Festive makeup: 3 looks 

With Christmas and new year just around the corner, it means that it is the season for parties and get togethers…. Which means the time of year where you get out the red lipsticks and glitter and hope for the best. I struggle to choose what makeup looks are suitable for what events and always tend to regret red lipstick, so I have gathered my top three classic Christmas looks in this post paired with some tips of how to get through the party season (in terms of makeup of course).

For every single one of these looks I decided on the same basic products.

  • Kat Von D lock it foundation  
  • Maybelline 24 hour concealer  
  • Kat Von D shade and light palette  
  • Kat Von D tattoo liner- trooper  
  • The balm Mary loumaniser highlight  
  • Mac soft and gentle  
  • Anastasia brow wiz 
  • Mac FIX + 
  • Ardell Wispies lashes  
  • Too faced better than sex mascara  

For foundation it is best to go with a product that has a very low SPF. This is because high SPF tend to ‘bounce back’ on flash photography, so if you are at a party the photos may not be as flawless as you would like or expected. A matte finish foundation is always advisable for evening events, because they are more long lasting and therefore will not shift around on your face throughout the night like a dewy foundation would. 

Glitter and shimmer is one of the best things about the holiday season so for these looks I chose to use two highlighters in order to really achieve the striking glow that I wanted. I love using more highlight when I have worn a matte finish foundation to ‘soften’ the face up again, as matte foundations can often look incredibly unnatural. Setting spray is your best friend for the Christmas period, and Mac fix+ is the best one that I have found so far. Not only is it fantastic for setting your base makeup, it is also good to spray your eyeshadow brushes with them to intensify your eyeshadow.  

Of course it is not mandatory that you wear eyelashes, although because I love them I wore the same pair (Ardell Wispies) for all three of the looks. If you do decide to wear eyelashes for a party or get together, it is always best to take some spare glue with you in case they start to peel off at the edges during the night.  

Look 1  

When I think of Christmas I think of the colour red, so it is only natural to include a red toned makeup look as part of the three. As someone who always wears a nude lip and very rarely wears bright lipstick, a red toned eye makeup look is a simple way to seem festive without wearing a red lipstick. I absolutely love this look, and it is probably the one I feel the most confident in out of the three… I will definitely be wearing this not only during Christmas but into 2017.  

The products used:  

  • Kiko long lasting stick- 37  
  • Mac Cranberry eyeshadow  
  • Gwen stefani palette- punk, serious and blackout  
  • Kat Von D liquid lipstick- bow and arrow  

Urban Decay- Gwen Stefani

For my eyes I started by putting the Kiko cream eyeshadow all over my mobile lid. Cream eyeshadow are perfect for the party season as they make a base that other eyeshadows can layer on top on, therefore making any eyeshadow more long lasting. I blended this shade out with the deeper colours of the gwen stefani palette, especially focusing on the black shade in the outer V and inner corner. I blended this quite far passed my crease to achieve the blended blurred out look, I didn’t want to have a whole halo eye however I did like the rounded effect that this caused. Then using a flat shadow brush (sprayed with fix+), I packed the shade cranberry from Mac all over my lid. This shade is one of my all time favourites because there is something so unique about it that is unlike any other colour I have in my collection. After adding winged eyeliner and lashes, I mixed punk and blackout and blended them on my lower lash line as well to make the look even smokier. In my opinion a bright lipstick wouldn’t work for this look because of the dark eye makeup, so I used a cool toned nude liquid lipstick from Kat Von D. Liquid lipsticks are amazing because they are matte and incredibly long lasting. Perfect for Christmas lunch!  

Look 2 

I think this is what people would view as the ‘classic’ Christmas look. I wanted to do matte eye makeup because I know not everybody loves glitter as much as I do, and I think it is nice for a more subtle face. I paired it with a red lipstick to get into the holiday spirit however I think it would equally look so classy with a nude gloss or lipstick to create a classic natural appearance. As much as I think I don’t suit bright lipstick, I think it is nice to wear a red lipstick over the festive period and it instantly brightens up any makeup.  

The products used:  

  • Nars single eyeshadow- Persia  
  • Benefit Hoola  
  • Gwen stefani palette- Punk   
  • Rimmel purple kohl eyeliner  
  • Mac cherry lip liner  
  • Rimmel Kate moss 107  

I wanted this look to have a defined crease because I think it suits my eye shape and looks perfect with a winged eyeliner. Cut creases are quite hard to master (I haven’t got there yet!) but once you get a technique it does make it easier to have a clear crease colour. First I blended the nars eyeshadow into the crease with a small brush, and blended that out with Hoola bronzer to create a softer appearance. People seem to think that contour shades can only be used on the cheeks but I love them for crease colours as well, this is because they tend to be more grey toned than normal brown eyeshadow. Then using a tiny brush I draw a line where I want the crease to start with the dark red shade and blend that out as well. In order to make the crease very sharp I use a flat brush and some concealer to paint my mobile lid and cover any blending that has transferred to my lid. This definitely makes the crease sharper and is a good tip for anyone like me who struggles with a cut crease style. This eye makeup is so simple but I love it! On my waterline I used a purple eyeliner, which is amazing to add a pop of colour to the neutral look, and because I have green eyes it really made them pop.  

When applying red lipstick, I would definitely opt for a matte finish because it is less likely to transfer when you are eating and drinking. Christmas parties are all about food and drink… and you don’t want to have to worry about your lipstick being removed. I usually fill in my whole lips with lipliner as opposed to just the outlines, purely because it reduces the risk of having the ‘ring’ around your lips, and also gives the lipstick something to stick to (making it even more long lasting).


Look 3  

This is the most extravagant look out of the three, but one which I absolutely adore and I think I will be wearing on Christmas Day. I love that it is bright and glittery, but in a way that doesn’t look like costume makeup and is surprisingly pretty wearable. I adore glitter and Christmas is the perfect time to use it so it was lovely to have a very striking eye filled with sparkles. The nude lip means that all attention is drawn to the eyes, which I also love.  

The products used:  

  • Morphe palette- 35B  
  • Mac Moth pigment  
  • Velvet teddy  

Morphe 35B

For the start of this look, I used the exact same process that I explained above with the cut crease style, but instead of neutral colours I used the purple shades from the 35B palette. I adore this palette and use it for all of my bright makeup artistry, it is a perfect investment for anyone who would like to develop their costume makeup ability. After covering the blending with concealer, I patted some glitter glue onto my lid as well. A tip for anyone who doesn’t have glitter glue is to use petroleum jelly or even eyelash glue, they are both safe for your eyelid and provide the same ‘sticky’ base that is needed for glitter to stay in one place. To really create the festive look, I used a flat eyeshadow brush (sprayed with fix+) and patted the moth pigment all over my mobile lid. This is one of the best pigments I have ever tried, and because it is pressed there is little mess in comparison to a normal glitter. All I would say is that there is a lot of fall out so do your eyes first and then concealer so that you don’t turn into a disco ball! Paired with a nude lip this is the perfect Christmas makeup look, I adore it!  

These makeup looks do not need to be replicated exactly, I think they are all very versatile and could work for your own personal style. I have worn winged eyeliner and eyelashes in all of these looks, however I know that is not for everybody and these looks would equally work with a normal line of eyeliner or even just with mascara. These are my taste and was just an insight and some tips, however if anyone is inspired to create a makeup look based on this blog post please remember to take a photo and share it with me somehow! Over the past year I have had a few people show me photos that have been inspired by me and it is one of my favourite things in the world, so I would love to see your creations if you do recreate. Thank you!  

A fun iPhone outtake from the shoot




  1. December 23, 2016 / 10:15 am

    Very informative post. I love the second look on you, it looks great! 🙂

    • December 23, 2016 / 10:58 am

      Awh thank you so much! That gives me confidence because it was my least favourite one, means a lot 🙂 have a good Christmas! Xxx

      • December 23, 2016 / 11:20 am

        No worries and Merry Christmas to you too x

    • December 23, 2016 / 12:19 pm

      Thank you! That’s my favourite as well, hope you have a lovely Christmas 🙂 xx

  2. December 23, 2016 / 3:20 pm

    All 3 are stunning! It really makes your eyes pop I love it! X

    • December 23, 2016 / 3:21 pm

      Thank you so much!! Have a lovely Christmas 🙂 xxx

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