Dec 19 2016

‘Tis the Season for Smoky Eyes

Disclaimer: I bought this; some PR samples referenced. See bottom

Holiday look smoky eye

The holidays are in full swing. For me, that means PARTIES A PLENTY.

So what to do? I usually love putting a look together before every get together. But time to pick through my stash is not a luxury I have this season – between a demanding job, my beauty side hustle and my family, I need to make things simple for myself this year. So I played around with my new Kat Von D MetalMatte Eyeshadow palette ($60, I got it at Sephora but it’s not available last I looked – check!) and created a great smoky eye that I can put on repeat all month long, and adjust to the tone of the different parties I’m attending!

Basically, I decided on a shimmery smoky eye. Here’s what I used:

Holiday look smoky eye

Here’s a tutorial:

Holiday look smoky eye

  1. After shaping my brows and adding eye shadow primer, I used the matte black shade, Jet, across the lower half of my upper lid.
  2. I took the matte gray shade, Stone, and applied it on the upper half of my top lid, blending it out in my crease and above.
  3. I took the metallic, silver shade Tinsel and patted it over my lid and blended very slightly into the crease.
  4. I used the matte white shade Linen just under my brow to highlight, blending it slightly with the Stone shade above the crease.
  5. To give my look a slight pop of color, I took the icy blue metal shade Ignite and dabbed it in the inner corner of my eye, blending it very sparingly onto the upper lid.
  6. I added Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint ($23, Ulta) to my upper lashes.
  7. For added glitz, I winged out my look with Hard Candy Walk the Line liquid eyeliner in Licorice ($6, Walmart). It’s got multi-colored, small glitter in it that’s subtle.
  8. The last step I took was to add a set of false eyelashes to my look. I picked up a pair of Kiss Natural Flourish Blooming Lash ($3.48, Walmart) and I used glue I already had at home (but you can get glue for less than $3 at Walmart as well).

Holiday look smoky eye

A black-based smoky eye always terrifies me because I’m fair, and it’s so bold. But I can dress this eye look up or down. I can adjust the strength of the smoke. Skip the falsies or the winged liner for the work party. But you can’t go wrong with a classic smoky eye that’s glitzed out for holiday get togethers with friends on New Year’s Eve.

Holiday look smoky eye

Another way to change the intensity of your overall makeup look with this eye makeup is to choose neutral blush and highlighter, and the perfect lipstick. For my lighter skin tone, I find Pixi Beauty By Petra Beauty Blush Duo in Peach Honey ($18, Target) to be a perfect choice.

Holiday look smoky eye

For the lips, consider a matte, neutral lip to contrast the shimmery black eye. This is my work party look and my favorite pairing. I favor ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lip in AutoCorrect ($6,, but there are plenty of options available in a variety of brands that you can choose based on your skin tone.

To go a little bolder, I used Hard Candy Metallic Mousse Matte Metallic Lip Color in Truffle ($6, Walmart), a pink-lavender look that complements the dark eye.

Finally, to be boldest, go for a red lip. I picked ColourPop Cosmetics LippieStix in Let’s Play from the brand’s Hello Kitty collaboration ($5,

Holiday look smoky eye

Part of this post originally appeared in the Burlington County Times, where I write the monthly Beauty Beat column!

Do you have a signature look for the holiday season? I actually had one of my family parties yesterday and I changed things up at the last minute. But I LOVED this look because it’s something I wouldn’t normally do, and that’s what makes it feel like a special occasion!

Disclaimer: I purchased all products mentioned in this post except for the Pixi blush, ColourPop Let’s Play and Tarte Tartiest Mascara, which I received previously for honest consideration. Please visit my Disclosure tab for more information on how keeps it real!

  • robin

    Geez, this looks great! I am hoping I can rock this look for NYE!

    • BeautyJudy

      Let me know what you do! Our plans are canceled but I might dress up anyway!

  • FabZilla_Kath

    You did good! Fabulous mama

    • BeautyJudy


  • PrimeBeauty

    Great smokey look! I’m fair too so I tend to do smokey with gray, blue, brown or green.

    • BeautyJudy

      That’s usually how I do it! But I love stepping out of my comfort zone, talk about transformation!

  • marciaf

    I like the lighter lip look with these intense beautiful eyes. I’m sorry I missed this palette, I just wasn’t sure if I’d need it.

    • BeautyJudy

      I like the lighter lip too! I’m sorry you missed it! I actually have reached for it a few times already, it was a good buy for me!

  • Anastasia

    I love smoky eye look for Christmas, and even for everyday wear. Gotta play up them assets 😉

    • BeautyJudy

      Agreed, I need to do it more!

  • Kat D

    I really want this KVD palette!!! One day, maybe, haha. Love your look!!

    • BeautyJudy

      LOL! I hope it comes back in stock! Thank you 🙂

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    What a great glam look! I have been coveting that palette!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks, Allison! Yes, I am bummed it’s out of stock!!