So your Christmas party is drawing ever closer (finally!) and you’re looking for the perfect makeup look. Whether you’re opting for straight-up glam or lovin’ the au-naturale finish, we’ve put together some of our favourite red carpet looks for you to get some much-needed inspo. Beat basic and get ready to be in a total girl crush situation over these celebrity beauts!
If you’re a gal who prefers to stick to head-to-toe woah in an all-black outfit, then this makeup look is for you. Inject some colour by going for a statement eyeshadow. Reds look amazing on darker skin tones, with pinks and berries looking super flattering on paler ladies. Keep the rest of your makeup look stripped back, with dewy skin and just a slick of Carmex over your lips. Gorge.
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From all about the eyes to all about the lips. Vamp up your style with a gothic dark lip. Make sure to keep your eye makeup to a minimum to avoid the Morticia look. Apply a dark shade with a brush to make sure it’s super precise, and always wear with a matching lipliner – This will stop it running and keep it in place all night (just avoid any mistletoe because this look is a no-no for kissing… Soz!)
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Just because the summer is over, don’t resign yourself to dull winter skin. Make sure you’re glowy AF by staying on top of your skincare routine and upping your highlighter game to 100. For tanned and darker skin tones, golden shades of highlighter will look perfect swept along your cheekbones, and go for pinky shades if you’re paler. Finish off with a touch of pearly colour in the corners of your eyes to open them up.
Winged eyeliner is an absolute must throughout the festive period but also one of the most temperamental. Building up your flick can be tricky. Whichever eye shape you have, if you fail time after time to achieve an even look then one option is to draw a rough line with your eyeliner pen and then use a cotton bud with some petroleum jelly to sharpen the line and build shape.
Party season wouldn’t be party season without a classic red lip. Steer clear from eyeliner to make sure all attention is on your red lip (and dress). Red lipstick is a colour everyone can pretty much pull off, you just need to find the right shade for your skin tone. You can coordinate your look by dabbing a little smudge of lipstick to the apple of your cheeks. You’ll look seriously hot hun when the light catches your face.
Nail that no makeup makeup look this festive season, by making your brows the star of your face. Not blessed with beautiful brows like Cara? Don’t worry, babe, us neither. Use a brow tattoo kit to darken and define. Or simply use a brow fixer gel (or some petroleum jelly) to keep stray hairs at bay for a more subtle look. Stay neutral on the rest of your face, to give off “I woke up like this” vibes.
If you can’t wear glitter at Christmas, when can you? Keeping to a nude lipstick, Selena goes all out on her eye-makeup, opting for a smoky purple eye with shimmer. Top tip: dab a little cream powder near the corners of the eye. Sometimes dark makeup can make your eyes appear smaller than they actually are. The cream powder in the corner crease will open up your eyes showing nothing but radiance.
So we might have stepped away from full-on war painting our faces, but there’s still a place for contouring in our festive makeup looks. All hail the contour queen, Kim K, to show us how to nail the look. Use darker bronzers in the hollows of your cheeks to add depth, pop some blusher on the apples of your cheeks, then sweep highlighter across your cheekbones, brow bones and forehead. GORGEOUS.
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Ah, the signature smokey eye. Probably the most classic party makeup look there is, and one that’s loved by everyone. lending your eyeshadow whilst carefully avoiding a block colour can work wonders when you’re seeking a dramatic makeover. Finish off the look with false lashes or lashings of mascara. If you’re after a bold look throughout the festive season, this is your go-to inspo.
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You can’t say your makeup look is complete without picking your perfect nail colour. Metallics or glitter is a super-festive nail colour to try out this holiday season. Go for rose-gold or bronze and we can guarantee your nails will complement pretty much any outfit you’re planning on wearing this Christmas! Just pile on the rings to draw the attention to your mani.
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Feeling ready to nail your christmas party makeup looks?
And work out what outfit you should be wearing with your makeup here:
Christmas Party Outfits