The carols are playing, the streets are lined with decorations and there’s a buzz of excitement in the air. It can only mean one thing — Christmas is coming! Not only is it the most wonderful time of the year, it’s also the busiest. This means our social calendars are about to get packed out with office Christmas parties, family gatherings and end-of-year celebrations with friends. With more socialising (and usually, more photos!) just around the corner, it’s only natural to want to look your best. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the best Christmas party makeup trends. From glitzy glamour to an understated glow, there’s something for everyone.
1. Red, glittery lips
Sure, red lips are always glam for a night out, but adding a swipe of glitter really takes it to the next level. Let your lips do the talking with this dazzling festive look. To ensure it stays on throughout a night of champagne and canapes, first fill in the lips with a red liner. Then, add a long-lasting red lipstick over the top, dip a small brush in some food-grade red glitter and pat it onto the lips.
2. Metallic green eyeshadow
The other attendees at your Christmas party are sure to be green with envy when they see you rocking this look. Whether you go for a sophisticated emerald or fun, vibrant hue, green eyeshadow can be applied to both your upper lid and along the lower lashline to create a smoky effect. To kick it up a notch, you can even pair it with a glittery gold eyeliner.
3. Winged liner with a red lip
You can’t go wrong with this winning combo! It’s classic and simple, but still brings the strong festive vibes. Begin with a neutral eyeshadow like taupe or brown and apply it all over the eyelids. Then grab a black liner (pen liners are normally easiest) and draw some small dots along the upper lashline. Slowly take your liner and connect the dots with a thin line, finishing with a feline flick. You can pair it with a glossy red, glittery or matte red lip — the beauty of this look is how versatile it is!
4. Dark smoky eye
A sultry, dark eye is always on-trend, and the festive season is no exception. It’s the easiest way to instantly take any makeup look from day to night — perfect for when you’re dashing from the office to a Christmas party! You can keep it simple with a swipe of black, dark brown or navy shadow or amp up the party pizzazz by adding a swipe of glitter eyeshadow over the top.
5. Face glitter
If you can’t wear glitter on your face at Christmas time, when can you? However, less is more when it comes to this sparkly look. To avoid looking like a walking craft project, keep your glitter concentrated to just one area of the face. This could be along your temples, on your eyes and the highest part of your cheekbones. Sequins, stars and glitter gel all look stunning and you can grab them from most department or craft stores.
Gold eyeliner is the ultimate versatile Christmas party makeup trend, because it can make any look feel more festive. Whether it’s a smoky eye, a red lip or a neutral look, pairing it with a gold eyeliner instantly takes it to the next level. You can pop some liquid gold eyeliner and apply it to both the upper and lower lashline for a goddess vibe, or even apply a pencil liner along the lower waterline. The options are endless!
7. Glittery nails
Christmas is not the time for boring nails. Bedazzle your digits with some glittery nail polish and watch the compliments roll in. There’s a couple of different ways you can channel this glitzy look. You can go for a complimentary look by painting a glittery, coloured nail polish over the top of one of the same colour (for example, red on red) Or, you can create a more contrasting aesthetic by going with a neutral base like black, white or red, and adding a different coloured glitter. Either way, you’re going to shine!
8. Red and green eyeshadow
Nothing says ‘Christmas’ like a red and green combo, but wearing it in your outfit can feel a little OTT. The solution? Wear it on your face instead! Start with a red eyeshadow all over the eyelids, then add a green eyeliner (with glitter, if you want to go extra glam) along both the upper and lower lashline. Finish off with a generous swipe of mascara. To ensure your festive eyes remain the focus, try keeping your lips and cheek colour relatively neutral.
9. Highlighted cheek
A ‘lit from within’ glow is the perfect accompaniment to any Christmas makeup look. However, to avoid looking like a human Christmas bauble, it’s best not to overdo the illuminator. To give you more control over your application, opt for liquid highlighter and pop it on your little finger. Then, apply it only to the highest points of your face — the cheekbones and temples, bridge of the nose, along the brow bone and on the cupid’s bow of the lips. This adds some dimension to your face, while also giving you that gorgeous, luminous look.
10. Christmas nail art
There’s no better time to experiment with some fun nail art than the holiday season. From snowflakes and Santa Claus to mistletoe to ‘Merry Xmas’ word art, there are so many different motifs you can play with. The good news is, even if you don’t feel confident enough to DIY, you can still get this look. Many department stores and pharmacies sell temporary nails you can simply press onto your own, or you can head to your local nail salon for a professional Christmas-themed manicure.
11. Metallic lips
Metallic lips have been having a moment recently, popping up on the fashion runways.. If there’s one time you can make this trend wearable off the runway, it’s definitely Christmas. The metallic sheen creates a foil effect that feels appropriate for the festive season — plus, it looks seriously striking. To get the look, opt for a metallic lipgloss like Maybelline’s Metallic Foil Metallic Liquid Lipstick.
12. Berry stained lips
Love the look of a red lipstick but don’t like how high maintenance it is? A berry-stained lip can be your best friend this holiday season. By simply patting a dark red lip tint onto your lips, you can create an effortlessly stunning look. The best part is, you won’t have to take time out from all the eating, drinking and dancing to reapply! You can also add a touch of the same product to your cheeks for a gorgeous, slightly flushed effect.
Get your Christmas party makeup essentials from Beauty Shop, Blooms the Chemist and Woolworths.