We’ve all seen and been inspired by pins of sparkly, super glamorous holiday eye makeup we’d love to rock this year. The truth is, it can be hard to pull off such a bold look without looking like we’re going to a Halloween party, which often happens when attempting to duplicate over-the-top editorial style looks. Well, we’re here to tell you it’s not as tough as it looks to veer from costume makeup to a flawless end-of-the-year fête face.


As the holiday season approaches, we are starting to fill our calendars with parties to host and attend. We’ve got some tips for creating the perfect holiday makeup look that even a makeup minimalist can wear and DIY. We teamed up with HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® to include five must-have beauty products to help you prep, wear and take care of your skin at the end of the evening.

In addition to all sorts of luxe products that prep, hydrate and clean your face, it’s important to set yourself up with a makeup kit that includes foundation, concealer, blush, your lipstick of choice and all the goods to create a subtle smokey eye. Read on to see how we made the #flawless look above happen!



– AVEENO® Positively Radiant® Brightening Scrub

– AVEENO® Positively Radiant® Makeup Removing Wipes

– NEUTROGENA® Hydro Boost Water Gel


– NEUTROGENA® Rapid Wrinkle Repair® Night Moisturizer

Getting Started


AVEENO® Positively Radiant® Skin Brightening Face Scrub: This is a great way to start off your day! The tiny exfoliating beads in this face wash will help slough off dead skin, leaving your skin feeling softer, looking brighter and giving you the best foundation for applying your makeup. Apply a quarter-size drop of face wash to your hands and then make small circular motions with your fingertips, avoiding your eye area, to properly cleanse your face. Rinse with cool water and pat dry with a face towel.

Stay Hydrated


NEUTROGENA® Hydro Boost Water Gel: Use a dime-size amount of this cooling, hydrating gel, applying gently in downward circular motions, then tap into your skin to fully blend. This is a good moment to get dressed, giving the gel time to fully absorb into your skin.

Flawless Face + Mauve Lip


Follow this tutorial for your base makeup and apply a mauve neutral lip color. It is best to keep your lip neutral when going a little more bold with your eye makeup.

The Eyes


Step 1. Highlight: Use your finger to apply a shimmering white or pearlescent shadow to your brow bones and inside corners of your eyes. Using your finger will help to blend the product into your skin more with a pressed pigment. If you end up using a traditional shadow, you can use a flat eyeshadow brush instead of your finger.


Step 2. Contour: In your crease, use a medium warm brown eyeshadow or bronzer. This will give your eye a little warmth and depth that will soften your overall look.


Step 3. Light Smoke: Using a slightly more firm, fluffy brush, apply a smokey shimmering black eyeshadow on the outside crease and along the lower lash line of your eyes. Blend the line on the lower lash line to gradually fade out as you move toward the inner corners of your eyes.


Step 4. Pop of Shimmer: Going back over the center of your eyelid and inside corners of your eyes, apply shimmering white shadow using your finger to really make this look pop. The extra layer will soften the black and give you a really shimmery yet not overdone finish.


Step 5. Eyeliner + Mascara: Apply eyeliner to your upper and lower lash line and then give your lashes a couple coats of your favorite mascara.


Step 6. Lipgloss: To give your lips a nice reflective touch, add a tiny amount of lip gloss to the center of your pout. This is a perfect way to get a little drama that won’t take away from your shimmering eyelids.


Pro tip! VISINE® TEARS® Dry Eyes: A little trick I will share with you is to always keep VISINE® in your makeup bag. Here is the proper way to use it when you have your makeup on: Apply a few drops to the outer corner of your eye, then immediately tilt your head toward the inside corner of that same eye and dab the inside corner with a Q-tip to absorb the drops. This will keep your makeup in tact and keep the Visine from running down your face. Whenever using glitter or any heavier makeup, this step is clutch because it helps refresh and hydrate your eyes if there is any irritation or heaviness from applying makeup.


After The Party (The Makeup-Removal After Party)


AVEENO® Positively Radiant® Makeup Removing Wipes: These are the perfect wipes to keep on hand for removing your makeup. No one wants to spend too much time taking off all their makeup at the end of a really fun night, but these wipes will cut your take-off time in half and work better then a lot of their competitors. Plus they smell amazing!


NEUTROGENA® Rapid Wrinkle Repair® Night Moisturizer: Apply a dime-size amount of moisturizer to your fingertips and gently tap into your skin, being extra careful around your eyes. This is a lightweight yet effective night time lotion that smells good and hydrates your skin.

Whether you’re the host or an attendee, get ready for makeup compliments all night. The perfect response: little goodie bags of product on hand to share with your gals. Not only are these minis adorable, but they’re also perfect stocking stuffers. Even the men in your life will be excited to get some nourishing products for their skin.

What products are you going to fill your stockings with? Share your plans in the comments and be sure to check out HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® holiday product bundles.

This post is a collaboration with HEALTHY ESSENTIALS®.

Beauty Production + Styling: Misty Spinney
 Photography: Kurt Andre