There’s nothing like spending a few hours scrolling TikTok to spark your creative makeup juices. Especially since I, like pretty much everyone else at this time of year, am searching for a holiday makeup look that leaves me looking effortlessly striking with a dash of seasonal cheer. Sure, I could turn to some of my old faithful looks like a navy smokey eye or a matte orange-red lip, but #BeautyTok has me convinced there’s something new and shiny to try out for the upcoming holiday season.
After several hours of scrolling, I believe I found three of the prettiest new makeup ideas to debut over the next few weeks. With various office parties, a trip to the ballet to see “The Nutcracker”, and a dinner uptown with a few of my most glamorous friends on my calendar, I decided to test drive my favorite options to see how easy they are to DIY. Keep scrolling for all the holiday makeup inspiration you’ll need this year, plus a few key products to stock up your makeup bag.
Sugar Plum Fairy Makeup
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Cross my heart, I had already booked tickets to the ballet with my best friend by the time Hailey Bieber coined a catchy new makeup trend earlier this month. Sugar Plum Fairy makeup once again utilizes the sun-kissed blush style of summer’s strawberry girl trend in a bright pink shade, which helps replicate that “I was just standing out in the snow with a cup of hot chocolate” look. To get that chilly-cheek look, I used Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Cream Blush in Poppet ($48), and a smattering of Bieber’s now-signature faux freckles across the nose and cheeks (I just used a brown pencil liner) and plenty of dewy highlighter on the high points of the face. I left my skin bare otherwise, as Bieber is known to do, with just a touch of undereye concealer to brighten up my face.
Then I filled in and fluffed my brows and added a coat of lengthening mascara. For the eyes I used a blend of cream shimmery shadow across the lids and a taupe contour in the crease, with another layer of sheer gloss (Gucci Luminous Face & Lip Gloss ($37)) to help the whole thing pop. Finally, some Victoria Beckham Lip Definer in No.5 ($28) lipliner in a brownish-mauve shade and a pinkish lip gloss finished out the look. You best believe I’m going to debut this look when I head to Lincoln Center in a few weeks, complete with a seriously over-the-top faux fur coat.