Easy Holiday Makeup Looks to Try Right Now

The Inspiration

Sometimes all you need to get into the spirit is a holiday red lip, glitter liner, or golden eyeshadow palette. W editors share their go-tos.


The Inspiration:Joan Smalls & Karlie Kloss: Super Modern Supermodels” photographed by Steven Meisel, styled by Edward Enninful; W Magazine July 2012.


“Nothing says holiday like a red nail or lip” – Rickie de Sole, Fashion Market and Accessories Director

Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Scarlet Chinois, $35,


“Finding the right red is like finding the perfect apartment—illusive and trying at best. This true red is ultra flattering, and the gorgeous tube makes pulling it out in public, almost obligatory.” – Mia Adorante, Assistant Beauty Editor

Diorific Mat Lipstick in Fabuleuse, $38,


“Just a hint of glitter.” – Sarah Leon, Digital Director

Lancome Artliner in Bronze, $31,


“This year, I’m taking notes from Miley Cyrus in ‘Back in the Lime Light’ and just covering myself in glitter.” – Emilia Petrarch, Associate Digital Editor

Make Up Forever Glitter, $40,


“Whenever I hit the town, Lauren Remington Platt’s home beauty service gets me ready. A makeup and hair professional comes to your apartment and within an hour I’m holiday party ready.” – Gillian Sagansky, Assistant Writer / Associate to the Editor in Chief

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“It can be tricky to find a shade for brown skin tones that doesn’t look chalky or ashy. A little bit of this goes a long way.” – Sharlyn Pierre, Researcher

OCC Loose Colour Concentrates in Mimosa, $14,


“For an especially fancy party, I like to hand the makeup over to the experts at Rouge, where I know the smokey eye I request will be perfect.” – Jane Larkworthy, Beauty Director

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“This glowing eyeshadow palette adds a festive touch, even for those who prefer the natural look.” – Sue Williamson, Digital Editor

Chosungah 22 Dong Gong Minn Jello Color Eyeshadow Palette, $39,


“Red lipstick looks a bit too harsh on me. I love wearing feminine shade of pink from Edward Bess during the holidays, especially paired with less feminine outfits like a black jumpsuit and blazer instead of a dress.” – Samantha Andriano, Social Media Manager

Edward Bess Ultra Slick Lipstick in Blushed Orchid, $35,