The holiday season is fast approaching, so we have to be prepared for all the parties and the gatherings that come with that. Besides the pretty clothes and the ongoing skincare and self care, there is also the makeup aspect we have to think about.
Well, think no further, because we’ve prepared 22 beautiful and oh-so-flattering makeup looks just for you. We know there is something for everyone, so be sure to check out our suggestions below and get inspired.
1. Old Hollywood Glam
Nothing says a holiday look like a red lipstick; try choosing one with a sheen to it for an even more remarkable effect.
Pair it with a luminous complexion, a smoked black eyeliner, and a very light eyeshadow. The result is a bold makeup look that is just perfect for enlivening those cold winter nights.
Recommended product: Too Faced Cinnamon Swirl Eye Shadow Palette
2. Soft Smokey Eyes
Sometimes a smokey eye is all you need to stand out from the crowd. You don’t have to go to a very dramatic black eyeshadow, but just enough to bring out those eyes.
In this look, I’ve balanced it with a rosy nude lipstick and a soft blush that elevates the complexion just enough.
Recommended product: Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette
3. Dark Lip Makeup Look
When in the mood for a stronger makeup, look no further! This dark lip and medium-toned eyeshadow look could be just the right touch for a holiday party.
Try to use a more hydrating lipstick so it doesn’t give you that not-so-flattering dry lips effect. And pair it with an eyeshadow look that gives you just enough contour while not being too overwhelming.
Recommended product: Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette
4. Soft Gold Makeup Look
If you wanna go for something a little more atypical for this holiday season, why not try a warm toned, brighter makeup?
Check out the one bellow, which includes a gold toned eyeshadow with dramatic lashes. Top it off with a bright orange lip and you’re all set for a special and out of the ordinary holiday look.
Recommended product: Too Faced Born This Way The Natural Nudes Eye Shadow Palette
5. Glow-From-Within Look
Sometimes, the simplest things are the most impactful. This kind of look seems very basic, but the effect is amazing – you are just your most beautiful, glowing self.
By putting little accents in just the right places, you will get this luminous and effortless look. Go for a nude lipstick, the perfect balance between brown and more rosy tones and pair that with a neutral eyeshadow.
Recommended product: Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette
6. Neutral Makeup Look
This is one makeup look that is sultry yet seems very basic and good for all occasions, including a holiday get together.
The secret is going for these more brownish and monochrome tones. Choose a medium brown for your eyeshadow, with just a touch of black, to better accentuate the contour. Tone it down with a very nude lipstick, but with a little shine to it, and you’re all set!
Recommended product: Morphe 35O Supernatural Glow Artistry Palette
Get a very similar look with this tutorial:
7. Intense Lip for a Christmas Celebration
Nothing says Christmas like that perfect red lip shade, that reminds us of Santa, tree decorations and all the things we love about the holidays. In combination with a very simple and luminous makeup, it gives just the right touch.
But maybe lose the hat if you’re going to a more glam holiday party. Or don’t…I promise you won’t find any judgement here!
Recommended product: NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette
8. Dramatic Lipstick Makeup Look
Speaking of bold lip colors, how about we go a little off the usual holiday red?
This next look has an almost neon fuchsia lipstick going on and we think it’s going to be quite a statement for any party you go to.
Recommended product: Pixi by Petra Eye Effects Hazelnut Haze
9. Easy and Effortless Makeup Look
Try this very soft pinky makeup look if you want to choose something more simple. It gives just the right amount of attention to your best features, and it will be quick and easy to replicate.
Recommended product: Morphe 35C Everyday Chic Artistry Eyeshadow Palette
Get a similar look with this tutorial:
10. Soft Blended Eyeshadow Look
There is a contradiction with this one – everything seems to be pretty muted, yet the result just pops!
The secret is to make everything soft, with no harsh edges or very defined lines; apply a black pencil on the eyelids, then blend and smudge it with a similar eyeshadow. The next step is to come in with a lipstick color that is not too bright but not too faded either.
Recommended product: Morphe 9T Neutral Territory Artistry Palette
11. A Perfect Look for New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve is a joyful occasion where we all want to feel glamorous and put our best foot forward for the coming year.
What can speak more of confidence than a bold, pure red lip? Pair it with a beautifully contoured eye look, and the result is guaranteed.
Recommended product: Violet Voss Cosmetics Eye Shadow Palette, Olive You Forever
Get a similar look with this tutorial:
12. Party Makeup Look
Speaking of party looks, check out this hot pink lip in the picture below. It’s perfect for a statement look that will surely make a lasting impression.
You can pair it with a very smudged smokey eye so that you can elevate your makeup to one fit for a special occasion.
Recommended product: Smashbox Covershot Palette – Matte
13. Cute and Fresh Makeup Look
Sometimes a little pop of color on an otherwise very light makeup is all you need. For example, this look I created below starts with a luminous complexion; on your lips, use a faded shade of burnt red.
Top that off with a warm-toned eyeshadow and some mascara, and you are all set!
Recommended product: Too Faced Bare It All Eye Shadow Palette
Get a similar look with this tutorial:
14. Winged Eyeliner Look
How about a very contoured eye for your big night at a holiday party? It can really bring out your eyes and give you a very chic look about it.
You can complete it with a nude lip, so you let the eyes be the main attraction for this particular style.
Recommended product: NYX Professional Makeup Away We Glow Shadow Palette
15. Strong Eyeshadow Look
This following makeup style puts the focus on the eyes. We have a bit of a winged eyeliner going on that is smudged with a black eyeshadow for a dramatic result and a very sultry gaze.
If you want to take it a little bit further, put on a medium-toned lipstick instead of a light nude. The effect will surely be noticed at any seasonal party you go to.
Recommended product: COVERGIRL TruNaked Quads Eyeshadow Palette
16. The No-Fuss Makeup Look
When in doubt, go for this lovely and simple makeup, perfect for all occasions.
You can create a more elongated eye shape with your eyeshadows, giving yourself a more open and winged look.
Recommended product: bareMinerals Mineralist Pressed Eyeshadow Palette – Ultranatural
17. Subtle Makeup Look
Experimenting with makeup can be really fun, but at times, going for something you know suits you perfectly is all you need.
This next look does just that – it puts small accents in all the right places, and the result is a defined yet subtle look.
Recommended product: Juvia’s Place Nubian Eyeshadow
18. Classic Red All Around
A bright red lip is all you need to steal the show at a gathering and to feel very confident.
You can combine that with an unconventional eye makeup for a more dramatic look – try a reddish eyeshadow, accentuated with a bit of black and lots of mascara.
Recommended product: Too Faced Light My Fire Mini Eye Shadow Palette
19. Plum Makeup Look
Check out this sultry eye look that will make a lasting impact. Just apply a medium-toned brownish eyeshadow and curl and accentuate those lashes. This will give you that very awake and seductive eye look.
You can also choose a statement lipstick, like this beautiful plum shade that gives just the right touch to complete this look.
Recommended product: Maybelline Eyeshadow Palette – 20 The Nudes
20. Pretty in Peach Makeup Look
The holiday parties can also be a good occasion for more simple but still stunning makeup, especially if you go for a more intimate family gathering.
The one created below has some warm peach tones that make you look fresh and glowing. Use a dark brown eye pencil on the waterline to give the eyes more depth and a peachy nude lipstick.
Recommended product: Pixi by Petra Eye Reflection Shadow Palette Rustic Sunset
21. Simple and Chic Makeup Look
How about going astray from that classic red lipstick and going for a bubble gum pink one?
The eye makeup is also more on the primary side here, with a light pink, brownish shade and a touch of eyeliner. Pair that with a glow-from-within complexion, and the look is complete.
Recommended product: Juvia’s Place The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette
22. The Confident Makeup Look
Self-confidence wears better than anything else, I think we all know that! Of course, when teamed with a beautiful makeup, it all gets better and better.
Try a pretty contoured eye, with a combination of deep greyish brown and a lighter nude eyeshadow and lots of mascara or false lashes. A gorgeous mid-toned nude lipstick is all you need to finish it off.
Recommended product: Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette