Guest Post by Jemzxo

Hey everyone!

So firstly I would like to take the opportunity to thank Leanne for asking me to take part - I feel very honoured. 

Today I'm going to be sharing with you a Festive Halo Eye look I put together specifically for this, in hopes at least one of you may be inspired by it. I wanted to create something that would go with most party outfits and that would be relatively easy for you guys to recreate with your own eyeshadows. You could always stick to the same technique but switch up the colours.

Here’s what I used:

Revolution Pro Conceal and Define Concealer 

Armed & Gorgeous from the Jaclyn Hill Vault Collection
Shimmering Sand Pressed Glitter by GlitterEyes
Bourjois Liner Pinceau

L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara

Amazing Shine Lashes in 747M (My absolute faves!)

Revolution Pro Brow Pomade in the shade Taupe

Make up Revolution Foil - Rose Gold

Mary-Lou Manizer - The Balm 

Morphe M519 - to place colour and blend slightly.

Big Fluffy Blending Brush - to blend everything out at the end 

Flat Concealer Brush - to neatly apply concealer on the lid and apply eyeshadow onto the concealer

A few things to note before we start:

  • If you're going to wear this look for a Christmas party, I highly recommend you practice it beforehand if you're not used to applying eyeshadow regularly. 

  • If you feel you can, do your eyes before your base, otherwise you may get fallout and ruin the rest of your face!

  • You can always add eyeshadow but you can't take it away - build the colours up rather than plonking a load on straight away.

Step 1:

Prime your lids with a concealer that you know prevents your eyeshadow from creasing, of course you can use an actual Eyeshadow Primer if you have one and it works for you, I just find that concealer works better for me and is a lot cheaper. 

Step 2:

Apply Secure or a similar shade you own all over the eyelid using a small blending brush (Morphe M519 is perfect for this and the next few steps) blending it up just past the crease, I like to pat the colour on and then gently blend it out, you don't want to bring the colour too high up and don't worry about blending it out all perfectly as we will fix the blend out later! 

Step 3:

Next you want to take a deeper cool toned Brown colour, I used Smooth Criminal, and do the same as step 2, blending it out but keeping it below the colour you've just applied, this should create a smooth transition of dark to light brown. 

Step 4:

Now you want to take an even darker cool toned brown, something that is almost black (I used Prowl) and put that in the outer corner and the inner corner, gently blending each of them out a little, but again staying below the previous colour. To make it a true Halo Eye you want to apply the colour in the crease to connect the inner and outer corner, but you could skip this step. 

Step 5: 

Put some concealer on the back of your hand and using a flat brush and patting motions you want to evenly apply it to the centre of your eyelid, blending the sides out gently with your finger and keeping the top fairly neat, it doesn't matter if it isn't perfect as we'll be going over it with another eyeshadow. 

Step 6:

Is to do just that using a shimmery cool toned Gold eyeshadow. (I used a mixture of Coin and Gilt Trip) You use the same brush as before to apply this, just clean it off in between. Using patting motions push the colour into the concealer (which should still be slightly tacky, you'll get better colour payoff by doing this, you can even spray your brush with setting spray to give the shadow an extra extra oomph.) Using the small blending brush you used to apply the previous colour, blend the outer edges together. 

Step 7: (optional!)

Clean off the flat brush you've just used and gently pat on a Pressed Glitter over the eyeshadow you've just applied. I went for Shimmering Sand by GlitterEyes as i think it compliments the shimmer I used, again use whatever you think will go with what you're using. 

Step 8:

Winged liner and lower lash shadow! This could also be optional but I always do winged eyeliner as I don't feel like me without it, I think it can really tie together a look as well. On the lower lash area I used Secure with a little Smooth Criminal on top. Inner corner highlight is Make up revolution Foil in Rose Gold.

Step 9:

Apply Mascara and False Lashes.

Use a good Mascara that you know lasts long for you personally and obviously you don't have to wear lashes, I know that for some people they're an absolute ball ache to apply so here are some tips that may help:

  • Apple a little more glue to the inner corner part of the lash than anywhere else.

  • Leave the glue to dry for at least 30 seconds so it gets tacky

  • Again, stay calm.. eyeliners aren't the only make up products that can sense fear!

  • Something that's massively helped me apply them is using bent long nose tweezers, you can use them on their side to hold the lash along the lash band. You can also squeeze the false lashes and your own together with them to make sure the false ones are as close to your own as possible. (An oddly satisfying thing to do..) 

  • Place the lash roughly where you want it and then use the tweezers to pull it into place on the inner corner and the outer corner. 

Step 10:

Only do this once you've finished the rest of your face and done your eyebrows, this for me is the most important step. Before I started doing this I found that my eyeshadow didn't look that blended and its just been an absolute game changer for me. I know a lot of people like to carve their brows out before they do their make up, but i prefer to do it afterwards, using a flat concealer brush i'll take a little concealer and run it under my brows in a neat line, i like to play around with this line until its blended out a little so it doesn't look harsh. I then pull the concealer down into the eyeshadow and then blend the eyeshadow back out with a big fluffy brush. Absolute. Game. Changer. I then added Mary-Lou Manizer by The Balm to my brow bone. 

I paired this look with the shade Box of Chocolates from the L’Oreal Les Chocolats range of Matte Liquid Lipsticks, which are my favourite Liquid Lipsticks of all time. The staying power of these lipsticks is just I N C R E D I B L E... as long as you let them fully dry which can take up to ten minutes haha.

The very last thing I do, after applying setting spray to my entire face, is bottom lash mascara! The less moisture that gets onto lashes, the better. 

Anyway, I hope you like the finished look. I would have included a full face pic had it not gotten dark outside just before I finished! All the ones I did take look awful :(

If you're interested in seeing some of my other looks, my Instagram is @Jemzxo, I'd love to have you follow me, come say Hi! I try to post them regularly and I occasionally post Nails/Nail Art as well. If anyone does recreate this, please let me know!

I hope you all have the most magical Christmases possible!

Jemma xo