‘Tis the season to glam up your beauty routine. Our Christmas makeup ideas guide features looks for everything from Christmas Eve to your annual office party. Whether you prefer a subtle glow or a look that outshines the decorations, it takes just a few updates to completely transform your festive makeup repertoire.

Christmas Eve makeup
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Want to look like you’ve just popped back from the Caribbean despite the frost outside? A flush of bronze is an ethereal way to add warmth to your look. After applying your foundation, use a large, soft makeup brush to gentle sweep into your bronzer. Tap off any excess and dust it from your cheekbones to your temple and nose in a circular buffing motion. It'll give a youthful flush to your skin, providing sun-kissed radiance without the holiday price tag.

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The new neutral

If you want your outfit to steal the show, why not complement your look with a neutral palette of champagne hues? Use a semi-sheer foundation for dewy skin, and then apply a dab of shimmering highlighter to your cheekbones, brow-line and cupids bow. Finish your look with a glossy lip and two or three layers of volumising mascara for a natural look with an incandescent glow.

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Statement lips

For defined statement lips that last all night long, the key is in the lip liner. Start by outlining your lips using a pencil that matches your lipstick or is one shade darker. Fill in your lips with your lipstick and finish with a lipstick sealant for a smudge-proof pout. Keep a moisturising balm or gloss handy to keep your lips shiny and hydrated.

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Green with perfection

Want to add a little cheer to your eye makeup routine? Bewitching shades of green are naturally flattering on all skin tones. We recommend less pigmented hues on those with a fairer complexion, whereas darker skin can pull off rich emerald. Keep the rest of your look minimal with a glowing complexion, soft blush and nude lip.

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Embrace metallic

Metallic shadows are the perfect way to incorporate a little sparkle into everyday looks without going overboard. Start by applying a primer on your lids to keep the shadow from creasing. Next, apply a light neutral matte eyeshadow over your lids and up to the brow bone. Dab a dot of creamy metallic shadow to just the inner corners of the eye, or blend it along the whole eyelid for more of an impact. Complete the look by tracing your top lash line with liquid eye liner and a couple of coats of mascara.

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Smoke show

Smokey, smouldering eyes are a glorious finishing touch to your Christmas party makeup. Cream eyeshadow pots or long-wear colour sticks are ideal for creating an effortless festive makeup look without any fuss. Simply apply to the roots of your lashes and blend up to your socket using a finger. Try blending navy or forest-green shade along with gunmetal grey or warm brown tones.

Go from office to party
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In search of efficient, party-ready Christmas makeup hacks that you can master without leaving your desk? These tips will have you looking refreshed in no time at all.

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Luminous skin

After a long day at work, revive your skin’s glow with a highlighter. Mix a drop in with your foundation for a subtle dewy flush, or apply in a C shape around your eyes to enhance and illuminate your features.

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Blush cheeks

Dab a creamy blusher in the centre of your cheeks and use a damp beauty blender for flawless application. This will give a rosy look that is natural and effortless.

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Get cranberry lips

Cranberry-coloured lips offer a modern update on the classic red, and are perfect for thematic Christmas day makeup. Why not indulge the trend and try a lipstick in this deep velvety shade? Apply with your finger for a subtle ‘bitten’ look that will bathe your face in a rosy glow. For a more dramatic effect, use a matte shade and pair with a lip liner.