Shimmer, Shine And Grunge: 10 Bold Makeup Looks To Try This Party Season

Add some glam and drama to the Christmas magic and beyond with these high-shine makeup looks.

Published On Dec 23, 2022 | Updated On Feb 20, 2024

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There are plenty of reasons to love the holidays. The parties, events and magical spirit in the air are a great excuse to go all out with embracing the jewel tones and glitter. If you're a fan of disco glitter or prefer a classic red lip, give yourself a joy-inducing makeup look this winter.

Since there’s no better time than now to experiment with glimmer, gold and gloss, our edit of the best holiday and Christmas makeup ideas will get you runway-ready for a stunning party season.

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Christmas wouldn't be complete without a dash of gold and this gilded glamour is no exception. Dazzling across all eye shapes and shades, this 24-karat colour takes party drama straight to the bank.

Product recommendation: Classic Gold Illuminating Cream & Powder Eyeshadow, Simply Nam

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In case a perfectly contoured red lip looks out of place in your cool girl ensemble, keep it effortless and casual by blotting away excess product and avoiding heavy eyeliner.

Product recommendation: Matte Revolution Luminous Modern-Matte Red Lipstick – Red Carpet Red, Charlotte Tilbury 

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Winter is the perfect time to dip into richer tones like emerald, sapphire, and amethyst. Keep everything else neutral to make your eyes really pop.  

Product recommendation: Nouveau Palette, Anastasia Beverly Hills

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Go disco and opt for a super-glam smoky eye. If you want extra drama, elongate the shape all the way to the brow bone.

Product recommendation: Maxi Eyeshadow Palette, Kiko Milano

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For some extra holiday sparkle, add gemstones over your liner. This style also highlights the inner corners of your eyes, giving you a perfect cat-eye look.

Product recommendation: Wink With Love Eyeliner, Colorbar X Jacqueline

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A layer of light-reflecting colour across the lashes will transform smaller eye shapes. For Christmas, try a silver tone for a subtle hint of snowflake shimmer.

Product recommendation: Endless Silky Eye Pen, Pixi Beauty

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A delicate green liner like this would even charm the Grinch. Use white liner to line the lower lash line and add some falsies to the corners to make the eyes really pop.

Product recommendation: Precision Liquid Eyeliner - Jade Envy, Manish Malhotra Beauty

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More of a makeup minimalist? There’s nothing chicer (or easier to execute) than a sleek kitten eye. Use a pencil formula for a soft and diffused look.

Product recommendation: Eyes Eyes Baby Gel Eyeliner, SUGAR Cosmetics

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Consider a blackened burgundy, à la Wednesday Addams, instead of the traditional reds for the holidays.

Product recommendation: Crushed Lip Color - Dark Chocolate, Bobbi Brown

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When it comes to festive makeup, more is most definitely less. Lids in blue are the bold yet attainable eyeshadow look you can try to make the most of the party season.

Product recommendation: Frost Eye Shadow - In The Shadows, M.A.C Cosmetics


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