I thought it would be fun to come up with some holiday makeup ideas for those of you who have upcoming party plans for Christmas and New Year's Eve, but I wanted to do something outside the usual "red lipstick or smoky eye" box so many of us get stuck in during the holidays.
So here are three party-ready makeup looks that I think look festive in a fresh, unexpected way. The uniting factor? SHIMMER. SPARKLES. GLITTER!
Because nothing says "happy holidays" like getting glitter stuck to your eyeball.
Look #1: Shimmering Rose Gold
Rose gold might not be the first shade to jump to mind during the holidays, but it totally works.
For this look, I rounded up my glittery, rose-gold products. I had more than I thought, but I narrowed it down to my four favorites to use on my cheeks, lips, and eyes.
See how I did this look in more detail in the gallery below:
What I like about this look is that it's festive enough for any holiday party, but also glamorous enough for New Year's Eve. I also have to admit that I love the idea of doing an entire face of makeup in just rose-gold shades.
Look #2: Candy Cane Dipped in Glitter
I got the idea for this look because I used to love pink and green candy canes as a kid, but now Google images is telling me no such thing exists. Am I crazy?
Whatever. Pink and green make for a great color combo that's festive without being a holiday cliche like red and green. I also like that the eye makeup looks mostly green on my lids, but when I blink or look down — surprise! — more pink.
Check out the gallery for the step-by-step breakdown of this look:
Pink & Green
Now I really want a candy cane.
Look #3: Red & Gold Glam
For this look, I started with the classic red lip and cat-eye combo and added a ton of sparkly gold to take things to the next level. If you like classic glam makeup but you want to take it up a notch for the holidays, I suggest trying this. It's fast and easy.
Steps and products included below!
Red & Gold
So, those are my three holiday makeup looks, none of which I will be wearing because I plan on spending the holidays in my pajamas. Hopefully, some of you will adopt one of these makeup ideas and take it out into the wild.
- Which of the three looks is your favorite? Will you try it?
- Does anyone have their own holiday makeup plan in mind? Do share!
- Did green and pink candy canes ever exist?