Holiday Makeup Looks for Every Skin Tone


Holiday parties here, holiday parties there, holiday parties everywhere! With festive fiestas as far as the eye can see, it’s time to up our beauty game to match the holiday shimmer and shine. From metallic to subtle glows and edgy glitter, we’ve got your perfect holiday party look for every skin tone.


1)      Silver Shimmer – Dark

With gorgeous darker skin, we’ve chosen a shimmering silver lid and a plum lip! Hues from the holidays made lovely and pretty. To get that effortless metallic sheen on the eyelid, we used Dalish Eye Shadow Cream in E4 as an all-over sweep, then MAC’s Glitter Brilliance in Platinum on the center of the lid.  We blended the same Dalish eye shadow into the upper cheekbone so the shine extends the entire face. The lips are a combo of Maybelline’s Matte in Vibrant Violet and, one of our all-time faves, Gucci’s Iconic Red. Gorgeous!

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2)      Gold Deluxe – Medium

To make a medium skin tone pop, we’ve chosen a gold-hued look that screams holiday luxe! To achieve that 24 carat lid, we used both a cream shadow all over (Lancome’s Hypnose Cream Eye Shadow in Dazzling) as well as a pressed powder to highlight (Shu Uemura’s Pressed Eye Shadow in G Beige 816). Gold and red is a classic holiday combo. We’ve chosen a toned down red for the lips with Maybelline’s Color Blur in Plum Please. Yes, please! Finally, make those cheekbones pop with Benefit’s Watt’s Up! Highlighter. Even if you’ve been out all night the night before, this highlighter ensures no one but you will know. Highlighted, red, golden, and beautiful!

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3)      Edgy Noire – Fair

Not all holiday looks have to be sweet and sparkly. For those with a fair complexion, we’ve gone the edgy and dark route. A dramatic black eye and a nude lip ensure that your holiday look will stand out! After using a base on the lid, we dusted L’Oreal’s Color Infallible in Eternal Black and then heavily lined the eye with Maybelline’s Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil. To highlight the lid, we then added a smidgen of MAC’s Pressed Pigment in Blue Brown. The eyes are the smoky focus of this look so we kept everything else simple with a nude lip (with Dior Rouge in Beige Indecise) and kept the skin fresh and matte. Black, matte and fierce all over.

Written by Sheila Hui.

Thanks to:

Photographer – Anthony James – @anthonyjamesphoto
Make-up – Christine Cho – @christinechobeauty
Dark – Aluad – @aluad_anei
Medium – Sheila @sheilakhui
Fair – Alexis – @armourr
Agency – Lang Models – @langmodels ​


Founder Haute Appetite. @ElizabethMinett

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