I cannot believe I have managed to keep up with the 8 Days of Christmas Eye Makeup Tutorials series. I’d feared I’d drop out by Day 4, but LOOK! It’s Day 7 already! *Applause and whistles*
Today’s look was exactly what I wore on Christmas day. I went for a movie with my siblings and cousins and then we all went to grandma’s house in the late evening to join the rest of the family.
Up till I was in Primary 6, Christmas gatherings used to involve a big, beautifully decorated Christmas tree at one of my uncle’s house, under which presents wrapped in the most colorful wrapping papers laid. Back then, it was only me, my younger sister, and a few cousins, making the third generation a mere total of 5 or 6.
We would sneak (in full view of the adults, actually. lol.) up to the tree and look for our names that would be found on the presents, giggle to ourselves, pretend we didn’t see anything, and put the presents back.
Those were the best memories I have of my childhood Christmas. Most of my uncles and aunts weren’t married or did not have kids, so they bathed us in presents. I remember receiving big, glossy books, toy sets (a Disney Pocahontas set which was pretty to look at but hard to play with), stationery and whatnot.
Then the third generation brood enlarged, with 6 out of 8 of grandma’s children bearing at least 2 kids each. The number stands at 17 today.
I can’t remember when the gifts stopped but I do recall it was very abrupt. One year we had them in abundance, and the next, mummy said “They decided to stop, coz there are too many kids now”.
To a child, it was saddening at first, but I grew out of it. Pity my younger siblings and cousins can’t get to experience the awesome Christmas memories I had.
Now, year after year, Christmas Day has us eating, chatting, laughing, watching tv, playing games, and taking pictures. I love Ah Ma’s glutinous rice, and a D-I-Y popiah table is must-have for every family get-together. This year, one of my uncles decided that we should sing Christmas songs and it was quite nice despite not all of us being Christians.
Personally, I don’t think it’s appropriate to wear fancy eye makeup when with family. It’s a time for ‘us’, and not ‘me’, so I tend to play down the colors. Can’t walk around in such eye makeup looks, can I?
Let’s get on with the tutorial for eye makeup suitable for work, play, and everyday!
Eyeshadow Primer – UDPP Eden
Eyelid – MAC Gorgeous Gold (Absolutely adore Gorgeous Gold! It looks gold from some angles, and greenish from other angles. Blends perfectly with L’Oreal Emerald Lame)
Contour Area – MAC Free To Be
Outer 1/3 of Lid – L’Oreal Color Infallible Emerald Lame
Highlight – MAC Shroom
Inner Corner – MAC Gorgeous Gold
Lower Lash Line – Sugarpill Midori and NYX Dark Brown
Upper Waterline and Upper Lashline (Tightlining) – Prestige Total Intensity Eyeliner Deepest Black
Eyelash Primer – Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base
I love that this eye makeup look goes very well with my natural eye color – brown. In fact, I think my natural eye color brings out the colors of the eye makeup more. The green contact lens seems to contest the eyeshadow colors. What do you think?
Even though I went with a slightly more than neutral look to our family Christmas gathering, my cousin was impressed with my makeup and asked how I did it. So I thought I should do a step-by-step tutorial for this look! How’s that?
One more look tomorrow to conclude the 8 Days of Christmas Eye Makeup Tutorials series! And it’s gonna be……. a Horizontal Gradient Method eye makeup look! (I see your smiles, my dears! )
What are your best childhood Christmas memories? I’d LOVE to hear them!
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