This time of the year can be a slog to get through. It's cold, it's dark, the holidays have passed, and we've packed up our supply of glittery, tinsel-bedecked party outfits. So what better way to raise your spirits than to don a new beauty look? (Word to the wise: Don't pack away the sparkle just yet.) Taking inspiration from a cozy cup of cocoa (as one does), we dreamed up this rich mocha eye shadow look with EstГ©e Lauder. It's sultry enough for an evening out, but if you're down for a slightly more amped-up daytime look, we suggest you wear it 24/7. And don't worry: It's not as complicated as it looks. In collaboration with makeup artist Gloria Noto, we're breaking down exactly how to smudge, blend, and smoke your way to chocolatey perfection below.
Keep scrolling to lift your makeup game and your spirits.
Winter-Proof Your FaceCLIQUE Studios
Winter does a number on the skin, so it's best to start with a drop of facial serum, followed by a nice, thick moisturizer.В
Make Your Own GlowCLIQUE Studios
If your base makeup won't last from the walk to your car to your destination, it's not the base makeup for you. Symptoms include redness creeping in, and foundation breaking apart around your nose or the edges of your forehead-sound familiar? Instead, choose a full-coverage, long-wearing formula like EstГ©e Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup ($42), which boasts 24-hour staying power.EstГ©e Lauder Stay-in-Place Makeup $42Shop
Get SmudgeyCLIQUE Studios
To start your mocha eye look, Noto suggests using theВ same foundation as a kind of eye primer, spreading it over your lids to create a smooth base. Next, line your upper lash line with a deep-brown pencil. (This one is a favorite among pro artists!)
Blend; Then Blend AgainCLIQUE Studios
A multi-shade palette can seem intimidating, but Noto breaks it down like paint-by-numbers using EstГ©e Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting EyeShadow 5-Color Palette in Defiant Nude ($54). Start by brushing the matte ivory shade all over your lids as a base. Then layer on the matte brown shadow, smudging a bit along your lower lash line as well. Blend it like your a.m. mochaccino to get this softened, smoky version, and finish with a touch of bling. Pat the sparkly brown shade on top, and dab a bit of the shimmery gold shade on your brow bone and the inner corners of your eyes.EstГ©e Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting EyeShadow 5-Color Palette in Defiant Nude $54Shop
Lastly, LashesCLIQUE Studios
Model wears Theory tank.
For extra drama, make your lashes stand out with a volumizing mascara. We like EstГ©e Lauder Pure Color Envy Lash Multi Effects Mascara ($28) for its double-sided brush. Just wiggle it at the base of your lashes up to the tips for a final finishing touch.EstГ©e Lauder Pure Color Envy Lash Multi Effects Mascara $28Shop
Majorly Mocha EyesCLIQUE Studios
Model wears an Intermix x Missoni jacket with an A.L.C. top and an Elizabeth and James ring.
Pretty, simple, and super impactful on any eye color, make thisВ mocha eye shadow look your go-to this season.
What's your signature seasonal beauty look? Create your favorites and more with formulas that last from EstГ©e Lauder.