For the last couple years Safiyyah Tasneem has been hosting the ‘Desi December Challenge’. The aim of the game is to get everyone delving into makeup palettes they don’t reach for much, step out of their comfort zone and play with some colour. Each Sunday in December she has been sharing a picture of saree (this year by @artoflizastyle on Instagram) and we have to come up with makeup looks inspired by the outfit.

I used to match my eyeshadow to my clothes all the time when I was younger, especially with desi clothes. I remember even wearing green eyeshadow to match my green abaya at college (cringe!)

So I loved taking part, here are the looks I created over the month.

Week 1


For week one I used the Huda Beauty Topaz Obsessions palette and a shimmer pigment from peaches and cream makeup.

Week 2

For week 2 I used the browns and khaki green in the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill palette and the ‘snakebite’ pigment from Peaches and Cream makeup. I was dying to get a chance to use the snakebite pigment because it’s such a beautiful colour. You can’t see it so well in the pictures but it has this really nice green to bronze shift.

Week 3

I wanted to try something a little different for week 3. I don’t usually put eyeshadow on my bottom lash line and if I do, it’s usually barely noticeable so I kept the lid quite neutral with a wash of a nude shimmer and a slightly smoked out wing liner. I added a pop of colour in the water line using the Danielle Quenault multi-use cream palette and the purple from the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill palette. I liked how it came out and I think I will do this kind of look when I want to add a pop of colour to my look without it being overpowering.

Week 4

Week 4 was one of my favourite weeks because I loved playing with the navy blue. I used a pink from the Danielle Quenault palette as a transition shade which I never do because I tend to use quite neutral colours as transition shades, I also did a blue base colour with the cream palette by mixing some of the blue shade with black to get a navy. I then used the glitter pigment by Collection. Couldn’t decide if I liked the look with or without a winged liner so I included both.

Week 5

Week 5 was a little bonus week because there was one last Sunday left in the month. It was this beautiful teal/peacock green and maroon saree. I would never have put these colours together when it comes to eyeshadow but I wanted to push myself to try it and I loved what I ended up with. I always add shimmer to the lid so I wanted to keep the look quite matte and only added the shimmer to the inner corner. I used the colour mulberry from the Anastasia Beverly Hills palette as well as sienna to blend it out, I was hoping the mulberry colour would look more maroon/burgundy but it came out more brown on the eyes. The matte and shimmer teal were from the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill palette and this was my first time even using those shades. Throughout this challenge I realised how versatile the Morphe palette really is. I’m so glad I got it when it first released because I have read some reviews which said that they reformulated the palette and the quality went down with the colours not being the same as the original release, which is a shame because the original is a really good palette.

I really enjoyed taking part in this challenge on social media, with the whole of December being in lockdown and not leaving the house much everyday felt like such a drag, this gave me something to look forward to each week. It gave me the chance to challenge myself and improve my eye makeup skills. I loved seeing how other people got inspired by the colours and what looks they came up with. It allowed us all to get creative and do something fun for ourselves during a very mentally draining month & year.