If you have all your holiday plans sorted and your party outfits on lock, but still need to figure out what to do with your hair, face and nails, you’ve come to the right spot. We tapped Instagram’s beauty gurus for the best holiday beauty looks to inspire you this season.
When it comes to your holiday hairstyle, it’s the perfect time to try something new. Attempt a cool-girl updo (like a braided top-knot) or an Ariana Grande-style high-pony. If those don’t go as planned, just jazz up your everyday hair with a sparkly accessory and call it a day.
On to your makeup look. Have some fun with a matte red lip and a multi-coloured eye. Better yet, a Christmas lights design like the one Toronto-based makeup artist @makeupbyalinna created will be nothing short of epic. If no-makeup makeup is more your vibe, a poppin’ highlight or a shimmery lid is all you need to make the season bright.
For your nails, OTT glitter polish or sparkly art feels right for this festive time of year. Try your hand at metallic negative space or get inspired by a multi-colour design; see below for a super-cute look created by Essie lead educator Rita Remark. (And if your at-home mani skills are lacking, leave it to the pros and book yourself in at one of these FLARE-approved nail salons.)
Ahead, 12 shining beauty looks to try out this holiday season.
Holiday Hair Ideas
Take your top-knot to the next level and add a french braid. This look is perfect for celebrating with your crew on NYE.
Two words: texture spray. It’ll go a long way to give your hair a lift when going from office to holiday party.
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Last night was the premiere of my short film, BAD WORDS, at the @bufferfestival LGBTQ screening. I was blown away and humbled by the response in the theatre and afterwards on the red carpet – thank you so much for your support, and I CANNOT WAIT to release it on YouTube so I can share it with all of you. 🖤 I put my heart and soul into it and I can say honestly that I’m proud of what we’ve made. Thank you. /// makeup and hair by the incredible and infinitely talented @beautybynate ///
If you have no time to shower between work and play, hide your greasy roots with a sleek high pony.
An embellished hair pin adds a subtle hit of sparkle if you don’t want to go OTT with your holiday look.
Holiday Makeup Ideas
Stick-on sequins are an easy way to take your eye look to the next level. Try this for NYE!
When all else fails, swipe on a bright lipstick. Red is always a safe option but we’re loving fuchsia for a twist this season.
Brushed-up brows and caught-under-the-mistletoe lips are the way to go for a festive night out. We love the subtle matchy eye shadow, too.
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Makeup deets: 🎄 Eyes: for the Christmas lights and eyeliner base I used @jeffreestarcosmetics velour liquid lipsticks in “Queen bee” (yellow), “Equality” (green), “Redrum” (red), “Blue velvet” (blue) from the mini rainbow bundle I used the shade “Drug lord” (white) in the centre of each “bulb” 🎄lips is also “Redrum” from @jeffreestarcosmetics 🎄black line along the crease is @nyxcosmetics liquid liner 🎄Glitters are @Litcosmetics & @Eyecandycosmetics I’m wearing “Raven” from my collab with @bellamihair ❤️ They are having an amazing Black Friday sale where you can get one wig for $69.99 or 2 for $99.99 + free US shipping using code “WIGS” 🙌🏻🙈
If your makeup skills are beauty blogger-level, attempt this delightful twinkle lights look and be the talk of the family dinner table. Artist @makeupbyalinna has all the how-to tips you need!
A poppin’ highlight is all you need for a more laid-back holiday look. Focus on your cheeks and under your brow bone to get this look.
Holiday Manicure Ideas
If you can’t decide on one glitter shade, why not choose five? Now’s the time to go bold, after all.
A glitter negative-space mani in neutral tones will pair well with any holiday outfit—so you don’t need to change your mani for every look.
This updated french mani will take you from office party to Christmas morning to New Year’s Eve celebrations, and you’ll never notice the regrowth.