A soft twist on holiday winged liner (in burgundy, brown, and gold)

Burgundy winged liner tutorial (s)

Holiday looks tend to be pretty standard–opaque red lips, black winged liner, probably some shimmer,–but here’s something you might not have tried before.

With soft burgundy winged liner and a warm/neutral smokey eye, it’s a little less LOOK MOM, CHRISTMAS! and a little more this-non-denominational-holiday-party-is-too-hipster-for-you.

Then again, that’s not necessarily a good thing. Either way; I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season so far, whether that means massive extended-family-and-friends celebrations or just a few wonderful days without work! (Or neither, but hopefully it will still involve cookies.)

Holiday makeup look coloured liner (s)

A step-by-step tutorial to get the burgundy winged liner (with eyeshadow!) 

Conceal and prime, then use an all over eye or blending brush to create a sheer, warm-neutral smokey eye. (This is the Clarins Odyssey palette that reviewed on theNotice last week — it’s a great pick for a palette that “feels” warm without actually being too warm.)

Step by step burgundy winged liner tutorial

Add a bit of shimmer to the middle of the lid to keep it from looking too drab (I love Clarins quads for this), and finish by taking a burgundy or wine-coloured eyeshadow along the upper lashline & into a wing. For an eyeliner flick with a bit more intensity and better wear, use a stiff angled eyeliner brush moistened with a bit of water or setting spray to apply the line.

From there, just polish up the look with defined brows and plenty of mascara!

Winged burgundy eyeliner - winter holiday look

Products used

Winged burgundy eyeliner - products used

EYES: NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in Odyssey, Annabelle Smoothie Eyeshadow Pencil in Licoriche, Joe Fresh Eye Shadow in Rosewood, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara in Black.

LIPS: Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Musk.

SKIN: theBalm timeBalm concealer in Lighter Than Light, Senna Eye Shadow in Sphinx (to contour).

And hey, while we’re talking about products… 

Holiday makeup tutorial - shu curler

The Shu Uemura eyelash curler has really been growing on me! I’ve used it consistently for the past week or two, and I’ve managed to have gotten used to the smaller opening (compared to my usual curler).

I’m still not crazy about the shape and curvature, but I actually do really  like how solid the build feels. If you’re looking for a slightly more jazzed-up version of the original (which has a black, not red, silicone pad), definitely pick one up before they sell out.

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  • This is simply gorgeous! That Clarins palette is to die for!
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    • Thanks, Carly! :) The palette really is — definitely something I've been reaching for again & again this month!

  • I've been a glitter addict lately, perhaps this look is the intervention I need! Glittervention! Sorry, watching too much how i met your mother lately. :)
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    • Ha! If you enjoy watching it, is there really such a thing as too much? ;)

      I think satin finishes are going to be big again this spring — think finely-milled shimmer in moderate amounts, without being frosty. It might just be the change-up that you need!

  • I love this look on you! Classy but with a little edge. I have really been enjoying my plum liners as well lately. They just seem so appropriate this time of the year xx

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    • Thanks, Louise! Plum liners are such a great choice for the season — I'm still looking for one that doesn't crease on me, but I love the ones I have nonetheless!

  • mostlysunnybunny

    Ahh you're pretty thing! I LOVE that quad, and I see one of my favorite mascaras there! I'm with you about the Shu curler too. It took me sometime to get used to it, but it's by far the most solid curler I've ever tried!
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    • Aww, thanks darling! :) ETK is amazing — it smudges a little on me by the end of the day (so, not quite full-tube-worthy), but I'm absolutely LOVING it for makeup looks.

      I don't know about the Shu curler, though! It's so wonderfully sturdy, but definitely too curved for my eyes. Decisions, decisions…

  • Such a gorgeous look! You are making me really wish I had bought that palette now! Also, I think I need to buy a plum liner, that just looks perfect.
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    • Have you seen the Karl x Shu one? Absolutely gorgeous! Maybelline do a plum liner that's supposed to be an almost-perfect dupe, as well ;)

  • toyarosie

    I never think to do plums at Christmas but I love the idea. I do tend to do red lips a lot, because I don't wear them much in general and so it's a great excuse :P But, I'm getting into them so much more in the past couple months that I suspect they're just part of my every day life now! So, I'll have to start mixing it up, and this is a great way to do it. Thanks Rae – hope you also are having a great holiday!
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    • Hats off to you for incorporating a red lip into your everyday life! ;) I usually LOVE reds during the holidays (or, um, always), but for whatever reason I'm just not feeling it this year — I find myself focusing more and more on the vampier shades, like your plums and burgundies.

      Anyhow. Hope you have fun working a bit more plum into your makeup routine! It's such a lovely, overlooked colour ;o)