The holiday season is the perfect time to experiment with glittery eye shadows (and lips), dark shades of lipstick, and metallic looks that you wouldn't normally wear on a day to day basis. After giving you gorgeous (and totally wearable) holiday makeup, hair and outfit inspiration for your upcoming Christmas parties and events, we're offering you inspirational looks that may seem a little too over the top (or difficult to achieve, for that matter) for your office party, but will be sure to get you in the holiday spirit!
From twinkly-scenery-painted lids to candy cane eyeliner flicks, check out the holiday-inspired eye makeup looks that will make you re-think every festive beauty look you've ever worn – as well as your ability to use an eye shadow palette! (Try them at your own risk!)
HOLIDAY MAKEUP INSPIRATION: FESTIVE EYE SHADOW LOOKS
SANTA'S ELF HANGING ON A WINGED LINER
Santa's elf @nyxcosmetics vivid brights liners in (vivid fire,vivid escape,vivid delight) @motivescosmetics little black dress gel liner @hudabeauty @shophudabeauty "Scarlet" lashes @benefitcosmetics goof proof brow pencil + ka-brow in shade 4 @benefitcosmetics roller lash mascara @morphebrushes Picasso palette Inspired by an elf cartoon on Pinterest!
While most of us have yet to perfect the perfect cat-eye, this makeup guru has gone above and beyond. She accented the flick of her cat eye with a gorgeous ombre shadow, green glitter detail, and a little elf hanging on an ornament. To achieve an easier version of this look, simply apply green shadow (from light to dark moving up towards your brow), then play around with glitter in your crease. Don't forget the cat eye!
NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS LINER
Solo pic from "nightmare before Christmas" look collaboration with @ovthelunareclipse @anastasiabeverlyhills #dipbrow pomade in dark brown @morphebrushes Picasso palette @nyxcosmetics matte liquid liner @so.lash lunar lashes @benefitcosmetics roller lash mascara @mywunderbrow cover proof foundation in medium
This Nightmare Before Christmas-inspired eye makeup look is both mesmerizing and a little eerie – but totally festive. The makeup artist covered her eye with a yellow and white shadow to create the sky, then drew a silhouette of Jack Skellington over it.
CHRISTMAS TREE SHADOW
MERRY CHRISTMAS THIS TOOK 4 HOURS Festive vibes inspired by the amazingly talented @nasiabelli Eyeshadow: @morphebrushes 35b and 35c pallets and the @tartecosmetics pretty paint box Eyeliner: @rimmellondoncan colour precise eyeliner in white, @nyxcosmetics vivid bright liquid eyeliners in halo, fire, petal, escape and envy, @revlon colourstay liquid eyeliner in black brown, @tartecosmetics so fine micro liner and @annabellecosmetics glitterama liquid eyeliner in solar flare Brows: @anastasiabeverlyhills dip brow in ebony Face: @narsissist sheer glow foundation Highlight: @nyxcosmetics ice queen . . . . . . . . . . . #undiscovered_muas #discover_muas #mua #makeup #cutcrease #mua_underdogs #undergroundbeauty_ #featuremuas #featuring_muas #slayagebeauties #bretmansvanity
If feeling extra creative, get inspired by this Christmas scene shadow. The makeup artist use a slew of liquid liners to create the scene, which included a trimmed tree, reindeer, snow and stars, on a smoky eye.
CANDY CANE EYELINER
I haven't posted 1 holiday thing yet!! So Candy Cane Liner is was!! I used @limecrimemakeup Lunar Sea Liner for the White! The Small Precision Brush Made it Very Easy! brows are @anastasiabeverlyhills Dip Brow in Chocolate lashes are @houseoflashes in Iconic #SillyWittleSarah #LimeCrime #HouseOfLashes #AnastasiaBeverlyHills #CandyCaneEyes #CandyCaneEyeliner #GraphicEyeliner Oh and excuse my shadow... I did my brows and wiped half of it off and was lazy to take it off... my bad you guys know my usual shadow standards...
This candy cane liner may seem complicated, but compared to the rest, is actually the easiest to achieve! Simply draw a line along your upper lashes with a white liner pencil (as you would for your everyday liner look), then use a red pencil liner to draw smaller stripes within it.
If you're not trying to get too painterly, fasten on some gold, tinsel-inspired false lashes for an instantly gilded look, instead. And we thought glitter lashes were daring!
HOLIDAY LIGHTS-INSPIRED LINER
Don't just stop at a candy cane striped cat eye! Amp up the look even further by drawing on Christmas light decorations on the hollow of your eye!