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:
Sigma Beauty 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.
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:
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:
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
This velvety highlighter creates a beautifully glowing complexion and is 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:
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
This trusty liner pen gives you total precision and control over your flicks, making it a must-have for your makeup kit.
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 a fierce red, just like Emily. Here’s what you’ll need:
Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette Coral
The Coral 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.
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:
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
A firm believer that dehydration is a character flaw and good skin starts from within. Hyaluronic acid is her saviour too though.