Day to Holiday Party Makeup in 2 steps

Layering with Stripes


Motherhood brings many opportunities to practice efficiency and time management. And with that said, I almost never have time to get “freshly” ready for a fancy event in the evenings. I need to just build on whatever I did that morning when the kids were still asleep, or during nap time.

So, the two changes I can easily make that take a daytime look to holiday party ready are eyeliner and a strong lip color! Since I knew I was going to be building on this daytime look, I chose a neutral shimmery eyeshadow (shade Ashes to Ashes) that I’ve been wearing a repeat for the last month or so. And instead of going strong on the upper lid eyeliner, I pressed used an angled brush with a bit of Rich Caviar liner into my lash line and did a tiny flick at the ends. And the serious volume on my lashes comes from this Bobbi Brown mascara that I love.

To jazz things up a bit I used a navy blue eyeliner that added rich depth to my eyes and also a tiny bit of color. And the wine colored lip (#964) didn’t compete with the eyeliner and remained the focus of the look!

When I’m shopping for beauty products, especially lipstick, I like being able to see all the options up close. I love shopping at Nordstrom for that reason because the beauty section is divided up by brand, but you can easily see all the shades available. And you can try it on, live with it for a couple minutes, and then make the decision on whether or not to buy.


Pirkko Tassel Drop Earrings

These steps took almost no time, and I suddenly felt so festive!


Before the 90’s came back in style this year, I think I could have avoided a wine colored shade at all cost, but I actually quite liked the look! It’s not brown enough to look like a true 90’s inspired shade, but I like how deep and moody it is. And the matte finish feels really cool.

Another lipstick option to try this season is Bowl Me Over. It has a bit more brown than the shade I’m wearing, but also has a matte finish. And if you have green eyes, this eyeliner in shade London would be stunning!

I also have to mention this lipstick kit I found at Nordstrom. It looks like the perfect set for any makeup look. It has a balanced mix of evening and daytime shades. I think anyone could wear each of the shades in this kit!

It’s hard to believe the holidays are here already, but on that same note I’ve been listening to Christmas music since the day after Halloween so I’m *ready*!

This post was created in partnership with Nordstrom. 



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Jess Glenn says · 11.18.16

Absolutely love this lipstick shade! I’ve been searching for the perfect wine color and I think I have found it!

Mindy says · 11.18.16

Perhaps it’s too early and my brain hasn’t started working…what brand/color is she wearing on her lips?! Love. TIA

Kate says · 11.18.16

It’s Dior 964!

Barbie Beauty says · 11.18.16

This is so gorgeous love the red lip

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Arijana C. says · 11.18.16


Beth says · 11.18.16

That color on you! 😍😍

Michele Clay says · 11.18.16

Beautiful! What blush are you wearing? It looks gorgeous and neutral!

Karly says · 11.18.16

This is awesome. Isn’t is crazy how a little lipstick can change a whole look?! I love the red lips too for holiday parties!

Claire Talks Beauty says · 11.18.16

A red lip for the holidays make the look fabulous ! it is a great way to feel so glamourous without making so much effort !

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Alyssa says · 11.18.16

So so gorgeous. That lip color is amazing on you! Loving your earrings too!

Lindsay says · 11.18.16

You look great with a bold eye! Immediately I thought this look resembles Christina Applegate! Always so pretty!

Blush & Pearls says · 11.18.16

Great look – I’m still loving those earrings! Perfect for a Christmas party.

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Michelle says · 11.18.16

I was surprised when I clicked on Ashes to Ashes that it wasn’t gray. What a beautiful color! Reminds me of MAC Honesty or All That Glitters.

I’m loving the bold lip! It really brings an otherwise neutral look to another level. I’m still not brave enough to try it, because I’m on the, ahem, mature side. But I love those wine colors!!

Sarah says · 11.18.16

Love the wine lip on you!

Katie says · 11.18.16

Gorgeous! I love the addition of a navy liner!

Emily says · 11.19.16

I love that look on you!

Ashley says · 11.19.16

I’ve always loved a wine shade, I’m so happy the 90s are in! You’re a darling.

Katya Bychkova says · 11.20.16

Red lipstick always makes me feel festive too! Love how this look came out! You look gorgeous!

Karly says · 11.21.16

Carol H, GO AWAY! You sure like to post a lot of negative comments!

Kristen says · 11.21.16

What a fabulous look for you with the red lip! So pretty!

Sienna says · 11.21.16

Everyone knows you get dressed after you do your makeup!

Katie C. says · 11.21.16

Carol H, Why read the blog if you have such negative feelings towards it? It is obvious that you don’t believe Kate should receive a paycheck (or compensation) for her efforts, then I guess you reject payments when you work?!?

Wendy says · 11.21.16

Hi Kate, just wondering where the earrings in the daytime look is from? Thanks!

Rachel says · 11.25.16

Nice switch up! I’m not really into those deep brown lip shades. That’s a 90s trend I can live without but this wine lip and the subtle blue eyeliner are a really nice alternative.

Rachel Gregory

Mel says · 11.27.16

Omg omg omg!! This look is amazing!!! Obsessed with the red lipstick!!

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Melanie says · 11.28.16

So beautiful!

kratom says · 12.02.16

Perhaps it’s too early and my brain hasn’t started working…what brand/color is she wearing on her lips?! Love.

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