Your Christmas Makeup, Sorted

By Hannah Liddle - 11 months ago | Updated
Christmas Day Makeup Tutorial

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 as seen on your favourite celebrities. So when the Big Man comes, you’ll be looking festively sexy.

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:

NYX Professional Makeup Foil Play Cream Pigment Eyeshadow

NYX Professional Makeup Foil Play Cream Pigment Eyeshadow

Choose Dagger or Dauntless from Nyx to replicate Kim’s dazzling eyes or, for a truly festive look, mix it up with Red Amor or Digital Glitch.

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Sigma Define + Pose Brow Pomade

Sigma Define + Pose Brow Pomade

Achieve Kim’s incredibly manicured arches with this makeup kit must-have. It’s the pomade that stays put and gives you brows you’ve only ever dreamed of.

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2. Killer red lips:

If anything screams ‘Christmas Day makeup’, it’s this bold red lip and poppin’ eyelash look that Dua Lipa has nailed, obviously. 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:

Benefit They're Real! Double the Lip Mini Revved Up Red

Benefit They're Real! Double the Lip Mini Revved Up Red

Benefit’s Revved Up 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.

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Lancome Hypnose Mascara

Lancome Hypnose Mascara

Dua Lipa's eyelashes are extremely enviable but yours can be too. Lancôme’s most celebrated mascara, Hypnôse, will take your lashes to new lengths this Christmas.

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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:

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture The Mats Lipstick

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture The Mats Lipstick

For a deeper shade with brown tones, choose Minimal Black from Yves Saint Laurent. If you're wanting a lighter shade with purple tones, choose Grenat Satisfaction. Both will give you a seriously seductive pout like Kate's.

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Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Colour

Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Colour

Finish the look in true Bosworth fashion by adding a delicate flush of pink to your cheeks from Shiseido. It’ll really give off the ‘baby, it’s cold outside but don't worry, I’m toasty inside’ feel.

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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 Gigi's beauty book. This simple yet stunning cheek and lip sheen is perfect for lazing around on Christmas Day. The key thing to take from this look is the healthy, glowing skin. These are the two products that can help you ace this look:

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder

This velvety highlighter creates a beautifully glowing complexion and is great for masking that hangover before your *cough*judgemental*cough* Aunt Dolly comes over.

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Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm

Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm

Keep your lips looking utterly kissable and hydrated with this Baby Tiny Moisturizing Balm from Clinique– the finishing touch to your ‘no makeup’ makeup look.

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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:

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Bold Defining Liquid Eye Liner

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Bold Defining Liquid Eye Liner

Coming in an array of stunning shades, this Elizabeth Arden Liquid Eye Liner in Mystic Green will help you pull off those festive cat flicks. But don’t stop at green –try all of the colours over this party season!

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Bobbi Brown Shimmer Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Lip Gloss

Round off the look with this Shimmer Lip Gloss in Kir Sugar from Bobbi Brown, a juicy plum-red with specks of gold. I mean, if red, gold and green aren’t Christmassy, then what the heck is?

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6. Cat eye with a nude lip:

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:

Bobbi Brown Ink Liner

Bobbi Brown Ink Liner

This trusty liner pen gives you total precision and control over your flicks, making it a must-have for your makeup kit.

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L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Gold Obsession Lipstick

L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Gold Obsession Lipstick

Rich in colour and rich in vitamins, this lippy in Nude Gold from L'Oréal 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.

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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 a fierce red, just like Emily. Here’s what you’ll need:

Huda Beauty Obsessions Precious Stones Eyeshadow Palette

Huda Beauty Obsessions Precious Stones Eyeshadow Palette

The Ruby palette from Huda Beauty boasts nine merry 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.

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theBalm Mary Lou Manizer Luminizer

theBalm Mary Lou Manizer Luminizer

Add a subtle sheen to your complexion with theBalm’s most-loved Luminizer. It adds a fresh, ethereal glow to your complexion and is the perfect way to balance out exaggerated eyes.

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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:

Stila Vivid & Vibrant Eye Shadow Duo

Stila Vivid & Vibrant Eye Shadow Duo

Two shadows to rule them all, this duo in Labradorite from Stilais key to recreating Zoe’s smouldering eye. If you’re feeling brave, choose Amethyst, a dark and intriguing palette of purple.

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NARS Cosmetics Bronzing Powder

NARS Cosmetics Bronzing Powder

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 NARS.

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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.

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