Social media is a guilty pleasure—there’s no denying that. Its downfalls are both well-documented and numerous. And Instagram is no exception. Just like Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter, it consumes an embarrassing amount of our time and energy. But we can’t help it—it’s a verified gold mine of beauty looks. And unlike other internet platforms that are mostly memes, GIFs, and long-winded how-tos (no hate—we love them just as much as you do), you don’t have to shuffle through crowded content when you search by hashtags or accounts.
That’s why this year we turned to our fellow 'grammers for all things beauty inspiration. We found the prettiest holiday makeup looks so you can spend a little less time planning your party look and a little more time tackling that mile-long holiday to-do list.
Keep scrolling to get into the holiday spirit (and to get majorly inspired in the process)!
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Champagne Shimmer
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.
4. 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.
5. Bright Fuchsia 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.
6. 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.
7. Berry Pout
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.
8. Emerald Eyes
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.
9. 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.
10. Highlighted to the Heavens
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).
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