Ice Queen makeup is a holiday classic, yet it gets redefined just about every holiday season — from icy silver wings to blinding highlights and everything in between. This year, holiday makeup is all about unexpected choices, and we’re welcoming an even more makeup-forward ice look. This one has major eye drama and a glossy lip that will kiss any warmth goodbye. Here’s how to get the look.
Start With Foundation
NYC-based Makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes recommends starting off your icy look with a foundation base. After you’ve prepped and primed your skin, stipple on a matte foundation of your choice and blend throughout. We recommend Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation for this step, not only because of its long-lasting wear, but because of its weightless finish.
Ice Up Your Skin
You simply can’t channel your inner glacial queen without a killer highlight to ice up your skin. Tap a small amount of NYX Professional Makeup Duo Chromatic Highlighter on your cheekbones, brow bone, down your nose and on your Cupid’s bow to create a magically icy flush.
Add Some Drama With Thick Liner and a Crystallized Inner Corner
Using the Maybelline Master Precise Metallic Liquid Eyeliner, draw a thick cat eye on your upper lash line and wing it out crisply. “I always start with the wing where the lower lash and the top lash meet because I like to really sort of craft the wing out and pull it back in,” Hughes notes. She also provides a quick tip to anyone uncertain of creating such a dramatic wing: “If you’re doing your cat eye yourself, you would anchor your arm on a table and rest your pinky on your face somewhere.” To add some inner highlight and sparkle to the look, next, go in and tap some L’Oréal Infallible Paint in Aluminum Foil to your inner corner. Finally, finish off the eye with the L’Oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise in Black.
Finish With a Soft Gloss
Finally, finish off the look with the Lancôme Juicy Tube in Pure to add some sheen and shimmer to your pout. Careful after this final step though, as everything you touch might just turn to ice 😉❄️.
How To Get The Perfect Ice Makeup For This Holiday Season
1. Apply a matte foundation.
2. Highlight your cheekbones, nose and cupid’s bow with an icy champagne highlighter.
3. Line your upper lash line with a thick cat eye, and apply a silver shadow to the inner corner of your eyes.
4. Finish the look off with a soft shimmery gloss.
Photo Credit: Chaunté Vaughn
Prop Styling: Astrid Chastka
Makeup: Katie Jane Hughes
Hair: Jonathan Rackleff