The holiday season is our favorite time of year for one particular reason—it gives us ample reason to wear sophisticated makeup looks any day of the week. And while classic holiday makeup looks like red lips and winged eyeliner are always a staple for family gatherings or cocktails by the fireplace, there's nothing wrong with adding some extra sparkle by playing with glitter products and more. Ahead, we've rounded up the 30 best holiday makeup looks that will give you all the inspiration you need from now until the new year.
Sparkle to Shine
Let your makeup bring the drama to your holiday family gathering this year with lots of gold glittery sparkles on the eyes, paired with a bold graphic liner. To recreate this look, apply Lemonhead LA Spacepaste Glitter in shade Gildebeest ($22).
The smell of fir pine trees instantly transports us to the holidays, and this green inspiration on the eyes is everything and more. To replicate this look with some beautiful green shades, try Fenty Beauty Snap Shadows Palette in Money ($25).
Neon Holiday Lights
Neon winged eyeliner sets the tone for a seriously festive occasion. You can opt for any color you like yet this pink is chic as ever. Glossy lips pair well and create a nice texture balance with the matte liner. To add a nice gloss to the lips, try Deborah Lippmann's Hydra-Cushion Balmy Lipgloss ($20).
All About Lashes
Adding falsies to your holiday makeup look will absolutely take it to the next level. We love how stunning these lashes look paired with shimmer rose golden eyeshadow. If you're on the hunt for false lashes check out Moxielash Classy Lash Eyelashes ($25).
Smoky metallic eyeshadow steals the spotlight for this makeup look, these colors paired with radiant skin and glossy lips are seriously inspiring. Want to mix your metals? Try using some silver and deep blues for a chic contrast. Looking for some metallic shadow options? Check out Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette in Gemstone ($27).
Wherever you land when creating a smoky eye for the holidays is up to you! Some prefer subtle smoky looks while others gravitate towards more intense shadow looks such as this one here. Keeping skin and lips light when rocking an intense smoky eye look is ideal to keep the focus exactly where you want.
Soft makeup with a touch of diamonds on the lids helps bring the holiday cheer instantly, the delicate details on the inner corners of the eyes really take this look to the next level. Create a natural makeup look using colors you prefer and finish with some sparkle at the end to take things up a notch.
Raspberry lipstick is a lovely choice for the holiday season as it's a refreshing option for those who might want to try something different than blue-red lipstick colors. Pops of blush on the cheeks echo in the same color sentiment of the lips and eyeliner defines the eyes to make this holiday look a staple in our inspiration archives.
Bold Red Lip
The holidays call for a festive red lipstick along with light and neutral eyes. Go brighter and bolder with a super-pigmented red like Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick ($40) in Elson 2. With so much focus on your lips, dust your favorite soft tones across your lid to complete the look.
People cannot get over how gorgeous this sparkly eye look is on Instagram—and neither can we. The ever-so-talented Katie Jane Hughes (a Team Byrdie favorite) creates the dreamiest makeup looks, and this shimmery champagne eye makeup idea (as shown on Rosie Huntington Whiteley) is equally as aesthetically astounding as her glam skills. To copy the look, layer your lids with an ultra-fine glitter shadow, like the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Shadow ($29) in Rose Gold.
Pale Pink Pop
Want to veer away from the classic red that's so often seen during the holidays? This pale pink shimmer will give your lids a lovely pop of color that manages to look festive but not overly themed. To craft a similar look, choose a single shade from the Kat Von D Lolita Eyeshadow Palette ($39) or mix a few for your own custom color.
Bright Fuschia Lip
This year, makeup lovers seem to be into a minimalist makeup approach for the season. Do as a French woman would and don a fresh face paired with a bright fuchsia lip. Make the look your own with Stila's Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick ($22) in Fiore.
Sparkling Blue Lids
Blue lids have proven to be a go-to makeup look in recent years. Luckily for us, the pale cool color works perfectly for the holidays—just say it's your take on the white Christmas-happy Hannukkah-let it snow vibe. To create this exact look, use KJH's product recs: Stila Suede Shade Liquid Eyeshadow ($24) in Something Blue lined with Shiseido Kajal InkArtist Shadow, Liner, Brow ($25) in Gunjo Blue.
Here’s major proof that a classic berry lip never gets old. Don't feel pressure to go glossy—a stain or matte works just as well. Pair your pout with a smokey eyeliner and wispy lashes to serve up ultimate glam.
Craving a fiercer look? This show-stealing emerald-tinted #MOTN will suit any holiday party. Like Alatorre, smoke it out past your crease for extra drama. There’s no better time to go all out with your glam than the holidays. While Alatorre used the sold-out Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism Palette to create her look, you can nail the glam using similar shades from the Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette ($27) in Emerald.
Va-Va Voom Lashes
Going full glam during the holidays is only to be expected. Best of all, it doesn't take much to do so. Simply apply your regular base makeup and pair your favorite bright red lipstick (UK-based MUA Bex Campbell used Fenty Beauty's Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color ($24) in Uncensored here) with a set of fluttery lashes, and you're good to go.
Beauty guru Amrezy truly looks like a piece of art. When talking about holiday makeup, it’s not right if a little glow isn’t involved. This screenshot-worthy glam is the epitome of lit. Thankfully, she shared the lashes responsible for her flirty flutter—Lilly Lashes "So Extra" Miami ($30).
Graphic Wing Tips
While a dark eye makeup look may seem like the opposite of holiday-chic, this graphic black wingtip makeup idea will make you think twice. It keeps the moody hue confined to a sleek triangle on each lid while leaving the rest of the complexion dewy and radiant. The trick is to find a liquid eyeliner that won't smudge throughout the festivities. Our favorite is Kat Von D's Tattoo Liner ($20) in Trooper.