Inspired by … Giorgio Armani Luxe is More Collection Holiday 2015

If you are not familiar with the „Inspired by…“ series, click here for an explanation.
But short story even shorter, each month I choose a seasonal ad and try to recreate the models look with colors I already own.
Dressing up and awkward posing included!

Giorgio Armani Luxe is More Collection Holiday 2015 (Source)
Giorgio Armani Luxe is More Collection Holiday 2015 (Source)


As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to recreate the „Giorgio Armani Luxe is More“ makeup in December. It may not be the most exotic look I have ever seen, but everything about it seems very glamorous and very „me“.

Velvet skin, a soft smokey eye and a deep red lip… perfect for Christmas!

Let´s see if I succeeded to come close, given my less than modelesque features and the lack of Photopshop…

Even attempting the sultry „over the shoulder“ glance!

Trying to be sultry. And hide my pregnancy induced double chin.
Trying to be sultry. And hide my pregnancy induced double chin.


Here is what I did.

Products used on my face
Products used on my face

Products used on my face

Flawless, radiant skin with a velvet finish? A lot of products were needed to even come close! To mimic the luminosity of the center of the face, I started by applying a layer of MAC NW 10 concealer from MACs Pro Conceal and Correct Palette in „Light“ (Review here). This Concealer is way lighter than my face, so it worked as a non-shimmery highlight.

On top of that I applied a layer of MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation in NC 15 (Review here). As that one is only light to medium coverage, I went back in with the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in „Fair“ to hide hyper pigmentation and spots and finally set everything with a generous amount of the Clarins Loose Powder in „Translucent“.

The powder really gave a beautiful velvet finish, so I topped it up with a little bit of Me, Me, Me Beat the Blues liquid highlighter in „Sunbeam“ on my cheekbones and the base was done.


Products used on my eyes
Products used on my eyes

Products used on my eyes

The eyes were fairly easy. I applied a silvery-gray eyeshadow all over the mobile lid and blended it out using the „lid“ shade from the Revlon Eyeshadow Palette in „Impressionist“ (Review here) a little further up than my crease.

I then smudged a black pencil eyeliner along the upper and lower waterline (mine is from Maybelline, but so rubbed off I cant tell you the exact name) and used a push liner brush to drag it out on the outer and inner corners.

A coating of Clinique High Impact mascara in „Black“ (Review here). Perfect, as the lashes on the model were looking pretty natural.


Products used on my lips
Products used on my lips

Products used on my lips

Yes, the Manhattan X-treme Last & Shine lipstick in 54 V again! I am well aware that I have used it in the last two looks already, but the color is just so versatile.

To get a more brown tone, I used the MAC lip pencil in „Draw me close“ all over my lips and applied the lipstick on top with a lip brush. As you can easily see in the pictures above, I am useless at staying inside the lines when coloring, so please excuse the slightly smudged upper lip…


Final thoughts? A look that I will most likely wear a lot, but with a much lighter base. The skin may appear flawless, but I prefer less product on my face.


Is this a look you´d like?

Have you decided on what to wear for Christmas already? That one might very well be the one I will rock on Christmas Eve.

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  • You look really gorgeous and have perfectly created the look.

  • lol @ the pregnancy double chin. You’re seeing things, girl! 😉 Great job on the look again, I really love this series.

    • My husband started calling me „My little walrus“ the other day, I don’t think I am imagining things here…

  • Love this makeup look I would love to wear it too. I think I have similar products so I can try it out. Gemma xx

    • I think the priciest you´d need aren’t difficult to get, most makeup lovers should have everything in their stash already. And your red lipstick from the Beauty Box you shared on the blog today should go perfect with it.

      • I was totally thinking the same about the lipstick. I’m definitely going to try it with the products I have. Gemma xx

  • This would be an awesome Christmas eve makeup look! You really nailed the picture so well and your eyeshadow is perfect 🙂

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  • I think you did just great this time! It is really a gorgeous look for Christmas eve 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Thank you Leta. What will you be wearing Christmas Eve?

      • I am still unsure, but maybe I will opt for gold eyeshadows and a nude lipstick, we will see 🙂

        • Gold eyeshadow and a re lip are my safe bet when I am lost for Christmas ideas.

  • Beautiful and very elegant! I actually love how smooth your skin looks. That powder sounds interesting too!

    I am not sure what makeup I am going to wear yet. I bought a red dress but I just found out they carry it in purple too so I think I will exchange it…You know how much I love my purple (although red is very Christmas-y and I don’t own any red clothes).


    • I think you should go for red. As you said, you don’t own much red yet… And just like you, I love the way my skin looks. But it was a whole lot of work to get it looking like this!

  • Absolutely stunning! Love this polished look xx


    • Thank you. Do you have a go-to Christmas look?

      • I usually go for a sparkly eye & nude lip because there is so much eating & drinking involved! xx

        • I wore a lip stain by Sephora last year the held up very well, so I keep rocking my red lip.

  • I love it! You really did a good base here! You look flawless!!

  • Toyas Tales

    You did a good job recreating the look. Your complexion looks flawless.

    • Thank you. It did take a lot of work, much more than I´d like to spend every day.

  • Анна-Алина Гевелюк

    Such a good look. Very nice on you!

  • perfcet make up! love it!

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  • Danielle

    My favorite type of post! You copied the look very well. Your skin does look flawless and radiant with a velvet finish. I love the sultry over the shoulder look!


    • It only did take 300+ pictures until I was finally satisfied. I feel like I am a little out of practice when it comes to looking sultry.

  • That is a very wearable makeup and if I have time, I might try to recreate it today and if I do, I’ll tag you on IG. You did a brilliant job recreating the look as always, don’t think I’ll be as successful but I’m going to try!

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    • Oh, I would love to see that! And I bet you´d nail the sultry look, your face is much better suited to this kind of pouting than mine is.

      • I’m still waiting for Little Tyke to go for his nap so I can play with makeup…for some reason he just refuses naps these days which is driving me nuts. LOL!

        • I feel you. I find myself staring at the clock and counting the hours until bed time! And they get cranky as well, which doesn’t help.

  • I really like this look, but I think that on me it wouldn’t look as flattering. I would opt for gold instead of silver on the eyes.
    Love these posts of yours! 😉

    • I would have picked gold too if I had thought of the look myself. Golden eyes and red lips are my safe bet for the holidays.

  • Mary Kate

    I love these posts! You did a great job!

    Mary Kate

  • Arya Elsa Jose

    Your skin look flawless, such a great post:)

    • It did take so much effort to make it look like this… Do you try and perfect your foundation on a daily basis?

  • You did a good job recreating this look, you look gorgeous! You got the eye makeup just right and everything else! I’d totally wear that makeup on Christmas Eve or any occasion!

  • Itzel Najar

    Really cool products!

    you look great!

  • You’ve colour-matched the eye makeup very well!

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  • Mary Maria

    Wow, I love it! Have a nice day, sweetie!

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  • You look really great 🙂 I agree with you about preferring less makeup on my skin though, but I love the look anyway!

    • It is so much effort to get this smooth look, at least for someone with my skin at my age.

    • Yes, maybe for a night out, but ever every day.

  • Can I just say you have amaaaaaazing skin!!! & I absolutely love the look that you have got going on here. The dark lip and the gorgeous slight smokey eye. A D O R E! 🙂 your blog is so fab too! xx

    • It took a whole lot of effort to get my skin looking like this, but thank you!

  • I love it! And your skin is amazing! Pregnancy suits you 🙂 xx

  • I like it! I think the lips might need a bit more gloss!

    • They´d probably do, but I barely own any. I don’t like wearing lip gloss, it is sticky and my hair gets stuck…

  • Holly Ah-Thion

    You look stunning, girl!
    Great recreation of the look xo


  • Kiki Rampone

    I seriously love that lip color! I don’t blame you for using it a lot, it looks great. Lovely post! It turned out awesome 🙂

    xo Kiki

    • I can actually already see how much I use ti, something that is almost unheard of with my lipsticks. Maybe I´ll even finish it someday…

  • thefashionsalt

    This is a beautiful look and I think it would look great even with less foundation and concealer. And I love your “over the shoulder” pose.


    • I can see me wearing it a lot now that the holidays are approaching.

  • I think you did a great job in recreating the look! I think it’s something that will really work well for parties, especially with holiday season upon us 😀

  • Great FOTD! I love the light purple on the eyes!

    • Must be the lighting, there was no purple involved. But thank you.

  • Such a gorgeous makeup look. I find the clarins powder absolutely captivating 😛 -Maireem

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    • It was the first time I used it, I will make sure to report back when I have tested it more thoroughly.

  • You look gorgeous! Love the look so much ♥

  • Alice

    What a gorgeous make-up, you look absolutely stunning! Love the lip colour!

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  • lovely make up! can’t go wrong with a red lippy look 🙂

    • Yes, that and a golden eye are a safe bet.

      • Indeed ! I do love a good golden eye too 🙂

  • Ha, I do love the over the shoulder glance. It worked in my book 😛 as did the makeup! simple but stunning 🙂

    • Only took 300+ tries to get it… I could never be a model, all that posing feels so awkward.

  • Jackie Harrison

    Great image you look beautiful the makeup amazing

  • Nicole

    You look stunning!! Love the lipstick! 🙂

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  • I think the result on you is really close to the original! I like that make-up and I’d love to try it, but I look horrible with red lips.

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    • What is your favorite lipstick color to wear?

      • I don’t wear lipsticks , but if I happen to, I prefer pinky shades 🙂

  • Roberta Romeo

    I love that red shade on your lips!! *-*

  • I agree with you – this is a look I would wear quite often too but proabably going for the lighter base in the day and the heavier base at night 🙂 x

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  • That’s an impressive transformation! Great post and you look so lovely! I really like the warm lip here, I’m a huge fan of dark lip shades for fall.

    Laura xx

    • Yes, me too. But I have to admit, I love a red lip all year round.

      • Oh my too! I’m a sucker for a wine/red/brown lip shade. I’ve been mixing three lipsticks to get the perfect look, one from NARS, one YSL and one Dior!

        Laura xx

        • I only mix for looks like that one, I am way too lazy on a daily basis.

          • What do you usually wear on a daily basis on the lips? 🙂

          • That depends on the season. At the moment, a dark red/burgundy, like the Manhattan X-treme last and shine in 54V (discontinued) or MAC Dark Deed. I vary the intensity based on my plans for the day.
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  • Rosanna Briguglio

    Great makeup look! I love that eye palette, I use it all the time!
    Have a lovely weekend:)
    Rosanna x

  • Aisha

    Your skin is perfect. I really want to try MAC foundation or concealer 🙂 but I prefer to use cheaper products ! Maybe one day.. or Dear Santa 🙂 eheh

    • Fingers crossed Santa is listening! Which drugstore foundation would you have gone for?

      • Aisha

        I’m in love with my Revlon Colorstay foundation 🙂 soo good!

        Have a lovely week.

        • We don’t get Revlon here in Germany sadly. I bought the palette when I was in New Zealand…

  • I love glamorous yet minimal looks like this and you did a great job at recreating this one.

  • This is one of my favourite looks from your „inspired“ series. I love the soft smokey eye for winter!

  • Your skin is flawless here, even if it is more product than you use – I love it! I’ll probably rock something similar for Christmas 🙂
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  • You totally captured the eyes! The original image has a lot of heavy lighting and photoshop obviously. I’m glad you stuck to your natural essence 🙂

    xx Yasmin

    • I did use artificial lights though, there is no way i get to take pictures these days if I don’t!

  • You look gorgeous, Linda. I love this kind of posts, you tend to recreate the looks pretty well!
    I hope you have a great day xx


  • Your skin looks flawless! I love the smokey eye!

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  • Love this look on you Anne, your skin looks flawless.

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    • Thank you. Too bad it takes a dozen products and hours of work to achieve this look!

  • Kate

    Love this look so much, and it looks amazing with your colouring! X

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  • Bernadette

    Great post! That mac concealer kit looks awesome. x

    • It is, but I don’t get enough use out of the colors to repurchase it.

  • That’s a beautiful look, and your version is spot on! If you had studio lighting you’d look just like the model!


    • I actually have artificial lighting, but I don’t think they are as efficient as the lighting a pro uses…

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  • Patricia Blaj

    Sometimes less is more I guess… such a simple look can be so beautiful 🙂 Great reproduction!



    • Yes, It was quite easy, but still looks like you put in effort. I guess that is the beauty of the bold lip.

  • You look so funny and yet very awesome at the same time. I truly love this one the most of the series! Great job!

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  • Great look, your skin looks lovely!

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    • Thank you. if only it wasn’t so much work to get it to look that way!

  • Kay (shoesandglitter)

    Ohh yesss another Inspired By post!!! 🙂 This is such a glamorous look, but then again it still looks quite simple and natural? You re-created it perfectly, the red lipstick looks really good on you. 🙂 <3


    • It was surprisingly easy to wear, even Mr. Loca liked it, and he usually despises the makeup I do for this series!

  • Birdie Liau

    I love this look, you look so pretty. x

  • Missy May

    Lol to „Trying to be sultry. And hide my pregnancy induced double chin.“ You look beautiful, Linda dear. Kudos on the makeup! :))

    Trying to be sultry. And hide my pregnancy induced double chin.

  • Dressed With Soul

    Liebe Anne, wieder ein sehr gelungener Look und ich bin begeistert, wie fantastisch Du aussiehst! Was ich tragen werde an Weihnachten? Irgendwie bin ich mir noch gar nicht so sicher, weil ich mehrere Varianten im Kopf habe 🙂 Schönes Wochenende für Euch!

  • This would be perfect for Christmas! You look fab Anne xx

    • Thank you. I am pretty sure I will wear something very similar.

  • Nadia

    Love how you re-created the look, Anne! So lovely!
    Really enjoyed your caption for the over the shoulder look & the chin joke, had me in stitches lol, but you don’t have any double chin situation. You’re such a babe 🙂
    I also absolutely had to follow the link and check out that review on Impressionist eye shadow! It looks amazing!
    xox Nadia

    • It is a great allrounder for busy mornings, you cant really make many mistakes when using this palette, even at 5 am in the morning.

  • oh ich mag diesen look super gerne, und der steht dir auch mega gut, anne! Und nein, also was auch immer du da für ein doppelkinn siehst, ich finde dich wunderschön und seh das definitiv nicht :D:D Aber generell: jetzt zu weihnachten nehmen fast alle ja auch zu, du kannst es wenigstens auf die schwangerschaft schieben 😉

    • Der Riesenvorteil an einer Schwangerschaft in der Vorweihnachtszeit: Das Baby möchte noch einen Lebkuchen!

  • Rajwant Kaur Singh

    Beautiful look, and what a great series idea!
    This looks stunning on you, and very festive too

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  • Pam Scalfi

    looks amazing! I really like her smokey eye, so hard to perfect but yours came close 🙂 I think im going with red lips this xmas, it’s a safe choice but I like to keep things traditional :p
    hope the baby is well 🙂

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    • Yes, thank you, he is. Kicking and growing, just like he is supposed to be.

      A golden eye and a red lip are my safe bet for Christmas too, maybe traditional, but it is Christmas after all!

  • The sultry Armani Luxe look really suits you. So pretty and would also make a great look for the Holidays! 🙂

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  • The Armani Luxe look is amazing. I see why you had to recreate it! 🙂 have a lovely day! xxx

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  • Great work!

  • Wow the make up really looks similar, I very much like the look 🙂 I see that we use the same Mac concealer pallete, and the same pink shade in the corner is empty 😂. I’m Mac NW20.


    • I am NC 15, but the Corrector was the shade I really used the most.

  • U did a very good job recreating this look! I seriously don’t know what double chin you’re talking about lol. You look beautiful:-). That lipstick hue really suits u – Perfect for the holidays!

  • Thank you. What will you be wearing for Christmas Day?

  • You look lovely!

  • Pretty festive makeup look 🙂 x