3 Types Of Holiday Parties And The Makeup To Match

In case the holiday music dominating the airwaves hadn’t already clued you in — the glitzy season is here, folks. And, with the merrymaking in full swing, many of us find our calendars quickly filling with an insane range of holiday functions. From friendly gatherings to formal galas, there is plenty of cause for celebration. But, even if you finally — and we mean finally — found that perfect party dress, you might still be asking …what about my face? 

Lucky for us, San Francisco makeup artist Marisa Perel pulled from the season’s hottest trends and hues to create three beauty looks to keep you festive no matter what the occasion. Got a kitschy Christmas-sweater party? A glam fundraiser? We’ve got all the bases (and faces!) covered.


Look 1: The Work Party 

Photographed by Aeschleah DeMartino


The Products: 

Face: Laura Mercier Radiance Primer,Makeup Forever HD Foundation 

Cheeks: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and GentleMAC Blush in Cheek 

Eyes: MAC Paint Pot in PainterlyMAC Eyeshadow in Brown DownMAC Eyeshadow in VanillaMAC Fluidline in BlacktrackCoverGirl Lash Blast Volume Mascara 

Brows: MAC Eyeshadow in Omega 

Lips: Benefit Ultra Shine Lip Gloss In Nudie-Tude 

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Step 1: Prep the eye area using a pink-toned primer all over the lid and a highlighting concealer under the eyes for added brightness. 

Prep Tip: Use a reflective primer to enhance your skin’s natural glow before evenly applying foundation. 

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Step 2: Apply a medium, matte-brown eyeshadow in a half-moon shape following the natural crease of the eye. Smudge the same shadow just underneath the lower lash line. 

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Step 3: Dust a nude shimmer across the lid from crease to lashes. Follow with a matte ivory shadow to highlight the brow bone — giving the illusion of a more open eye. 

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Step 4: Using a gel eyeliner, line the eye starting with a thin line in the inside corner and getting gradually thicker toward the outer edge. 

Pro Tip: Try using short brush strokes for a smoother line and add a slight wing for a more dramatic look. 

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Step 5: Fill in brows using an angle brush and a shadow one or two shades lighter than your natural hair color. 

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Step 6: Apply two coats of volumizing mascara in black, working the wand back and forth to thoroughly coat the lashes from root to tip. 

Pro Tip: Add false lashes and blend with a final coat of mascara once the adhesive is dry. 

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Step 7: To play up glowy skin, sweep a shimmery champagne highlighter across the cheekbone and down the bridge of the nose. When applying blush, choose a light peach shade and keep the color concentrated on the apples of the cheeks. 

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And you’re good to go! Your boss is sure to give you a glowing report with this holiday look. It’s all about the radiant, shimmering complexion and a classic eye. Playful, yet professional, you’ll subtly wow your coworkers rather than leaving them asking, “Who’s the new girl?”

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Look 2: The Not-So-Ugly Sweater Party

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The Products: 

Eyes: MAC Eyeshadow in OrbMAC Eyeshadow in BambooWet & Wild Kohl Eyeliner in Cool GreenStila Sparkle Waterproof Eyeliner in ElectricKat Von D Tattoo liner in Trooper 

Lips: MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo, True Gloss In Iconic 

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Step 1: Sweep a peachy-beige shadow over the lid, stopping slightly shy of the brow bone. To add subtle definition, blend a warm, medium-brown shadow into the crease. 

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Step 2: Using a green-eyeliner pencil, line the upper eyelid. Create a line slightly thicker than normal since you will use this later as a guide.

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Step 3: With a black, liquid liner, draw a fine line across the lashes, extending slightly past the outer edge, and then using a vibrant green, liquid liner, trace over your original green line. 

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Step 4: Apply a bold, red lipstick and top with a red gloss. 

Pro Tip: Add some luscious lashes and mascara, and you are ready to attend even the kitschiest of holiday parties. 

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Finally! A chance to bust out that green, sparkly liner! This fun look plays with vibrant color without looking costume-y. Now all you need is that ridiculous holiday sweater…and some mistletoe. 

Pro Tip: Pair this look with a quirky hair accessory. We used a bow tie as a headband. 

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Look 3: The Cocktail Party 

Photographed by Aeschleah DeMartino


The Products: 

Eyes: True Eyeshadow in Mesa, MAC Eyeshadow in Star VioletMAC Eyeshadow in TraxKat Von D Tattoo Liner Trooper 

Cheeks: True Blush in Rapturous 

Lips: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry 

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Step 1: Pat a reflective gold shadow all over the lid and under the lower lash line. Using a soft blending brush, apply a light shimmery plum color in the crease blending outward. Concentrate a darker matte plum shadow in the deepest part of the crease, as well as underneath the lower lashes. 

Photographed by Aeschleah DeMartino


Step 2: Pack a loose gold glitter on top of the lid up to the crease and line the eye with a solid black-liquid liner, making sure to include the waterline. 

Photographed by Aeschleah DeMartino


Step 3: With a large blush brush, liberally apply a pink blush, blending outward toward the hairline to create a soft, rosy cheek. 

Photographed by Aeschleah DeMartino


Step 4: Apply a lipstick in one of this season’s hottest hues — deep plum. 

Photographed by Aeschleah DeMartino


Watch out Goldeneye, there’s a new Bond girl in town. This bold look redefines holiday glam with glittery gold and (sugar)plum accents. No matter how the swanky event, you’ll be sure to dazzle. 

Pro Tip: Play up that glittery, golden eye by donning your favorite gold necklace or earrings. 

Photographed by Aeschleah DeMartino

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