It seems that no matter the season, there's always a party to be had. Whether it's a summertime wedding or a holiday bash, there are plenty of opportunities for you to flex your makeup muscles. So why not play with your beauty look and embrace party makeup with gusto? Think festive textures: glitters, molten metals, and high shine; bold colors and look-at-me shapes. Whether you fancy a striking liner look, a daring lip or something more sultry and low-key, we have you covered with all the party makeup inspiration and product recommendations.
The party makeup rule of thumb? If you're wearing something glitzy, opt for a graphic eye or color palette that's more subtle. Digging out your LBD or going casual-cool? Then up the ante with your makeup by rocking a glitter lip, or throw the rule book out the window altogether and embrace a statement eye and lip look at the same time (you rebel!). Here is your definitive guide to party makeup.
Tropical makeup can balance out a black outfit, and we love the addition of fuchsia glitter in the tear duct.
Festive Smoky Eye
Make your smoky eye extra festive with a flash of red and gold.
Thanks to Ryan Lo, there's not really anything left to turn glittery. These lashes were made by using lash glue to stick glitter to false lashes. Benefit's Real False Lashes Invisible Lash Glue ($9) is particularly hard-wearing.
Take your glossy eye to the next level with a patting of Stargazer's Glitter ($1) in the outer corner.
Tea-Stained, Mascara-less Eye With Burgundy Lip
A tea-stained eye looks incredible against mascara-less lashes and a faded burgundy lip. Try Jillian Dempsey's Lid Tint in Bronze ($34).
Khaki Winged Tip
A soft khaki color is a welcome change to classic kohl. To get that perfect winged shape, take a small brush with concealer once you've finished to sharpen up the edges and hide any mistakes.
Don't be afraid to try an unusual color on your eyes. Ramp up your black mascara, though, to add definition.
We're going to be all over glitter lips this holiday season.
Minimalist With Peach Eye
Want to go minimalistic? Try a pretty peach eye shadow like Nyx Hot Singles Eye Shadow ($5) in LOL.
Lacquered Berry Red Lip
A lacquered berry red lip brings drama to any party outfit. Try YSL Vinyl Cream Liquid Lipstick ($37) in Burgundy Vibes.
Okay, you may want to wear your glitter on your eyelids rather than under them, but now is the time to embrace some sparkle.
Not sure what color makeup to choose? Go monochromatic and match your lipstick to your dress.
Citrus-Hued Lips With White Eyeliner
Brighten up your look by pairing a citrus-hued lip with an eye-widening slick of a white pencil in the waterline of your eyes. Re-create this lip look with Rimmel's Lasting Finish Lipstick ($6) in Unclothed.
Fully Rimmed Eyes With Black Liner
In order to get a neat line when drawing on eyeliner, rest your elbow on a flat, stable surface and use a gel or pen liner for a precise finish.
This eye look is all about layering. Start with a smoky taupe color blended over the eyelids and under the lower lashlines. Then apply a bold yellow eye shadow like MAC Eye Shadow ($19) in Chrome Yellow. Finish by layering on some clear glitter to make your eyes sparkle.
Intense Graphic Eye
Want to create a serious graphic eye like this? Try using a stencil with your liner.
For a unique party look, try turning your usual liner look on its head. Start under the lower lashes instead.
Metallic Smoky Eye With Nude Lip
A steel-grey blown-out smoky eye can look seriously chic paired with a nude lip. Re-create the look with the Charlotte Tilbury The Luxury Palette ($179) in Rock Chick.
Gold Eyes and Fuchsia Lip
A sheer wash of gold cream eye shadow and a fuchsia lip is the perfect color combination.
Play with the shape of your smoky eye; you don't always need to opt for a cat-eye shape. If you do work the color up into the orbital bone, make sure you use a bright pale corner in the inner corners of each eye.
A wash of bronze nods at festive makeup without the need for glitter. We love Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise ($28) in Bette.
Bold Eye and Lip
Don't be afraid to go all out on the eyes and the lips. Here you can see a little hint of pink blended into the eyes which ties the two features together.
Black Kohl Eye and Sheeny Nude Lip
The '90s are still big news. A slick of black kohl and a sheeny nude lipstick is just the right combination of cool and classic.
Matte lipstick is long-lasting and ideal for parties where you'll be drinking prosecco (hopefully!). Get the look with Smashbox Matte Liquid Lipstick ($25) in Disorderly.
Gold Leaf Eyes
Gold leaf is super easy to apply to your eyes, but it looks incredibly striking. We even have a makeup tutorial to prove it.
Muted Gold Eyes
Like the idea of the gold leaf look, but want something a little less glitzy? Try painting your eyelids with Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($31) in Goldstone.
Another monochromatic look. Here pink has been used on the eyes, lips and nails. Simple yet beautiful.
Unlike the look before, this is still monochromatic but it plays with different tones of pink and burgundy.
Black Liner With Gold Glitter Liner
Layer up your classic black liner with a gold-glitter version like Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner ($22) in Midnight Cowboy.
Add a flash of color to your lashes by cutting sections of pink false lashes to fit.
Want to go sultry? Choose bronzes, golds, and browns for a molten makeup look.
Go big or go home. Re-create this look with Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Eye Shadow ($6) in Timeless Black.
Light Shadow and Bold Lip
Wearing a bold lip? Add a hint of shadow to the eyes to create a polished finish to your party makeup look.
Smoky Eye and Nude Lip
A smoky eye and nude lip is a classic party makeup combination.
False lashes add instant oomph to a party makeup look. We love Huda Beauty's Samantha Lashes ($21).
Nude and Tonal
Going glam with your outfit? Don't think you have to go all out with your makeup too. A nude, tonal look can be a winner. Use the Urban Decay Naked Basics Eye Shadow Palette ($34).