Holiday Color Pairings

Holiday Colors

When I start to think about it, it’s not really a surprise to me that I love makeup.  When I was a kid, I use to spend hours pairing my crayons together in color combinations I thought looked good together (which was also a great indication of my obsessive tendencies toward organization, but that’s a whole OTHER topic in itself!).  While I don’t feel societal pressures to follow trends in shades (woohoo, Emerald for 2013!), nor feel like I ‘should’ wear darker colors in winter and brighter colors in summer, I choose to follow these paths often because it just makes sense to me.  I love the idea of changing the shades I wear according to seasons – heck, I even do it with the change in weather!  Rain means somber shades of grey or blue; sun means warm tones of gold, or brights like aqua and orange; and snow equals icy silvers and cool pinks and purples.  Its just how I roll, ya’ll!

Holiday Colors (2)

As it’s the holidays, of course I imagined an array of festive shades to represent the season, and since the work was already done, I thought I’d share them with you!  On the weekend for the first time I matched my lips to my tips, and it was a lot of fun.  I’m not entirely sure I’d do the same with eyeshadow, but the colors below all complimented a polish I own so well I figured what the heck.  I hope you enjoy!

Holiday Colors - SilverBobbi Brown Chrome Eye Shadow in Pewter; Chanel Le Vernis in 529 Graphite

Holiday Color Swatches - Silver (2) Holiday Color Swatches - SilverChanel Graphite; Bobbi Brown Pewter

Both of these silvers are so much more than plain ol’ silver.  They both veer into a warmer tone rather than stark icy shades, which means they’re quite wearable for all skin tones.  Pewter is currently unavailable as this was an LE shade, but at times Bobbi Brown brings it back in palettes and such, so keep your eyes peeled!  Graphite has had a ton of reincarnations over the past year since it was released (though I don’t believe it’s LE anyway) – the best being Sally Hansen’s Shoot the Moon which was just featured on All Lacquered Up.

Holiday Colors - RedEssie Limited Addiction; Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural in #46

Holiday Color Swatches - Red (2) Holiday Color Swatches - RedEssie Limited Addiction; MUFE #46

MUFE’s #46 Rouge Artist lippie was the red shade I wore on the weekend to compliment my red manicure (done with China Glaze Ruby Pumps).  I ADORE this lipstick; it is by far my favorite red that I own.  It’s more of a true red I think, and looks so darn good on!  The moistness of the lipstick keeps it looking so juicy and festive without being overwhelming in the least.  It feels amazing on and I just can’t get enough!  The only downside is that it’s only available at MUFE Pro stores and kiosks, but well worth the effort.

Essie Limited Addiction was, unfortunately, limited edition, but there are a billion reds out there I’m sure that are similar – just a bit deeper than your typical shade and neither warm nor cool.

Holiday Colors - GreenMAC Jealousy Wakes; a-England Saint George

Holiday Color Swatches - Green (2) Holiday Color Swatches - Greena-England Saint George; MAC Jealousy Wakes

Hot DAMN Saint George is beautiful!  I don’t wear this polish nearly as much as I should, mainly because when I bought it last year, I wore it about three times in a few weeks – obsessed, I was!  I’m wearing this to my work Christmas party this week and I’m super excited!  Its one of the few greenish hues I own, and one of the few of that color palette I like.  In truth it’s more teal than green but whatever – evergreen, shall we say?  I LOVE IT and all it’s prismatic shimmer.

Jealousy Wakes is also another shade I rarely wear, probably because I don’t wear color in my shadows nearly as much as I used to, but I still enjoy it from time to time when I do pull it out.  I dislike the texture of the shadow immensely – it’s so stiff and rough! – but it IS a lovely shade.

Holiday Colors - GoldSephora Brand She Sparkles; SpaRitual Aurum

Holiday Color Swatches - Gold (2)Holiday Color Swatches - Gold (3) Holiday Color Swatches - GoldSpaRitual Aurum; Sephora Brand She Sparkles

Oooh, sparkly indeed!  Though Aurum is sort of a crap color on me – probably on most people, it’s so damn blingy I’m going to HAVE to pull it out for the holidays!  Look at that sparkle!  It’s a bit more greenish-gold than the orange-y gold of She Sparkles, but they both shimmer prettily together, don’t you think?  I wore She Sparkles like crazy the last holiday season (when I purchased it), but haven’t given it much love since.  I’ll surely be pulling it out again this month!

Holiday Colors - BlackMAC Dark Soul Pigment; Illamasqua Creator

Holiday Color Swatches - Black (2) Holiday Color Swatches - BlackIllamasqua Creator; MAC Dark Soul

Though I’m not a huge lover of black nail polish, Creator has won me over with its glittery goodness, and looks both elegant and edgy at the same time.  It compliments Dark Soul so perfectly!  I could totally see rocking these two shades together, it’s like they were made for each other.  I rarely wear Dark Soul for sort of obvious reasons (its a shimmery charcoal shadow – the rockstar look doesn’t exactly work at the office), but I’m trying to find ways to implement it more when I can.  It’s definitely a perfect shadow for the holidays!

It was fun making these pairings and a huge throwback to my formative years :P  It’s also scary to see that I happen to have enough polish and makeup that I can actually make pairings that coordinate so well… ~shrugs~ I’m a collector, what can I say?

Have you gotten into the matching trend?  Would you be willing to try it, or do you avoid it at all costs?  What colors say ‘holiday’ to you?

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  1. #1 by Amy on December 12, 2012 - 8:01 pm

    These are so pretty!! And such a good idea. I love imagining little Toya organizing her crayons, hehe :) I’d say you’ve put your skills to good use here––I’m particularly fond of the green and red duos, the green because it’s so unique (St. George is gooooooorgeous) and the red because who doesn’t love red?!

    • #2 by Latoya on December 17, 2012 - 7:51 am

      Exactly, Amy! I am loving red more and more (and trying to love green – Saint George is a (very obvious) exception) – what I hope to find soon is my perfect red polish. I find it can be a bit garish-looking on me, but I think I just haven’t found ‘the’ shade yet!

      I have considered doing a personal organization business on the side, no joke – it honestly brings me pleasure! Haha LAME

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. #3 by Becca @ The Beauty Sample on December 13, 2012 - 3:34 am

    Loved this post! I really, REALLY have to get my hands on some A-England–I’ve been SO impressed with everything I’ve seen from them.

    • #4 by Latoya on December 17, 2012 - 7:56 am

      Oh, do it Becca – Adina often has sales and that’s when I scoop them up, because they’re so beautiful and shipping is free! I’m so pleased you enjoyed the post :D

      Sent from my iPhone

  3. #5 by satine89 on December 13, 2012 - 6:38 am

    Awesome post! The red match is my favourite!!! <3

    • #6 by Latoya on December 17, 2012 - 7:57 am

      Awesome! I’m actually wearing the polish right now!! :) The lipstick is seriously THE BEST.

      Sent from my iPhone

  4. #7 by Larie on December 13, 2012 - 3:19 pm

    Beautiful! Very festive – like the snow on your blog :P I like color pairings, too, but I haven’t really felt very into color and makeup lately. Very blah. Sigh.

    • #8 by Latoya on December 17, 2012 - 8:00 am

      Seems we’re all in a beauty rut in some way or another, Larie! I’m really finding that trying to use every bit of makeup I own (not all at once lol) has given me a boost in creativity – not to mention, I feel less inclined to shop because I see how much I already have, and I’m always rediscovering my fave pieces! :)

      Sent from my iPhone

  5. #9 by refinedandpolished on December 17, 2012 - 2:14 pm

    These are all perfect for the holidays! So festive!

    • #10 by Latoya on December 20, 2012 - 8:02 am

      I’ve been truly using them myself too! It was a really fun post to put together, I’m glad you liked it Lakeisha!

      Sent from my iPhone

  6. #11 by Liz (@Reductionista) on December 17, 2012 - 9:56 pm

    I love these sort of posts, when bloggers are feeling all sorts of inspired! It’s nice to see you get into the spirits, Toya. :D

    My favourites are the reds and greys. I don’t know what is happening to me but primary colours are grabbing at my eyeballs and not letting go until they reach into my wallet. Love love love all the product you picked! I swear, you’re going somewhere with this meticulous beauty swatching and all. There’s a future there, my friend.

    • #12 by Latoya on January 8, 2013 - 8:08 am

      I think you’re right Liz….searching has definitely become a thing for me, both viewing and showing! I had a lot of fun doing this post, not just the old ho-hum. I’m so glad you liked it! Also glad that color is creeping up on you :D It was bound to happen my dear!!

      Sent from my iPhone

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