These Glam Holiday Looks Will Get You in the Festive Mood, Guaranteed
Real talk: this year's holiday parties definitely aren't the usual over-the-top blowouts, with Champagne and confetti and that unassuming coworker turning out to be an absolute karaoke beast. But instead of missing the pandemic-prohibited party you can't have, why not shift your perspective on virtual fetes? A Zoom toast can be oddly fun! Plus, if you're hanging out with your favorite people over a screen, your party prep doesn't really change. You can still put on a fantastic dress — though this year, you can wear slippers with it instead of stilettos. (Nobody will know, but your feet will thank you.)
Of course, taking a few moments for hair and makeup can also remind you that screen soirées are something to look forward to. Set aside some time to come up with a festive makeup look, and you can create your own glamour from home. It just takes a little creativity and the right spirit — along with some sparkly, glossy little things from e.l.f. cosmetics. (We've selected a few musts for holiday makeup kits ahead.) So sit down, crank up e.l.f.'s version of Auld Lang Syne to get you in the mood, and get ready to party like it's 2021 . . . because thankfully, it almost is!
e.l.f. cosmetics Winged & Bold Luxe Lash Kit
If there's one day of the year that calls for false lashes, it's Dec. 31. The e.l.f. cosmetics Winged & Bold Luxe Lash Kit ($4) makes it easy and affordable to top off your look with a set of full, flirty, statement lashes. Even if — no, especially if — your festivities are happening on Zoom, it's best to have a pair on hand for some fun.
e.l.f. cosmetics Glow Gleam Beam Highlighter Palette
Take your radiance level from low-key daytime to full-on night with this e.l.f. cosmetics Glow Gleam Beam Highlighter Palette ($10). Its glitter, shimmer, and metallic finishes provide so many ways to shine bright, so you can go from holiday virtual happy hour to a dramatic evening look.
e.l.f. cosmetics Waterproof Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara
Pretty much every holiday makeup look involves mascara, and this e.l.f. cosmetics Waterproof Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara ($4) will stand up through hours' worth of laughing, talking, toasting, and wet winter weather. A no-brainer, really.
e.l.f. cosmetics Earth & Ocean Eyeshadow Palette
Dazzling and dreamy — that's the vibe of the e.l.f. cosmetics Earth & Ocean Eyeshadow Palette ($14). Use it to create an unexpectedly colorful smoky eye, or lean into the earth tones for a more subdued (yet just as alluring) look.
e.l.f. cosmetics Lip Lacquer
For a classic holiday makeup look with a twist, start with a matte foundation and blush. Play off that velvety finish with some e.l.f. cosmetics Lip Lacquer ($3) on the lips — plus a dab on the middle of your eyelids. The not-so-expected contrast is gorgeous.
e.l.f. cosmetics No Budge Retractable Eyeliner
When you're ready to party, your eyeliner had better keep up. That means no smearing, slipping, or smudging. (Actually, those guidelines work for partygoers, too.) This e.l.f. cosmetics No Budge Retractable Eyeliner ($4) gives eyes excellent definition without wandering — and stays in place 'til midnight and beyond.
e.l.f. cosmetics Jelly Highlighter
The e.l.f. cosmetics Jelly Highlighter ($6) is an award-winning multiuse highlighter with an incredibly bouncy texture. Wear it alone for an alluring gleam, mix it into foundation for all-over luminosity, or use it as a finishing accent over the rest of your makeup. However you use it, get ready to glow in a good way.
e.l.f. cosmetics Bite-Size Face Duo
Here's the neat thing about the e.l.f. cosmetics Bite-Size Face Duo ($3): its highlighter and cheek color work with all sorts of holiday makeup looks, but the shades are versatile enough to last you throughout 2021. Unless you are truly a makeup maverick — in which case, go on with your bad self — you cannot say the same about building a look around lime-green eyeshadow.
e.l.f. cosmetics Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow
Is it truly the holidays without a little — or a lot — of sparkle? No, it is not. And this e.l.f. cosmetics Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow ($5), available in 11 light-catching shades, brings a disco ball's worth of reflective beauty with every swipe.