Green contacts & Film Noir lips | 2016’s holiday makeup look


Ever since getting glasses, I feel like I’ve fallen into a makeup rut – but like,really good makeup rut. The sharp lines and burgundy tint to my frames have pushed me into wearing eyeshadow again, with winged liner and darker lips.

I love this kind of makeup look because it’s so easy to wear (and so hard to mess up). It’s great for holiday parties, sure, but it also blends right in on a date night. It’s pretty but it’s not super-holidays, you know?


Main products used

A loooot of different products went into this particular makeup look, but there were two main ones that really made the difference. For starters, the obvious one: my new Solotica Natural Colors Contact Lenses in Mel/Honey ($94.99 USD). If you had asked me a year ago, I would have told you that I would never wear coloured contact lenses – but despite the slight discomfort (these are actually way more comfortable than I thought they would be), I totally caved.

I still totally recommend seeing your optometrist if you intend to wear coloured contacts everyday, but I kind of love how easily these change up a makeup look. I have always wanted green eyes, and Mel is a mesmerizing yellow-green that works well with brown eyes. You still get that “oh shit that person is maybe half-wolf” look that coloured contacts give you, but they don’t look SO bold that they’re unsettling.

And like, hey. I’d do me in coloured contacts, even if they make everything vaguely blurry.


Solotica Natural Colors in Mel/Honey with Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘n Kohl in Bedroom Black and Clarins’ 4-Color Eyeshadow Palette in 01 Nude


Clarins 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette in 01 Nude ($43 USD/$43 CAD)

The other product that really made this look was the Charlotte Tilbury Film Noir Nights Makeup Kit ($58 CAD), which contains a Matte Revolution Lipstick in Opium Noir (new) and Charlotte’s Rock’n’Kohl Eyeliner in Bedroom Black in an LED-lit “vanity” makeup box.

But, as much as I love the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution line–and I really doOpium Noir does not live up to the rest of the line. It applies rather patchily, and it’s just not an exciting shade. On my complexion, it’s a standard “holiday red” that doesn’t even come close to the dark brown-red featured on their site.

That being said, I LOVED Bedroom Black ($32 CAD), which wore on me for a solid 11 hours with no smudging. It’s inky, creamy, and super-intense, and so waterproof that it’s near-impossible to remove.


Charlotte Tilbury Film Noir Nights Makeup Kit ($58 CAD)


Shop this look


Solotica Natural Colors Mel/Honey ($94.99 USD) – slight limbal ring, yearlies

Wet ‘n Wild Fergie Take on the Day Eyeshadow Primer

MAC Matte2 Eye Shadow in Blanc Type

Clarins 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette in 01 Nude ($43 USD/$43 CAD) – formula review

Annabelle Skinny Brow Liner in Universal Ebony ($8.95 CAD) – review

Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘n Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil in Bedroom Black ($32 CAD)

Clinique Lash Power Flutter-to-Full Mascara in 01 Black Onyx ($21 USD/$28 CAD) – review

Marcelle Double Precision Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Intense Black ($14.95 CAD) – review. I just bought my 4th one of these!

Lise Watier Twist & Sharp Automatic Long-Lasting Eye Stylo in Platine ($23 CAD) – review



Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Opium Noir ($58 CAD set)


Pür Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup SPF 15 in Porcelain ($28 USD/$32 CAD) – review

Lise Watier Arabesque Blush ($38 CAD) – review

Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion in 01 Golden Pink ($39 USD/$48 CAD) – review


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  • OH MY GOD RAE!!!!

    You are my favourite! You look so bomb-ass fantastic. I love the whole look, with the slouchy sweater and a little show of cleavage. You totally nailed it.

    It's been a while since I used coloured contacts and when I did, I wore green and grey. I did try a honey coloured one a couple of years ago and it made me feel like I'm in Twilight the movie, in the best way possible. These look so natural though. They fit your irises so well.
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    • *furious blushing* thank you, Arianne!!! (I love you!)

      These are a little bigger than my irises and have a tendency to make everything look a little blurry, but… I LOVE them. Like, enough that I kind of want to see my eye doctor about getting proper coloured contacts. For green eyes, I totally agree – they do look surprisingly natural!

  • wolf indeed! these look so sultry on you !
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  • These pictures are absolutely stunning – you look incredible! It's too bad that the lipstick isn't as good as the other Matte Revolution offerings and that the colour isn't what you hoped for, but it still looks beautiful on you.
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    • Thank you, Clementine!

      I totally agree – I like the look of the lipstick, BUT it's disappointing as a Matte Revolution. I was definitely expecting more pigment!

  • Luna

    Holy shit you are gorgeous.

  • /jaw drops
    /tries to wipe it off the floor but cannot and accepts defeat

    UMMMM HEYYYY GIRLLLLLLLLL. That's about all I can come up with cuz I'm just a little bit too in awe right now.
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      Seriously, my mind goes through the exact same loop whenever you post a new look. You are SUCH a freakin' babe. <333

  • Lily @ChloeAsh

    OMG these green contacts look sexy on you! And I agree with Arianne on nailing the shot. Too bad about the red lipstick though. I imagine it would be even more badass if the color was true to the tube.
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    • Thanks, Lily! <3

      Why wasn't I thinking when I shot this look? I totally should have just swapped out the lip for a darker shade!

  • Jen

    Ah, what a stunning look! Too bad the lipstick wasn't what you expected, but it's still lovely on you! :)
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  • Dayum you look stunning and I'm crazy jealous of your cheekbones!
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  • Daaaaaaaaaayum!! You are always gorgeous, but this look is insane! It's too bad that the lipstick wasn't what you were expecting, it totally looks like it should be darker, but it looks amazing on you.
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    • Aww! Thank you so much, Rebekah. I'm so glad you liked the look!