37 Party Makeup Looks for Every Celebratory Occasion

Updated 10/22/19


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

Party makeup: model at House of Holland

Tropical makeup can balance out a black outfit, and we love the addition of fuchsia glitter in the tear duct. 

Festive Smoky Eye

Party makeup: model at Alberto Ferretti

Make your smoky eye extra festive with a flash of red and gold. 

Glittery Lashes

Party makeup: model at Ryan Lo

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.

Glossy-Glitter Eye

party makeup: Model at Topshop Unique

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

party makeup: Model at Au Jour le Jour

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

party makeup: Graphic liner

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. 

Bold Lipstick

party makeup: bold pink lip

The quickest route to a party look is a slick of bold lipstick; it will take you from desk to disco in no time (and yes, we did just say disco). We love Chantecaille Lipstick in Tulipe ($41).

Bold Eyeshadow

party makeup: bold pink eyeshadow

Don't be afraid to try an unusual color on your eyes. Ramp up your black mascara, though, to add definition.

Glitter Lips

party makeup: glitter lips

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

Party makeup look: 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.

Under-Eye Glitter

Party makeup look: Under-eye glitter

Okay, you may want to wear your glitter on your eyelids rather than under them, but now is the time to embrace some sparkle.


Party makeup look: monochromatic

Not sure what color makeup to choose? Go monochromatic and match your lipstick to your dress.

Citrus-Hued Lips With White Eyeliner

Party makeup looks: 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

Party makeup look: intense black eyeliner

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.

Layered Eyes

Party makeup look: layered eyes

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

Party makeup look: intense graphic eye

Want to create a serious graphic eye like this? Try using a stencil with your liner. 

Reverse Liner

Party makeup look: reverse 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

Party makeup: Gold eye and fuchsia lip

A sheer wash of gold cream eye shadow and a fuchsia lip is the perfect color combination.

Non-Cat-Eye Smoky-Eye

Party makeup: Non-Cat-Eye Smoky-Eye

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.


Party makeup: bronze eyes

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

Party makeup: 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

Party makeup: 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.

Party makeup: Matte lipstick

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

Party makeup: 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

Party makeup: gold eyeshadow

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.

Monochromatic Pink

Party makeup: monochromatic pink

Another monochromatic look. Here pink has been used on the eyes, lips and nails. Simple yet beautiful.


Party makeup: monochromatic

Unlike the look before, this is still monochromatic but it plays with different tones of pink and burgundy.

Black Liner With Gold Glitter Liner

Party makeup: 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.

Colored Lashes

Party makeup: colored lashes

Add a flash of color to your lashes by cutting sections of pink false lashes to fit.


Party makeup: sultry look

Want to go sultry? Choose bronzes, golds, and browns for a molten makeup look. 

Intense Eye

Party makeup: intense eye

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

Party makeup look: 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

Party makeup: Smoky eye and nude lip

A smoky eye and nude lip is a classic party makeup combination.

False Lashes

Party look: False lashes

False lashes add instant oomph to a party makeup look. We love Huda Beauty's Samantha Lashes ($21).

Nude and Tonal

Party makeup: 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).

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