Whether you’re getting ready for a holiday party or just looking for colour combinations and styles that suit the season and the colour palette outside, it’s always useful to pick colours that you think will especially suit you in the winter months. We love browsing winter makeup inspirations and choosing colour combinations, shapes, and styles that give off a certain cold, holiday glamour.
Check out these 15 gorgeous makeup suggestions that are perfect for special occasions around the holidays and all throughout the rest of the winter too!
1. Light gold glitter and red lips
We absolutely adore using glitters and shimmers in the winter. It reminds us of the way the snow anf frost glitter outside and you can use them in large amount for full impact or very lightly for just a tiny bit of added glamour. We love the way Keiko Lynn paired a subtly shimmering gold glitter on the lid with a solid black liner to give it definition and a bright red lip for character!
2. Holiday shimmer eye makeup
Perhaps you loved the natural shimmering effect of the look above but you’re not sure that solid black liquid liner is really your style, particularly when your shimmer is such a subtly glowing colour? Then try altering the look to use a softer black shade, a pencil, or even a dark brown to accent the top lash line instead. The shimmer you loved is still there, but the overall look of the eye is slightly less intense.
3. Pretty neutrals
Maybe you prefer matte eye makeup to shimmers and sparkles in the winter because you love the opportunity for softer, darker colours? Then we’d suggest using easily blending powdered neutrals just like M Loves M did here! Follow that neutral theme on the rest of the face too, adding a very light pink blush and a lipstick that almost matches the colour of your real lips. The goal is simply to add a healthy glow.
4. Bright gold eyes
Did you like the sparkling gold look above but you’d actually like it to be even more intense? Then grab the shiniest deep gold you can find and highlight the centre of your lids with it, smoking out a deep mauve or chocolate brown in the corners and crease. A metallic or slightly shining lip is a great idea here too because it will complement the rich gold in your eyes. Check the look out in more detail on Spark and Chemistry.
5. Glam Christmas lips
Are you looking for the perfect shade and lining technique for all those holiday parties you still have to attend? Then we think you’ll enjoy this shimmered and shining light red that’s not too bright and not too dark. Instead, it’s a beautifully rich holiday colour with just the right amount of shimmer to catch the eye. See how to line your lips so neatly on Beauty Swatch.
6. Glammed smokey brown
Are you going to a party soon and looking for a glamorous look that adds a bit of intensity to the eyes? We’re always a fan of the smokey eye for that, but we prefer rich, deep browns rather than actual black and gray like we’d normally do. This gives you a glamorous look but differentiates your makeup from what you might do on any other night out throughout the year. See how Keiko Lynn created this glamorous version!
7. Brows and lips
Maybe you actually prefer to keep your lips very natural, especially when you’re at family holiday events and things that require you to dress up a little bit, but in a more smart casual way than your average party? Then keep your eyes simple and blended without a lot of darkness in the crease and concentrate on your brows and lips instead! Give the brows some neat definition and fill them just enough to stand out, then add some red to your lips to let them take centre stage, just like Ashoh Tonic did here.
8. Rosy cheeks and red lips
You’ll notice that red lips are popping up in a lot of these looks, but that’s because their bright pigment is just perfect for giving you some colour in the winter when your skin might not have seen the sun in a while! Another great way to liven up your face besides lipstick is some light and natural but still noticeable blush. Choose one that contrasts subtly with your skin colour and makes you look ever so slightly flushed, like you have a healthy glow, just like Beautiful Me Plus You plus you did here!
9. Petal lips and cheek contour
Maybe you’d like to look a little more made up than usual for a fancy holiday dinner? Then contouring your cheeks is a great way to add definition to your face. Lips are also a great place to add some glamour, but red isn’t the only choice you’ve got, despite how many times we’ve put it on our list! We love the deeper pink petal shade that Eye Brushed used here.
10. Bright Christmas sparkle
Every once in a while, even in the winter or around the holidays, it’s nice to go all out and really get made up! That’s where your usual black smokey eye comes back into play, but you can make that even more special for the holidays too. Makeup Game on Point used a bright, very sparkly gold glitter on the lids and the inside corners to add glitz and dept.
11. Festive coloured liner
Maybe you’re looking for something a lot funkier than a few of the more natural styles you’ve seen on the list so far? Then amp up the style by adding a second coloured line above your regular black eyeliner. We love the way Samio used a light, chilly blue colour as an accent, even adding a touch of glitter for extra glamour.
12. Golden sunrise eyes
Have the other golden suggestions on our list caught your eye, but you’re aiming for somewhere in between what you’ve seen so far? Perhaps you want something more intense than the natural looks but less wild then the very sparkly ones. Then we think you might enjoy this blended out golden halo look from The Wonder Forest! Darken the look around the outside corners to give your eyes depth.
13. Chrome glitter and dark red lips
Here’s another much more glamorous look for you, but one that steers towards colours and hues rather than the black smokey eye! You get to keep the deep gold glitter, but you’ll replace the black with a rich burgundy at the outer corners and in the crease instead. Add some intense winged liner and matching burgundy lips to really take things to the next level and turn heads! Glaminati shows you the steps.
14. “Naked” eyes and fresh face
Sometimes the trick to looking your most fresh faced is just picking the right blend of soft colours that suit your skin tone. Emily._.Louise suggests fresh pinks on the lips and cheeks and very light neutrals on the eyes to make sure you’ve got some colour in your face, but as though you’ve just come in from the cold, rather than as though you’ve just put your last makeup brush down. A good mascara will keep your eyes bright just like your complexion.
15. Light blue or silver glitter
Have the glamorous glitter ideas here stolen your heart but you’d rather something with a little more excitement than just gold or white shimmers and sparkles? Then try choosing a colour of glitter that mirrors the world around you! Blues, mints, and silvers are fantastic options for the lid and inner corner of your eye, shading the outer corner in a darker shade of the same colour. See how this pretty light blue look was done on Nicola Kate.
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