Holiday Makeup Tutorial: Winged Liner & Red Lips

Holiday Makeup Tutorial - Politics of Pretty

I can’t believe the holiday season is right around the corner! This month has gone by so fast so I’m trying to soak in every moment because this is also my favorite time of the year. I’ve been testing a bevy of holiday makeup releases, including three new Ecotools brush kits that are perfect for getting all dolled up for the season. The Festive & Flawless Set features five face brushes (two of which can double for eyeshadow), and the Mini Essentials Holiday Set (ideal for those who are traveling). Personally, I’m a huge fan of the Four-Piece Beautiful Complexion Set, which couples all the essentials for a festive beauty look. Psss—you can get $3 off in-store at Ulta on the Four Piece Beautiful Complexion Set.

Here’s a step-by-step holiday makeup tutorial to achieving a flawless festive beauty look—complete with a sexy red lip! 

Step 1. First, take your Skin Perfecting Brush and apply your favorite foundation.

Step 2. Next, take the Precision Foundation Brush from the Festive and Flawless Face Set and use it to apply your concealer under your eyes, around your mouth, and a bit into the center of your forehead to highlight and conceal.

Step 3. Using the Buffing Concealer brush in this set, begin blending the concealer in small circular motions for flawless coverage.

Step 4. Going back to the Complexion Collection, take the Mattifying Finishing Brush and use a matte bronzer to warm up your skin. Apply at the hollows of your cheeks, along your jawline, and into your hairline for a more sculpted look.

Step 5. Using the same brush, sweep a bit of your favorite blush onto your cheeks to bring a little more life to the look.

Step 6. Take the Full Powder Brush from the Festive and Flawless Face Set and set your makeup with a translucent powder.

Step 7. To add a healthy glow to the look, take the Complexion Blending Brush and dab on your favorite powder or cream highlighter to the high points of your cheekbones, your brow bone, and above the arches of your brows.

Step 8. Taking the Angled Eyeliner Brush from the Mini Essential Set, apply a black gel eyeliner from inner corner to outer corner, creating a dramatic winged eyeliner.

Step 9. To complete the eyes, apply a coat of your favorite mascara to your top and bottom lashes.

Step 10. For an extra festive look, apply a matte bright red lip color (I’m wearing NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella).

Step 11. To create a sleek and clean lip look, take the Flat Concealer Brush and apply a tiny amount of concealer at the edge of your lips, creating a clean and crisp edge. Simply blend out the concealer and you’re done!

Thank you to EcoTools for sponsoring this post!