There’s no time I love to experiment with makeup more than for holiday parties. Maybe it’s because the holiday season itself is a time of glitter, shimmer, and joy, or because the weather makes it so makeup won’t melt off my face—but either way, by the time December rolls around, I actually feel compelled to get creative with my makeup looks.
This year, with Euphoria dominating our television screens and neon makeup trending during fashion weeks around the world, it looks like it’s going to be a big year for lewks. So, I figured it's worth turning to the experts to find out exactly what we should all be keeping on our radar for the holidays this year.
I spoke with celebrity makeup artists Suzy Gerstein, Patrick Ta, Nathalie Eleni, and Quinn Murphy about the best holiday makeup looks they’re coveting this year—and how we can all achieve them like the pros.
Bold Red Lip
Both Ta and Murphy recommend a keeping a red lip in your arsenal. "A bold red lip is always on trend around the holidays,” Ta says. "It’s an undeniable classic. I love to keep the rest of the makeup subtle—this means a soft wash of bronzer across the eyes and dewy skin—when paired with a bright red. It keeps the look looking clean but strong.” Ta recommends Fenty's Lip Stunna in Uncensored ($24) for the classic red lip, in addition to his Highlighting Mist ($32) for a really spectacular glow.
Murphy adds: "Go deep crimson on the lip with a subtle, snow-like satin eye. It’s easy to do and doesn’t take a lot of time,” he says. “Blend a white or off-white satin eyeshadow from the lash-line to crease and beyond if you wish. I like the Dior's Backstage Glow Face Palette ($45). It has unparalleled light reflection, but is otherwise transparent. Line your lip with a darker burgundy and then take a vibrant red like Dior's Rouge Dior Lipstick in 999 ($37) and fill in the center of the lip, blending it outwards. The ombré effect will give it some depth."
Soft Baby-Pink Eyes
It may seem more subtle than the rest of the looks on this list, but it makes an impact. "Soft baby-pink eyes are very of the moment,” Eleni explains. Charlotte Tilbury's Luxury Palette in Pillow Talk ($53) is an easy way to recreate this trend. A soft shell pink with a hint of shimmer is beautiful against all eye colors, and helps to open the look of your eyes,” she continues. “It also looks great when taken into the inner corners for added highlight.”
Velvet Matte Lip
According to Gerstein, a velvet matte lip is a big trend this holiday season—and there’s a specific trick to pulling it off. “I am big in properly moisturizing and exfoliating your lips in general, but particularly before the application of deep, velvety lip looks,” she says. “I swear by Henné Organics' Rose Diamonds Lip Exfoliator ($24). After gently prepping your lips with a scrub, lock in moisture with a lightweight balm. I am loving the new True Botanicals' Moisture Lock Lip Balm ($28). Lips are among the thinnest-skinned areas on our bodies, so it’s important to baby them. This formula contains hyaluronic acid, ultra-emollient plant oil, and a vegan alternative to beeswax (exciting!), sustainable palm oil, to bind moisture to your lips."
Eleni adds, "Make sure to sharpen your lip liners, as lining your velvet lips precisely creates really strong, flawless definition.” Additionally, she says, "If you can get your hands on them, Lisa Eldridge's True Velvet Lipsticks are the perfect velvet consistency.”
Multi-Dimensional Eye Gloss
Ta and Gerstein both recommend glossy, shimmery eyes as a way to really have fun with your makeup. "I am always a sucker for a glossy eyelid,” Gerstein shares. “It is especially alluring during the holiday season, when it catches all that magical light. It comes alive with every slight movement." To get it, Gerstein recommends using any of Surratt Beauty's Lid Lacquer ($36). “I am also obsessed with this Hologram Collection," she adds.
Bold Graphic Eye
If you fancy really going all out, try a graphic look on your eye. According to Ta, it’s a big trend this year. "If I’m going to be doing that bold graphic eye, I like to keep the rest of the face neutral,” Ta says.