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Movie-Inspired Makeup Perfect for Christmas

Doing your makeup for big events can be daunting, especially during the holidays, when it seems as if there’s a party every second night! What better way to simplify the whole process, though, than by taking a little inspiration from the glamour of Hollywood blockbusters?

Movie-Inspired Makeup to Awaken Your Inner Star

The Great Gatsby

Daisy’s makeup in ‘The Great Gatsby’ (via The Beauty Gypsy)

Baz Luhrmann’s Gatsby has acted as the inspiration for hundreds of makeup looks since it was released back in 2013. The classic, 20’s glamour featured in the movie is something anyone can replicate with ease because it consists of a simple, neutral eye paired with a bold lip. It packs a major punch and would surely turn heads at any holiday event!

To get Daisy’s look, you’ll need a fresh, dewy base. A product like the Becca Radiant Skin Satin Finish Foundation would be perfect for achieving this. Think neutral or gold tones when it comes to the eyes, and make sure to smoke out that lash line with an eye pencil or crayon for that sultry feel. Finish everything off with a deep red or burgundy lipstick – the lipsticks or lip pencils from Bite Beauty come in stunning vampy shades and are sure to stay on throughout the whole night.

James Bond
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Sam Chapman’s Bond girl look (via Sam Chapman)

Bond girls are always effortlessly stunning, right down to their makeup. Although we’ve seen a huge range of looks over the course of the James Bond movies, the one that seems to stand out features dramatically lined eyes, complete with luxe false eyelashes, and a simple nude lip.

To emulate a Bond bombshell, you’ll need a heavy duty eyeliner like the Mirenesse Cat Eyes Liner Pencil. Line your eyes in a rough cat eye and smudge to your heart’s content until you’ve got a slightly messy, smoked out look. A perfect pair of eyelashes will be the centrepiece of your makeup look, so go for something dramatic like the double-layered Smokey Velvet lashes from ModelRock. Don’t forget that perfect neutral pout – a sheer lipstick or lip gloss like the Gerard Cosmetics Colour Your Smile Lip Gloss will do the trick! Sam Chapman from Pixiwoo has a tutorial on a similar Bond girl look if you’re after even more inspiration.

Old Hollywood

Jaclyn Hill’s old hollywood-inspired makeup look (via Jaclyn Hill)

Okay, so this one isn’t a movie, but a makeup look that’s stayed on trend for as long as we can remember. Think back to the 1940’s and 50’s, when stars like Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe dominated the big screen. The classic nature of this makeup look makes it completely wearable and perfect for events or occasions. All you’ll need is a crisp, clean winged eye and your choice of dramatic lipstick – a red definitely works wonders, not only capturing everyone’s attention but making your lips look full and your teeth super white!

To create that perfect cat eye, you’ll need a liquid liner, preferably something with a precise pen tip like the super-pigmented Napoleon Perdis Neo Noir Liquid Eyeliner. Then, after you’ve finished off your face, you’re going to need a gorgeous red lipstick to make you stand out from the crowd. The Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Pomegranate is a beautiful cherry red that will complement any skin tone.

Are you planning on channelling any movie-inspired looks this Christmas party season?



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