It’s safe to say that the office holiday party is always lit - with sparkling decorations, sweet moves on the dance floor, and of course… the holiday makeup looks that you’ve been practicing for weeks. However, nearly everything has changed in the year 2020, and just like our 9-5 life on video chat has become the new normal… the annual holiday party has been moved to Zoom. While it’s definitely a change to get all dressed up and dance in your living room, it can also be a lot of fun, especially when showing off the champagne cut crease that looks just as flawless on camera as it does in person. Yes, we mean that. Your favorite beauty influencers create their most glamorous makeup looks through their computer screen, and you can still look ho-ho-hot for the holidays with the right tools. We’re talking about blending brushes for extravagant eyeshadows, and way more shimmer than you could ever need… because that is what holiday makeup is all about, right? Gather around your friends and colleagues and express yourself with these seasonal beauty effects for the Zoom holiday party!
A holiday makeup secret? You can totally wear red and green to the Christmas party without looking cheesy. The secret? Finding the right shade, and emerald is the ideal mix of sweet and sultry to give your eyes a seasonal boost. Single Eyeshadow in NARS lets you create a holiday makeup miracle with one high-impact, ultra-pigmented shade - and Night Porter is just what you need to look like an emerald dream for the holiday party. This deep green shade has gold pearl reflects - and can be used alone to blend out beautifully on the lids, or with transition shades to give your eyes a bit of extra dimension. Bolder colors tend to show up better on Zoom, and this holiday makeup look lets you rock Christmas colors, without looking too OTT while doing it. You can even pair it with a red lipstick for extra spirit!
Do you need an excuse to wear the universal, incredibly gorgeous color that is rose gold? No, you should definitely do it all year… but the hue fits in perfectly with all your favorite holiday makeup looks. Whether you’re going for soft glam, smokey vixen, or anything in between - a touch of rose gold highlighter on the cheeks can take your makeup looks to the next level. It looks radiant on all skin tones, and produces a “lit from within” glow that your colleagues will definitely notice over Zoom. Seriously, prepare for a few “you’re glowing” compliments. Powder Highlighter in Rose Gold by Jouer Cosmetics is a blendable, ultra-pigmented and long-lasting formula that will stay on for hours, even through the sweat and tears you acquire after a night of dancing in your room. Pair it with a contour effect for a sculpted, dramatic makeup look that people will still be talking about at next year’s holiday party.
You know all the jokes about how you don’t even have to wear pants on Zoom, since they can only see you from the neck up? Disregard them all for the holiday parties, because there’s nothing better than an all-over glow. Sparkles are everywhere during the holidays, and you can look like an IRL tree ornament by blending highlighter or glitter not only on your face, but across your chest, arms, legs, neck and anywhere else you think needs a little bit of illumination. Especially if you’re wearing a deep neckline or off-the-shoulder dress, a bit of shimmer on the decolletage can add a bit of sexiness and really amplify your look through the HD camera lens. And if you’re a real glitter aficionado, the festive fun is just beginning. Aurora Glow Kit by Anastasia Beverly Hills is a highlighter palette with six shades that you can mix and match for a holographic, holiday-ready glow! Spectra is a lilac pearl, with an iridescent blue-green reflect that looks magnificent on the cheeks, while Lyra is a rose gold pearl with a champagne reflect that matches the glass of bubbly in your head. Glow all out this season with your most radiant, full-body glow that’s way more noticeable than you think.
Soft glam never goes out of style, especially with party-ready eyeshadow effects. We’re talking about peach, bronze, taupe, and one of our favorites… champagne. This last one is a light gold hue that’s simply magical, ready to make your eyes pop whether you’re doing everyday chic or luxury makeup effects. Or you know, a 2020 version of the holiday party where you need a color that enhances all the beauty of neutral eyeshadow, without making you appear washed out on camera. That’s a champagne cut crease, for you. Tartelette™ In Bloom Clay Eyeshadow by tarte contains a champagne hue (Funny Girl,) as one of the 12 matte and shimmer shadows in this palette that make it perfect for soft glam lovers. There’s also multiple shades of warm and deep brown that you can use as transition shades, “cutting” your crease for an influencer-approved look that’s simple and striking. There’s no better way to brighten your eyes than with a champagne cut crease, accompanied by the tarte Shape Tape that guarantees no dark circles or puffiness will show up on Zoom!
Oh come on, you had to know this one was coming. Red lips are a beloved makeup trend that have a place in every season, but a fiery red pout hits extra hard during the holiday parties. Especially when they stay fresh and non-flaky all night as you sip champagne and snack on Christmas cookies. You can wear your favorite red lipstick with a mostly-bare face for French girl vibes, with winged liner for a bombshell effect, or along with the emerald eyeshadow we told you about earlier to become a vision of Christmas. Red lips are everything during the holidays, and you can look like an A-lister with the Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo by MAC. This is commonly known as one of the top selling lipsticks of all time, worn by countless models, fashion designers, and top celebrities as they’re posing for world-famous magazines or being snapped by the paparazzi. And if the color looks that pigmented in far-away shots of Rihanna at the Met Gala, just imagine how rich and red it will look on you during the Zoom holiday party!
There are plenty of occasions to do a barely-there, extremely subtle contour that can’t even be noticed by non-makeup junkies. A holiday party on Zoom is not one of them. That look simply won’t show up on camera, and you need all 20 people in the room to notice your chiseled cheekbones and sharp jawline. Think RuPaul’s queens, okay? Now is the time to go all out with your contouring brush - defining your cheeks, forehead, jaw, nose and any other feature that you’d like to enhance. Even if it looks a bit intense in person, the intensity always goes down a few levels on video calls… and it’s not about changing or transforming your features at all, just making them stand out! Give your features a lift with the Hoola Matte Bronzer by Benefit, a blendable and ultra-pigmented powder that looks natural on your skin, while still making a statement at the holiday party. A sunkissed glow in the winter? Don’t mind if we do.
Listen, this is definitely a New Year’s Eve approved eyeshadow look, but it’s okay to do a few weeks early at the Zoom holiday event. You’re a total smoke show, and a silver smokey eye intensifies your eyes like no other - especially when paired with charcoal, gray, jet black and all the other electric colors that help you look like you’re ready to party. Because you definitely are! Metallic eyeshadow gives you all the shimmery effects, in the sexy way, and nobody knows this vibe better than glam queen Huda Kattan. The Obsessions Palette - Smoky by Huda Beauty features 9 matte and shimmer shades - including silver, gold, deep black, burnt orange and more - to make your eyes look like the actual fire emoji for the holiday party. We’re lovers of both gold and silver, but the latter creates all the holiday feels and lights up your look like never before!
Monochromatic makeup is the ultimate lazy girl hack, saving you time and money while tricking people into thinking you spent more than 10 minutes on your holiday makeup look. Spoiler alert: you didn’t, but it still looks like a seasonal delight. Frequently worn on runways and red carpets, this beauty trend consists of wearing one color on your eyes, cheeks, and lips - and you really only need one product to do it. Oh hello, Multi-Stick by ILIA. This cult favorite stick doesn’t just provide a healthy flush of color on all features, it’s also enriched with Avocado Oil for antioxidant protection, plus Orange Peel Wax and Shea Butter to hydrate the delicate under eye and lip skin. Pro tip: ILIA always kills it with the makeup-skincare hybrid products. As for which of the eight shades to choose? Berry was your must-have for fall makeup, and it looks equally beautiful on all skin tones for a winter masterpiece. Simply blend it out on every feature to look “berry and bright” this season, and produce a party-ready look that’s simple and easy.
Looking for a little extra shimmer to adorn your eyes at the holiday party, but not in the mood for eyeshadow fallout or wiping highlighter off your pillow for the next five days? Glitter eyeliner is the greatest makeup gift you could ever want. It works just like a “normal” liquid eyeliner and leaves you with a high-impact, long-lasting finish - whether you’re in the mood for a simple flick, graphic liner, or Violet Chachki-inspired cat eye. But instead of the matte black you’re used to, your lids will be embellished with glittery drama that’s a major holiday look. Glitter Goals Liquid Eyeliner by NYX Professional Makeup is available in six shimmery hues to match your mood - from the golden Zodiac Queen that fits perfectly with your metallic eyeshadow, to the bright orange Chamomile and deep blue Stage Trooper for ethereal beauty. Do a double wing with your favorite classic black eyeliner for added drama, or just show off your love for glitter by using multiple shades of this NYX favorite!