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Christmas: A Classic Makeup Look and Italian Traditions

So, there’s probably not much to be said about this makeup look, as I guess it’s what everyone else is going to do, BUT… I’ll tell you about it anyway!

As I’ve mentioned here and there lately, I knew I was going to do a gold eyes-black liner-red lips type of look. What I also knew was that I wanted to use MAC Ruby Woo as a lipstick, but wasn’t sure what I would do on the eyes. I couldn’t just use Isolde yet again and actually wanted something less warm-toned than that (NARS Isolde leans way more copper than gold). I was just in the middle of my makeup musings when I spotted Collistar’s Holiday collection and noticed that they’re repromoting a glittery gold liquid eyeshadow from a past limited edition that I happen to be in the possession of. Seeing that it had been lying untouched at the bottom of my makeup drawer for quite some time, I thought Christmas would be the perfect occasion to put it to good use.

Classic Christmas Makeup Look Gold Eyes Red Lips

ALSO, I put on false lashes, which I never ever do and the final effect wasn’t too horrendous! Here’s the full list of the products I used:

  • Foundation: Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet in B20
  • Under-eye concealer: Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach and Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in Light
  • Blemishes: Vichy Dermablend Ultra-Corrective Foundation Cream Stick in 12 Opal
  • Setting powder: Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation in Golden Light (mini-review here)
  • Under-eye setting powder: Marc Jacobs #InstaMarc – highlighting shade (review here)
  • Bronzer: Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder in shade 50 (mini-review here)
  • Blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed (mini-review here)
  • Highlighter: The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer (see it in action here)
  •  Eye primer: Too Faced Shadow Insurance
  • Crease: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Creamy Beige (review here)
  • Lid: Collistar Rhinestone Effect Liquid Eyeshadow in Copper (which is more of a rose gold)
  • Lower lash line: Nudie and Chocolate Cookie from Too Faced Natural Matte Eyeshadow Palette (review here)
  • Brow bone: Heaven from Too Faced Natural Matte Eyeshadow Palette
  • Falsies: Ardell Demi Wispies + DUO Eyelash Adhesive – Clear
  • Gel eyeliner: Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama in 01 Black
  • Mascara: Pupa Vamp in Black
  • Lip liner: KIKO Rebel Romantic Intensely Lavish Lip Pencil in 03 Luscious Red (review here)
  • Lipstick: MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo (mini-review here)

On a slightly different note… What do people do in your country for Christmas? Here in Italy, surprise surprise, we have a big food-coma-inducing meal. And when I say ‘big’, I really mean ‘HUGE’: think about what a big meal is for you and multiply by 3 – at least! The further to the south, the bigger it’ll usually be. I live in Bologna (watch this beautiful New York Times video if you have 5 minutes to spare), which is in the north, but we’re actually pretty famous for our food… Do you know lasagne, tortellini and Bolognese sauce (which we call ‘Ragù’ and don’t EVER eat with spaghetti, but with tagliatelle)? Well, they all come from here!

Oh, and when I said ‘meal’, I actually meant ‘mealS’: dinner on Christmas Eve (traditionally fish-based), lunch on Christmas Day and another lunch on Boxing Day (Santo Stefano here). We usually have each one with a different part of the family (like parents, in-laws, etc.), but obviously there are no rules.

So, what are you going to do for Christmas – as your makeup and to celebrate? I’d love to know! 🙂


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87 Comments

  • Reply
    Candice
    December 15, 2015 at 10:06 am

    That lipstick is gorgeous! Love a bold red lip

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

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    Wendee Isaacs
    December 15, 2015 at 10:42 am

    I absolutely love the look. Perfect for the holidays. I’ve been looking for a similar eyeshadow, kind of gold or bronzy.
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    LindaLibraLoca
    December 15, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Now you have already seen my look, so I´ll share with you our traditions, which, not surprisingly, contain lots of food:
    In Germany, we do unpack our presents on Christmas Eve, usually around 6 pm, and then sit dow to eat with the family. We will be at my parents, like almost every year, and eat a variety of premade salads (like potato salad, not the green and health ones) as well as lots of cheese, cookies and lychees. On Christmas Day my husbands side of the family will join us, along with my aunt and uncle, not to forget the cousins with their family, and we will have brunch (anything else is impossible with around 30 people over) that will last from somewhere 11 am until late at night. The last day is for recovery and leftovers.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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      Carol in a
      December 16, 2015 at 9:41 am

      30 people… WOW!!! It’s funny how, stereotipically, people think that Italians have huge families when actually most people here are only children and have no/very few cousins (at least here in the north). I’ve always loved large family gatherings, although we were probably like 12 people at the biggest one I’ve had!

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    fannyanddailybeauty
    December 15, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    I really like the eye look! The false lashes look good! Lots of food involved in France as well!

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      Carol in a
      December 16, 2015 at 9:42 am

      Thank you!
      Yeah, I guess it’s the same all around the world! 🙂

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    Melanie
    December 15, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    great make up :-*

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    Alyssa
    December 15, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    I like it. Medium shimmer on the eyes + bold red lips. Definitely perfect for the Holiday parties 🙂

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    Danielle
    December 15, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    I love this makeup look and specially the eyeshadow! I have been in Italy a couple of times and I love the country and its people. Had I not come to the US, I would have tried to live in your country. I celebrate Christmas as you do with a delicious dinner on Christmas Eve and the same dish on Christmas day for lunch and dinner (the dish gets tastier overnight!). I don’t have a big family in the US so I celebrate with my mother, husband, and younger brother. Have wonderful week, Carol!

    Danielle
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      Carol in a
      December 16, 2015 at 9:43 am

      It’s nice to hear you enjoyed your time in my country! 🙂

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    Samantha
    December 15, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Your makeup is really pretty! The bold red lip is definitely a classic 🙂

    Since I’ve grown older, Christmas isn’t really Christmas but the food sure is great and our tree is really big and decorated nicely so there’s that 🙂 I love that you included some traditions from Italy, that’s always nice to learn.

    Sam | http://mybeautycloud.com

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      Carol in a
      December 16, 2015 at 10:03 am

      Yeah, Christmas was definitely more magical when I was little, but now I think I value more the quality time I get to spend with my family.

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    Ela
    December 15, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    Glittery eyes and red lips, this is a perfect Christmas makeup. I guess I told you before, red lips really suit you. Christmas=So much food, let’s say constant food without thinking about the weight gain 🙂

    http://www.elabellaworld.com

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      Carol in a
      December 16, 2015 at 10:04 am

      ‘Constant food without thinking about the weight gain’ is a pretty accurate description of Christmas!!! 😉

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    Lubka Henry
    December 16, 2015 at 1:30 am

    Simplistic and beautiful makeup. Love this look – both for casual and for glam 🙂

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    Selena
    December 16, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    I think Collistar has recently launched in my local drugstore and I’ve seen really beautiful products, maybe I’ll check out the glittery gold shadow (it looks stunning on you, Carol). You can really rock that look.
    Here in Spain it’s also all about food and family. We usually have the humongous Christmas Eve dinner, then the Christmas lunch and we celebrate what we call “Magic Kings” on January 6th, which leads us to another huge meal haha.
    I hope you have a wonderful day xx

    Sel♥
    selenaponcestyle.blogspot.com.es

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      Carol in a
      December 17, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      That’s so cool! My favorite products from them are the Hyaluronic Acid serum and the TWIST Eyeshadow in Bronze, which I use a lot in the summer for gorgeous, wet-looking lids!

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    Catarina
    December 16, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    That makeup is gorgeous!!!!
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    Chichi
    December 16, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    My goodness! Bologna is one of my most favourite cities in the world! And the food is just unreal! I wish I had discovered your blog earlier, was there in August last year! Now the makeup! It’s perfect and the red lips are everything!
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      Carol in a
      December 17, 2015 at 5:10 pm

      It’s good to hear you like my city! I feel like not that many people know about it, but I think it’s pretty cool to visit. And yeah, the food’s not bad either! 😉

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    Shireen L. Platt
    December 16, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    I’m doing a similar look too, well my makeup looks in general are pretty boring and safe so glittery eyeshadow is for my special occasions like Christmas. I only started celebrating Christmas last year, it was not celebrated by my family back in Malaysia because we celebrated Chinese New Year instead. But now that I’m married to my husband and living in Canada, Thanksgiving and Christmas are huge celebrations for us and I know what you mean by food coma, I’m ready for it! LOL!

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      Carol in a
      December 17, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      Haha, yeah, you have to embrace the food coma, it’s an important part of the celebrations!

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    weird thought
    December 16, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Looking fab love your lipstick shade
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    Trishna Patel
    December 16, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Wow, I love this look Carol ♥

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    Jalisa
    December 16, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    You look so beautiful, girlie! I love the makeup look and I’ve heard so many great things about Ruby Woo lipstick; I really need to get my hands on it! As for your Italian tradition, I’m very familiar, as my mom’s ex-husband is Italian and so I grew up every Christmas celebrating it the Italian style; lots and lots of amazing and delicious food!

    Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you have wonderful day!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestyelcontour.com

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      Carol in a
      December 17, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      I love Ruby Woo and unlike most people I don’t find it drying at all!

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    Laura
    December 16, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    You look beautiful Carol. I love your pretty eye look and your statement lips. Stunning girl. Laura http://www.shehearts.net xx

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    Shannon Sage
    December 16, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    I will definitely be rocking a red lip this Christmas as well! This look is lovely on you! I’m Irish American and although we don’t have a full on crazy feast we still eat plenty and then drink plenty:)

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      Carol in a
      December 17, 2015 at 6:01 pm

      Christmas isn’t really Christmas if I don’t wear red lipstick! 😉

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    Nina
    December 16, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Pretty makeup dear !!
    Have a great day !
    Nina
    xox
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    Irene
    December 16, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    The post is so great! I love the pictures:)

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    Lulle
    December 16, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Beautiful party makeup! The sparkling gold eyeshadow looks really pretty and it pairs very well with the black liner/red lips.
    No big family reunion for Christmas for me this year, that already happened for Thanksgiving. We’ll probably have some good food nonetheless!
    Beaumiroir

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      Carol in a
      December 17, 2015 at 7:18 pm

      Thanksgiving would probably be my favorite Holiday if I lived in the States!

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    Danielle Beautyblog
    December 17, 2015 at 12:32 am

    Such a lovely look, that lipstick looks amazing! We have a big turkey dinner on Christmas Day!

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    Heather Lisa Noire
    December 17, 2015 at 4:13 am

    I love this look on you! I am also obsessed with a red lip for the Christmas season! it is so classy and love the metallic I need to try this look for my next event. Thanks for sharing these tips to 🙂 http://www.bauchlefashion.com

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    Milica
    December 17, 2015 at 6:46 am

    Great post dear!

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    xoxo

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    Alina
    December 17, 2015 at 8:47 am

    I love sparkly eyes with a defined liner paired with a red lip. MAC Ruby Woo is one of my favourite shades of red. Christmas is also about a big food coma here in the UK and in Ireland where I’ll be spending Christmas with my family, but we do eat a lot of turkey and ham, no fish x

    Beauty with charm

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    sonia // daring coco
    December 17, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Love this look, not just for Christmas too!

    Sxx
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      Carol in a
      December 17, 2015 at 7:23 pm

      It can work for any occasion, really!

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    Kay
    December 17, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    This is super interesting! In Poland, we traditionally have a huge Christmas Eve dinner that’s also fish-based! Another tradition is that you are supposed to prepare TWELVE dishes. Despite living in the UK, me and my family still celebrate Christmas Eve the old-fashioned, Polish way. 🙂

    Kay
    http://shoesandglitter.blogspot.com

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      Carol in a
      December 17, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      I think it’s important to keep traditions alive! 🙂

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    Katya
    December 17, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Such a gorgeous classic look! So pretty and I love how bold and vibrant the lipstick is!

    Katya | The Beauty Harbour

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      Carol in a
      December 18, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      Yeah, I really like Ruby Woo!

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    Angela Angeline
    December 17, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    I love the bold lippie. Definitely my kinda look!

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    celyn
    December 17, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    It’s a gorgeous look! you look great!

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    Paula
    December 17, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Your makeup is so gorgeous, you are such a beauty! I live in the US but I grew up in Poland and I really miss spending Christmas with my grandparents so I try to keep the tradition going by making the same foods that my grandma always makes. 🙂

    Paula
    Thirteen Thoughts

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      Carol in a
      December 18, 2015 at 4:14 pm

      Awww, that’s so nice! 🙂

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    Wellemma
    December 17, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    I love how you Italians always go full speed ahead with your food 😀 And the food you make…yum yum yummyyy! My friend worked as an au pair near lake Garda and so spent a good amount of time there and learning a lot about food. I swear she makes the best pizza in the world! 😀 Of course, it’s probably not on your xmas menu? But anyway, I could travel to Italy anytime for the food hehe 🙂
    Also, i love your makeup look! <3
    Emma xx

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      Carol in a
      December 18, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      Making and sharing good food is definitely a big part of our lifestyle and culture!

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    Alyssa Monique Bustillo
    December 17, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    I love the shade of that! such a fierce red. Gorgeous FOTD!

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    XOXO Alyssa

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    anubhuti
    December 17, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Perfect holiday makeup ☺

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    Nadia
    December 17, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Awww loved this post so much! Gorgeous makeup, girlie. Loving the red lip 🙂
    So great to learn about other cultures & traditions. Funny enough, I have published a similar post on the 11th 😀
    Same wavelength 🙂
    xox Nadia
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      Carol in a
      December 18, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      Cool, I’ll check it out! 🙂

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    Nadia
    December 17, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Just made sure to follow you on all social media, babe <3
    xox Nadia
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    emma
    December 18, 2015 at 12:18 am

    This makeup looks AMAZING on you!! xx

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    Hannah
    December 18, 2015 at 2:16 am

    Oooh, beautiful lip! I saw that you have Ruby Woo, which I don’t have because it’s crazy drying, but I have Russian Red. Thanks for giving us tidbits about Italian culture during Christmas! I love Italian food (pasta, seafood, polenta and tiramisu are my favorites), culture, art (I love the Renaissance period). I have been to Florence (just for 1 night there, if I could go back I would spend more nights there) and Rome, and I loved both places! I would love to visit the other cities like Milan, Sicily or anywhere near the Amalfi Coast!

    Hannah
    http://floraful.blogspot.com

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      Carol in a
      December 18, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      Everyone keeps saying it’s drying, but on me it isn’t at all!
      Florence and Rome are so beautiful, but I’d recommend Venice instead of Milan. I hope you can come back soon! 🙂

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    Lisa @ Midwest Glam
    December 18, 2015 at 3:02 am

    What a pretty look! Loving the red lip. Can’t go wrong there. 🙂

    Our Christmas is similar. We visit with my in-laws so there’s a large assortment of different foods. I usually make stuffed shells with garlic bread and salad. My mother-in-law makes tamales. In the days leading up to Christmas I do a lot of baking. Lots of cookies, cakes, and other pastries. Definitely a lot of food happening here too. Only to hate myself the day after lol.

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      Carol in a
      December 18, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      I think food is one of life’s greatest pleasure, so we have to really enjoy it, sometimes!

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    whitney
    December 18, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Your false lashes are SO natural looking! A stunning, eye catching look! Gah I need to try that balm luminizer, your cheekbones are flawless!

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      Carol in a
      December 18, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      I rarely use falsies, but when I do, they have to look natural, just as if I had great natural lashes 😉 I don’t like them when they are to fake-looking!

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    Maireem
    December 18, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Love the lipstick, Carol 🙂 -Maireem

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    Carol in a
    December 18, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Thank you!

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    Sangeeta
    December 19, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Love the soft eye makeup.

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    Emma
    December 21, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Merry Christmas lovely lady!!! I love this makeup look on you! The copper/rose gold eye shadow is beautiful and I love the bright lip! I’m actually travelling back to Australia on Christmas Day haha so I’m hoping they do something fun on the plane! I wish I was in Italy for Christmas though! Sounds like you have a wonderful day and the food sounds amaze! Xx

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    danielle
    December 23, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    so cute, the red lip really suits you 🙂

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