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It’s the most wonderful time of year! Yep, the holidays are here. And you know what that means—it’s time to dust off your favorite velvet dresses and sparkly pumps to assemble the ultimate holiday getup. But hey, aren’t you forgetting something? Your makeup, of course! While you may love a no-makeup, makeup look for most of the year, the holidays are definitely a time where you can take things up a notch to embrace more dramatic trends. From matte makeup to metallic makeup to majorly highlighted skin to voluminous lashes, below we share three makeup looks that will ensure you’re the talk of the holiday party. And since we know time is of the essence—especially if you’re not one to normally spend a ton of time doing your makeup—we made sure that these makeup tutorials were super-easy. We’re talking five minutes! Just consider these holiday makeup ideas our little gift to you.
You know how matte makeup has earned its spot as the easy-to-wear no-makeup makeup finish? Well, when it comes to celebrating the holidays, the more glitz and glam, the better. So, before reaching for your favorite matte eye makeup or lipstick, consider switching things up with some of our favorite metallic makeup products. Here’s how:
Step 1: Prime your face. If you want your metallic look to last, the first step is to create a smooth base. Since metallic makeup is super-shimmery, it’s best to keep the rest of your face relatively matte. So, to start things off, blend some primer, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Lock Makeup Primer, onto your skin.
Step 2: Apply foundation. Next, continue with the long-lasting makeup them by applying a long-wear foundation, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation. Simple squeeze some onto a makeup blender, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, and stipple it evenly from forehead to chin.
Step 3: Choose where you want your metallic details. Since metallic makeup is especially eye-catching, you don’t want to overdo it by putting too much of it on. So, decide to focus metallic makeup to one area of your face, like your eyes or lips. If you decide to rock metallic lids, try a high-pigment metallic eye shadow, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Metallics Eyeshadow. Lips more your thing? Once you finish your full face of makeup, swipe on a metallic lipstick, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lips Metallic.
Step 4: Use matte makeup wherever you didn’t use metallic makeup. Metallic lips? Dust on a neutral matte smoky eye to add detail to your face without distracting from the main attraction. Metallis lids? Opt for a matte nude lip by using the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte-cadamia.
Step 5: Finish with mascara. There’s nothing like a coat of mascara to tie a look together. Instead of reaching for any ol’ mascara, try the L’Oreal Paris Lash Superstar X Fiber Mascara. This two-step mascara—black primer on one side, fibers on the others—offers volume and length that you can show off this holiday season.
Dewy-looking skin is forever in style. And nowadays, it’s being paired with a glazed donut-like glow. Ready to rock a shimmering complexion that looks like it came straight out of a snow globe? Here’s how.
Step 1: Prime your face. You know the drill: If you want to help your makeup stay put, you start with primer. Since this particular holiday makeup look is all about a gorgeous glow, use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Lock Makeup Primer.
Step 2: Apply foundation. Next, use a radiant-finish foundation, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation. For an added glow, squeeze a drop or two of the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops into your foundation before using a makeup blender to massage it onto your face.
Step 3: Add more glow. After your foundation has been evenly applied, sweep some of the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Shimmerista Highlighting Powder along your cheekbones. For an extra wintry touch, dust a bit on your collarbones to look like a real-life holiday fairy.
Step 4: Finish with a glossy pout. To keep the shiny look going strong, toss aside your matte lipstick and go with one of the shades from the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick collection.
More of a simple gal? We feel you. If you want to keep things a bit more low-key while still looking classically pretty, this is the holiday makeup look for you.
Step 1: Prime your face. No matter which holiday makeup look you decide to rock this year, primer can help you ace your base.
Step 2: Next up, foundation. Glowing or matte, it’s your choice. If matte foundation is your jam, try L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Foundation.
Step 3: Pay attention to the details. For this super-simple holiday makeup look, that means perfecting a classic black wing tip on each lid with a liquid eyeliner, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Black Party. After you complete your extra-sharp wings, apply a coat of mascara (try the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara) and move on to your lips with a classic red lip using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick in Matador.
Step 4: Set your makeup look. If you want to keep things easy, skip any extra concealing or contouring and help lock your look in place with a face powder, the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Face Powder.
And there you have it: Three easy makeup looks that can easily transition from the holidays to the rest of your life. Now, we all love a quick and pretty makeup look, but sometimes—like on New Year’s Eve—we’re willing to put in a little extra work. If that’s the case for you, too, be sure to check out our article, 7 New Year’s Eve Makeup Looks for Your Eyes. Happy Holidays!