Sunday, December 2, 2012

Jinglin' Bling!

Salut mes belles! Happy December, I hope you're all happy and well :) This month is all about the holidays and I'd like to open the season with this glitzy, gold, glam glitter look. I think classic gold makeup is great for the holidays and can go with any outfit or style -- add the glitter and you're ready to rock & jingle!

In this post, I'm also including a quick "Why do you wear makeup" Q&A, addressing some questions outside of my FAQ section and tagged by the lovely Noire Dame -- I'm feeling talkative! Read on :)

Like this look? Read more for tips, deets & how-to!

Jinglin' Bling!


Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream #27 (Honey Beige)
Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Natural Lighting Powder
Benefit Erase Paste in 03 Dark and medium 02
Kryolan for Glossybox blusher in Glossy Rosewood

NYX lip liner in Soft Brown
Too Faced Glamour Gloss in This Is Pretty

"Why do you wear makeup?" Q&A:

Q: What was the first makeup product you bought and loved?
A: Though it was long ago, I remember it like it was yesterday! I was around 10 or 11 and bought Hard Candy's famous baby blue nail polish called "Sky". This purchase was so thrilling because it was the first time that brighter colors started appearing in the 90's after a long period of neutral brown makeup and I was hooked immediately! I kept Sky for years to come as a reminder of my long love affair with nails and makeup.

Q: What is your most used eyeshadow?
A: Without a doubt, Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow. I can't escape it, it goes it with everything and blends like heaven. I just love it!

Q: What are your 3 Holy Grail items?
A: 1. Primer -- I will not wear makeup without primer -- period. My faves are Laura Mercier mineral primer for foundation and Urban Decay primer potion for eyeshadows. 2. Lip Liner -- I'm addicted to lip liner and feel kinda naked without it lol... I love NYX lip liners, they're soft, precise and come in a wide range of colors. 3. Eyeshadow -- pigments, shimmers, neutrals and brights -- I love, collect and value them all! I have way too many favorites and appreciate great products ranging from companies like Coastal Scents to Lime Crime to Nars.

Q: How do you feel without makeup?
A: Makeup is part of my personality and I feel that it reflects me well. I look more Asian and much younger without makeup, and I definitely feel like a younger, truer version of myself when I'm not wearing it. I don't go out without makeup, unless it's to a local store lol... however, I'm not ashamed to face the world in my natural state :)

Q: Why do you wear makeup?
A: I wear makeup -- first and foremost, because I'm an artist and I like to express myself, my mood, and my personality. Makeup, to me, is like an outfit for a day: it shows off my style, makes me feel good, and protects me from the elements. The process of applying makeup is my daily ritual and I find it extremely relaxing and meditative. With freshly done makeup, I feel ready to tackle my responsibilities and take on the day's challenge. Sharing my makeup story with you is my way of passing on the feel-good attitude associated with makeup art and encouraging you to seek out the best possible you to reflect your inner beauty.

Feel free to tag yourselves and answer these q's on your blogs!

On to the maquillage!
Black & Gold Party-Ready Holiday Glitter Eyes How-to:
  1. Prime your lids from the lash line to the brow and allow a few seconds for the primer to set.
  2. Using a flat brush and patting motions, apply Half Baked (Gold) eyeshadow to the entire lid and up to the crease.
  3. Using a stiff dome shaped brush and windshield wiper motions, apply Naked (nude) to the crease.
  4. With the same brush and technique, apply Buck (soft brown) to the outer portion of your crease to add dimension.
  5. Using Smog (shimmery bronze) on a pencil brush, lightly outline the crease (or slightly above the crease if you have Asian eyes or smaller lids) and blend out the line with a fluffy brush.
  6. Apply Darkhorse (shimmery brown) to the outer "v" and blend out the edges, lifting them up towards the corner of the brow. Next, apply Creep (shimmery black) to intensify the outer "v".
  7. Line the lower lash line and inner corner with a dark brown pencil (Illamasqua Honour) and smudge out the line using Hustle (shimmery dark purple). Tight-line the entire waterline.
  8. Highlight the brow bone using a matte creamy shadow (I used UD Foxy from Naked 2 palette) and add a pearly highlight (Virgin) to the high point under the brow arch and inner corner of the eye.
  9. Add gold glitter by generously applying NYX candy glitter liner in Gold over Half Baked eyeshadow. Cover the entire lid area evenly by spreading the glitter gel with a synthetic brush. Allow 30 seconds for the glitter to dry. Reapply if needed.
  10. Add a bright golden highlight to the inner corner by outlining it with Rhyme liner. Line the top lash line with a black liner and extend the outer wing.
  11. Apply spiky false lashes like Kiss i-Envy #KPE22 and your party eyes are complete!
Wear this look to a Christmas or New Years party, a night on the town or even your birthday celebration! Let your eyes sparkle and reflect the lights of the holiday season!

YouTube update: I made a sincere attempt to film this look for a tutorial, but realized that I have to start with simpler looks to make sure I cover all my bases: lighting, equipment, placement, editing and other technicalities. In filming the tutorial, I discovered that I'm very active during makeup application and have to work on my blocking to stay within the frame while zoomed in on the eyes. Creating video tutorials is not easy and although I'm making a lot of progress, I still have a lot of learning to do before I can present something worthwhile. With that said, I am planning on debuting my live video tutorials within the month! Yay!! Of course, if you have any tips or suggestions, throw them my way!!


Maryam Maquillage


Maryam Maquillage © 2012.


  1. This is beautiful! I wish wish wish I could do makeup half as good as yours! Love this look! Wonderful :)

  2. Loving this holiday look! I don't have any video or YouTube experience aside from spending hours watching tutorials, but I'm sending some good wishes as you work on this project. Do whatever you need to do - you can't rush art. :)

  3. you are looking so amazing... you are my guru... i wish i could teach anything from you personally!!!

  4. I love it! PERFECT for like New Years!


  5. Gorgeous look and great interview. I'm glad you said you love who you are without the makeup, that's healthy! I think it's so important to make that distinction between loving makeup as a form of expression and being attached to it out of insecurity.

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  6. Beautiful look, Maryam! <3 Awesome Q&A. I, too, feel better with makeup but being without it doesn't make me feel any less... even if I'm not as bright eyed as I am with it. :P

  7. You can never go wrong with glitter for Christmas so this look goes right into my list of absolute favourites for the holidays, a smokey eye but with an edge, just brilliant Maryam ^^
    Thanks for doing the tag and for the shout out ♥ Loved your answers to the questions, too xx

  8. I love this it's so beautiful and I really liked reading why you wear makeup, I too feel when I wear makeup it's to express myself :)

  9. Нет слов, красота какая! Я даже не буду пробовать, т.к. точно не получится, но в папочке сохранила, покажу знакомой девочке визажистке, попрошу сотворить из меня звезду на НГ :)

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  10. Very pretty and i'm going to try and copy it, may not look like you're but i'll try, thanks for posting.... more more more glitter looks pleeeese!

  11. Gorgeous! You look stunning :) xx

  12. This is so beautiful. Your pictures are always so bright and the lighting is just perfect. I'm going to try a glittery look for NYE


  13. Love your amazing and inspiring blog. Have a great success ahead, my dear ! :)


  14. You always come up with some of the greatest looks!

  15. ughhh you look so perfect it hurts! Brilliant holiday look too. I loved the tag, I shall tag myself and do this on my blog :)

  16. So pretty!! I want to do a glitter look too ...or 2...or 3 ;) everything is better with some sparkle!! Happy holidays Maryam

  17. That look is to die for & you look gorgeous as ever!

  18. amazing as always loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

  19. love thoseglitters! very pretty!

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  20. So gorgeous as always hun! Just like u somex I express myself with makeup its like a reflection of how I'm feeling on that particular day.

  21. Hi darling! This is amazing! It makes you look super chic yet edgy! But then again, you look good with any type of makeup <3 I really love the gold glitter. I am a huuuge fan of gold eyeshadow and it is definitely a beautiful color for the holidays~

  22. This is beautiful! You look gorgeous!!!! I love gold and black, it's my favourite makeup combo!


  23. This is a great look! I would totally rock this for New Years Eve!

  24. Your makeup is flawless! What kind of camera do you use?

  25. Gorgeous eyemakeup. I wish I could do mine as well as you do yours....


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