We’re finally dipping our feet into December (with finally feeling like an actual understatement this year). Late November to early December always feels like a strange limbo for makeup looks to wear. Somewhere between fall-winter and the cusp of festive fun; too belated for rusty autumn tones but too early for bolder holiday hues. Maybe your makeup register has run temporarily dry in this odd break, or you’re not quite ready to whip out the party looks just yet. As always, we’ve got ideas *wink*. In one of our last #SheByDC Makeup Edits this year, we present our favourite transitional makeup looks for that so-close-yet-so-far lull just before the holidays arrive in full swing. From coupling fall and winter hues, to diffused party tones, here is our take on in-between looks that will ease your palette into the most dazzling time of the year! 

Toasted Persimmon

Persimmons are winter fruits but interestingly, have never been exactly Christmassy. Mix gilded orange persimmon hues with reddish browns for a post-fall, pre-holiday look that’s just the right combination of vivid, toasty, soft and very wearable. Sharpness and subtlety are key: keep your eyeshadow neat. We also went with very fine eyeliner and lashes. Bring the brown hues down your lower lash line for slightly smokier, but still clean eyes. We like to tie it together with a toasty lip (to match the eyeshadow hues) and bare cheeks for a kind of quiet elegance.

On Chloe:

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Clarins 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette #03 Flame Gradation
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Maybelline Marvel Superstay Matte Ink #210 Versatile
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Supergoop! 100% Mineral CC Screen #215N

Soft Juniper

Our version of pre-Christmas pine! A pop of sage along the lash line and shimmery buff tones across the lids make for gleaming, forest-inspired eyes. Keep the eyeshadow more diffused for a lightly smouldering and teasingly barely-there look. We went with dressed down cheeks and a hint of gloss on au naturel lips for some extra dimension, but the green hues take centrestage. Probably our favourite evening look at the moment!

On Sara:

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Clarins 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette #05 Jade Gradation
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Hera Sensual Spicy Nude Gloss #462 Speechless
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Supergoop! 100% Mineral CC Screen #215N

Slightly Twilight

A toned down take on sultry holiday plum, we love a sleek rosey-burgundy (with sparkly undertones) smokey eye. Taper your eyeshadow upwards for a lift, but keep the shape precise for a sophisticated, understated look. Wear this gentle mulberry in the daytime with a pop of scarlett on the lips. Or as a prelude to your night-out — switch things up with a deeper lippie for a slinky evening get-up.   

On Dhiya:

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Clarins 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette #02 Rosewood Gradation
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Su:m37 Losec Summa Elixir Golden Lipstick #Red
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Supergoop! 100% Mineral CC Screen #336W + #215N


If you’re one for more subtle festive ensembles, we reckon these transitional makeup looks will wear beautifully over Christmas too. Also, it’s officially the holidays! We’re putting our trees up and making our Christmas lists — what’s on yours? The season of gifting is upon us and as always, we’ve got presents up our sleeves. Stay tuned for more festive content and surprises coming your way very soon!

Take care,
Melisa

Melisa Goh

Melisa Goh

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