Holiday Sparkle & Pop, Two Makeup Looks You Can Wear with That Party Dress!

Holiday party season is upon us people and I don’t know about you, but I’m excited. The gold trimmings aren’t just for the tree at this time of year. You get to pull out those sequins and sparkles, but it isn’t just about what you wear. It’s also about the sparkle and glam you bring to your face.

I sat down with our local makeup artist Veronica Burgess to discuss a few quick holiday makeup looks you can add to your wardrobe. In our last article, we discussed makeup wardrobing and just like your special occasion dress, special occasion makeup looks are an essential part of getting ready. 

Veronica laid out a couple foundational rules that are always present in good skin care. Always start with a clean face by using a mild facial cleanser of your choice, a good moisturizer, and toner (of course, she’d definitely suggest Bobbi Brown’s cleanser but) what you may already own will work too. She also suggests getting a Retouching Wand to even out any blemishes and eye circles.

Below we are sharing two beauty looks you can try out this holiday season for any party, concert, or reception that comes your way. So, let’s get started…

Sparkled Wine and Chocolate 


Start by adding a rich brown to the brow to frame the face. Use your brown pencil to shape the brows and define the arch. Here Veronica used a brow gel and shaper to hold things in place.


Foundations for the eye always include eyeliner which is applied before the eyeshadow on the lower lid and upper rim. Next, start a smoke stack on the eye by layering eye shadows from light to dark to create a smokey eye. Here she “stacked” the following colors to create the sparkled smokey eye.

  1. Bobbi Brown Banana was used as the base color to create a foundation and applied on the eyelid all the way to the browline.
  2. Night intense pigment was applied to the eyelid just until just slightly above the crease.
  3. Malbac a rich smokey wine color was then applied over the eyelid.
  4. Finish the eye with a little sparkle by applying a shimmery shadow like the Pinot Noir Shimmer wash. This part of the look is optional but perfect for evening and special occasion looks.

To finish the eye, add a few layers of mascara. In some cases, it is necessary to layer a couple times to give you luscious lashes.


Here she used the Cranberry Brightening Brick to brighten and lift the look. You apply this by starting at the apples of the cheek and moving the brush back and up towards the hairline. Before finishing, prance the brush down the center of the face to add a lite flush.


From the Bobbi Brown Luxe collection, Veronica used the long wear chocolate. This provides a rich and saturated pigment that moisturizes reduces lip lines and flaking. The color is a part of this seasons suite of rich wine and chocolate colors.

Model: Michelle Tucker, Leesburg, VA

Intense Eyes


  1. Apply some highlights to the brow line to create a nice frame to the face.
  2. Next use a Bone or very light colored shadow on the entire lid.
  3. Using the smoke stack method, start by applying a black cream shadow to the entire eyelid, use fingers to smudge the color around evenly.
  4. At the crease of the eye add a burnt sugar shadow to help with the transition, then use an eyeliner brush to smudge the color. Optional: For a pop of color you can use a gel eyeliner to add some lift at the base of the eyelid just above the lash.
  5. Add mascara and eyeliner as usual

Note: When doing a true smokey eye, it’s always best to complete the eye before applying any foundation or coverage. This is because when stacking the colors there is a chance the darker pigments will end up on your cheeks or just below your eye and it would cause you to undo what you’ve already done if you have to wipe everything off.


Using slopes (the color) starting at the apple of the cheeks move the color up to the hairline. Next, add a little bronzer (Elvis Duran) to make a connection between the face and neck. Dance the brush over all the areas where the sun would normally hit your face (cheekbones, bridge of nose, and hairline)


Since the eye on this look is so intense it’s best to keep the lips nice and neutral. Here Veronica used a rose stick and nude lipliner to complete the look. The lipliner prevents feathering and extends the wear of the lip color much longer.

Give these looks a try with a few colors you may already own, If you need an example be sure and schedule an appointment with your local Bobbi Brown counter. Did you know they’ll give you a touchup if you stop by? That’s right you can walk the mall flawlessly or just stop in to get your eyes done before that party. *wink*

When you try these looks be sure and tag us in your photos, we can’t wait to see how you do.

Jamila Taylor

World traveler, strategic planner, stylist, and food enthusiast. Jamila loves to travel the world tasting new flavors, and exploring local cultures. When she's not traveling on her magic carpet she's helping small businesses through her boutique consulting firm, Enjoy the Day Consulting. Follow her travels @justjamila

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