Your makeup is just as important as your outfit, gifts, and the Christmas dinner on the big day itself, so get it right the first time. We’ve brought you plenty of inspiration with these Christmas makeup ideas to copy this season!
Pull up a chair, get your makeup bag ready, and perch yourself in front of a mirror. It’s time for us to start playing around in your makeup box!
1. Gold Glitter Eyes + Red Lips
When it comes to Christmas, you can’t get a more iconic look than red lips and gold glitter eyes – two of the biggest shades associated with the festive season. To achieve this brilliant eye makeup look, you’ll need to start with a primer – this is important to make sure your eye makeup doesn’t move at all. Glitter has a habit of getting everywhere, so make sure you apply / hold a piece of tissue underneath the eye so you can mop up any spills. You could also consider putting translucent powder down, and then brushing it all away, with the excess glitter, when you’re all done.
Eyes: Makeup Geek eyeshadows in Frappe (crease and lower lash line) and In the Spotlight (inner corner), ABH eyeshadow in Hot Chocolate (crease), ABH Self-Made Palette; shade Selfmade (lid), and MAC Gold Glitter.
Lips: MAC Diva
2. Dramatic Smokey Eye
The smokey eye look is a favourite among the festive season, because it goes with practically every party outfit you could think of. The one thing we don’t appreciate, however, is removing the smokey eye makeup the next morning … because you know we won’t remember to do it before we go to sleep that night! Here’s a great tip if you’re having a hard time removing old makeup, and it’s super good for your face too! Coconut oil is not only a great makeup remover when used with a cotton wool ball or pad, but it also nourishes and hydrates your face, all at the same time!
Products used: Monarch Palette by Kat Von D, NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk (waterline) Anastasia Beverly Hills SO Hollywood Illuminator (inner corner).
3. Dark Green Eyes
Green is a very brave old shade to wear in makeup, but it’s totally achievable once you know how to rock it properly. You need to know the right green shade to wear for both your skin tone and hair colour, and you also need to know how to apply it properly so that it packs the maximum impact. You should start with your eyes when going for a bold shade like these dark green eyes – leave the foundation and everything else until you’ve finished. The brows and eyes are going to be the most eye-catching part of this look, so start with them and then mute the rest of your makeup regime down to match / highlight the green shades, not clash with them.
Eyes: Makeup Geek eyeshadows – Bake Sale, Cabin Fever and Epic.
4. Festive Green and Gold Look
And if you’re not bold or brave enough to go for a solid green eyelid, how about green eyeliner? We love the way it’s been teamed with the gold pop here, bringing the two festive shades together. If it’s Christmas makeup ideas to copy this season you’re on the hunt for, you could do a lot worse than this. Here’s a great tip if you don’t have a green eyeliner to hand, and let’s face it, who does? You can use a regular eyeshadow as eyeliner with a small lid filled with water, and your regular green eyeshadow. Dip the brush in the water, brush the excess moisture off, and then dip in the green eyeshadow, applying and building up as you would with regular eyeliner. You may find that you need a couple of layers to get that green pigment through, but you can achieve exactly the same look as a liquid eyeliner.
Eyes: Too Faced Christmas Tree, NYX Ultra Pearl Mania, MAC Heirloom Mix, and Amrezy Palette LBD & Morocco.
Lips: NYX Big Cherry
5. Dark Gold Eyes + Dark Lips
It’s hard work wearing big eye makeup and big lips at the same time, but this gold and dark red combo shows you how to do it the right way. The eyes, although packed with shimmer and shine, are quite muted, leaving the big red lips to do the job they were intended to do. That tiny hint of white / pale shimmer on the inside corner of your eyes really help to open them up to, and it works with the gold eyelid shade!
6. Glitter Cut Crease
The cut crease is such a hard look to achieve at home, especially if you’ve never practiced it before. The one tip we would definitely give to you is practice, practice, practice! Work on the cut crease first, and then clean it up afterwards if necessary. Trying to achieve the nude eyelid, and then adding the darker or brighter cut crease later, is much harder to achieve.
Eyes: ABH Master Palette by Mario, StarCrushed Minerals eyeshadow in Ice Queen (inner corner), EuniqueBeauty Glitter.
Lips: Jeffree Star Cosmetics liquid lipstick in Unicorn Blood.
7. Brown Smokey Eye + Glitter Eyeliner
If you don’t want to go for a traditional black smokey eye, how about a brown one instead? With the right shades blended together, the look is just as popping, but it’s much easier to wear than the harsh black and dark grey tones that you’d normally find. You can use the brown hues from your highlighter and contour palette if you don’t have the right tools for the job. We’ve managed to recreate an entire brown smokey eye look just with that one contour palette alone and a big fluffy blending brush.
Mini tutorial for the look – Brown Smokey Eye
Products used: Lime Crime Venus Palette, Vivienne Sabo gel liner, NYX Eyebrow Clear Gel, and Makeup Forever glitter (#11).
8. Gold Eyes + Nude Lips
To get the right nude lips, you should first start by making sure you have good condition lips. Use a lip exfoliator first, and you could even use a homemade sugar scrub with a soft toothbrush to brush those dead skin cells away first. Then apply your balm, and give it plenty of time to soak in while you do the rest of your makeup regime, and then at the end, use a lip liner first to “overline” them slightly – this is what gives them that fuller appearance. Once you’ve added your nude lip shade, and then the gloss (if you want it) over the top, dab a touch of highlighter to the centre of your bottom lip to make it light-reflecting and appear bigger.
Eyes: ABH Master Palette by Mario, Touch In Sol Metallist Liquid Foil & Glitter Eye Shadow Duo Eldora (lid).
Lips: MAC Stripdown lip pencil, Peach Stock lipstick and Oyster Girl lip gloss.
9. Black Glittery Smokey Eye
For a real difference this party season, don’t just settle for a plain old smokey eye – add a touch of glitter! It instantly brightens things up, and can also stop from you looking too “gothic” if your smokey eye has come out much more smokey than you’d first anticipated. If you want easy Christmas makeup ideas to copy this season, add a touch of glitter. It doesn’t matter what colour or shade you’ve used for your smokey eye – brown, black, charcoal greys, or even colour such as greens and blues, they instantly look more festive with a touch of glitter!
10. Matte Plum Lips
If you want to wear darker shades of lipstick, and wear them well, you should keep your darker shades for the evening, or big events. Wearing a really rich plum look to the office during the day might be a bit much, unless you keep the rest of your makeup relatively nude and subtle. If you don’t know what shade of dark lipstick to wear for your light-eyes, a burgundy with a hint of pink about it would be just right, and darker eyes can opt for something with a brown tone.
Eyes: ABH Master Palette by Mario, and ABH eyeshadow in Noir, NYX glitter in Gold Dust.
Lips: Lip Fanatic matte liquid lipstick in Special.
11. Silver Glitter Liner + Red Lips
For a really sparkly way to revamp your makeup for this festive season, grab your silver liner, and buy yourself a small pop of silver glitter too. Once you’ve added your traditional black eyeliner, give it a little something extra by outlining the edge of it with your silver liner, applying the tiniest amount of glitter sparkle just to bring it to life. Simple, effective, and perfect for Christmas!
Lips: MAC lipstick in Como La Flor (Selena collection).
12. Emerald Smokey Eye
This dark green smokey eye has been cleverly blended with a darker brown shade in the eye socket, and this is a really simple addition if you’ve never tried it before. It’s a look used by older women to help them look more youthful. Once you’ve applied your green shade all over the eyeshadow, use your big fluffy blending brush again to blend some of the darker brown shade into the socket, blending carefully the green into the brown. You don’t want to cover one colour with another, it’s all about the blending.
Products used: Morphe 35N palette, ABH eyeshadows in Emerald and Rich Velvet, Makeup Geek Utopia pigment, Urban Decay eyeshadows in Cosmic and Virgin.
13. This Look Screams ‘Festive’!
If you invest in just one piece of makeup equipment this year, let it be highlighter. A highlighter has the capacity to completely transform your face, and your makeup look, with just a simple swish. Applied to the top of the cheekbones, you’ll look younger and more alert because of the light reflecting properties, and you can even help to re-shape your nose by adding some to the centre, and then the tip. It’s one of those beauty products you just can’t live without, and is definitely essential for creating Christmas makeup ideas to copy this season just like this one.
Eyes: ABH eyeshadows in Aubergine (outer corner), Henna (lid), Intense Glaze and Party Dress (crease), and Peacock (lower lash line).
Lips: Gerard Cosmetics liquid lipstick in Ruby Slipper + Inglot pigment in 82 on top.
14. Gold and Brown Eyes
What goes better with gold than brown? Especially when you want a subtle but festive Christmas look, that doesn’t use to many shades or products. It’s simple a case of blending the gold (inner corner of the eye) to the darker brown shade (outer corner of the eye and eye socket). One great tip that we learned was to practice blending on your hand first, before you move it onto your eye. It’s one of those practice makes perfect situations.
Products used: Flaming Love Palette by Makeup Addiction Cosmetics & NYX Matte Black Liquid Liner.
15. Holiday Party Look
If you struggle to apply your false lashes, like so many of us do, here’s a clever tip that’ll make life a lot easier. Before you apply your lashes, you may find that they’re a tad too straight, making them super difficult to apply. If you wrap the lashes around a makeup brush, or even your thumb, for a moment, they will take on a more curved look, and they’ll be easier to apply to your curved eyelids. These dramatic Christmas makeup looks wouldn’t be complete without falsies, and hopefully that little trick will help you apply yours quicker!
Eyes: Motives Cosmetics Gem Sparkles in Citrine.
Lips: Liquid Maven Mattes liquid lipstick in Rust N Roll.
16. Matte Eyes and Lips
If you want to achieve a look as glamorous as this, you’re going to need to learn how to blend your eyeshadow, and the easiest way to start doing this is to practice blending two shades together on your hand or arm first. When working with deeper, matte shades such as the Christmas makeup ideas to copy this season you can see here, it’s best to start with a little eyeshadow, and build your way up. It’s easier to apply more as and when you need it than it is to take it away once it’s already on your face.
17. Matte Brown Eyes with a Pop of Gold
And if you love the colour brown, but you want a brand new way to wear it than the plain browns, nudes and neutral shades that you’re using to blending the shade with, how about gold? It doesn’t take a look to complete transform the look, as you can see from this clever makeup idea. Just a hint of gold in the inner corner of the eye is enough to not only open the eye up and make it appear brighter and wider, but also adds a shimmer to the occasion. Perfect for Christmas festivities if you ask us!
Products used: Anastasia Beverly Hills Shadow Couture Palette in shades Morocco (crease) and Fudge (lid).
18. Makeup Look for Blue Eyes
Gold looks great with blue eyes, but there are a few shades you could experiment with if this yellow-gold hue isn’t quite to your liking. Rust / terracotta shades are also great for those big baby blues, and you could also add a pink / purple hue in with your gold too. There are lots of shades to experiment with, so perhaps its about time you started? Take one of the looks you can see here as inspiration, and then make it your own – adding your own shades and hues, and even glimmer finishes if you like.
Eyes: Crease eyeshadows – ABH Noir, Hot Chocolate, Red Earth, Fawn, Orange Soda and Soft Peach; Lid eyeshadows – ABH in Peach Sorbet and Amber; Inner corner – ABH in Gold Rush; StarCrushed Minerals glitter in Golden Ticket.
Lips: MAC lipstick in Sin.
19. Gold Glitter Eyes + Light Pink Lips
In order to get big, plump lips like these light pink lovelies, how about investing in a good plumping lip product? A primer helps to keep the look in check throughout the day, but a good glossy top coat with plumping properties could give you the pout you’d always wanted. If you don’t like the feeling of plumping lip glosses (they’re often rather tingly), you could try a light-reflecting trick instead. A touch of a light, shimmery eyeshadow applied to the centre of the bottom lip will make it appear bigger, and you could also look at adding a touch of highlight to your cupids bow too.
Eyes: Makeup Geek eyeshadows
Lips: Huda Beauty liquid lipstick in Retro Coral and Milkshake.
20. Green & Brown
Beautiful, neutral shades, you might not have thought about putting green and brown together for your Christmas makeup ideas to copy this season, but as you can see, they are two shades that work together perfectly … when they have been properly blended. If you want to become a pro at eyeshadow blending, work with the crease you’ve already got. Use your brush in the hollow at the top of your eyelid, just as it reaches the outer part of the socket, and use your natural lines and contours. Start from the outer corner and sweep the brush in, using light ‘fluffing’ motions. With the right brush, and the right technique, your eyeshadow will be blended like a pro in no time at all.
Products used: Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Palette and Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour palette.
21. Classic Festive Makeup Look
How about a classically festive look? Gold eyes, plenty of liquid eyeliner, and a pop of red matte lips to finish it all off. It’s so classic, and so very glamorous too, so you can understand why it makes to the list of Christmas makeup ideas to copy this season! If you struggle to keep your hands steady when applying eyelashes, which are clearly essential for this wowing look, keep your elbows on a flat surface and look down into your mirror. This can help to stop the shaking that often happens when you’re trying to concentrate on getting them just-so, and stability is always important for a vital part of the makeup look such as this one.
Eyes: ABH single eyeshadows in Orange Soda, Sienna, Noir and Amber.
Lips: Beauty Bakerie Makeup in Cranberry Stiletto Lip Whip.
22. Gold Eyes + Purple Lips
How do you feel about a dark purple / plum shade on the lips? It can be quite daunting to wear a really deep or rich shade, especially if this is your first time, but one thing that can definitely help is a chat with your local drug store or makeup supplier. The people who are selling you makeup often know more than you think they do, so why not ask their opinion on which shade of deep, rich lipstick you should buy? Alternatively, do some research to see what works with your skin tone and hair colour, and try to match it from there. Not all shades will suit everybody, and it’s just a case of working out which one is the most likely to be flattering for you.
Eyes: Makeup Geek eyeshadows in Cocoa Bear and Bitten (transition colors), Motives Cosmetics eyeshadows in Illusion, Antique Gold (inner corner and eyelid), and Tiramisu (outer corner), Violet Voss Glitter Goldie (mobile eyelid).
Lips: ABH lip gloss in Black Cherry.
23. Simple Christmas Makeup
If you really struggle to get your eyeliner on point, stop stressing out about it. The more you stress, the higher the chances you’ll screw it up, and that’ll just stress you out even more.
Work from the flick inwards – create the flick, and then use the natural sweeping motion of your hand to carry the flick on right over the eyelid, and to the inner corner. There are lots of tutorials on Youtube with lots of different ways to get your eyeliner right, and we’d suggest taking a peek. Just because you can’t get along with one method, doesn’t mean you won’t ever find one that works for you.
Eyes: Too Faced The Power of Makeup Palette by Nikkie Tutorials, Violet Voss glitter in Don’t Leaf Me.
Lips: ABH liquid lipstick in Vamp.
24. Festive Makeup Look
If you want to look super glam for any festive celebrations, then consider makeup like this! This makeup look features stunning sparkly eyes with a classic Christmas red lip color. Makeup like this would be perfect for a party. You can check out the products used to create the look on the artist’s page featured below.
25. Bold Eyeliner and Brown Smokey Eye
Be bold this Christmas with statement eyeliner. There are lots of different shapes that you can create with eyeliner, but this one is glam and has a wide flick. You may need to practice a little but the end result will be worth it. Recreate this look or try the eyeliner with different eyeshadow shades.
26. Shimmery Gold Eyes with Dark Red Lips
Warm up your look for the winter season with makeup like this. The eyes are a coppery tone with glitter. This was created with the Prism Palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills. The glitter is from LYCHEEXO. For the lips you will need Tarte Cosmetics Frenemy Lip Paint or a product like it.
27. Gold Glitter Eyeliner
Next, we have a gold and green look. For this, the eyes are dramatic and stylish. On the upper eyelid there is a light eyeshadow blend with black and glitter eyeliner. You will see on the lower lid that there is a dark green eyeshadow with a jewel tone eyeliner. This is such a glam, festive idea. For a bolder look, you can choose a more vibrant green.
28. Matte Red Smokey Eye
Red is a must-have color for the holiday season. However, if the bold and bright red is not for you, then you can try makeup like this. For this look, the eyes start in a dark red and then gradually blend to black. The eyes are finished off with statement eyeliner. It is a trendy way to wear red this Christmas.
29. Glam, Sparkly Eyes
Looking for elegant makeup ideas? Then this next look is for you. These eyes feature a soft shimmer that gradually blends into a dark shade. This makeup is perfect for the ladies who want to look stylish and glam for parties and other special events. You could wear makeup like this for New Year’s Eve, too.
30. Festive Gold Eyes
If you want makeup that is festive without being too over the top, then this idea could be perfect. Here we have eye makeup that features gorgeous eyeshadow and eyeliner that you can wear all year round. Then to finish off the look there is a subtle sweep of glitter. By adding a small amount of glitter, you look fun and Christmassy but also stylish too.
31. Matte Eyes and Lips
Maybe all the glitter and festive colors are not your thing. If so, you need to check out this next look. This makeup is super stylish but doesn’t feature the classic Christmassy colors. The lips are a dark purple tone and the eyes have a similar color too. Makeup like this can be worn throughout the winter and will look gorgeous for any occasion.
32. Pretty Pink Smokey Eye with Silver Glitter
Do you wear the classic black eyeliner flick? Then this makeup idea is perfect for you. This look features the black eyeliner with neutral and pink eyeshadow, and finally there is a sweep of silver glitter. The silver glitter just shows you’re feeling festive, but also allows you to wear the stylish makeup that you usually would.
33. Bold Gold, Shimmery Eyes
We couldn’t have Christmas makeup without showing a beautiful gold look, and here it is! This bold, gold makeup idea is just stunning. The eyes have a stylish blend of eyeshadow with gold glitter and an eyeliner flick. This would look amazing for a festive party. You can check out all the products used to create the look on the artist’s page featured below.
34. Rose Gold Eyes with Gold and Black Eyeliner
Next, we have another double liner look. The eyes have a beautiful, shimmery blend of eyeshadows that have been finished off with black and gold glitter eyeliner. This is such a pretty and elegant idea. Recreate the black and gold look or try black and a different glitter color. The look was created with Matte Black Liquid Eyeliner and Gold Glitter Eyeliner from NYX Cosmetics.
35. Dark Glitter Eyes and Red Lips
Our next idea features festive glitter and Christmassy red lips. A glittery look like this is perfect for the season as it is fun, glam and stylish. You can wear makeup like this to any holiday event. The glitter used to create the look is ilo Cosmetics Mystical Glitter and the red lips are by Covergirl Melting Pout Matte Liquid Lipstick in All Nighter. You can use these two products to create a similar look.
36. Shimmery Eye Makeup Look
Glitter can be used with any eyeshadow blend. Here is a beautiful example. These eyes feature a light to dark blend with a sweep of eyeliner and silver glitter. What we really love about this idea is the glitter underneath the eye too. This is a trendy party look and can be recreated in any sparkly color.
37. Vintage Vibe Christmas Makeup Idea
Bring some vintage glamour to your look with makeup like this. The eyes have a stunning shimmer with a classic eyeliner flick. There is also a sweep of white eyeliner on the lower lid. Not only does white eyeliner give you a vintage look, but it also makes your eyes look bigger too! We love this makeup idea!
38. Glitter Eyes and Dark Red Lips
If you love glitter and the festive season, this idea is perfect for you. This makeup includes super sparkly glitter and dark red lips. It is a stunning look that is perfect for Christmas and New Year. You can view the full list of products used on the artist’s page below, but if you just want the glitter, it is by Eye Kandy Cosmetics in Marshmallow. You can use glitter like this with any makeup.
39. Silver Sparkle Eye Makeup
Next, we have this super glam look. The eyes have a beautiful silver tone with sparkles and black eyeliner. Makeup like this is a great choice for the ladies who want to try a little sparkle without being too over the top. Pair with red lips for a bold, festive look or with nude or pink lips for subtle and chic makeup. Either way, you will look stunning!
40. Smokey Brown Eye Makeup Idea
Maybe you just want to look stylish and gorgeous without all the glitter and bold colors. If this sounds like you, then check out this makeup look. The eyes are a beautiful smokey brown. These colors are warm, trendy and will look amazing for any occasion.
41. Statement Sparkly Eyes
Our next idea is super sparkly and statement making. For this look the eyes have a sweep of glitter, black eyeliner and a jewel tone eyeliner. All these different eyeliners create a stunning, stylish look. You can recreate this look or try your own color combination. A full list of the products used is available on the artist’s page.
42. Gold Glitter Eyes with Bold Eyeliner
If you love the gold makeup for Christmas, then this look is perfect for you. The eyes feature beautiful, shimmering gold glitter with a wide black liner flick. Eye makeup like this is very glam and would be perfect for a party or night out. Finish off the look with red or nude lips.
43. Wintry Eyes with Red Lips
Take inspiration from the winter weather to create a beautiful makeup look like this one. The eyes are a wintry grey with subtle silver sparkle. This look has been finished off with dark red lips. It is a stunning combination of the season’s colors and it will suit any special occasion.
We hope that you’ve found plenty of Christmas makeup ideas to copy this season, but remember to play around – you might just come up with a beautiful makeup combo that no one else has! It’s always good to be a little trendsetter!