Holiday makeup, unlike the beauty looks you may try during the rest of the year, requires a strategy that’s unique to the demands of the season. That is, it needs to be fast and look like you put in at least a little effort. It doesn’t hurt if it’s fun and festive, too. Luckily, the latest celeb makeup trend checks all four boxes.
Enter: monochromatic chromes. The next rendition of the monochromatic craze of this year, it has the flair of glitter, the polished finish of old-Hollywood glam, and a ‘cool girl’ nod to the ’80s and ’90s. Plus, it’s all about the reflective metallic texture, so you can choose the color intensity, from bold and vibrant, to soft and subtle.
We’re already seeing a flood of it on Instagram and on the red carpet — and it pairs perfectly with the highlighter already in your makeup bag. In fact, anyone who’s obsessed with strobing will have a field day with this trend.
Click through our slideshow for everything you need to master this holiday makeup look.
Feeling brave? Great, because we’re starting with the wildest look in the lot. In her latest shoot for Cosmo, Hale proves that a smoky eye and statement lip need not be in traditional shades — or textures!
Photo: Via @cosmopolitan
Try: This palette from Avon allows for a chrome finish on the eye, and can be patted over a blue matte lip color — just mix it with a touch of gloss on the back of your hand. Although the next slide is out favorite blue lippie…
Mark. On the Dot Bold Eye Color Compact, $16, available at Avon.
Don’t feel like DIY-ing it? This editor-tested blue lip color creates a lasting chrome finish that is (somehow) wildly flattering.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Paint, $20, available at Anastasia Beverly Hills.
We lied, this might be the wildest look. Similar to Hale’s, but with an even more dramatic eye, the gorgeous monochromatic purple palette looks downright regal. Makeup artist Hung Vanngo swept glitter shadow on the model’s lids and finished with a precise chrome lip.
Photo: Via @hungvanngo.
Try: Loose glitter is good for those with experience (or a lot of confidence and a good oil-based makeup remover), but novices will benefit from something more foolproof. This glitter shadow goes on precisely, thanks to a sticky cleat base. You’ll need to first define your shadow shape with an opaque purple formula, like this palette, then simply pat the glitter on top.
Wet N Wild Color Icon Glitter Single, Binge, $1, available at Jet.
Anastasia’s vibrant purple lip color may be called a gloss, but it’s just as pigmented as a liquid lipstick. Be sure to outline your lips with concealer for a crisp finish.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Purple Rain, $16, available at Ulta Beauty.
JLo turned heads with her mile-long locks and high-shine makeup look at the Latin Grammys.
Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images.
This duo allows for a bespoke effect: Sweep on the creamy shadow first then decide how much glitter to pat on top. Remember: the more glitter, the closer to JLo.
The Estée Edit Metallishadow Crème + Powder in Cyberella, $25, available at Sephora.
Follow up with a high-shine lip gloss over a lighter shade of pink or purple that you love and feel confident wearing. (The shade you choose is up to you, but keep it in the same color family as the shadow for similar results.)
MAC Lip Glass, $16, available at MAC.
Thanks to her Edge Of Seventeen press tour, Steinfeld has been sporting fun makeup looks on the red carpet as of late, including this deep cranberry-colored eye and rosy lip. Keep the waterline clean and lashes defined, then go ham with a shadow and a small brush.
Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images.
Try: We love Kat Von D’s formula to copy Steinfeld’s statement eye; it’s highly-reflective finish goes on just like regular shadow, and stays in place all day or night.
Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow in Raw Power, $21, available at Kat Von D Beauty.
Pat on a balm with a slight berry tint and keep the rest of the face bare.
Maybelline Baby lips Moisturizing Lip Balm in Cherry Me, $4.49, available at Maybelline.
Port sported this rad all-over nude look recently — and blogged about the process.
Photo: Via @whitneyeveport.
Try: Port used this palette to get the look, including the shade Uninhibited all over the lid. She mixed Unlimited into the corners of the eye.
Lorac Unzipped Gold Eyeshadow Palette, $42, available at Ulta Beauty.
A true nude gloss seals the deal.
NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Buenos Aires, $26, available at Sephora.
Makeup artist Liz Castellanos gave Culpo a rosy, chrome eye look we love — and paired it with dewy skin and reflective lips.
Photo: Via @kohgendo.
Try: We like Lancome’s palette to recreate this look. Sweep on a wash of the lighter shade from lashline to brow bone, then layer on the darker hues in the crease and along the lashline.
Lancome Five Shadow Palette in Coral Crush, $50, available at Lancome.
A sheer, pink-based neutral gloss finishes the reflective look.
Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer, $24, available at Smashbox.
Makeup artist Patrick Ta gave Teigen this bronze goddess look last week — and we are seriously digging it.
Photo: Via @thewallgroup.
Try: This creamy eyeshadow is incredibly precise thanks to its doe-foot applicator. Layer it on your lids then smudge edges with a brush or your finger. Work fast — this product sets in seconds.
Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Liquid Chrome Shadow, $7.99, available at Target.
Finish the look with a rich bronze-meets-brown lip color in a true chrome finish.
Too Faced Melted Chocolate Liquified Long Wear Lipstick, $21, available at Ulta.
Vanngo gave Kloss this shimmery, reflective look last week in New York using a lightly-metallic lip color and chrome-inpsired shadow. (A close-up here.)
Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images.
Try: We like Nars wet/dry singles to score a similar look. Use a small, damp shadow brush to load the pigment along the lashline.
Nars Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Rigel, $29, available at Sephora.
A simple beige gloss finishes the look.
Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Volupté in Nude Carat, $32, available at Sephora.
When Nyong’o hit the scene she rocked bright, vibrant color like no one else, but she also makes statements with texture, too. Most notably, metallic chromes, like this reflective lip color and sheer shadow.
Photo: Monica Schipper/WireImage.
Try: This versatile palette offers high-shimmer shades that create a wash of neutral chrome on any skin tone.
Sonia Kashuk Neutral Shimmer 3 Palette, $19.99, available at Target.
T his lip color is a ’90s dream: light, sheer, and brown in tone, with a reflective finish.
Lancome Color Design Sensational Effects Lipcolor in Not So Subtle, $23, available at Lancome.
A longtime fan of the mono makeup look, Mitchell proves that shiny lip gloss goes best with a heavy application of highlighter and chrome-inspired shimmery shadow — all in the same color family, of course.
Photo: Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images.
Try: Colourpop’s shadow in Blaze is an easy way to try this trend without committing to a products you may never use again. Translation: This is a flattering gold that can be diffused out — or applied with a heavy hand (and damp brush!).
ColourPop Shadows & Pigments in Blaze, $4 (originally $5), available at ColourPop.
A simple gold-based gloss finishes the look.
NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Gold Digger, $26, available at Sephora.
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