7 Holiday Makeup Ideas for Every Occasion, from Family Dinner to Military Ball

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‘Tis is the season for all things merry and bright, so get ready to glow with fresh-faced makeup tailored to just about every occasion you’ll be celebrating this season. Whether you’re looking for a no-fuss look for festive family time or are ready to light up the room on New Year’s Eve, these 7 unique makeup looks will help you find just what you need.


1. Kids’ holiday concert

Show up to your children’s holiday concert with a fresh-faced, lit-from-within glow they’ll be able to spot from the stage. This quick look requires two peachy eyeshadow shades: a lighter to sweep across your entire lid and a darker shade concentrated toward the outer edge of your eye. Pop on some peachy blush, hit the high points of your face with a warm-toned highlighter, and you’re all set!


2. Family holiday dinner

Family is about comfort and familiarity, so feel free to leave the fancy makeup for another occasion. Instead, play up your inner glow with a light coverage tinted moisturizer, cream blush, serum highlighter, and a swipe of lengthening mascara.


3. On-base Christmas tree lighting

A simple golden look will have you glowing like the star on top of the Christmas tree. Plus, with easy-to-blend colors, you won’t have to worry about your lipstick smudging beneath your scarf. Start by applying a gold shadow across your eyelid and along your lower lash line. Finish your eyes with a coat of mascara, then apply a neutral pink blush and a hydrating nude lipstick.


4. Festive cocktail party

Just like a little black dress, you can never go wrong with a brown smokey eye. Start 3 different shades of brown eyeshadow and apply them from lightest to darkest, moving from the inside corner of your eye outward. Press a mid-toned brown shimmery shade into the center of your lid for extra twinkle, then finish off the look with bronzer and a gorgeous nude gloss that won’t leave marks on your champagne glass.


5. Office holiday party

Office parties are a chance to show your coworkers your festive spirit and unique style, but you’ll still need to stick to the dress code. Fluttery eyelashes are the perfect way to add oomph to your look while keeping it business casual. Simply layer a couple different formulas of mascara (try using both a lengthening and volumizing formula) over your usual eye look and applying a rich pop of color to the lips.


6. Military ball

Nothing says elegance like the Old Hollywood look of red lipstick and bright eyes. Line your lips to help the color stay, then fill them in with a vibrant red lipstick. Keep the eyes simple with a wash of matte taupe eyeshadow or up the vintage glam with black winged liner.


7. New Year’s Eve party

Glide into the New Year with a phosphorescent makeup look more transfixing than the Times Square ball drop. Start by highlighting your cheekbones, brow bones, inner corners of your eyes, and bridge of your nose with a dreamy purple or pink highlighter. Apply an opaque lip color and then make it glow by patting a corresponding makeup pigment on top. Complete the drama with a pair of false lashes.


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