5 Festive Makeup LooksOur guide to the festive season will see you through from now until the New Year.

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With office parties, holiday drinks and the annual family gift exchange all on the horizon (seriously, where has this year gone?) we’re all in need of some new festive makeup looks for the season ahead. Luckily, we have five stunning Christmas makeup ideas that’ll work for every occasion in your social calendar. From classic winged liner and crimson lips to iridescent eyeshadows and shimmering holiday skin, these looks are all you need from now until the new year.


Though we’ll always love bold red lips and jet black lashes at this time of year, there’s something about a soft makeup look with plenty of shimmer and shine that feels like magic for Christmas. To create this look, start with a foundation that has a sheer to medium coverage – this will give your skin an even yet dewy base. Once this is set, use your favourite bronzer to define your cheekbones and add dimension to the contours of your face.

For your eyeshadow and lipstick, choose natural-looking colours such as soft browns or pinks. This will emphasize your features without stealing focus from the main event which is, of course, your highlighter. Don’t be afraid to apply a little more than usual, this look is all about that holiday glow. Focus mainly on your cheekbones, but don’t forget to sweep a little across your nose, brow bone, and cupids bow for good measure. Finish off with a spritz of setting spray to keep your glow intact all day and night.


Since we’re all powerless to resist the call of a deep red lipstick at Christmas time, we suggest going all out and making the most of it. Choose a powerful shade of red like scarlet or crimson and let your lips be the focus of your look. You can make this happen by keeping the rest of your makeup soft and subtle. Choose a lightweight foundation or BB cream, then go in gently with a corrector to brighten the eye area and a concealer to hide any blemishes. Once you have your base, comb your brows and fill in any gaps with a pencil for a soft, feathery effect. For this look, the lips are our centrepiece so finish with just a few sweeps of lengthening mascara to keep your lashes light and fluttery. This simple Christmas makeup look will be a go-to all season.


From classic gold and silver shades to vibrant reds and greens, Christmas eyeshadow can be made even more special when you incorporate highly pigmented, iridescent colours. For metallic-inspired makeup, start by using a primer and foundation or BB cream with medium to high coverage. Next, use a lightweight concealer to hide any blemishes and gently brighten the eye area. Defined brows will also work to emphasize your eyes so don’t be afraid to be bold with your brow pencil when filling them in.

Next, choose an iridescent shade from your go-to eyeshadow palette. Sweep the colour on with your ring fingertip for a deep colour finish, or use a fluffy eyeshadow brush for a subtler shade. Complete this look with a hint of blush on your cheeks and a clear lip gloss or balm for a dewy pout.


If your favourite party combo usually involves a glittery shadow and bright lip colour, try something new this festive season with a smokey Christmas eyeshadow look. Use a primer to get an even base, then go in with a foundation with mid to high coverage. Next, set your base with a light dusting of powder so it stays put all night long. To really make your eyes stand out, line your upper lids with a deep charcoal pencil liner and smudge this out with your fingertips before applying your eyeshadow. We suggest a super-deep brown or – if you’re feeling adventurous – a black eyeshadow to make a statement. Pair this powerful eye look with a natural-looking matte lipstick and a soft sweep of peachy blush to brighten your complexion.


For a playful festive makeup look inspired by decades past, we’re fully embracing the return of 70s disco makeup. Start with medium coverage that leaves space for a dewy glow once you add a cream-based highlighter to your skin. Next, comb out your brows so they look feathery and light. Gently fill in any gaps with a pencil and set them in place with a clear brow gel. In terms of colour, our advice is to be fearless. Choose a light pink blush for soft rosy cheeks and apply a bright eyeshadow across your top lid. Finishing touches like prominent cat-eye flicks and defined top and bottom lashes will open up your eyes and give a not-so-subtle nod to the 70s aesthetic. Finally, you don’t have to incorporate gemstones into this look, but we certainly won’t blame you if you do.

Need the full works? Be sure to browse our Christmas party wear guide to perfect your festive look.