Can you believe we’re approaching the end of the year and still thinking about socializing over Zoom? 2020 is truly a trip. Nonetheless, we have to continue making the best of a bad situation, so pandemic or no pandemic, party makeup is on. Here are three fun options to see you through the festive season—all from the comfort of your own home.
Look 1: a bright pout
A red lip is so much of a Christmas classic that it’s bordering on boring. But you can spice up your usual bold lip with a glossy, neon twist. A brighter pout like this can be paired with very minimal makeup, meaning it’s a low-effort but high-impact option.
Start with a glowy, soft-focus base, with a layer of a super emollient moisturizer like the Weleda Skin Food. This will add a lit-from-within glow and help any foundation blend seamlessly. The Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm is a great Zoom base option because of how easy it is to apply. On Zoom, you don’t need to be too careful when applying your foundation, as the camera will blur out any poor blending or texture. Simply buff a layer over any imperfections and allow the rest of your skin to go makeup-free.
Eyes and brows can be kept minimal—though a little grooming goes a long way. Start with an eyebrow brush and Glossier Boy Brow to add some shape and structure. Then, take a pale matte cream shadow like the MAC Paint Pot in “Painterly” and pat across the lids. Glossier Lash Slick is the best no-mascara mascara on the market, and a dab of the RMS Living Luminizer on the inner corners will open up the eyes and add a hint of sparkle. Take the Living Luminizer across the tops of the cheekbones, too, then blend it downwards into a shimmery cream bronzer like the RMS Buriti Bronzer. This gives some very soft sculpting and adds warmth to the cheeks.
To get a bold but wet-looking pout, a stain with a clear gloss is the best (and least messy) way to go. Apply the Clarins Water Lip Stain in “Rose Water” in the center of your lips, then pat with a finger to blend. This will give a soft, slightly smudged finish. Over the top, slick on a layer of the Essence Shine Shine Shine Lip Gloss in “01” (secretly the best clear lip gloss on the market—while being unbelievably cheap, too).
Finish the look by scrunching a little of the Lush Revive Hair Moisturizer through your hair for a slightly wet, grungy vibe.
Look 2: sequinned eyes
Adding bold glitter to your makeup look is inherently festive—but it’s also a quick way to create a super striking Zoom presence. Start with a sheer base like the Skin In Motion Work It Tinted Moisturizer, which will allow any freckles to shine through. Set with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Infinity Powder, which gives a candlelit glow to the complexion. A sweep of the Nars Matte Powder Bronzer in the color of your choice will add some soft dimension to the face, while a little dab of the Perricone MD No Highlighter Highlighter will give your cheekbones just a smidgen of gleam.
Lips can be kept minimal too, and the Glossier Balm Dot Com in “Fig” gives just the right flush of rusty coral while keeping things hydrated. The ELF Wow Brow Gel is perfect for adding a hint of fluffy fullness to complement the OTT lids.
For the eyes, first line the upper and lower waterline with smudgy black kohl, like the NYX Professional Makeup Slide On Pencil in “Jet Black.” Gently work the kohl around the lash line, and create a soft wing shape at the outer corner. Once you’ve sketched out a kohl outline you’re happy with, fill in the upper lash line with a black liquid liner like the Guerlain Eyeliner Noir Ebene. Apply a lot of black mascara (the Benefit Bad Gal Bang Volumizing Mascara is exceptionally dramatic) to both the upper and lower lashes. Finally, using a finger, press a generous amount of the Lemonhead Spacejam in “Midnight Society” all across the mobile lid. Keep your eyes closed for a few seconds to give the gel time to dry and set, and you’re good to go!
Look 3: soft and earthy
Green makeup is often thought of as brash and garish—but by opting for soft, earthy vibes, it can be rustic and festive, too. Start with a luminous and perfected complexion, mixing a pump of the Glossier Futuredew with a pump of the Colorscience Tint Du Soleil Cream Foundation for gorgeously glowy coverage. You can add a dab of the RMS Un-Cover Up patted in with a finger on any more obvious blemishes.
For a look like this, more structured brows can help ground the softness, so drawing in some individual hairs with the It Cosmetics Brow Power Eyebrow Pencil Universal is good. Make sure to comb the pencil through with the spoolie to keep things natural.
Cheeks are softly flushed but certainly still matte. A dab of the Glossier Cloud Paint in “Dusk” adds a sculpted look without veering into overly harsh contouring.
For the eyes, first prime with the Smashbox Photo Finish 24 Hour Eye Shadow Primer. A green-toned eyeshadow palette is ideal for this look—I’d go for the Huda Beauty Emerald Obsessions Eye Shadow Palette but any that include a dark green matte, an earthy brown matte, and a minty pale green shimmer will work. First, build up the crease with your brown shade, ensuring it’s seamlessly blended. Fill in the mobile lid with your dark matte green and a flat brush, then use a fluffy brush to blend the green and brown together. Complete the eye look with a barely-there tap of shimmery green on the inner corner, plus a good coating of the L’Oreal Paris Lash Paradise Mascara. Finish with a slick of glowy peachy lip color—the NARS Seductive Sheer Lipstick in “Barbarella” is the perfect retro tone.