How to say “Holidays” in plum & peach | The festive face of the Karl for Shu Prestigious Bordeaux palette

Somewhere in the cross-cultural translation between “holiday kitsch” and “makeup,” the reds and greens of the Holiday season ended up being translated into… well, plums and peaches, in the case of the Karl Lagerfeld for shu uemura Prestigious Bordeaux palette. 

Between moody-but-colourful smokey eyes and a bright, plush lip, though, the Prestigious Bordeaux palette still manages to carry off the Holiday vibe. Paired with defined brows, heavy lashes, and a seriously sculpted cheek, I think this look would still fit in well at a quiet winter soirée or after-hours office party — it easily creates a festive look, but one that’s a little less glaringly Christmas.

Read the full tutorial here on She Said Beauty, & don’t miss this Prestigious Bordeaux review on theNotice!

Products used

EYES: NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, Karl for Shu Prestigious Bordeaux Palette, MAC Eye Shadow in Blanc Type, Annabelle Smoothie Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Licoriche, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara in Black, Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense in Intense Charcoal.

LIPS: Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipstick in Luxe Burgundy.

CHEEKS: Clarins Blush Prodige in Miami Pink, Smashbox Matte Eye Shadow in Smoke.

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  • mostlysunnybunny

    Oh darn it now I want the palette… or maybe not. These colors look like they'll turn too red or muddy on me. You wear them SO well though!
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    • Thank you, Sunny! I thought these would go too muddy on my skintone, too, but I was rather pleasantly surprised to find I was mistaken. It actually strikes a really lovely balance between a brown base & blue-violet/red-violet reflects — gives the palette a lot of depth, but without the shades pulling too red/tired. :)

  • m

    i love this eye look! so tempted to get that palette!
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    • Thanks, m! It's a pretty pricey splurge, but the colours are just gorgeous ♥

  • perilouslypale

    That is an absolutely amazing look on you! I love the eyes! I know that eye look wouldn't look near as good on me. So jealous!
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    • Aww, thank you, darling! I don't know about the last half of your statement, though — I think you'd pull off this palette beautifully! ;)

  • Lily @ChloeAsh

    Oh I have dupes of these colours. I have too give this look a go :-)

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    • Hurray! Nothing like finding a good dupe in your stash ;)

      Have fun with the look, Lily!

  • That lip colour is absolutely gorgeous! I really like the eye makeup you’ve done too – really lovely. Xo

    • Thanks, Fleur! Review/swatches of a few of the Karl for shu Rouge Unlimited lipsticks next week, hopefully :)

  • You really made that palette work! I was a bit unsure about the colours but wow, it's stunning on you!
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  • jeannewilde

    Hello Rae,

    For monolids, I use UD sin (glitter) eye shadow primer and black liquid liner. I do need a pencil liner to tight line though and was wondering what you recommend that won't smudge?

    Liquid doesn't smudge but leaves a slight gap if I don't tight line… and I"ve heard pencil not liquid should be used so whats a couple of good brands you find won't smudge? so far i get smearing onto my lower lids by noon even with use of a primer (although maybe the problem is I'm using sin primer not the original version by ud).


    • Hi Jeanne –

      To get rid of the gap, I'd actually recommend filling in-between your lashes, not tightlining! It's more effective (and less messy, too). You can definitely use your black liquid liner for this; just make sure to push up into your lashes from below and keep it off your waterline as best you can.

      I get really terrible wear from Urban Decay primers, but a lot of ladies with monolids see good results using NARS Pro-Prime! (Personally, I find that a thin layer of silica powder overtop some primer works best.) If you're still experiencing smudging, try switching to a different liner — you want a liquid or gel that "pills" when you wipe or wash it off, like Marcelle's Double Precision Liner, Annabelle Black Spark, or a Lancome Artliner.

      Hope that helps sort you out! :)