8 Festive Makeup Looks for Christmas Day

8 festive makeup looks for Christmas Day

Even if you don’t do Christmas, these eight makeup looks are perfect for any special occasion.

I love Christmas for so many reasons. Though it can be an emotional time, particularly this year – 2020, the year of pain really. There’s something quite magical about sharing love, kindness and joy with so many people around you.

From the decorations, to the catch ups with friends you haven’t seen for like forever, the food and the present, I love it all. Must most of all, I love the makeup. 

Christmas is the only time of the year I wear red lipstick, paint my nails red (or any other festive colour I can get my hands on), and experiment with other eye shadow colours other than nude shades of brown. 

I’m talking glittery nails, deep red glossy lipstick, green eyeshadow, and plenty of shimmery highlighters. 

Of course, for many, the season may be looking a little dull. With some parties being cancelled. Or maybe you have organised yourself a festive ZOOM Christmas party with family and friends who are overseas. 

Whether you’re stuck at home or heading out to see family and friends for Christmas, check out these eleven next level party looks, which you could pull off for New Year’s too. 

The Bold Cat Eye:

Line both your top and bottom lashes with an inky liner, and then layer on some mascara.

It’s best to stick with nude eyeshadows when pulling off a cat eye, otherwise the look can be overshadowed by heavy eyeshadows. Match with a bold lip or go nude for a natural look.

Use Highlighter on the Body:

If you’re wearing a strapless top, add a little shimmery highlighter to the tops of your shoulders and on the chest for a soft shimmery glow.  

Just be mindful if you are wearing white, as you don’t want to blend too low on the chest and ruin your clothing. A small hint of highlighter is all you need.

White Christmas Look:

Ditch traditional Christmas tones for ones of white and blue. Line the eyes with a deep blue highlighter (or go cobalt blue if you dare) and then blend a lighter shade of blue eyeshadow on the top part of your eyelid.

Make sure to blend the colour upwards into the eyebrow to create a faded blue look.

If you can’t pull off blue, then swap it for white and silver for a snowy look.

Go Traditional:

You can always go smoky eye if you prefer not to play with colour on the eyes. Depending how dark you want your eyes to look, you can achieve this look with either different shades of grey or black and grey.

Just remember, the darker colour goes around the eye and you fade out to lighter colour as you head up to the brow. Match with either a red lipstick or go soft with a nice nude.

Coral is back:

Switch up your makeup look from traditional reds, greens, golds and silvers and go for something fresh and summery. Coral-like colours are back in this season, so play around with a variety of soft orange and watermelon pinks.

Depending on your skin tone you will need to play around with colours here. For example, as I have pinked tones skin, I suit coral colours which are on the watermelon pink side, rather than orange toned shades which tend to wash out my skin colour.   

Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone with Red Eyeliner:

Yes, it’s a thing. This look as been seen in the spotlight with many celebs where they ditch their traditional black eyeliner for a deep shade of red.

This look is very festive. Depending on your skin tone, you will need to see which shade works best. If you have yellow tones skin, fire engine red looks hot with a nice coat of mascara.

Swap Red Lipstick for Gold Instead:

Okay, so this look may not suit everyone. The darker your skin the better here. Gold lipsticks look fantastic on olive skin types (or darker) creating a lovely Greek goddess festive look.

If you have fair skin, try using a nude shade on your lips and then lightly dust a shimmery gold highlighter across the lips for a soft gold hue to the lips. Of course, once you eat this shimmer will disappear, so you may need to re-apply.

Glittery Highlighters:

Christmas and New Years are probably the only times of the year you can pull of a glittery makeup look. Of course, you don’t want to go over the top here, as you may end up looking like you just left Mardi Gras, rather than a Christmas party.

For a natural glittery look, try sticking to nude makeup for the eyes and lips, dark brown eyeliner and mascara, and then the glittery highlighter will look soft and festive without looking costume makeup. 

Green Eyeshadow is a Must:

From mint green, to a deep forest, green are this seasons, must have trend for Christmas and you can definitely pull it off, no matter your skin tone. Experiment with tone to choose the one you like best.

I am a medium skin tone, so forest green and olive green are my go-to shades. I also keep the rest of my makeup fairly nude, especially with lipstick to soften the green eye look.

The BB Team wishes you all a very merry Christmas. Stay safe, be happy and spread love and joy.

Rebecca Wilkinson

Beauty Editor

Rebecca is a freelance content creator and beauty editor for Bondi Beauty. She is a pescatarian, who may yet become vegan. She loves all things beauty, health & travel, has a weakness for coffee and is obsessed with cats and yoga. If she's not answering her mobile - it's probably because she's trying out the latest beauty trend, like massaging crushed pearls into her skin for the ultimate collagen and vitamin boost to skin cells.

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