50 Stunning Makeup Ideas For This Year’s Holiday Parties

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No matter where you live, whether it’s for work or fun, there’s a good chance you’ll be attending a holiday party or two in the coming weeks. What better time to play around with your look than when you have a chance to make new friends and have some killer Instagram photos?

More: 50 Party-Ready Hairstyles to Try This Season

If you’re going to a low-key gathering, we’ve got subtle, chic looks that are up to the task. If you’re looking for a bolder look, we’ve got those, too. Whether you want the perfect red lip or glitter galore, you’ll find some inspiration to make a lasting impression.

More: 17 Sephora Holiday Gift Sets for the Beauty-Obsessed

Of course, the secret to any look is to make sure you’re giving your skin the TLC it needs before and after. Use a moisturizer to keep makeup looking it’s best and be sure to cleanse once you’re home and in your pajamas.

A version of this article was originally published in 2015.

 

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Getting ready for an event in five minutes? Stick with lipstick sans other makeup. 

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For this look, go for minimal mascara, a soft brown eyeshadow, and a creamy rose lipstick. 

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For this look, combine a goldish-green iridescent shadow with a brown shadow to create a shimmering smokey eye. Finish with a clear lip gloss and head to the party!

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To define your jawline, dust bronzer along the bone and blend. Pair with a red lip and silver eyeshadow. 

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Contour your cheek bones by applying bronzer in a “U” shape under the apples of your cheeks, a “C” shape of highlighter above, and blush on the apples of your cheeks. 

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Extend your eyeliner past the corner of your eye and top it off with a pearlescent shadow on your lids. 

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Bring a bold brow to the next level with a brown smokey eye. 

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Top off a smokey look with gold shadow on your eyelid and the inner corner of your eye. 

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If the winter has you looking paler than usual, use a bronzer or gradual tanner on your face to brighten up your look at night. 

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For the ladies with darker hair, opt for a dark smokey eye to match – just remember to blend! 

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We love this take on a classic cat eye with matching lips and tips in red. 

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We’re loving this eyeshadow with matte lips. 

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This season, choose a monochromatic look for your lips and cheeks while going bold with your eyes. 

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This glossy lip with metallic nails is holiday perfection. 

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This cat eye doesn’t extend all the way to the inner corner of the eye, making the eye appear more open. 

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Have you ever tried white eyeliner?

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Pair a bare look with sleek hair and a few statement pieces of jewelry for a regal holiday look. 

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When grooming your brows, always brush upwards and outwards for a fuller look. 

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December is the ideal time to try out a dramatic eye look like this one. 

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By defining your lower lashes with mascara, your eye will completely open up. 

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Seeking a girly look? Experiment with light browns and pinks for a feminine touch. 

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The quickest way to open up and brighten your eyes is to apply a shimmery white pencil to the inner corner. If you’re going to a party that lasts all night long, this look will keep you from looking tired during the wee hours of the morning. 

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Three things we’re obsessed with? Bold brows, red lips, and extreme side parts. This look is a stunning beauty trifecta. 

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Bored of your every day mascara look? Go for a spider-inspired look with slightly clumped lashes and finish it off with a killer crimson lip. 

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Line the bottom of your eye from inner most corner to outer most corner and finish off the line by smudging. The end result is so glam! 

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The unexpected green eyeliner in this look brightens up her whole face. 

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This icy, pale pink lipstick is a ladylike counterpart to the bold eyeliner. 

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This sultry look is taken to the next level with a slightly two-tone lip, darker on the outside and lighter on the inside. 

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If our false lashes could always look this good, we’d never go a day without them. 

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The simplicity of this look is absolutely breathtaking. Photo Tip: Just before you take pictures at the holiday party, line the water rim of your eye with white liner to brighten the whites of your eyes. 

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This nude lip pulls the entire lip together effortlessly. 

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Heavily smudged eyeliner and a modest lip gloss compliment each other so beautifully. 

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For a gorgeous take on black and white, use a bold black cat eye with translucent white shadow for huge impact. 

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This neutral look with a ponytail will be a great look option for an elaborate party dress. 

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A center part will put the emphasis on your bold brows. 

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Nothing says “holiday party” like matching lips and tips that remind everyone of red velvet cake.

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Gold eyes, bronze cheeks, and bare lips are flawlessly topped off with a longer-than-life braid. 

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This dramatic cat eye has us reaching for our liquid liner. 

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When going so heavily on lashes and brows, balance out the look by keeping your cheeks and lips minimal. 

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Heading to an intimate gathering? Go for a natural look with BB cream and blush. 

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This icy blue in the inner corners takes this look from “pretty” to “knockout”! 

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We’re loving this smudged liner with peach blush look. 

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This retro-glam look works for a holiday dinner or drinks. 

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This grey smokey eye and pale lip works on just about every face. 

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Matte makeup paired with high shine lip gloss is such a lovely look. 

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Retro glam never fails. 

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Holidays are the perfect time to test out a colored mascara. 

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This look combines gold and black twice, once in the eyes and once on the lips, and we can’t stop talking about this look. 

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Leave your face bare save for a bit of white eyeliner to look like a snow princess. 

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Beyond dark makeup with a beyond ballerina bun is the epitome of holiday beauty. 

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