Academy of Colour Eyeshadow Palette – Bronze

If you’re looking for an eyeshadow palette that has several neutral or metallic shades, this is a good one. I bought this Academy of Colour palette around New Years, and used it for a lot of my night out looks. I think I paid around $12 for it, which is well worth it for the number of uses I’ve gotten out of it so far. I really like gold eyeshadow, so this palette was a must-have for me.

When using this palette, I usually start with Cave (top left) as a base and brush it all over my eye lid up to my brow. Then, depending on how bold I want my look to be, I either use Sunset (middle right) or Goddess (bottom left). Goddess is a little more dramatic, so I usually save that for bars and such. Truffle (middle left) is also good for going bold. When I use Sunset, I like to top it with Champagne (top middle) to give it a pinkish hue and some extra shimmer.

Overall, I’m very glad this palette caught my eye and I picked it up. If you like metallic eyeshadow, definitely check it out. I bought mine from Kohls, but I’m not sure if anywhere else carries it.

Holiday Party Makeup Guide

With the holidays in full swing, chances are, you’ve got at least one holiday party coming up. Whether it’s a work Christmas party, an ugly sweater party with friends, or a family get-together, it’s important to keep your makeup consistent with the party’s theme. Below are a few options that will look great, depending on how formal the gathering is.

Semi-formal Christmas Party

This year, my husband’s Christmas party for work is semi-formal. I’m planning to wear a long-sleeve, short black velvet dress with nude tights and flats. One of the great thing about little black dresses is that they give you more freedom for your makeup. Since black goes with everything, you don’t have to worry about your lip colors clashing with your dress. For a semi-formal affair, I suggest doing a deep red or berry-colored lipstick, a metallic eyeshadow, and a little darker blush than you would normally wear. You don’t want your eyeshadow to be too glittery, but a soft gold or silver will really make your eyes pop and dress up the whole outfit. For lip colors, you can choose from mauve, wine, deep red, or any other colors that will stand out, but still look professional. Either gloss or matte lip colors will work, but if there will be food and drink (which, is it really a party if there’s not?), I suggest matte, because matte lipsticks tend to stay on longer.

Ugly Sweater Party

Let’s face it, ugly Christmas sweaters are in. What’s more fun than digging through racks at Good Will to find the tackiest Christmas sweater you can find, pairing with jeans or leggings and cute boots, and partying with your friends? Since these tend to be more casual gatherings, I would go with a more natural look for your face and eyes, but dress it up with some red lipstick. Red lipstick can be formal or casual, and it’s great for a party like this, because it really adds to the festivities. Plus, it will look great in all those Instagram pictures you’ll be posting. For eyeshadows, choose matte nudes, rather than something sparkly. I like taupe and beige, but you can pretty much choose anything that won’t distract from the volume of your sweater.

Family Get-together

Family gatherings can be tricky, because it can be hard to know what the right attire is. I almost always choose nude lipsticks for family get-togethers, because if I don’t, inevitably someone will make a comment that I don’t care to hear, and the holidays are stressful enough as it is. My favorite nudes come from the NYX Lingerie Liquid collection, and they are only about $7 each. Corset is a little darker than I would normally wear, but I love the way it looks on me, and it would be great for a family party. While you may need to go nude on the lipstick, this doesn’t mean you can’t dress up your eyeshadow some. Mauves, browns, and deep violets are great eyeshadow colors to wear to family events, and they can be lightened easily, so you can get them to a shade where you feel comfortable. Don’t forget the contour and blush, because you know there will be family pictures at some point.

The most important thing to remember about these parties is have fun. Don’t stress too much about your makeup or what you’re wearing, because it’s all supposed to be a fun chance to dress up and do something a little different.