An Edgy Holiday Makeup Look with Ipsy Glam Bag & Glam Bag Plus!

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If you haven’t noticed, we here at MSA are just smitten with Ipsy! This makeup subscription box delivers month after month on amazing products from notable brands, all while being shockingly affordable. (Subscriptions start at just $10!)

Ipsy is particularly fun for someone like me, who doesn’t wear a ton of makeup day-to-day but LOVES to play with creative colors, especially on special occasions. And what better time to go all out with makeup than the holidays! I asked local makeup artist extraordinaire, Brazil Raine, to help me put together a striking, edgy holiday look using items from my latest Ipsy Glam Bag and Glam Bag Plus boxes. If you don’t know, Ipsy offers two levels of subscriptions—the Glam Bag offers full- and sample-size products and a monthly makeup bag, while Glam Bag Plus contains all full-size items (with a retail value of $120+!) and sends you a makeup bag once per quarter. I got both boxes last month with no overlap—I’ll call out which box each item in this tutorial came from so you can get an idea of the products that come in the different subscriptions.

And don’t forget, if you like what you see and feel like learning more about Ipsy, check out our $10 Glam Bag reviews, and our $25 Glam Bag Plus reviews.

Edgy Holiday Makeup Tutorial Using Ipsy Goodies

Before we got started, Brazil prepped my skin using two products from my latest Ipsy Glam Bag Plus. First, she cleansed my skin using my super gentle First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser. (It has a whipped consistency and a milky lather that left my skin feeling refreshed, but not depleted.) Then, she patted on moisturizer and perked up my sleepy eyes with the Dr. Brandt Needles No More Baggage eye depuffing gel, also from my Glam Bag Plus. That stuff is seriously amazing at waking up my under-eye area.

how to use your ipsy glam bag

I love my eyebrows. Defining my brows with a pencil or gel is one thing I actually try to do every day, since it’s such a quick way to make my face look “done”. To kick off this look, Brazil used my new Skone Brow Wand in Chocolate that I got in my Glam Bag. The end of the pencil has a chisel tip that makes it easy to dash in hair-like lines or create really defined edges. And the opposite side of the pencil has a spoolie brush built right in.

holiday eye look tutorial using ipsy products

My latest Glam Bag Plus box came with a set of SLMISSGLAM brushes in addition to some awesome makeup products! Brazil used the P15 brush I got (a fluffy eyeshadow brush) to pat The Balm Cosmetics Foiled Again eyeshadow in the shade “Cahoots” (from my regular Glam Bag) all over my lids and up into my crease. I like this pewter shade a lot. It has the same shimmer as a typical silver, but with a mushroomy tone to it that I find really flattering.

silver holiday eye makeup with ipsy glam bag products

Next, Brazil used the P24 brush to blend the shadow further up into my crease and brow bone. Since my eyes are on the bigger side, it’s helpful to draw the color up and out a bit more. That way, even if my eyes are open wide, the shadow is still visible rising up along my brow bone in a little halo of color.

silver eye look using ipsy glam bag

I’ve learned so much from Brazil about the power of setting spray! In this case, Brazil wet her the P17 brush with setting spray before patting the brush in the same Cahoots shadow. Mixing shadow and setting spray instantly gives the color in question extra oomph. Just look at the difference between this application of Cahoots (in which she focused specifically on the center of my lid) and the spray-free application in step 1!

holiday eye look from ipsy and ipsy glam bag

It’s honestly incredible how much drama Brazil created using just one shadow! Brazil used the same setting spray trick on this brush before applying Cahoots to my lower lash line to ensure the color had as much pop as possible.

ipsy makeup tutorial feat tarte and makeup geek the balm

Because this look features such dramatic eyes (and lips—we’ll get to that in a sec), Brazil opted for a relatively subtle color for blush. This Tarte Double Duty Beauty palette came in my last Glam Bag Plus order and features three blush shades (and a really nice big mirror). Brazil used a color called “Live”, which is the peachiest of the trio. I think it really helps warm up the look, given my pale complexion and the cool tones of the silver shadow.

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Okay, time to turn up the volume on the drama! I’m so into this Foiled lip gloss by Makeup Geek, which I got in my Glam Bag Plus. The color, called “Set List”, is a deep burgundy laced with oodles of coppery shimmer. The consistency is awesome—it’s buttery going on and so richly pigmented.

how to use ipsy makeup items

Last but not least, Brazil tight-lined my eyes and added mascara to finish the look.

ipsy tutorial

I love the modern vibes of the silver shadow and the metallic shine of the dark lipstick. The colors look edgy and bold without being too over-the-top. I could see wearing this look to an office holiday party—it’s expressive and true to my personality, but still polished and not so daring that it would raise eyebrows.

Remember, if you’re into the products in this tutorial, you should definitely check out Ipsy. We’ve got reviews of the glam bag and reviews of the glam bag Plus to help you learn more if you’re curious!

Would you wear a makeup look like this one? Which Ipsy items have you been wearing lately?

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Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Ipsy Tutorials, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: ipsy | 16 comments


  1. Cahoot is such a lovely and versatile shade. When blended out it has an almost matte, transition shade-ish finish, and you can also get that foiled, intense look using a finger or wetted brush.
    By the way, I happen to have got all the products used in this look. Guess who’s retreating it this weekend!

    • I mean recreating lol

  2. Just to share an idea. I played around with my TheBalm Locked up (Which is a lighter silver than Cahoots but I’m sure cahoots would work just fine) and also Elizabeth Mott Goldy and created a pretty New Years eye look. I used locked up at the outer part of my lid and into my crease. Packed it on well. I then used Goldy onto my inner corner to middle lid. I then finished with a black liquid liner and did some wings. I love how it turned out and will definitely be wearing it like that come New Year’s Eve

  3. Beautiful

  4. You look lovely!

  5. Very pretty! I didn’t think of using the foil eyeshadow both wet and dry. Thanks for the tip.

  6. Very pretty!!

    Loving these helpful tutorials, too.
    Thank you for sharing!


  7. Thanks for sharing. I love this look. I have tons of eye shadows now thanks to my glam bag. I was received this shade in my bag as well but I gave it to my sister. After seeing how it was applied now I want my eye shadow back. lol

  8. I love this new series with Brazil and you look great!

  9. Wow! You are a naturally pretty woman, however you look so glamorous!!! I love your look to say the least. I love these tutorials. Please keep them up. Happy Holidays.

  10. This is a perfect look! Thank you!

  11. That lipgloss is poppin! Love it!

  12. Looks great!! Thanks for the tutorial!

  13. Great tutorial!

  14. I don’t wear much makeup either and am always afraid of eyeshadow. Thanks for a great tutorial on how to use just one shadow to make a complete look. You look great!

  15. Very pretty! Great tip on the setting spray/eyeshadow, too!

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