10 Easy Holiday Makeup Tutorials to Lean On All Season Long

holi-slay, if you will

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Source: Danielle Marcan
Source: Danielle Marcan

If there’s one thing about the holiday season, it’s that at one point or another, you’re going to see everyone you know. Family you haven’t seen in a year, friends new and old, co-workers at office parties, past flings at your hometown bar, that girl you kind of knew in high school and aren’t sure if it’s weird to say hi when she’s next to you in line at the grocery store—nowhere is safe. It’s the season of being prepared to see anyone at any time, and having a few go-to holiday makeup looks under your belt will have you looking gorgeous and feeling ready for any and all occasions. 

Fear not: holiday makeup looks do not have to mean drawing snowflakes on your cheeks and Santa hats on your eyelids (though if that’s what you’re doing, we bow down to you). This year, we want to pull looks that are on-trend, simple, and can work on repeat all season long. We dug into the never-ending mountain of beauty tutorials on TikTok to find the ones worth repeating this season. These 10 are festive AF, not too overdone, and are totally doable for beginners.

1. A Green & Gold Lash Line

Colored liners have been all of the craze in 2023, and this green-and-gold moment is a must-try for the holiday season. Add a wash of matte green to your lower lash line, then top it off with a touch of gold shadow or glitter. It’s subtle enough to pull off at any holiday event, but out-of-the-box enough that it’ll earn you endless compliments.

2. Classic Holiday Glam

Trends cicle through seemingly every few weeks in the beauty world, but a classic, holiday glam look will never go out of style. A simple eye, long lashes, and a bold lip—you really can’t go wrong with this look for any and all holiday affairs. If you’re looking for a timeless option to lean on, look no further. 

3. Cold Girl Chic


its november which means cold girl makeup!!!❄️☃️ (i have a TON of fall makeio coming soon as well) > PRODUCTS @L.A. Girl Cosmetics orange corrector @wetnwildbeauty loose powder ‘deep’ @Milani 2-in-1 foundation ‘13’ @YSL Beauty nu skin tint @Maybelline New York matte foundation @Fenty Beauty eaze drop stick @thread beauty concealer ‘04’ @ColourPop Cosmetics concealer colourpop cosmetics blue velvet palette @NYX Professional Makeup jumbo eye pencil wet n wild brown eyeliner fenty beauty lip gloss nyx butter gloss ‘praline’ ‘apple crisp’ lagirl brow pomade wet n wild loose powder ‘translucent maybelline pressed powder @Makeup Revolution x tammi face palette ‘deep’ (i used the blush and contour) > > TAGS #coldgirlmakeuplook #coldgirlmakeup #coldgirlmakeuptutorial #makeuptutorial #blackgirlmakeup #tiffanyglowss #icymakeup #icemakeup

♬ original sound – ci

Trying to get the look of “I’m braving 30 degree weather” isn’t necessarily a beauty trend I saw coming, but I’m definitely obsessed. Add an excess of berry-toned cream blush along your cheeks and nose to give a soft, feminine glow that looks like you just got in from the cold.

4. Simple Rhinestone Eyes 


nothing a little gem can’t fix ✨ which one is your fav? I kinda love the bedazzled beauty marks 🤭 #rhinestonemakeup #makeupideas #makeupinspo #rhinestoneeyes


No, using rhinestones in your makeup looks doesn’t have to be as intense as Euphoria. Adding just a couple of gems to a super simple—or even bare—eye is an effortless way to channel a clean, cool-girl moment. Imagine this serve at a New Year’s Eve party… absolutely yes. 

5. Smudged Eyeliner With a Glitter Shadow


#getreadywithme for a holiday party but make it effortless cool girl. 😎 i’m so in love with this soft grunge makeup look and the fact that it took 5 minutes because the @RMS Beauty Eyelights from The Eye Love Trio are so easy to work with! my picks were: Blaze, and Strobe for this look. you can build them up for something bolder or blend them out for a softer, lighter look. use autym15 when you build your Eye Love Trio kit with any 3 Eyelights Cream Shadow shades 🖤 #rmspartner #xoRMS #tumblr #90sgrungemakeup #softgrungemakeup #effotlessmakeup #indiesleazeaesthetic #smokeyeyelook #grungemakeuplook #fallmakeup #coolgirlaesthetic #messymakeuplook

♬ Aesthetic – Tollan Kim

Make undone, smudged eyeliner holiday-worthy with the addition of a light wash of shimmery eyeshadow on the lid. It’ll make your eyes the star of your makeup look while giving “holiday cheer” rather than “I’m listening to Paramore again.”

6. Minimal Makeup With Glowy Skin


glowy everyday makeup using some of my favourite products 💫🧚🏼🍦🍑💋

♬ Normal Girl – SZA

With the cold holiday season comes inevitably dry skin, but you don’t have to settle for a cracked or flaky base anymore. Prep your skin with moisturizing products, and use lightweight, glowy base products for skin that doesn’t look like winter is wreaking havoc on it—even if it is. Complete the look with simple eye makeup and a touch of cream highlighter on your cheekbones.

7. A Wash of Single Eyeshadow


Replying to @Live can you believe it was just one shadow!! @Jouer Cosmetics Paris eye paint in Brilliante #jouercosmetics #jouer #liquideyeshadow #glittershadow #easyeyeshadow #easyeyemakeup #creamshadow #makeuptutorial #holidaypartymakeup

♬ bags – sped up sounds

Lazy makeup wearers, it’s your time to shine. A wash of liquid or cream eyeshadow with just a light layer of mascara to top it off gives you a MUA-esque look with almost zero effort. Trust me: There’s literally no way to mess this one up.

8. A Shimmery Eyelid


The IT girl makeup for the holidays🎄💄 This will be the trend for that Chic glittery makeup! And it is so easy to achieve! #holidaymakeup credits to: @Claudia Neacsu ❤️ #holidaymakeuplook

♬ original sound – Michelle🤍

There’s nothing like a touch of glitter on the eye for the holiday season, and it’s shockingly un-complicated to achieve. Apply a wash of a shimmery shadow to your lids with your finger, and blend the edges out with a brush dipped in a touch of matte shadow in a shade similar to your skin tone. The result is angelic, eye-catching, and totally stunning for the holidays.

9. Timeless Eyeshadow


A super easy eye look for the holidays! Tag someone who should wear this!✨🥰#makeuptutorial #holidaymakeup #viral #makeuphacks

♬ original sound – Trevor Barrett

If you don’t necessarily love doing your makeup, but still want to show up and show out for all those hometown holiday run-ins, this is the video for you. This natural, easy eye look works for every kind of eye shape, size, and color. It’s a fool-proof way for beginners to indulge in a little holiday glam.

10. Bold Red Eyeliner


This look is subtle and understated yet intense in a way that I can’t explain…and I LOVE it♥️ #effortlessmakeup #eyelinerhack #eyelinerideas #redeyeliner

♬ dźwięk oryginalny – bitterliesprodz

If you’re willing to get a little wild with your eye makeup, this red eyeliner is for you. I saw you in my hometown bar stunting this look with a matching red lip, I’d note the fact that you definitely did not peak in high school.