Playful, Party-Perfect Make-Up That’ll Make Your Holiday Merry, Bright, and Beautiful
Get polished and party-perfect in 10 minutes or less with these must-try make-up looks that’ll take you from the boardroom to the bar in less time than it takes to achieve an Insta-ready cat eye. Make your season sparkle with these super easy, crazy-cool tips and tricks of the trade.
‘Tis the season for dusting off your closet’s best duds and slipping into that sparkly, slinky, sexy sequins number you’ve been dying to wear since the first sip of that September pumpkin spice latte. And, don’t forget those sky-high stilettos and sheer, shimmery stockings you’ve been itching to bust out. Just be sure not to leave your make-up in the dust. Don’t let your on-point outfit upstage your beauty routine. This holiday season, try some (or all) of these elf-approved, party-ready looks for your next Christmas bash and give your make-up a fun, festive, flair – effortlessly! From subtle, laid-back beauty to more bold, glam-girl looks, we’ve got something for everyone on our list.
Pucker Up to These Party Pouts
Get your mouth mistletoe-ready!
Berry Christmas Lips
You’ll want to take a bite out of this easy-as-pumpkin-pie pout-perfect look that goes great with simple, sophisticated eye make-up. Try Fresh Sugar Berry Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 ($24) and apply to lips, concentrating on inner section. The de-saturation on the outer edges lends a cool, on-trend ombre effect, which is so in for the lips right now.
Opt for drawn-on winged eyeliner, keeping lower lash line bare. Coat lashes with a single swipe of lengthening mascara to give your lips all the love. Go for a beautiful, bold, just-bitten “candy-apple” red. Be sure to keep your lip liner the same color, ensuring there is no bleed-over.
Once your lip color and/or gloss has been fully applied and dried, gently dab silver or gold sparkly glitter from the arts and crafts store to entire pout for next-level party perfection.
Crushed Cranberry Gloss
Get a pucker as juicy as the party punch with this lip look. It’s a bit subversive from the predictable red lip of the season, plus it flatters all skin tones. If you want to keep your mouth matte, leave off the lip lacquer.
Millennial Party Pink
Play-up your pucker with the dusty rose pink pigment, formally known as Millennial Pink. This trendy pink is proving to be this winter’s hottest hue. And, understandably so. You can pair with barely-there eye make-up or go full-on glam with a seductive cat eye for peepers that’ll purrrr!
Lips with a Nude Attitude
If your outfit is statement-status and you don’t want your face to steal the scene, you can never go wrong with the quintessential nice, nude lip. Like nude heels, the need lip is always party-ready and foolproof. Try a warm, universally-flattering nude pink with a satiny, subdued finish, like M.A.C. Playing Koi Lipstick ($17).
Hey, Party Peeps
Eye candy to sweeten your palette!
Try a fresh, festive flash of color – like emerald green – in the waterline and/or along lower lash line only. Try Urban Decay 24/7 Waterline Pencil in Street ($20). The unexpected burst of Christmas color will be a welcoming sight.
Line top lash line only with a sparkly-silver metallic color. This sassy, glam look is Winter Wonderland wink-worthy without all the time-consuming effort. So, skip the mascara and eye shadow and you’re good to go. Try NYX Slide-On Eyeliner in Platinum ($7).
Up in Smoke Smudgy Eye
If you already made your peepers smudgy for work, then you’re in luck with this eye look. Simply dust a dab of glitter or pearlescent shimmer over lids using a shading brush, or apply a coat of eye gloss over lids and over lower lash line for an instant rocker chic, gunmetal upgrade. The luminosity from the glitter, shimmer, or gloss gives it a touch of “tinsel.”
The Coffee Shop “Hot Cocoa” Smoky Eye
If your idea of party peepers means none other than the indomitable smoky eye, give it a wintry look by swapping your blackest black eye shadow, liner, and mascara for deep brown versions. Go from Halloween to Christmas without batting an eye.
Sexy Sugar Plum Peepers
Perfect for peepers of all pigments, but especially for those with gorgeous greenies, a swipe of deep plum-purple across lids, like MAC Eye Shadow in Shadowy Lady ($16), is befittingly beautiful and festive for the season. The jeweled undertones of the cult classic eye shadow create a mesmerizing make-up look for any season, plus the look is simple to master. Simply layer lids and lower lash line using a shading brush. Finish with a coat of mascara or keep fringe bare.
Precious Metal Make-Up
Take your Christmas shindig look to the next level with this unconventional color combo – copper lids with smudged cappuccino liner. The flecked sparkles in the warm, metal-like pigment suggest a festive feel, while the deep brown mocha liner adds depth and definition without upstaging the twinkly tint of the copper. You’ll love Cattrice the Precious Copper Eyeshadow ($8), which features a palette of varying copper-toned tints for the ultimate, customized Christmas copper eye.
Big and Bushy Brows
Build a better brow by stepping away from the tweezers. Big, bushy, and bold arches, ala Brooke Shields, circa 1982, have made a comeback a few years ago and they’re here to stay – at least that’s what our beauty insiders are forecasting. This holiday, keep them as natural as possible – forego any waxing or threading services, color, tinting, microblading, etc. Learn more on the burgeoning bushy brow in upcoming beauty trends highlighted in our next post!
Skin That’ll Make ‘Em Blush
Wake up complexion with luscious luminosity and a dewy-delicious glow!
Hey, Sweet Cheeks
Nothing screams Winter Wonderland like rosy-red cheeks! Mimic the snow bunny-bitten look by using a cheek/lip stain, like multi-tasking Stila Lip & Cheek Stain in Cherry or Raspberry Crush ($10). This portable wash of long-wearing tinted translucence also pulls double duty beauty as a vibrant, eye-catching hue that reacts to your skin’s natural pH for an instant party pout.
For a dewy, diaphanous glow, gently press a few iridescent drops of a holographic highlighter, like Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter ($44), on tops of cheekbones, brow bone, down bridge of nose, forehead, and above cupid’s bow for a luminous, lifted 3-D effect to the complexion. Use over or in place of foundation for flawless finish in a flash.
Nice (Not Naughty) Skin
Let your true beauty shine through during your next holiday gathering by opting for the “no-make-up – make-up” trend, especially if you plan on flaunting head-turning designer duds. By doing so, you’ll inadvertently balance your sexy, statement style with your above-the-neck ethereal beauty. So, flatter your festive fashion by wearing a nude lip/gloss, a bit of blush, some mascara, and nothing else.