Christmas Party Season Makeup Ideas

Party season is almost upon us and it’s time to start thinking about what we’re going to wear – but have you given any thought to what your makeup will look like? Christmas makeup can make or break a party season look; pair a festive eye with a straight evening look and you can end up looking too out there, and similarly, a plain eye paired with a super festive look can make your outfit idea look half baked. 

We’ve put together a guide to getting some of the most popular Christmas makeup looks to help you get the most out of your Christmas party makeup – whether it’s a classic colour combo or something a little fancier!

The fact is that when we talk about Christmas makeup looks, we’re mostly talking about Christmas eye makeup. Your eye makeup is the easiest thing to get creative with when it comes to a standout makeup look, so it stands to reason that your Christmas eye makeup will be the centrepiece of your party season face.

Party Eyes

When it comes to party eyes for all seasons, there’s really only one rule we abide by – glitter says ‘party’.  Party Eye Makeup with either a hint or a ton of sparkle elevates any eye makeup look to fit in with the party vibe. There are a few ways to achieve party eyes with glitter; either choose eyeshadow with shimmer and create your look this way, or for a truly standout party eye, we recommend working with eye glitter.

Is it safe to apply glitter to your eyes?

The key thing to remember here is that you should never just glue regular glitter on your eyes. Craft glitter is cut differently and uses a different dyeing process to cosmetic glitter, meaning that craft glitter is not safe for your skin – especially near your eyes! Craft glitter can be extremely sharp and cause minuscule tears on your skin, plus the dye used is chemical-based which can cause skin irritation. If craft glitter accidentally makes its way into your eye, this can spell serious trouble so make sure you stick to reputable cosmetic glitters from our eye makeup selection instead.

How to apply cosmetic glitter

Cosmetic glitter needs a sticky base if you want it to stay in place! If you have the cash to spare, invest in an eyeshadow primer that will protect your lids as well as a tacky surface for the glitter to attach to. If you’re looking for a lower budget solution, a thin layer of vaseline will work just as well. If you really don’t want that glitter to budge, we recommend using a thin layer of eyelash glue providing that you don’t have sensitive skin!

Instead of dipping right into the pot of glitter, sprinkle some of the contents into the lid so you start off with less glitter and have room to build if you need to. Dampen the end of your brush to make it easier for the glitter to transfer, then gently dab in the area you wish to apply glitter – never drag the glitter across your eyelids, even though cosmetic glitter is much softer and safer to use around the eye, dragging the glitter may cause irritation. Once applied, use a small amount of sticky tape to lift any residual glitter from the surrounding area.

Where to apply cosmetic glitter

There are a few different looks you can try when it comes to party eyes. One of the simplest is to apply the glitter over a base coat of eyeshadow to create a glitter eyelid. If you’re wanting a subtler sparkle, glitter eyeliner can be achieved by gently dabbing glitter over the top of your eyeliner to add a shimmer. 

If you want to go all out with your Christmas party eyes, we recommend a trifecta approach; glitter eyelids in one shade of glitter, a glitter cat eye using the glitter eyeliner method in another shade, and a dusting of glitter in your brows too!

Eye Makeup for Red Lips

Nothing says Christmas like a red lip, so whether you’re a fan of a red pout all year round or you’re wanting to try it out for the season, you need to think about the perfect eyeshadow style to complement your rouge shades. We have four words for you; smokey eye red lip. Smokey eye red lip is a killer combo for the ages. Not sure how to achieve a smokey eye? Don’t worry, here’s our step by step approach…

Step 1
Pick three eyeshadows that complement each other – for a subtle look, choose 3 shades of the same colour, or for something a little more statement choose 3 colours that go well together. The shades should be dark, medium and light.

Step 2
Apply the medium shade eyeshadow all over the lid

Step 3
Apply eyeliner around the lash line –  try a cat-eye for a dramatic effect

Step 4
Layer the dark shade over the top of the eyeliner and blend it halfway up your eyelid. Press the brush onto the root of the lower lashes and smudge out for a smokier finish

Step 5
Blend the light shade underneath the brow line to meet the medium shade

Step 6
Apply your mascara – try a few layers to build up the bold look

Step 7
Add a touch of sparkle to the inner corner of your eye using either cosmetic glitter or a glitter eye shadow and blend throughout the crease

Blue and Gold Eye Makeup

If reds and golds aren’t your thing, blue and gold is a festive combo that can give you a subtle Christmassy look in no time. Whether you’re working with matte blue and gold tones, blue and gold shimmer eyeshadow, or blue and gold glitter for a statement look, blue and gold eye makeup is sure to be your go-to Christmas party makeup for those classier evening do’s. 

How to apply blue and gold eye makeup

There are a few methods you can use to apply blue and gold eyeshadow:

The first method is to apple the gold shades from the inner corner of the eye towards the centre, then blend the blue from the centre to the outer corner of the eye.

The second method is to work with the blue in the inner and outer corners of the eye, then blend the gold in the centre of your eye for a dramatic look.

The third method is to apply gold eyeshadow to the main lid the blend the blue into your crease, upper lid and lower lash line.

Festive Christmas Eye

If you love getting super creative with your makeup, you might enjoy creating a special Christmas eye look for the festive season. Provided that you have the right tools for the job, you can really let your imagination run wild with the design you create. 

We recommend working with festive eyeshadow colours as a base, then painting on festive detail such as candy canes, holly, glitter baubles, fairy lights and more!

Christmas Elf Makeup

Looking to create more of a face paint vibe with your makeup? Christmas Elf makeup can be part of a really easy to put-together costume if you’re going all out with your Christmas party look. Invest in eyeshadow and lipstick in a broad spectrum of green shades and use these to build your Christmas Elf makeup look. Contour with shades of green, create a smokey eye with green eyeshadow shades, wear a festive green lipstick and add green glitter detailing to finish off your look!

Most of our Christmas party season makeup ideas revolve around eyeshadow, so make sure that you invest in individual eyeshadows or a palette that will suit your Christmas makeup needs from our eye makeup collection at Beauty Base!

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