Easy but Impactful Holiday Makeup Looks For Virtual Celebrations
This year's holiday celebrations are unusual, to say the least. Ah, let's be honest — they're kind of weird! But while it may be disappointing to miss IRL toasts and hugs, look on the bright side: technology means we don't have to fully sacrifice our social lives, we will save actual lives by doing the video party thing, and next year's holidays will be a lot better when we can be together again. Plus, you can still get all dressed up for a streaming get-together, complete with some festive makeup to make things feel a smidge more normal.
So go on, make an iCal date, and plan a festive look already. And if you need inspiration for easy, quick holiday party makeup that will look good even if your Wi-Fi gets sluggish, look no further than e.l.f. Cosmetics. The brand is known for creating on-trend makeup that won't bust your budget. Keep reading for ideas and product recommendations for this uniquely onscreen season of holiday parties.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Sheer Matte Liquid Lipstick
OK, so it's three minutes till your Zoom party starts, your place is less than tidy, and your face is bare. Use the next two-and-a-half minutes to create a clutter-free background, then save the remaining 30 seconds for the e.l.f. Cosmetics Sheer Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6). Its soft matte finish provides all the look you need and, thanks to its jojoba oil, feels smooth on lips, too.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Lash It Loud Mascara
Whether you're going for no-makeup makeup or a full-blown look, the e.l.f Cosmetics Lash It Loud Mascara ($6) is the one to have on hand. The volumizing formula and flexible wand make lashes look thicker and fuller in only one coat — and build nicely if you seek a lot more lash.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Flawless Brightening Concealer
If you stayed up past your bedtime binging a new series, you'll want to have the e.l.f. Cosmetics Flawless Brightening Concealer ($5) on hand in the morning. Not only does it cover dark circles to keep the eye area looking fresh, but it also imparts a luminous finish to reflect light. The end result: you look your bright-eyed best.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Beautifully Bare Natural Glow Face Palette
The e.l.f. Cosmetics Beautifully Bare Natural Glow Face Palette ($8) has natural-looking bronzer, radiant highlighter, and two blushes — exactly the skin-enhancing, glow-giving combination to make your fellow partygoers wonder if you've discovered some new magical Zoom filter.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Wow Brow Gel
Brows are often ignored, but grooming them makes a person look just a little bit more put together. Since the goal here is to be quick and easy, bypass an elaborate brow. Instead, do a speedy cleanup and set with the e.l.f. Cosmetics Wow Brow Gel ($4). Available in five shades, the wax-gel hybrid fluffs up hairs to take brows to their full potential.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Satin Eyeliner Pencil
Sometimes, the oldest makeup tricks are still the best. Case in point: tightlining, which defines the lash line without adding visual thickness. Since you'll always want a sharp point for the best results, pick up a couple of the e.l.f. Cosmetics Satin Eyeliner Pencil ($2). At only $2 each, you can afford to have multiple colors and the most consistently sharp pencil in town.
e.l.f. Cream Contour Palette
Highlight your temples, sculpt your cheeks, and emphasize all of your features with the e.l.f. Cosmetics Cream Contour Palette ($8). The award-winning quartet of colors allows you to create custom contour shades, and if you're into flattering neutrals, you can even use one hue all over (eyes, lips, face!) for a unified makeup look.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Runway Ready Lip Palette
Why settle for one lip color when you can have six — or more? The e.l.f. Cosmetics Runway Ready Lip Palette ($8) contains a half dozen of rich, creamy lip colors that can be worn individually or mixed for a custom shade. The moisturizing formula feels smooth on the lips, and thanks to the included brush, it's easy to paint it on perfectly in no time — every time.