Christmas: some call it snuggle season, some call it party season – we choose the latter. We love a good yuletide soiree and with parties coming at us left, right and centre, it’s the perfect opportunity to get out our glitter and glad rags. We’re talking school reunions, family get-togethers, long brunches (that soon turn into wild nights out) and, of the course, the big day itself. With so many occasions to dress for, it’s only right that you get a little experimental with your looks: think bold lips, dewy skin and lots and lots of sparkle.
To give you inspiration for your Christmas Day and party makeup, we’ve handpicked our top seasonal looks. So when the Big Man comes, you’ll be looking festively glam.
1. Glitter eyes to mesmerise
When it comes to Christmas, you definitely need lashings of glitter. Kim Kardashian-West's glitter queen look gives us serious Cher ‘Studio 54’ era vibes and we’re 100% here for it. With perfectly arched brows and lots of glitter on the lids, it's the ultimate Christmas makeup look. To duplicate it, you’ll want:
This set of four shimmery liquid shadows helps you replicate Kim’s dazzling eyes or create your own razzle dazzle version.
2. Killer red lips
If anything screams ‘Christmas Day makeup’, it’s this bold red lip and poppin’ eyelash look. If your Christmas Day consists of welcoming family and friends round to play charades and Monopoly, then make this your go-to look. Recreate it with just two simple products:
bareMinerals 'Energy' red lip colour is exactly what you need to make your lips mistletoe-ready. With its long-lasting formula you can eat, drink and smooch all you like and still look fabulous.
Shay Mitchell's eyelashes are extremely enviable but yours can be too. One of Elizabeth Arden's most celebrated mascara will take your lashes to new lengths this Christmas.
3. Festive plum hues
The winter months call for deeper, more gothic colours, which is exactly why plum is always trending in the last few months of the year. Kate Bosworth has bossed this look, making her our beauty muse more all sultry plum and wine-red hues. Try this sophisticated and chic makeup yourself to really bring out the wintry vibes. You'll need these two beauty must-haves:
Finish the look in true Bosworth fashion by adding a delicate flush of pink to your cheeks from delilah. It’ll really give off the ‘baby, it’s cold outside but don't worry, I’m toasty inside’ feel.
4. Glowy skin
If you’re living up to your new couch potato status and can’t be bothered to go all out with your makeup, then take a leaf out of the natural makeup book. This simple yet stunning cheek sheen is perfect for lazing around on Christmas Day. The key thing to take from this look is the healthy, glowing skin. This is the product that can help you ace this look:
This colourless balm highlighter creates a beautifully glowing complexion without any heavy or caked glitter. It's great for masking that hangover before your cough judgemental *cough* Aunt Dolly comes over.
5. Green glitter goddess
Green is undeniably our favourite festive colour, meaning we want green accents lighting up our look wherever possible. Lupita Nyong’o looks dazzling wearing green-glitter eyeliner and sparkle-red lips – and though they’re said to never be seen together, this red and green combo is incredibly beautiful. If you’re confident enough to try and pull off this dynamic duo, then you’ll want to get your hands on:
Coming in an array of stunning shades, this Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner will help you pull off those festive cat flicks. But don’t stop at green –try all of the colours over this party season!
Round off the look with this Diamond Crushers Lip Gloss in Heirloom from Lime Crime - a juicy ruby colour with sparkly holographic shimmer. I mean, if red and green sparkles aren’t Christmassy, then what the heck is?
6. Cat eye
This sophisticated staple look fits the bill for all festive activities and who better to demonstrate this look than Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Her symbolic cat flicks, puckered pout and sharp cheekbones have us wishing to be her every day. Well, now’s the time. If you can’t be Rosie on Christmas Day, when can you be? Copy her cat flicks and nude-orange lips with this sensual duo:
This trusty liner pen gives you total precision and control over your flicks, making it a must-have for your makeup kit.
Rich in colour and rich in vitamins, this lippy in Balance from bareMinerals makes sure your lips are looking glam while protecting them from chapping. With a splash of pure gold, it’s paramount to your festive makeup bag.
7. Statement eyes
Looking to be a little braver and bolder this Christmas? A statement eye is a great look for both snuggling up in an oversized jumper and for hitting the bars with your friends. Since it’s Christmas, you may as well keep it festive and go for something sparkly. Here’s what you’ll need:
The purple palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills boasts 25 shades that are the definition of festive glam. Wear the matte and metallic shadows however you like and really turn the heat up on December 25th.
8. Smokey smudged eyes
A smoky eye can never do wrong…especially a glitter smoky eye…especially at Christmas. And if you’re as punk-rock as Zoe Kravitz, then you’re going to nail this look. Whether it’s your annual Christmas Day get-together or you’re heading out with friends, this eye makeup look is a winner. Achieve it with these:
Made to smudge, this Stila product rules them all. The intense black gel liner and eyeshadow is the key to recreating Zoe’s smouldering eye without looking like a panda.
A smoky eye is sexy and all but you don’t want to look like the Ghost of Christmas Past. Add a little bronze to your complexion with this renowned bronzer by delilah.
With eight gorgeous looks, there’s not a chance you’ll be stuck for what to do with your makeup over the party season. But if you do want more inspiration, we've got you covered. Take a look at our Top New Year’s Eve Makeup Looks, Top 5 Party Looks Straight From The Red Carpet and Party and Going Out Nail Inspiration – you'll be feeling party-ready and excited for the celebrations in no time.
Written by Hannah Liddle
Hannah has worked as a writer for over four years and knows beauty, skincare and makeup like the back of her hand.