Christmas parties are go! If you are in the market to make up for last year’s washout, take note of these festive looks to add some shimmer and shine to the whole affair.

If you are doubling down on your Christmas revelry to compensate for last year but feel a bit rusty when it comes to party make-up looks, do not fear. We’ve outlined three festive looks for you to try that are so easy they can be done in the back of a cab; in the work bathroom; or even if you have five minutes before the babysitter arrives. And what’s more, they’re guaranteed to add a little sparkle magic to your night out.

All That Glitters

If you can’t wear a hint of glitter at Christmas, when can you? Worried about looking like a disco ball? Think glitter’s only for festivals? Think again. A multi-faceted shimmer in a deep jewel shade or luxe metallic is a dramatic, festive look that’s easy to achieve.


Trinny London

Eyetallics, £18

These clever, easy-to-use pots of shimmering colour promise maximum pay-off. Buy them here.


Shadeshifting Duo Chrome Eyeshadow, £17.50

These clever dual-coloured pots from Mac offer a kaleidoscope of colour in multi-pearlescent pigments. Buy them here.

Laura Mercier

Caviar Stick Eye Colour, £13

An easy ‘draw on’ stick in a range of celestial metallics, it is perfect for those looking for a hint of shimmer. Buy it here.

Smouldering Eyes

Statement, smouldering eyes are a classic ‘go-to’ party look. Pair with flawless skin and a nude lip for a modern take and forget black – it’s Christmas! Pick a colour palette that compliments your eye colour for a fun twist.



The Muse Palette, £43

A versatile party palette of burnt terracottas and deep smouldering berry tones, with a couple of pans of shimmer to add a final flourish of sparkle. Buy it here.


Beautopsy Palette, £59

These clever ombre pans from Hindash make for a fool-proof smoky eye, from a pop of pink to a festive red. Buy it here.

Charlotte Tilbury

Easy Eye Palette Super Nudes, £45

If you’re looking to create a classic smouldering look, Charlotte Tilbury has taken the guess work out for you with an edit of finely milled pigment across a range of gradually deepening nudes. Available from cashmere cream to a deep inky black. Buy it here.

Timeless Glamour

An all-out old-school Hollywood look is a failsafe showstopper, keeping skin velvety soft with a soft glow and eyes framed but minimal. Finish with a statement red or berry lip for real party glamour.


Pat McGrath Labs

Matte Trance Lipstick £35

True. Traffic. Stopping. Glamour. Trust Pat McGrath, the queen of pigment, to give us a deep, saturated matte red lip in the perfect vintage shade. If you’re looking to up the ante, red lips paired with a silver eye shadow make the perfect festive pairing. Buy it here.


L’Absolu Rouge Drama Ink Lipstick, £27.50

If you are looking for failsafe application for lip touch ups on the go, this cleverly shaped applicator from Lancome makes reapplying a breeze. In fourteen shades, this lightweight ink formula does not budge… even under the mistletoe. Buy it here.


Phyto Rouge Lipstick, £41

A colour-saturated formula, with conditioning natural oils, perfect for dry winter skin. Buy it here.

By Lydia Mansi
December 2021

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