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.
First up is the iconic Kim Kardashian-West. Her 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
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.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade
Achieve Kim’s incredibly manicured arches with Anastasia Beverly Hills’ award-winning Dipbrow. It’s the pomade that stays put and gives you brows you’ve only ever dreamed of.
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! Red On! Lip Colour
Benefit’sRed On! 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.
Lancôme Hypnôse 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.
When isn’t Kate Bosworth our beauty muse? She’s stunning and full of grace and makes the deepest of lipsticks look sensational. 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
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.
Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Color
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.
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. These are the two products that can help you ace this look:
Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder
This velvety highlighter from Hourglasscreates a beautifully glowing complexion and is great for masking that hangover before your *cough*judgemental*cough* Aunt Dolly comes over.
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.
Lupita Nyong’o looks dazzling wearing green-glitter eye liner 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
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!
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?
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley will forever be a beauty icon. 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:
Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
A trusty source for liquid eye liner, Rimmel'sExaggerate pen gives you total precision and control over your flicks. Oh, and it's waterproof, because you just don’t know when a tear may be shed...The Queen’s Speech…Miracle On 34th Street...
L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Gold Obsession Lipstick CP36
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.
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 Ruby
These nine merry shades from Huda Beauty are the definition of festive glam. Wear the matte and metallic shadows however you like and really turn the heat up on December 25th.
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.
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
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.
NARS 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.
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.