25 Perfect Holiday Makeup Looks and Tutorials

Recently we’ve officially entered Party Season. This time of the year not only brings cold, snow, and Santa Claus, but it also brings family dinners, company parties, and gatherings with friends. Wherever you’re heading to this December, your makeup needs to be on point, right? From shimmery lids to vampy lips, we’ve found a holiday makeup look for you.

Get inspired and learn how to achieve some of these 25 gorgeous looks. They will definitely get you in the Christmassy mood. Enjoy!

1. PURPLE SMOKEY EYE WITH A POP OF GLITTER

Instagram / miaumauve

Instagram / miaumauve

This purple smokey eye with a pop of shimmering glitter is the ideal look for any festive occasion.  Shades of brown and purple look flattering on just about everyone, so make sure to give this look a try!

December is the perfect time to pop a little bit of glitter onto your eyes, right? Not only will it brighten up your whole face, but also make your eyes pop. As you can see, you don’t have to go crazy with it – less is more in this case.

2. GOLDEN SMOKEY EYE AND RED LIPS

Instagram / melissasamways

Instagram / melissasamways

Nothing says “holiday makeup” quite like golden smokey eye and red lips. The look is perfect for a last minute holiday event.

Step 1: Start by applying an eyeshadow primer or concealer and let it dry.

Step 2: Next apply a neutral base eyeshadow all over your eyelid (this step will make the blending easier). Dip the tip of your favorite blending brush into a dark chocolate, matte eyeshadow and apply it to the outer corner of the eye in a “V” shape. Blend!

Step 3: Using a tapping motion, apply a dark gold eyeshadow (ABH;Amber) on your eyelid. Top it with a baked gold eyeshadow (ABH;Peach Sorbet).

Step 4: Highlight the inner corner of the eye with a shimmery champagne shade. Smoke out the lower lash line using the chocolate shade from the step #2.

Step 5: Complete the look with a black liner, false lashes and red matte lipstick.

3. GREY SMOKEY EYE WITH GLITTER LINER

Instagram / kimjluv

Instagram / kimjluv

Step 1: Prime your eyelids with an eye primer or concealer. Trick for a smooth bottom edge: Take a piece of Scotch tape, press it to your hand a few times to make it less sticky and place it as pictured. Apply a transition color (a peachy/orange shade) to the crease. With a black matte shade, smoke out the top lash line.

Step 2: Apply a dark grey eyeshadow all over your eyelid.

Step 3: Blend with a clean blending brush until there are no harsh lines.

Step 4: Apply a gel liner along the upper lash line.

Step 5: Next apply a silver glitter liner above the black gel liner.

Step 6: Highlight the inner corner of the eye with a silver glitter. Use black liner and black and brown eyeshadows to smoke out the bottom lash line. Apply false lashes.

4. GREEN AND GOLD GLITTER LOOK

Instagram / kurlykaya

Instagram / kurlykaya

If a grey smokey eye feels too much for you, try rocking this gorgeous gold and green eye makeup look. Sparkly and glittery shadows like these will add an instant festive feeling to your look. If you have brown eyes, opt for gold, copper, green , and blue shades. Peach, bronze, purple and chocolate brown will make blue eyes pop, while burgundy, plum, pink and cranberry shades will enhance green eyes.

5. SMOKEY CUT CREASE

Instagram / amysmakeupbox

Instagram / amysmakeupbox

Holidays are the perfect time to glam-up your beauty routine. A smokey cut crease is always a good option. This makeup technique will make your eyes look bigger and, of course, sexier.

6. BROWN MATTE CUT CREASE

Instagram / beautybybaran

Instagram / beautybybaran

A cut crease doesn’t have to be dramatic – you can create it using soft, brown matte shades as showed above. Pair it with red lips and you’re ready for a family dinner or a holiday party. The look was created using the Too Faced “Chocolate Bar” palette.

7. BROWN SMOKEY EYE + GOLD GLITTER LINER

Instagram / miaumauve

Instagram / miaumauve

Before holidays, make sure to have at least one glitter liner in your makeup kit. You can use it to create endless makeup looks, plus it’s a fun (and easy) way to add a pop of glitter to your look. Put it along your upper lash line or lower lash line for an instant glam.

8. GREEN METALLIC LOOK

Instagram / kimjluv

Instagram / kimjluv

Step 1: Fill in your brows and add a transition color.

Step 2: Apply a dark brown eyeshadow to the outer corner of the eye in a “V” shape. Blend until there are no harsh lines.

Step 3: Apply a metallic green eyeshadow or pigment over the lid.

Step 4: Then apply black gel liner along your upper lash line and blend the dark brown shade from the step #2 to the crease.

Step 5: Deep out the outer corner of the eye using a smaller brush and black matte eyeshadow.

Step 6: Apply black gel liner to your bottom lash line and smoke it out with black and brown eyeshadows. Finish the look by applying your favorite false lashes.

9. SMOKEY BRONZE EYES + DARK LIPS

Instagram / kimjluv

Instagram / kimjluv

During cooler months, you might find yourself reaching for your darker lipsticks more often. You’re not alone. Moody reds and purples are our favorite shades during fall and winter. This holiday season, pair your berry lips with a black and dark gold smokey eye for a vampy and sexy look.

10. GOLD GLITTER EYE

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Instagram / makeupbymaci

We’re obsessed with this gold glitter look. So, how to make your eyes sparkle like this? You will need two products – eye glitter glue & loose glitter. If you are a glitter lover like us, this type of glue is a MUST in your makeup bag. The product is designed to keep the glitter on the eyes all night long (or until you take it off). Crazy!

11. BLACK SMOKEY EYE WITH A POP OF COLOR

Instagram / kimjluv

Instagram / kimjluv

If the gold glitter look is too much for you (even for the holidays), this black smokey eye with a pop of color will make you go ‘WOW’.

Step 1: Grab your favorite blending brush. Take a light brown eyeshadow and place it above the crease. This will be your transition color.

Step 2: Take a black matte eyeshadow and apply it to the crease.

Step 3: Take a gel eyeliner and pat it all over your lid. You can also use it as a base for any eyeshadow color – a black base will make the colors pop like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Next, using a shader brush pack the black eyeshadow from the last step all over the gel liner.

Step 4: Take a clean blending brush and blend until everything looks perfectly blended. This might take a while.

Step 5: Line the bottom lash line with the gel liner and smoke it out with the transition shade you’ve used in the step #1. Highlight the inner corner of the eye, apply purple eye pencil to the lower waterline and finish the look by applying false lashes.

12. BLACK LINER + RED LIPS

Instagram / iheartmakeupart

Instagram / iheartmakeupart

Let’s face it, many of us will not have the time to experiment with different makeup looks. Instead we will opt for a look that is simple, easy to do yet looks amazing – cat eye &  bold lips. You simply can’t go wrong with a winged eyeliner and red matte lips for the holidays. For this look, you will need only four products: black liquid eyeliner, mascara, nude liner for the waterline and a red lipstick.

13. GOLD GLITTER EYES + PINK LIPS

Instagram / auroramakeup

Instagram / auroramakeup

For this look, combine a dark gold metallic shadow with light and dark brown shadows to create a shimmering smokey eye. Finish with a pink matte lipstick and head to the holiday bash!

14. BURGUNDY & CHAMPAGNE GLITTER LOOK

Instagram / miaumauve

Instagram / miaumauve

Seeking an elegant look? Experiment with burgundy shades to make your green eyes pop. Top the look with a champagne glitter for a feminine and festive touch. The look was created using the Respect Palette by Sleek Makeup, rose gold eye foils by Makeup Revolution, ‘Champagne Kisses’ glitter by Violet Voss and Huda Beauty false lashes.

15. SILVER & PURPLE GLITTER LOOK

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Instagram / makeuplovexo

Add a festive flash of color by applying a purple eyeshadow on your bottom lash line and waterline. Smoke it out with a small blending brush for a soft smokey look. This silver and purple combo is holiday perfection, right?

16. COPPER GLITTER CUT CREASE TUTORIAL

Instagram / lorie_babe

Instagram / lorie_babe

Step 1: Prime your eyelids to enhance the colors and keep the makeup in place. Apply a nude or light brown eyeshadow all over your lid. This shade will be your base. With a flat smudge brush, apply a medium-dark brown shade as a transition color.

Step 2: Blend with a clean fluffy blending brush.

Step 3: With an angled brush, apply a dark brown shade in the crease.

Step 4: Blend, blend, blend!

Step 5: Take a concealer and carve out the crease.

Step 6: Apply a copper eyeshadow over the concealer with a flat eyeshadow brush.

Step 7: Apply a glitter glue to your eyelid then pack a  copper glitter on top of it.

Step 8: Apply a winged liner, highlight the inner corner of the eyes, and smoke out the lower lash line. Complete the look with a pair of wispy eyelashes.

17. BROWN SMOKEY EYE + GREEN GLITTER

Instagram / miaumauve

Instagram / miaumauve

Have you ever tried green glitter eyeshadow? No? Well, holidays are the ideal time to play with colorful eyeshadows and glitter. Pair this eye makeup look with soft pink lips for a feminine look, or opt for a bold berry shade for a more dramatic look. Which shade would you choose?

18. SOFT PEACHY LOOK

Instagram / j_make_up

Instagram / j_make_up

This season step outside the traditional festive beauty look and experiment with warm and soft makeup shades. Soft peachy eyeshadows are not only for summer! The unexpected glittery line in the crease of the eye will brighten up your whole face and make your  look more festive.

19. BLACK SMOKEY EYE + DARK LIPS

Instagram / ladydanger1

Instagram / ladydanger1

We love this combo of black eyes with a dark plum lip. The look has us reaching for our plum lip liner and burgundy lipstick. The lips were created using MAC Cosmetics Nightmoth lip pencil and MAC Cosmetics Sin lipstick.

20. PURPLE MATTE EYES WITH A POP OF COLOR

Instagram / phernandez_mk

Instagram / phernandez_mk

Show your holiday spirit with this amazing look. Yes, you can wear four colorful eyeshadows on your eyes this Christmas! Eyeshadows used: Mary Kay in shades Cinnabar, Sweet Plum, Truffle, Sienna and Iris.

21. BLUE GLITTER SMOKEY EYE

Instagram / kurlykaya

Instagram / kurlykaya

This blue smokey eye can be rocked all season long! Tip: Use a black gel liner as a base to intensify the blue shade and make it pop. The easiest way to open up your eyes is to apply a shimmery eyeshadow in white or silver to the inner corner of the eye.

22. SMOKEY CUT CREASE TUTORIAL

Instagram / rfadai

Instagram / rfadai

Step 1: Start by applying a neutral eyeshadow as your base.  Using an eyeshadow or gel liner, outline the shape just above your crease.

Step 2: Take a smaller brush and blend the eyeshadow/liner upward.

Step 3: Pick a transition color and blend it upward using a fluffy blending brush.

Step 4: Use concealer or eye shadow base to make that line clean and sharp as possible. Next, pat a nude or light brown eye shadow onto the lid.

Step 5: Apply a black liquid eyeliner.

Step 6: Smoke out the lower lash line.

Step 7: Complete the look with false lashes.

23. SIMPLE GOLD GLITTER LOOK

Instagram / keepitclassy_1

Instagram / keepitclassy_1

When in doubt, always go with a gold smokey eye.  Pair it with a classic red lip because nothing says ‘festive’ quite like this lovely combo! Eyeshadows used: Anastasia Beverly Hills in shades Peach Sorbet, Buttery and Fawn.

24. PEACH SMOKEY EYE WITH A POP OF GOLD

Instagram / magdalena_madzioha

Instagram / magdalena_madzioha

This peach smokey eye with a pop of gold glitter is perfect to enhance blue or green eyes.

25. COPPER GLITTER SMOKEY EYE

Instagram / lorie_babe

Instagram / lorie_babe

Glittery bronzes and coppers will warm up medium and dark skin tones, plus they look very pretty on brown eyed women.

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