Holiday Makeup: 3 step-by-step tutorials for festive party looks and New Year’s Eve celebrations

Holiday makeup tutorials
Photography and makeup by Dallas Curow; Model Robin/Folio Montreal
Holiday makeup tutorials

With the year’s end on the horizon, social calendars are filled to the brim with holiday parties of all sorts—and you’re suddenly tasked with finding new and creative ways to primp. Taking a nod from beauty trends on the runways and red carpets, we’ve created three scene-stealing holiday makeup looks that will be the perfect accompaniment to both your sky-high heels and cozy cashmere knits. In fact, you can wear all of these looks to any type of festive event, so whether you’re heading to an intimate house party or a glittering gala, our tutorials will have you covered—and make sure you stand out in a sea of cocktail dresses.

Our first holiday makeup look is starts with a classic sculpted eye (think: Taylor Swift or Elie Saab Fall 2012) and pairs it with three types of lip, including a rich oxblood shade. This tutorial is a great way to take your look from office to evening, or works as a clever way to transform your appearance while rocking the same little black dress at three different events.

Next, we share a colourful metallic smoky eye that makes for perfect holiday party makeup. The pop of pastel purple is sure to turn heads. While we used teal and purple, any mix of jewel tones would work well with this look—the Fall 2012 colours used at Prabal Gurung and Roberto Cavalli serve as great holiday makeup inspiration.

And finally, for New Year’s Eve makeup we show you how to do a spectacular, sparkly cat-eye, complete with glittering gems. It’s both gloriously over-the-top and really easy to execute. If you’re the bashful type, consider yourself forewarned—this is a holiday makeup look that’s guaranteed to make you a compliment magnet. Ready to get glittering? Read on to learn how.


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