The Best Party Makeup to See You Through the Festive Season

Updated 11/13/18

Now that November has rolled in, our calendars are already filling up with more drinks, gatherings and get-togethers than we know what to do with. Yes, the festive season is well and truly upon us, and with outings plotted in the calendar comes new opportunities to pull out the best party makeup.

In case you didn't know, this time of year is when we often experiment most with our makeup. Summer's "no-makeup" makeup look is over, and now it's all about red lipstick, punchy eye shadow and glitter. If you're needing some inspiration for how you can mix up your look this season, make sure you check out our favourite party makeup looks first to give you some major inspo before browsing the party-approved products below.

We've rounded up 24 of the best party makeup picks that will see you through the festive season. From the perfect New Years Eve red lip (we're looking at you, Chanel Beauty) to the glitter pot that won't end up all over your face (Hello, Lemonhead.LA) if you're in the market for some party-approved products, we've got the best of the bunch for you.

Keep scrolling for Byrdie's pick of the best party makeup for 2018…

Armani Beauty Ecstasy Shine Limited Edition Lipstick
Armani Beauty Ecstasy Shine Limited Edition Lipstick $30
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It's been years since glossy red lips have been a thing, as nowadays many people prefer a matte, powdery lip. But this year, the lacquers are back, and this Armani Beauty lipstick is one of our very favourites.

Beautyblender Bounce Foundation
Beautyblender Bounce Foundation $32
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When it comes to party makeup, you want a foundation base that you can rely on and won't go awol during the evening. That's where Beautyblender's Bounce Foundation comes in. Its medium to full coverage is perfect for a night out and will last right through until morning.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara
Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara $22
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Party makeup requires a mascara that will give you both tons of volume and last all night. This Marc Jacobs one delivers perfectly on both counts.

Chanel Rouge Allure Liquid Powder Matte Lip Colour
Chanel Rouge Allure Liquid Powder Matte Lip Colour $31
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Another lip look we've been seeing way more of towards the end of this year is the blurred-lip effect. Try it out for yourself this party season with Chanel's Powder Matte Lip Colour. The key to getting the look just right is keeping it from looking perfect, meaning the more "worn in" it gets throughout the night, the better.

Charlotte Tilbury Super Sonic Luxury Palette
Charlotte Tilbury Super Sonic Luxury Palette $39
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Charlotte Tilbury palettes are perfect for festive makeup, as they've got just the right amount of glitz and sparkle but are still super wearable for in the day (hello, Christmas dinner makeup look). We can't get enough of this Supersonic Girl palette, which has bronzey rose-gold and burnt-orange shades.

La Mer The Illuminating Cream
La Mer The Illuminating Cream $65
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When you're doing party makeup, you want your skin to be perfect. If it's not looking its best, fake a glow from within with La Mer's Illuminating Cream. Its lightweight and luminous formula leaves skin looking radiant and ultra healthy.

Fenty Beauty Frost Money Metallic Eye and Lip Crayon Set
Fenty Beauty Frost Money Metallic Eye and Lip Crayon Set $30
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Fenty Beauty's Metallic Eye and Lip Crayons add the perfect amount of frosty shimmer to any look. Apply as a liner, to the inner corners of your eye or as an all over lipstick for the ultimate wow factor.

Laura Mercier Secret Blurring Pressed Powder
Laura Mercier Secret Blurring Pressed Powder $22
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Keep your makeup look locked in place all night with this invisible pressed powder. It has zero colour pigments, meaning it's great for everyone—no matter what your skin tone is. Plus, it leaves pores and fine lines blurred as if you've just whacked on an Instagram filter IRL. Love.

Tom Ford Soleil Glow Drops
Tom Ford Soleil Glow Drops $33
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These drops give your skin a glistening glow in an instant. Use on the high points of your face, mix a small amount in with your foundation or apply it to your shoulders and chest to give your body a golden sheen.

Lilly Lashes Rome in Faux Mink
Lilly Lashes Rome in Faux Mink $30
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If you weren't blessed with full and fluttery lashes, don't despair. These 100% cruelty-free and vegan lashes are super soft and give your eyes a wide look without looking like you're wearing falsies.

MAC Dazzleliner in Holiday Time
MAC Dazzleliner in Holiday Time $17
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Nothing says Christmas like a frosted-glitter eyeliner. Holiday Time from MAC reminds us of an early 00s Mariah Carey (aka what Christmas is all about). 

Marc Jacobs Beauty See-Quins Glam Glitter Eye Shadow
Marc Jacobs Beauty See-Quins Glam Glitter Eye Shadow $21
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This little pot is the perfect addition to your makeup bag. It's all you need in order to turn your average smoky eye into a party smoky eye. Just pat into the middle of your eyelid with your finger and voilà!

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Liquid Concealer
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Liquid Concealer $24
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Charlotte Tilbury's new magic concealer is probably one of our favourite launches of the year. It blends away blemishes, redness, discolouration and even fine lines seamlessly. Perfect for all-night wear.

3INA The Dot Pen Eyeliner
3INA The Dot Pen Eyeliner $11
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It might look odd, but this ball-tipped eyeliner makes sketching out a feline flick completely foolproof. Use the point to dot along your lash line before joining them all up for a seamlessly slick finish.

Lemonhead.LA Spacepaste
Lemonhead.LA Spacepaste $20
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If you want to experiment with all-out glitter this year, then this Spacepaste pot from Lemonhead.LA is about to become your new best friend. Developed by a Los Angeles–based makeup artist, Megan Dugan, Spacepaste is a mess-free glitter gel that can be used on both your face and body.

Nars Spiked Audacious Lipstick
Nars Spiked Audacious Lipstick $26
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If you're bored of red and pink lipsticks, say hello to your new favourite. The Nars Spiked Audacious Lipstick is a decadent deep plum shade that looks rich and wintry. We love it.

Nyx Foil Play Cream Pigment in Red Armor
Nyx Foil Play Cream Pigment in Red Armor $7
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These creamy, loose pigments are easy to blend and build up for intensity. Use a flat brush or your finger to pat them onto your eye socket for ultimate staying power. 

Peter Thomas Roth Skin to Die For
Peter Thomas Roth Skin to Die For $22
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Whether you're a primer wearer or not, you'll fall in love after trying this one. It blurs imperfections, smooths fine lines, hydrates skin and adds megawatt glow in just one step.

MAC Shiny Pretty Things Eye Party in Rose
MAC Shiny Pretty Things Eye Party in Rose $29
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Combining some of the most popular shades of the year (hello, pink eye shadow) with go-to bronze and nudes, this MAC palette has everything you need to create a standout 2018 smoky eye.

Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Foundation
Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Foundation $35
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If you don't like full-coverage foundation, then this is the formula for you. Glowy and hydrating, this luminizing foundation conceals any blemishes and redness whilst still letting your skin shine through.

Stila Magnificent Metals Shimmer and Glow Liquid Eye Shadow
Stila Magnificent Metals Shimmer and Glow Liquid Eye Shadow $24
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Stila's Shimmer and Glow Liquid Eye Shadow sticks made up 99 per cent of our party makeup looks last year. This time around, it's set to be no different. Oh, and new, bolder shades have just launched.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Beauty Le March Leopard Frost Lip Crème Lipstick
Marc Jacobs Beauty Beauty Le March Leopard Frost Lip Crème Lipstick $25
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Frosty and metallic makeup have seen a major resurgence this year. Try out the trend with this Marc Jacobs lipstick in Sugar Suga. It's a gorgeous and shimmery peach shade that is super wearable and flattering on everyone. 

Surratt Perfectionniste Concealer Palette
Surratt Perfectionniste Concealer Palette $54
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A compact concealer is a must on nights out, and this Surratt palette is perfect. It's got two different shades so you can blend the perfect coverage and tone, and the bottom contains a finishing powder to lock everything in place.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture The Silm
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture The Silm $29
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We've officially found the perfect Christmas red lipstick. It has a "leather matte" finish, meaning it's wearable and soft on your lips whilst the unique square bullet gives ultimate precision.

Next, why not check out our favourite party makeup looks for all the inspiration you need?

Opening Image: @emmahoareau

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