The Best Christmas Makeup Ideas of 2016: Makeup Tutorials, Party Looks, and Collections for This Festive Season

These Oval Makeup Brush Sets, Makeup Sponges, & Makeup Blenders Will Make You Look Flawless for Your Christmas Holiday Parties
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The decorations are up, the food is being cooked, and the presents are getting wrapped. Christmas is coming, and there’s a lot going on. But it’s also a good time to wind down while enjoying time with loved ones. For the more stylistically conscious, it’s time to think about executing the Christmas makeup ideas and great party looks they’ve been thinking of all year long.

The good news is that there are some unique makeup tutorials and collections that can get you ready for this festive season. And you can still wear the Rudolph noses or antlers if you want, too!

Styles of the Season

It’s hard to apply what sort of style adjectives seasonal fashion goals can be, but a lot of stylists typically use terms like “shimmering,” “smoky,” and “glitter” when describing the typical look for Christmas party looks or even an overall festive makeup look.

This can include a number of common styles such as deep red or nude lip-gloss and dark eye colors. On that, it’s often good to invest in makeup sets that can provide you with the tools you need. Take, for example, the Charlotte Tilbury Dreamy Look package—it’s got the Christmas makeup palettes, Mini Legendary Lashes Mascara, Bedroom Black Eyeliner, and Matte Revolution Hot Lips in Secret Salma.

If you’re more interested in the glitter look, Chanel’s Collection Libre: Synthetic de Chanel has black eyeliners with metallic eyeshadow plus nude glossy lip treatment.

If you’re keen on an easy Christmas makeup tutorial to give yourself a festive look, try the easy lip treatment of lining your lips, and then applying lipstick with a blending action.

Next, apply some glitter glue and finalize with some lip glitter. The same goes for the eyes. Apply eyeshadow first, and then place glitter or small holographic stars on top. These can provide an easy glitter-type holiday appearance for any occasion.

These aren’t the only makeup products or styles available. Be sure to look into similar kits created by Victoria Beckham for Estee Lauder or Glossier for other slightly different options.

Yuletide Top Tips

Along with these Christmas makeup collections 2016, there’s also the matter of hair treatments and care over the holidays. Unless you’re one of the more fortunate that lives in temperate climate over the month of December, chances are you will be exposed to snow or cold areas that, while beautiful, can wreak havoc on your hair.

To avoid this pratfall, dry your hair with care. After washing, squeeze out the water and apply some leave-in conditioner. This will keep your hair from going into dry frizzes and getting damaged at those times you want it to look at its best.


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Valenti, L. “10 Eye Makeup Ideas That Will Help You Slay the Holiday Party Scene”. 18 November 2016.