How to get a sultry, holiday makeup look for less

by Sonja on December 11, 2009

Have you attended any holiday parties? I haven’t gone to any yet, but I’m most definitely looking forward to glamming it up when I do. I got to sit in on a chat with makeup artist Jemma Kidd about how to do holiday makeup looks for less and have some tips to share on how to do a sultry look she calls punk couture. I love this look, because it’s all about the smoky eyes.

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If you’re in the U.S. , you’re probably familiar with Jemma from her JK line at Target. I think Target has done a good job bringing in more fashionable makeup choices – a much better job than they’ve done with their clothing collaborations. The quality of Jemma’s makeup is similar to what you’d find at Sephora or at a department store but generally at more affordable prices.

The Punk Couture Look

Jemma says the punk couture look is a rocker chic, Deborah-Harry-meets-Kate-Moss look that’s great for evening parties, one that boosts confidence when you’re rockin’ it right. Here’s what you need to do to get this look…

  • Apply a mid-tone shadow all over the lid and a dark shadow in the crease.
  • Line eyes with a black pencil all the way around – from the inside corner to the outer, along top and bottom lash lines and in the waterline – and smudge.
  • Finish eyes with lots of coats of mascara.
  • Don’t worry about drawing a perfect line or if your mascara is a bit smudged. She says there’s no need to try to get everything perfect, that it’s A-OK to keep things a bit messy – hence, the rocker part of the look.
  • Keep cheeks and lips toned down with soft, neutral shades to keep the focus on the eyes. Apply blush along the cheekbone and a dab of highlighter just above the cheekbone to catch light. For lips, use just a bit of a touch of lightly tinted gloss.

Most of the products you need for this look can be found in Jemma’s new JK Strike a Pose Swivel Palette (shown below). It’s $32 – probably more than you’d usually spend on a makeup set at Target. But it’s actually a good buy, considering the quality and that you’re getting four shadows, a blush, highlighter, and lip gloss (that’s seven products for about $4.50 each). I got a sample of this palette and like it a lot. It’s versatile and very good for toting around every day, because the colors don’t go overboard on the shimmer and can work year-round, day or night – not just for evening parties.

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What kind of looks do you do with your makeup for the holidays? Have you tried any JK products? Do tell.

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1 Sally December 11, 2009 at 8:29 am

I adore this look, truly. So sensual and devil-may-care. But I think it’s out of my skill set to make it happen, as we both know. ;)
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2 Sonja December 11, 2009 at 10:03 am

❤ Sally, this would be especially good on you for your life rockin’ on stage! I would be happy to give you a hands-on lesson. Now just kindly make a visit to San Francisco. :)

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3 Allie December 11, 2009 at 10:27 am

She has a lot of fun stuff, and you’re right, Target is stepping up their game. I love them for their Neutrogena and Jergens of course, but I’m super excited that they brought Boots Apothecary and Napoleon Perdis to us!

-Allie!
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4 hanako66 December 11, 2009 at 3:50 pm

that’s a good tutorial…i haven’t tried these products, but they sound good!
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5 diana December 11, 2009 at 4:19 pm

I’ve tried some of her products and they are amazing. I love creating drama around my eyes so I’m definitely a fan of the smoky eye look. This was a great tutorial and I would love to get that palette.
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6 Sonja December 11, 2009 at 6:28 pm

❤ Allie, yes, I also like the Boots line but haven’t tried the Perdis stuff. Definitely need to give that a try too!
❤ hanako66, they’re wonderful!
❤ diana, glad you found the info helpful! It’s a pretty awesome palette. Glad to hear you’ve tried the products and like them too.
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7 Kellie December 12, 2009 at 10:53 pm

I haven’t tried any of Jemma’s products yet, but I look at them curiously every time I’m in Target. I wasn’t sure if they’d be worth the money, but if you say they’re good quality, then I may have to give them a try! :D
I really love the “punk couture” look, especially for going out to concerts and things like that. My favorite holiday makeup, though, is sparkly silver smokey eyes and bright red lips. :)

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8 Wendy December 14, 2009 at 9:41 pm

This holiday, I’m still under the spell of the Mad Men makeup from Season 3 this summer. I love the sophistication of a red lip and deftly defined eye. However, unlike the Sterling Cooper ladies, I like a more dewy finish to my skin. In the past, I’ve loved using Jemma Kidd Makeup School “Dewy Glow All-Over Radiance Cream” in Rose Gold. It’s a compact highlighter, so it’s a little less messy than Benefit’s High Beam Highlighter (another fav of mine). I haven’t seen Dewy Glow widely available recently, so I’m not sure if it’s been discontinued… I looked on Target.com, and it looks like JK Jemma Kidd “Spotlight Intense Highlighter” is the closest version of Dewy Glow that she has.

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9 Wendy December 14, 2009 at 9:42 pm

This holiday, I’m still under the spell of the Mad Men makeup from Season 3 this summer. I love the sophistication of a red lip and deftly defined eye. However, unlike the Sterling Cooper ladies, I like a more dewy finish to my skin. In the past, I’ve loved using Jemma Kidd Makeup School “Dewy Glow All-Over Radiance Cream” in Rose Gold. It’s a compact highlighter, so it’s a little less messy than Benefit’s High Beam Highlighter (another fav of mine). I haven’t seen Dewy Glow widely available recently, so I’m not sure if it’s been discontinued… I looked on Target.com, and it looks like JK Jemma Kidd “Spotlight Intense Highlighter” is the closest version of Dewy Glow that she has.
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