O Pretty Night: Holiday Makeup Looks That Will Wow

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Party season is on the horizon, and these holiday makeup looks will have you feeling pretty/festive.

So break out your makeup stash and use these seven holiday makeup ideas to create your hottest seasonal looks yet.

1. Smoky Eyes & Lips

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You know the rule: You can either wear a bold eye or a bold lip, but never both at the same time.

You also know what they say: Rules are meant to be broken.

The holidays call for special-occasion hair and makeup — especially New Year’s Eve — so don’t be afraid to do a little extra this time of year.

It’s one of those rare moments when no one will question why you’re wearing foil eyeshadow or a glossy red pout… or even (gasp!) wearing them together.

2. A Flush of Color

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Blush is one of the most-overlooked makeup products, and it’s intimidating to wear for a lot of women.

But winter skin tends to get dry and dull, and there’s nothing like a rosy glow to bring your complexion back to life.

  • Apply your blush with a light hand, and choose a hue that complements your undertones (try soft baby pink for cool complexions and coral tints for warm complexions).

3. Heavy Metals

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There’s no better time to pull out a sequin dress than NYE, so why not follow suit with your approach to holiday makeup?

Shimmer and shine in shades of silver, bronze, gold, and rose gold.

Whether it’s a simple eyeliner with metallic flecks or an all-over eyeshadow in your favorite heavy metal, a little sparkle is definitely in order.

4. Old-Hollywood Glam

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Give your holiday makeup routine a blast from the past with a nod to old-Hollywood’s iconic glamour.

This look is very streamlined, but the colors are deep and vivid.

5. Orange Is the New Red

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Speaking of a red lip, most people gravitate toward a true cherry red — which is universally beautiful, of course.

  • That being said, a slightly orange shade of red can look especially fresh paired with your winter whites, charcoal grays, and classic black.
  • Keep things neutral with a shade of salmon, or be merry and bright with a tangerine or vermillion color pop.

6. Lit From Within

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Prefer a more natural approach to your holiday makeup? Keep things simple but striking.

Strobing is your BFF year-round, and it helps your skin look radiant without the need for a lot of other products.

  • Just apply your concealer and foundation as needed, and then add a sheer amount of blush to the apples of your cheeks.
  • Using a fan brush, top off the look with a highlighting powder for a luminous finishing touch.

7. Berry Christmas

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A berry lip has always been in style, but it’s the biggest makeup trend this season.

This deep, dark hue gives your holiday look a little edge while still looking festive.

So. Pretty.

Which of these holiday makeup looks will you try? Share your favorites in the comments!

Lesley Sheridan is a high-maintenance fashion, beauty and lifestyle writer who thinks she’s low-maintenance. (Yes, she stole that line from When Harry Met Sally.) In addition to writing for The Local Lifestyle, her work regularly appears on Zenni Optical and Slickdeals. Make her day by sending her a tweet.

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