her to create three different looks for the festive season. Just so you know, I’m still very tanned from our holiday in the Dominican Republic in October so Anu had to work that little bit harder to balance the different colours I have going on at the moment. You will notice my arms still look very brown!

I will list all the products we used as I go along but we kept all the base products the same and just swapped out the eye makeup, blush and/or lips to create something new.


MAC Full Coverage Foundation – C40

MAC Studio Finish Concealer – NW35

Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit – Medium

Nip + Fab Liquid Gold Highlighter

Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter – You Light Up My Life

NYX Makeup Setting Spray – Dewy Finish

Eyelashes – Anu Malhi lashes


We went for a chocolate brown and warm neutrals look, which works for day and night. Anu created a slight wing with the eyeliner, smoked out the lower lash line and applied blusher. I must admit when I looked at the blusher palette I winced a little as the colours look really bright and garish.

But of course, when applied with a light hand and a good brush, you can always make colours work and I was impressed with the pigmentation because Anu only used a little product.Anu sprayed and teased my hair into three big twists and just piled them on top of my head. The rest of my hair was swept up in to a high pony tail. Anu says this is a simple hairstyle which can be worn for both day and night looks.

We tried this look both with and without a jacket. My faux fur jacket is a nice chocolate brown and Anu suggested we click a few photos with it on, just so we could see how warm the browns on my eyes looked.Even though people opt for outfits in all sorts of colours, I mostly opt for black on a night out. I wore a simple black halter neck again just to see how well the makeup works with dark shades.


Kiko Bright Duo Baked Eyeshadow – Ombretto

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Pallette – Amber

MAC Liquidlast Liner – Black

Urban Decay Glide-On Pencil – Perversion

Urban Decay Mascara – Perversion

Nip + Fab Blusher Palette – Blushed Brights

Kat Von D Evertlasting Lip Liner – Lolita

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick – Sandstorm


For this look, Anu wanted to try a half-up, half-down look with my hair. She’s a big fan of Kim Kardashian and often wears her hair like this herself. I’ve never done this hairstyle before so I was eager to try it out.Anu used a fake pony tail as I had forgotten to take my hair extensions along! She tightly combed the front section of my hair from ear to ear into a high pony tail and pinned the hair piece on top.

I actually liked the style and have decided I will try it out this season when I go to one of my events. Anu added glitter to my eyes, keeping the eyeshadow the same as in Look 1.

I wanted to try a dark lip with this look whereas Anu was keen on a nude lip.So we decided to experiment with both. I like a dark lip but I don’t usually wear heavy eye makeup and dark lipstick at the same time.

I think it looked great for a full-on glam night out but it isn’t something I would wear for just an evening. If it was the latter, I would go with Anu’s choice of a nude lip, which you can see here. We both agreed that with the heavier eyes, this lip colour worked much better.


MAC Glitter – Gold

MAC Mineralise Skinfinish – So Ceylon

Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner – Homegirl (Dark lip)

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick – Cherry Skies (Dark lip)

NYX Lip Liner – Chocolate (Light lip)

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick – Tea & Cookies (Light lip)


For the final look, Anu left my hair down. It’s how I mostly wear my hair when I can be bothered to straighten it, so we thought we should see how a certain makeup look worked with my regular style.

We debated between a silver or a pink look for this, and pink won. I haven’t worn silver eye makeup in years and it’s unlikely I will start now – even for a Christmas party. I am a fan of pinks though but never quite know how to make them work on me.Anu created a cut crease for this look. I’ve had makeup artists try this on me at weddings but I’ve never tried it on myself.

Watching Anu do it made me realise you can make any look work with practice and the right product. The colours were highly pigmented but they weren’t sickly, as I feared pink could be.Again we tried this look with a faux fur jacket to see how well the colours translate.


Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette – Blessed, Coco and Doll Face


  • Make sure you prep and prime your skin properly for a long-lasting, flawless finish. Always use a moisturiser followed by a good primer before applying anything to the face.
  • Prep and prime your eyes before applying eyeshadow and set them with a finishing spray
  • Don’t neglect your lips. Prep and prime them first. Always use a lipliner before applying your lipstick for staying power. Take a lip brush and lipstick with you so you can top up when needed.
  • Use a good setting spray to finish
  • Clean your brushes. It makes a huge difference to your makeup application


  • Don’t cake on layers of makeup, especially during the daytime
  • Don’t sleep with your makeup on
  • Don’t wear a foundation or concealer lighter than your skin, it’s a big no-no
  • Don’t follow a trend that may not suit you. What works for one person might not work for you


  • Chocolate browns and antiques work really well and go with any kind of outfit
  • You can go for a cut crease for something a little different and it looks amazing both day and night
  • Warm orange shades work well especially in the winter months but you can work this look all year round.
  • It’s easy to make the transition from a day to night with any look. You can glam it up with a bit of glitter or a brighter lip or add a bit of smokiness to the outer corner of the eyes, darken the blush and add more highlighter
  • If your outfit has pink shades, opt for chocolate browns and a nude lip
  • These looks will work no matter what you’re wearing – a party dress, a cami top or a sparkly outfit.


  • If you’re going out and want your make-up to pop and last, exfoliate your skin on the same day. It makes your skin plump and gives your foundation a more flawless and radiant finish.


  • My ‘go to’ highlighter is You Light Up My Life from Too Faced. It has all the glam and staying power that you need.
  • My favourite eyeshadow palette is Huda Beauty’s Desert Rose. You can never go wrong with this whether it’s daytime or evening. It’s a palette for all occasions.

Read more posts in Blogmas here and here.


I have linked this post up with:
Confessions of a New Mummy

3 Little Buttons
Cuddle Fairy
Musings Of A Tired Mummy
Cup of Toast
Twin Mummy and Daddy
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    • Rosie
      December 7, 2018 / 11:15 am

      Thanks Karen x

  1. December 6, 2018 / 11:09 am

    Loving the highlighter! An essential for Christmas nights out.

    • Rosie
      December 7, 2018 / 11:14 am

      Thank you – yes my highlighter must ‘pop’ at all times lol x

  2. December 6, 2018 / 11:25 am

    I love the overall look in the last look but the hair and eyes in look 2 are just gorgeous and totally suit you! I think the dark lip would suit night out clubbing on the weekend. Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week!

    • Rosie
      December 7, 2018 / 11:18 am

      Yes I agree. I loved that high post tail and definitely, a dark lip on nights out for sure x

    • Rosie
      December 8, 2018 / 6:24 pm

      Thank you so much x

  3. stickymudandbellylaughs
    December 9, 2018 / 3:30 pm

    Really lovely looks here! Look 1 is fab and your hair really suits you with it up like that. Beautiful!

    Thanks so much for sharing with #MMBC. x

    • Rosie
      December 9, 2018 / 5:36 pm

      Aw thanks very much x

  4. December 9, 2018 / 9:44 pm

    You really suit these looks, and the high pony looks fab! Thank you for sharing your tips with #Blogstravaganza 🙂

    • Rosie
      December 10, 2018 / 8:20 pm

      Thanks so much Jo x

    • Rosie
      December 10, 2018 / 8:20 pm

      Cheers Jo x

  5. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...
    December 9, 2018 / 10:29 pm

    Each look is so fab on you! I have been making hardly any effort with my appearance recently (not helped by my daughter playing/destroying all my make up!) but want to change that! Thanks for linking up with #stayclassymama

    • Rosie
      December 10, 2018 / 8:21 pm

      Thanks Laura. It’s a lot of effort but I just feel good about myself when I’m looking my best. I don’t do it for anyone but me x

  6. December 10, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    Well done on keeping up with blogmas! I’ve failed miserably already ?. All those looks are great and perfect for the festive season. Thanks for joining us for the #dreamteam x

    • Rosie
      December 11, 2018 / 8:03 pm

      Thanks Annette. I definitely know I can’t complete all the days but will just do as many as I can x

  7. December 10, 2018 / 11:07 pm

    Wow, all three looks are flawless and beautiful! I’m lucky if I’ve got time to slap on some BB cream and blusher in the morning! I’d love to have time and the skills to wear make up like this. #TwinklyTuesday

    • Rosie
      December 11, 2018 / 8:02 pm

      Thankfully I roped in my cousin to do this for me x

  8. December 12, 2018 / 4:09 pm

    You look fab!! I like the glitter added to the first look. Very festive!! #blogcrush

    • Rosie
      December 16, 2018 / 6:06 pm

      Thank you so much x

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