beauty looks 5 Easy Steps to Create Your Holiday Makeup Look

Keeping your routine simple doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on glamour.

November 14, 2022
Makeup Tutorial For Holidays

Your holiday beauty routine is meant to be glamorous, glowy and most importantly — simple, so you can enjoy all the parties, yummy food and family time that the season brings. While that means saying yes to things like glitter and sharp winged eyeliner to elevate your look, it doesn’t mean you have to spend hours to achieve it. 


Below, find gorgeous holiday makeup and hair that prioritizes flawless end results while keeping things, dare we say it — easy. Let’s face it, the sooner you’re done getting ready, the sooner you can celebrate and we’re here to help you look your best for that.

A 5-Step Holiday Beauty Tutorial

A glowy holiday beauty look starts with your complexion, the glam part comes from the way you do your eyes, your lips and even your hair. Check out our step-by-step guide to achieving easy  holiday glam from start to finish.

1. Create a Glowing Base

The holiday lights are shining bright and your skin can too this season. It’s all about using the right products — namely ones that have a luminous finish. Start by applying the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer as a primer to hydrate and give skin a subtle glow. 

Then, use a long-wearing foundation like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation. With 30 shades, buildable coverage and a natural finish, it suits all skin types. 

For a time-saving hack, after you apply your foundation, take the same L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer you used to prime your face and blend some highlighter with your fingertips onto your cheekbones for a natural, lit-from-within glow.  

Editor’s tip: If you enjoy a bronzed glow at any time of the year, reach for the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24H Fresh Wear Soft Matte Bronzer to add some color and definition to your complexion. 

2. Layer on Glittery Eyeshadow

While a smokey eye wows for any occasion, the variety of eyeshadows and meticulous blending means the look is a bit more time-consuming than we’d like. Instead, a single layer of glitter eyeshadow does the trick to let your holiday makeup appear glamorous and more time-consuming than it actually is. 

Using the doe foot applicator, apply the L’Oréal Paris Brilliant Eyes Shimmer Liquid Eye Shadow Makeup to your lid in your shade of choice — we’re partial to the champagne hue, Crystal Shine. Lightly blend it onto your lid with your index finger. The goal is to create a topcoat of shimmer that sparkles when the light hits it. 

Editor’s tip: Do your under-eye makeup after your eyeshadow to account for any fallout. Our favorite under-eye concealer is the L’Oréal Paris Eye Cream in a Concealer, 0.5% Hyaluronic Acid, which combines the benefits of eye cream and concealer in a single product. 

3.  Add Eyeliner and Mascara

Winged eyeliner is a beautiful, timeless beauty look that’s just right for the holidays (or any days actually). After applying your shimmer eyeshadow, create a cat eye on the upper lash line using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Grip Precision Felt Waterproof Eyeliner. With a precise felt tip, you’ll be able to create a sharp, defined wing and the waterproof, smudge-proof formula lasts up to 30 hours making it perfect for a long day of festivities.

No eye makeup look is complete without mascara so apply a few coats of the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara to achieve long and voluminous eyelashes sans falsies.

4. Choose a Hydrating Lipstick

A gorgeous matte lipstick is a great way to define your pout with rich, velvety and long-lasting color but it’s not always the comfiest to wear for an extended period of time. Especially when you’re dealing with dry winter skin or chapped lips

For matte lip color without the drying, flat and uncomfortable finish, try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Intense Volume Matte Lipstick. With an innovative powdery, matte formula that’s infused with hyaluronic acid, this lipstick is long-wearing with a hydrating slip. It comes in rich shades of rosy pinks and jewel-tone reds that remind us of the holidays. 

If you would prefer a more natural lip to let your glittery eyeshadow be the star of your makeup look, try the L’Oréal Paris Glow Paradise Balm-in-Lipstick with Pomegranate Extract. With a buildable, luminous finish, this hydrating lipstick feels like a balm on the lips, offering comfort, hydration and a gorgeous rosy pout.

5. Play with Temporary Hair Color

It's true that your hair color can be a complement to your makeup. But a complete hair transformation sort of defeats the purpose of a simple holiday beauty look, which is why we love that you can achieve just that in minutes with semi-permanent hair color. To give your strands a festive look with ribbons of rose gold or silver color, pick up the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray. This temporary color lasts until your next shampoo which means it’s perfect for a holiday makeover.

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Edited by: Reece Andavolgyi, Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn, Art Director: Hannah Packer, Associate Creative Producer: Becca Solovay, Production Assistant: Jason Parigian, Digital Tech: Sam Kang, Photo Assistant: Hannah Lewis-Lopes, Makeup Artist: Jonet Williamson, Hair Stylist: Akihisa Yamaguchi, Wardrobe Stylist: Melina Kemph, Wardrobe Assistant: Kayla Martinez, Prop Stylist: Katrina Rozeville, Prop Assistant: Zach Molina, Model: Avery McMahon