20 Holiday Party Makeup Ideas To Steal From Celebs
Do you hear that? The clinking of champagne glasses, the rustling of lamé dresses? Yes, it's the upcoming holiday party season — and it's fast approaching. Which means it's time to start mulling over white elephant gift exchanges, cold weather-appropriate outfits, and holiday party makeup ideas.
Thankfully, those are the easiest to decide in advance (although it's never a bad idea to begin accumulating fashionable layers, too). And to prepare your upcoming beauty strategy pre-Sephora shopping trip, you only need to look as far as Hollywood — because your favorite celebrities' makeup looks serve as ample inspiration for the holiday season. As in, there's sparkle. And a lot of it.
In between red carpets, photoshoots, and evenings out on the town, you have plenty of ideas to choose from, too; each star brings their very own unique sense of makeup style to the table. There's Tracee Ellis Ross' lighthearted, yet fashion-forward beauty, Adwoa Aboah's avant-garde glam, Sarah Jessica Parker's perpetual trendsetting, and more. Then again, icons like Priyanka Chopra and Lucy Liu show that the classics — like a red lipstick or fresh, glowy skin — never go out of style.
Below, 20 holiday party-ready beauty looks from celebrities that you'll want to copy, stat.
1. Old Hollywood
Regardless of the occasion, Priyanka Chopra's vintage-inspired waves, angled brows, and sultry burgundy lipstick is a trio made in beauty heaven.
2. Smoky Sparkle
Kick up your regular smoky-eye — Cara Delevingne style — by sweeping silver glitter over your lids once the look is complete.
3. Natural Glam
Elevate your everyday fresh-faced makeup à la Halima Aden with dark eyeliner, a glossy lip, and dramatic lashes.
4. Crisp Coral
Hillary Duff's coral lipstick (which just so happened to match the top of her dress) is the perfect alternative to typical winter shades.
5. Bold Brows
Take a page from Gigi Hadid's playbook and style your brows up and out with a few swipes of brow gel. Then, let the rest of your makeup stay understated and neutral.
6. Colorful Cat-Eyes
Why stop at simply embracing colorful liquid eyeliner? Go the extra mile and make it metallic, like Lupita Nyong'o's playful teal.
7. No-Makeup Makeup
Grab your Glossier — because Lucy Liu has proven, time and time again, that no-makeup makeup is worthy of the red carpet (or your holiday work party).
8. '90s Liner
Luna Bijl's eyeliner transforms what would've been an understated makeup look into something a bit more dramatic — with a subtle cat-eye, to boot.
9. Painterly Metallics
10. Negative Space
Mimic Ashley Graham's futuristic eyeliner by drawing on a regular cat-eye, then adding a parallel winged line right above it.
11. Wintry Blue
Once again, Sarah Jessica Parker is perfectly on trend. Follow her lead by opting for blue eyeshadow before your next get-together.
12. Romantic Red
Or, copy Tracee Ellis Ross' red eyeshadow for a warmer look that's decidedly festive.
13. Rosy Glow
Nicole Kidman is the master of the natural, lit-from-within glow. Try it out by choosing a blush shade that mimics your own skin tone, versus louder pinks or reds.
14. Classic Red
When it doubt, go with red. Zoe Saldana's bright matte lip is the only finishing touch her glowy skin and subtly smoky-eye needed.
15. '60s Eyeshadow
Lily-Rose Depp's white eyeshadow is the minimalist version of a statement look — and adds a thoroughly nostalgic vibe to her already stunning outfit.
16. Ombré Lips
Lizzo proved that a sequin dress and ombre lip go hand in hand. You probably already own a red lipstick, so just grab a darker liner to blend in at the corners.
17. Monochromatic Plum
Plum is a winter classic (and for a good reason). But Dakota Johnson took it one step further by adding it to her lids and lips.
18. French-Girl Simplicity
Natural brows. Simple eyeshadow. A smudged red lip. Brie Larson's French-girl makeup is uncomplicated, yes, but still looks stunning on the red carpet.
19. Glistening Gold
You can't go wrong emulating any Met Gala look, and Awkwafina's dazzled bright. Finish your glittery eyeshadow with a few carefully placed rhinestones.
20. Doll Lashes
Likewise, you could pick any of Naomi Campbell's makeup looks from the last three decades and be ready to party. But one thing remains a staple: her long, volumized lashes.