20 Holiday Party Makeup Ideas To Steal From Celebs

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Holiday party makeup ideas to steal from celebrities

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.


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.


Smoky Sparkle

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Kick up your regular smoky-eye — Cara Delevingne style — by sweeping silver glitter over your lids once the look is complete.


Natural Glam

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Elevate your everyday fresh-faced makeup à la Halima Aden with dark eyeliner, a glossy lip, and dramatic lashes.


Crisp Coral

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Hillary Duff's coral lipstick (which just so happened to match the top of her dress) is the perfect alternative to typical winter shades.


Bold Brows

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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.


Colorful Cat-Eyes

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Why stop at simply embracing colorful liquid eyeliner? Go the extra mile and make it metallic, like Lupita Nyong'o's playful teal.


No-Makeup Makeup

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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).


'90s Liner

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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.


Painterly Metallics

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Adwoa Aboah's makeup artist, Celia Burton, showed exactly how she created this painterly metallic eyeshadow look on Instagram. And yes, it's completely hypnotizing.


Negative Space

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Mimic Ashley Graham's futuristic eyeliner by drawing on a regular cat-eye, then adding a parallel winged line right above it.


Wintry Blue

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Once again, Sarah Jessica Parker is perfectly on trend. Follow her lead by opting for blue eyeshadow before your next get-together.


Romantic Red

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Or, copy Tracee Ellis Ross' red eyeshadow for a warmer look that's decidedly festive.


Rosy Glow

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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.


Classic Red

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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.


'60s Eyeshadow

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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.


Ombré Lips

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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.


Monochromatic Plum

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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.


French-Girl Simplicity

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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.


Glistening Gold

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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.


Doll Lashes

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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.