Some say it’s the after-party that really matters, but for makeup lovers, it’s all about the pre-party. The in-between party is only half of the fun. Getting ready is an event all its own, and the ones who go all out. Like the red carpet-trotting crowd — really go all out, as you can see in their BTS footage.
For the rest of us civilians, party season (which we’re almost in, just in case you have not been alerted). We finally get the chance to play with the bold and glittery palettes that spend most of their time sitting untouched at the back of your beauty drawer. An evening event is an excuse to go wild with experimental glam (not that you really need one). If you’re the type of person whose usual makeup M.O. Is more on the no-makeup makeup spectrum. The holidays provide the perfect opportunity to test sparkly shadow, bold lipstick, or some combination of the two. Just call it a friendly competition with the festive decor.
Just in case you needed a reason to RSVP yes to those holiday party invites. Here’s 20 of them — bookmark this page for party makeup inspiration to plan your beauty looks throughout all your festivities. If it’s a bust at least you get to practice your smoky eye skills. Even if you’re not the glitter makeup or red lipstick type. There are plenty of metallics, mattes, and brights for you to work with. Scroll through this list of excellent party makeup looks, each of which has been red carpet vetted and celebrity-approved.
Emerald Smoky Eyes: Lucy Hale
This season, trade your go-to “statement lip” for a “statement eye” instead. This bold look can be achieved using any pigmented color, but to create Lucy Hale’s Poison Ivy vibes, makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan used three different shades of green: Chanel Longwear Créme Eyeshadow in Vederame all over the lid and under the lash line; Emerald Green from the Kat Von D 10th Anniversary Palette on top; and Kryolan Loose Metallic Pigment in Pure Green in the center of the lid and in the corners of the eyes to catch the light.
Cocoa Lipstick: Hannah Bronfman
Hannah Bronfman’s vampy, cocoa-colored lipstick and glimmering eye shadow combo prove that yes, you can wear both of your favorite holiday products at the same time.
Gold-Flecked Eyes: Bella Hadid
While your makeup party look likely won’t include a 10-pound veil like Bella Hadid’s Met Gala glam did, there are certainly other elements of her style worth stealing. Using a twinkly gold liner , trace your top lashes and continue to the line around the tear ducts, creating a small “V” around the inner corners — an effect that catches the light against an otherwise neutral palette.
All Red Everything: Olivia Munn
Give the monochromatic trend a festive spin by complimenting crimson lips with a dusting of blush and shadow in similar shades. Hell, match it to your dress while you’re at it.
All-Over Glow: Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson’s sheer, golden glow is nothing short of angelic, and a loose braid like this one is the perfect undone touch to make even the most polished glam look effortless. Never underestimate the power of a well-chosen false lash strip atop a champagne smoky eye.
Romantic Goth: Lily Collins
To create Lily Collins’s darkly romantic beauty look, makeup artist Fiona Stiles mixed shadow shades from Lancôme’s Les Toppings and Auda[City] palettes. Boldly voluminous lashes bring the drama, making it equal parts glam and goth. If you aren’t blessed with naturally full arches like Collins, here’s a guide to faking it with an arsenal of brow products.
Gilded Nudes: Jennifer Lawrence
Think nude but expensive. If gold eye shadow on its own feels meh, mix things up with a bit of bronze, smoky liner, and a warm, chestnut color on your lips.
Metallic Pastel Shadow: Priyanka Chopra
This look gives an entirely new meaning to the phrase “baby blue eyes,” by way of the periwinkle shadow on Priyanka Chopra’s lids. One shade we love?
Frosty Silver: Gigi Hadid
As Gigi Hadid proves, glitter can be a neutral. She wore a gradient of silver and gunmetal sparkle from her lash line to just above her creases and paired it with nude lips and dewy skin for a party makeup look fit for an ethereal ice queen.
Cranberry Lips: Jasmine Sanders
A swipe of a dramatic lip color like the matte cranberry shade Sanders wears here paired with silver shadow is all you need to make an everyday look feel party-ready. Try Pat McGrath’s MatteTrance Lipstick in McMenamy for a deep, matte wine-colored shade.
Pink on Pink: Kelsea Ballerini
Party makeup does not exclude low-key beauty. With glossy lips, lids, and cheeks, Kelsea Ballerini’s creamy pink look is a true triple threat, perfect for any cocktail party or evening event when you want to glow without necessarily stealing the show.
Smoky Gold: Nicole Richie
The holiday season is the perfect time to test out a gilded smoky eye, shown here on Nicole Richie. To get the look, try playing with the sparkly shades from Natasha Denona’s Gold Eyeshadow Palette and finish it off with false lashes and a nude lip.
Copper Tones: Emily Ratajkowski
Emily Ratajkowski looks like a Klimt painting come to life with the perfect all-gold-everything beauty look, including shimmery nude lips, bronzed and highlighted cheeks, and a warm, shimmery copper shadow rimming her lower lashes.
XL Lashes and Glossy Lips: Lady Gaga
To create Lady Gaga’s icy glam, makeup artist Sarah Tanno used Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Highliner in Blacquer, See-Quins in Glam Noir, and Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara on her eyes and the brand’s Enamored Gloss Stick in Mocha Choco-Lata! on her lips.
Floating Cat Eyes: Sara Sampaio
Try something totally different with your everyday cat eye by drawing it above your lid, like Sara Sampaio, instead of connecting it to your lash line. The “floating cat eye” may just be the next negative space eyeliner and we are more than here for it.
Sunset Eyes: Issa Rae
Using multiple metals in the same look is an easy way to create the sort of depth that will have people stopping you over hors d’oeuvres to ask, “What eye makeup is that?” To re-create Issa Rae’s glistening eye shadow slope start with a base of bronze, then dust a metallic berry shade from the center of your lid to the outer corners. Finish things off with a complementary berry stain on your lips and cheeks.
Classic Cat Eyes: Jessica Alba
An oldie but a goodie: The traditional take on the cat eye is always party perfect whether you’re short on time or just don’t feel like trying that hard. For an extra-sharp wing, try one of our faves, Pat McGrath Labs’ Perma Precision Liquid Liner. Sweep your hair into a middle-parted low pony to put your expertly flicked eyes and statement earrings on full display.
Soft Glam: Jenna Dewan
Jenna Dewan masters old-Hollywood glam in rosy lips and a heavy pat of blush, while the subtle S-curves in her hair make it look like she walked straight off the red carpet in the 1950s.
Festive Red Lips: Amber Heard
As Amber Heard proves, you can never go wrong with a red lip, which she paired with a barely there hint of shadow and XL lashes. One of our favorite, goes-with-everything (and works-with-every-skin-tone) lip shades is M.A.C. Ruby Woo. This might be a good time to test out any one of Lisa Eldridge’s new line of red lipsticks.
Fuchsia Lipstick: Gemma Chan
Try bold lips with a hint of berry, Gemma Chan style, and then balance the fun color with some edge by painting on a gleaming, silver eye, like Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. in Velvet Underground.
source : allure