The holidays are in full swing. While it may be stressful picking out gifts and making it to party, after party, after-after party (we get it, life is tough), planning your holiday makeup look is when the real fun begins.
Holiday makeup can be bold, creative, and super glamorous. It’s the perfect time to break out the bright lipstick, crazy eyeshadow colors, and sparkly highlighters. Check out our suggestions for holiday makeup looks below, and be inspired to put your best face forward.
Give your cheekbones the attention they deserve by using the Too Faced Cocoa Contour palette. Mix the palette’s lighter and darker shades to create a multidimensional contour and eyeshadow look. A deep berry lip pairs well with the warm shades of the look. Search for a lipstick with a good amount of pigmentation, such as Bite Beauty’s Rouge Berry lipstick or Marc Jacobs’ Scandal 226 lipstick.
You can never go wrong with a strong red lip. The holidays are a great occasion to bust out your favorite red lipstick. Some of our top suggestions include Tom Ford’s Dylan lipstick, Nars’ Cruella velvet matte lip pencil, and M.A.C.’s Ruby Woo lipstick. To create a sharp look, also consider lining your lips. Keep the rest of your face simple with a matte finish moisturizer, slight contour, light pink eyeshadow, and long eyelashes.
Try one of this season’s biggest trends and sport blue eyeliner this holiday season. Mix a few striking shades, such as the Too Faced eyeliners in Perfect Peacock and Dark Navy, to make your eyes really pop. To play off of the vibrant eye look, keep the rest of your face simple and sweet. A bit of bronzer on the apples of your cheeks and a glossy pink lipstick, like Laura Mercier’s Creme Smooth Lip in Antique Pink, will tie the whole look together.
If you want to take your eye makeup one step further, then sparkle and shimmer are for you. Urban Decay Cosmetics’ Space Cowboy Moondust Eyeshadow can be used to create a pretty rose gold look. After applying multiple layers of the eyeshadow, generously apply coats of Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara. Much like the blue eyeshadow look, keep the rest of your face simple with pink cheeks, a bit of bronzer, and nude lips courtesy of Tarteist’s Namaste creamy matte lip paint.
Sometimes less is more. If taking a break from a bold face is your prerogative, then by all means, this is the look for you. (It’s your holiday, too, after all!) Start by applying a tinted moisturizer, such as Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. Then add a swipe of chapstick, a coat of mascara, and a bit of Glossier’s Haloscope highlighter on your cheeks. Finish the look by plumping up your brows with Glossier’s Boy Brow.
What are your favorite holiday makeup looks? Do you plan on trying any of our suggestions? Let us know in the comment section!