Dare to go bold this holiday season with a vibrant red makeup look that will allow you to be playful and unleash your creativity
The festive season with all its glitz and glam is just around the corner, and it is an opportune moment for us to be a bit more daring with our makeup styles. With its christmassy tones, a red makeup look will be quite fitting for the upcoming party season. It’s fun, playful, and works well with different outfits in your wardrobe.
If you don’t know where to start on how to put that gorgeous red eye, face, and mouth makeup look together, here are a few beauty must-have items together with a few hacks that will help you create that sophisticated or edgy look you are after for the holiday season.
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The Red Lipstick
Let’s begin where it matters the most – your lips. You need to get a jaw-dropping red lipstick that you can enjoy way beyond the holidays season to give you that old school glamour look you can choose to go for for classy events such a dinner date or a networking cocktail party.
The Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Rouge Pur Couture Satin Lipstick is the perfect one to have in your little clutch bag for such special occasions. Its lip-smoothing formula contains hydration-boosting ceramides with subtle flower extracts to deliver a luxurious creamy texture to your skin.
Thanks to the lipstick’ buildable full-coverage look, you can opt to dab just a touch of the product on your lips for a light finish or to go for a deeper finish by applying a few rolls of the lipstick gradually until you get the desired effect you are after.
If you are looking for a more subtle finish for your lips, then look no further than the Uncontrollable shade of Estée Lauder Pure Color Matte Lipstick. The long-wearing lipstick with its elegant matte finish will beautifully stick to your lips all day long, whilst you get on with your busy schedule. A blend of apricot oil, raspberry oil, and meadowfoam seed oil in the formula plump up and deeply nourish and soothe your lips.
The Lip Gloss
Layering is a must when it comes down to keeping your lips very glitzy and moisturised all day long for a festive red makeup look. The Clarins Water Lip Stain, Long-Wearing & Matte Finish is a new favourite in my beauty arsenal I’m currently obsessed with. This little highly moisturising lip stain will effortlessly stay on your lips all day long. You’ll be free to enjoy your breakfast, lunch and dinner with snacks in-between without it losing its vibrancy as you first applied it early in the day!
The fade-proof formula is a beautiful concoction of organic raspberry water and aloe vera extract that helps boost and retain moisture combined with Clarins’ anti-pollution complex to shield your lips from environmental aggressions. You can either choose to wear it alone or on top of a lipstick for a more powerful red makeup effect.
NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in the Dragon Girl shade is another fabulous lip gloss to go for. This highly potent liquid lip gloss in a mattifying effect delivers a superb full-coverage your lips will thank you for. The ultra-lightweight and water-resistant liquefied pigment will effortlessly glide on your lips to lend you that je-ne-sais quoi perfect French kiss lips. Enjoy!
A captivating red makeup look commands the best eyeshadow palette that you can afford to create that wow factor with your eyes. The MAC Cosmetics Connect in Color 12-Pan Eyeshadow Palette that works wonders on all skin types and tones will help you unleash your creative side with great ease. The highly pigmented 12 shades in the palette can be mixed and matched in many different ways to help you achieve the perfect red hue you are seeking to create for your look.
Givenchy Limited Edition Le 9 Eyeshadow Palette is another coveted eyeshadow palette that will make your eyes sparkle from afar and turn heads on your path. Beautiful blend these uber pigmented shades to create the perfect effect for your bespoke red eye makeup look. You can definitely afford to be playful for an array of finishes including satin, matte, pearly, and metallic in deep reds, metallic orange, intense copper, and silvery pink.
An eyeliner is another beauty must-have when levelling up your makeup game for the festive season. Shisheido Kajal InkArtist Azuki red shade is the multitasking makeup investment you would love to have if you are part of the less is more beauty tribe.
The vibrant 4-in-1 kajal, liner, eyeshadow, and brow colour will help you take your creativity to the next level. The highly pigmented and waterproof beauty gem is a true joy to play with to design both thin and bold lines around your eyes, or to help you completely saturate your eyelids for an impeccably smooth finish.
DIOR Diorshow On Stage Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner is another hardworking darling to create a show-stopping eyelid design. Available in 16 shades, the lightweight formula with its vivid matte, pearly, and satin finishes will beautifully turn your eyes into the main focal point of your face. Choose to go bold or tone things down with your eye makeup look, depending on your mood and wardrobe style for the day.
The Lip Liner
Estée Lauder Double Wear 24H Stay in Place Lip Liner is the effortlessly chic that will juju up your lips for that perfect mouth shape. The jojoba oil infused lip liner with a matte finish will stay put for up to 24 hours, ensuring your lips contour keeps its moisture all day long.
The caprice shade of Lancôme Le Lip Liner is another one of my favourite lip liners in my beauty arsenal that glides with minimal efforts on my skin to lend me gorgeous lips that only professional makeup artists are able to achieve. You can opt to ditch your lipstick and go all in with this lip liner for a flawless finish.
The groundbreaking Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation with its 58 skin-smoothing shades to choose from, expertly masks skin imperfections to give you that TikTok-ready flawless matte finish. The shine, sweat, and heat resistant formula is buildable, offering medium to full coverage for a whole day wear.
I believe you will fall in love with the Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Liquid Foundation, if you don’t like the idea of disrupting your foundation everytime you kiss a friend or you are stuck under the rain without an umbrella, The waterproof and shine control formula will adhere to your skin and stay put for 24 solid hours. What not to like about it?! The paraben and fragrance-free medium to full coverage foundation is great to even skin tone and minimise shine. Yes, my girls with darker skin tones can get the right foundation for their complexion.
Those who are endowed with superb skin can daringly choose to just apply a touch of blush to their bare skin and get that enviable sun-glow on their cheeks and high points of their face for a streamlined red makeup look.
Vegan and cruelty-free bareMinerals GEN NUDE BLONZER Blush + Bronzer is worth investing in for that naturally looking skin enhancer. The talc-free blush and bronzer combination will add that subtle touch of smoothness to your face in a refined silky finish.
Another great option to check out is Tarte Blush Tape Liquid Blush. This little sunshine in a tube will give a dewy finish to your cheeks that will glow up your face. Mineral pigments in the formula help smooth your skin’s texture, whilst mango butter deeply nourishes and moisturises your skin for a healthy looking appearance.
The Eyelash Curler and Mascara
The one thing you must do before playing with your eyelashes, real and false, or any eyeshadow palette is to prep your eyes. Apply your favourite eye primer first, and then move on to your eyelashes. With its edge-free design that helps prevent eye pinching and its elegant shape, the Shiseido Eyelash Curler will lift your lashes in a gentle way to get them ready for a mascara of your choice.
Speaking of mascara, the FENTY BEAUTY Hella Thicc Volumizing Mascara will help you create fabulous lashes that will open up your eyesight. The voluminising formula with its tapered brush will lift your lashes in a few coats, making them appear thicker and longer. The weightless mascara will become your new best girlfriend for its ability to withstand sweat and dirt all day long. Have fun!
The Setting Powder & Spray
I bet you are not fond of your face turning into a frying pan after a few hours of carefully applied makeup. To avoid all this unnecessary drama and maintain a flawless makeup look, the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder is the best friend you need to keep in your handbag for those occasional touch-ups. The twenty-four hour shine control powder has gained cult status for its ability to softly mattify your face for an elegant elegant finish.
To boost skin hydration and seal in that makeup like a beauty influencer, the Morphe Continuous Prep & Set Setting Mist+ will glow up your face for a radiant complexion. The formula contains ceramides that help nourish and strengthen your skin’s barrier and antioxidants to maintain a supple skin.