Have you ever wondered why we use red and green for Christmas?
Honestly, I never questioned why red and green are symbolic of Christmas. This combination of colors is so deeply associated with Christmas that we hardly ever question the origins of the ‘colors of Christmas’.
I’m not a Christian, but celebrate Christmas as a special day of being with family and friends, and gifting my beloved ones presents carefully wrapped in brown paper packaging tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorite things….. LOL! Actually I love using colorful wrapping paper, makes the present look even more endearing! =D
This is a summary of what I found to be the reasons red and green are used as the official colors of Christmas.
GREEN represents hope given to mankind through the sacrifices of Christ, and the evergreen trees that we use as Christmas trees represent everlasting life.
RED represents the blood of Christ, shed for all humans in order that they might be saved.
Whenever people put together an apparel ensemble of red and green, they’ll receive remarks such as “Celebrating Christmas already huh?” Bet you must’ve said that about some person at least once in your life! Heh heh.
Okie! Now that we know the origins of Christmas colors, here’s an eye makeup tutorial using red and green.
Eyeshadow Primer – UDPP Eden
Eyelid – Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow Love+ (as a true red base); NYX Single Eyeshadow Rust (over Love+)
Contour Area – Urban Decay Naked Palette Naked
Outer V – Urban Decay Naked Palette Darkhorse
Highlight – Urban Decay Naked Palette Virgin
Inner Corner – Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow Tako
Lower Lash Line –Urban Decay Naked Palette Smog
Eyeliner – Kate Gel Eyeliner BK-1
Eyelash Primer – Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base
I love this eye makeup look coz it just feels very Christmas-y with the red and green combination, despite it being a ‘White Christmas’ as forecast.
Let’s have a white-silver-blue Christmas look next!
How-To Apply Eye Makeup Tutorials:
Part 1: Where to Apply Eyeshadow
Part 2: Horizontal Gradient Method
Part 3: Defining the Outer V
Part 4: Defining the Contour Area
Part 5: Vertical Gradient Method