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Dramatic Eye Makeup for the Holidays

The holidays call for dramatic eye makeup that goes the extra mile. If you've always wanted to see how you'd look with a shimmery, smokey eye with the Midas touch, look no further than this tutorial. Any eye color can rock this look, but as you can see, it's especially lovely on icy blues. Ooh la la!

Give your eyes a festive, holiday shimmer with this dramatic eye makeup. It's perfect for holiday parties, a special date night, or GNO.

dramatic eye makeup: step 1 and 2

1. To set the foundation for dramatic eye makeup, sweep a matte taupe shade like Urban Decay's Naked into your crease.

2. Next, press a champagne-tone pigment like Makeup Geek's Afterglow all over the lid.

dramatic eye makeup: step 3 and 4

3. Using a smudge brush, press a blackened golden olive color like Laura Mercier's Baked Eye Color Black Karat at the outer corner of the eyelid.

4. Now grab a blending brush, and soften the blackened olive tone, blending inward and slightly into the crease.

dramatic eye makeup: step 5 and 6

5. Smudge a rich, black shadow like Makeup Geek's Corrupt along the upper and lower lash lines for a soft, smokey, and sexy look.

6. Now for the best part! Line the inner rim of the lower lid with a metallic gold pencil liner. I love L'Oreal's Infallible Silkissime in Gold for this.

dramatic eye makeup: step 7 and 8

7. Apply a generous coat of mascara to top and bottom lashes.

8. Apply a set of false lashes because the holidays call for a little drama! Make sure to hold the lash strip up to your lid to measure first; then trim as needed.

Pair your golden green smokey eye with a peachy nude lip! Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tar in the Annika is a winner, winner, Christmas dinner!

For more makeup tips and tricks from Ivy, go to Wake Up for Makeup.

Ivy Boyd

I have a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design, but it's creating works of art on faces that I love most. By day, I am a Senior Education Consultant for Sephora as well as a freelance makeup artist. The rest of the time, I'm creating content for my makeup and beauty blog, Wake Up for Makeup, reading product reviews, watching tutorial videos and reading makeup artist books. I live and breathe this stuff and if you could eat makeup, I'd probably do that too. I also love painting abstracts, running, attending music festivals and acting weird with my husband and our two awesome cats. I'm here to tell you what products are legit, how to better use the ones you have, give you ideas to shake up your routine and guide you through some fun tutorials I know you can dominate.

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