In a world saturated with make-up trends, Hailey Bieber has once again stolen the spotlight, this time with a whimsical ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’ make-up look that’s set to be the showstopper of the holiday season.
Unlike your typical festive glam, Bieber’s rendition is a delightful blend of the classic Nutcracker charm and 2023’s ‘cold girl’ aesthetic. As we dive into the enchanting world of sugar, spice and everything nice, get ready to sprinkle a bit of holiday magic into your make-up routine.
The Inspiration Behind The ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’ Look
Hailey Bieber, former ballerina and beauty icon, draws inspiration from her days as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker (a rendition of the ballet) at the age of 16. The result? A modernised balletcore make-up that’s equal parts dewy, rosy and shimmering, paying homage to the iconic character’s pink and purple tutu, glistening crown and satin pointe shoes.
Breaking Down The Look
Step 1: The Base
Begin with a clean canvas, using a concealer for that flawless ‘your-skin-but-better’ base. Hailey Bieber utilised the Kosas Revealer Concealer in her tutorial, blending it out towards your temples and cheeks for a luminous effect.
Step 2: Sculpting Cheekbones
Enhance your features with a subtle contour, focusing on the cheekbones and hairline.
Step 3: Blush Extravaganza
The key to Bieber’s look lies in the blush. Opt for a vibrant pink blush stick; Pat McGrath’s Fleurotique is a fantastic choice as demonstrated by Bieber. Apply it generously to your cheeks, taking it up a notch by layering blush on your nose and eyelids for a rosy, just-out-in-the-cold effect.
Step 4: The Eyelids
To capture the sparkle of sugar crystals, focus on the eyes. Apply a white sparkling, translucent eyeshadow to your lids. Bieber used the Hourglass Veil Powder as a base and then tapped on a white shimmery, sheer eyeshadow. Take it a step further with an eye gloss featuring even more glitter, resulting in a wet, shiny look that adds a delightful sweetness to your gaze.
Step 5: The Brows
Groomed brows are a must. Use something like Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Strong Hold Brow Gel to brush and set your brows in place. For added charm, dot your nose and cheeks with faux freckles (or bring out your original ones) using the Beaubble Berry Freckled Pen like Bieber did.
Step 6: Lashes And Highlights
Bieber coated her lashes with MAC’s Extended Play Gigaback Lash Mascara for a defined yet natural look. She then applied a glowy highlighter to the high points of her face for that radiant finish.
Step 7: Lip Liner And Tint Magic
As instructed by Bieber, outline your lips with a dark brownish-plum lip liner; MAC’s Lip Liner in ‘Cork’ is a perfect choice. She finished with the pièce de résistance –her very own Rhode’s Peptide Lip Treatment in ‘Jelly Bean’ for sweet, glistening lips.