31 Makeup Looks To Liven Up Your Zoom Holiday Party

Holiday gatherings look a little different this year due to COVID-19. But even though IRL dinners and parties are on pause, that doesn’t mean you can’t get cute and festive for yourself or virtually on Zoom.

Cozy sweaters and festive gear aside, makeup is one of the easiest ways to play up your features this season. Inspiration for new looks isn’t always the easiest to find, though, especially in between sifting through all the noise on social media.

To keep you from feeling stuck when you pull out your makeup bag, we rounded up chic looks to try this holiday season, from bold winged eye shadow to festive monochromatic colors that’ll make you feel more spirited — yes, even from your crib — ahead.

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Camo-colored clothes had a moment, but this olive-toned shadow look on Alexa Demie by makeup artist Kale Teter will really turn heads.
Celebrity makeup artist Allan Avendaño used the Pat McGrath Mothership I: Subliminal Palette and Kevyn Aucoin Exotique Diamond Eye Gloss to create an iridescent disco-ball lid on Jodie Smith. We’ll be dancing in the kitchen with a similar one, stat.
Pair a line of hot-pink liner like Mali Magic did on Ashley Blaine Featherson with a matching magenta lip color to make your face the center of attention at Christmas dinner.
Use pumpkin pie and apple cider as inspiration for gradient bronze eyelids, like Nikkie Tutorials did for this look.
There’s something about glossy purple that looks downright royal on rich complexions and this glam on Kiki Layne by Keita Moore is proof.
Celebrity makeup artist Beau Nelson gave Valerie Pachner a classic black cat-eye and the kind of glowing skin you can never go wrong with — no matter the time of year.
It’s officially time to pull out your vampy purples — just ask MonicaStyleMuse, who makes a strong case in Coloured Raine liquid lip in Roulette.
Upgrade your basic smoky eye to a sultry one by adding a pop of color in your lower lash line similar to Raye Boyce’s.
Want to be the extra cousin at the family party? Just show up in deep purple eye shadow and a bold cut crease look like Arshia Moorjani.
Matte cherry lipstick, a sharp black wing, and feathery lashes are the perfect holiday party trifecta — just ask Makeup Shayla.
Statement eyes aren’t limited to gold and silver metals. Try opting for a purple metallic look, like the one Fenty Beauty global makeup artist Priscilla Ono achieved using Fenty Beauty’s Diamond Bomb 2 on top of black eye shadow.
Pack on shimmery blue shadow in the center of your onyx smoky eye, like Allan Avendaño did on Isabela Merced, to give it a mermaid vibe.
Use your glittery outfit as inspiration when you’re in a makeup rut and extend a shimmery color out towards your temples. Keep this photo of Rowan Blanchard close by as inspiration.
Before you get on your FT date, don’t forget your golden inner-corner highlight, which celebrity makeup artist Emily Cheng proves will brighten up your entire face.
Celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose gave Gugu Mbatha-Raw a color-blocked effect that featured a teal flick on her upper lash line and Chanel Blackcurrant lip crayon, a staple berry color for fall.
Bored with your basic wing? Avendaño added some glitter in the middle of his clients’ to dress it up.
This caramel-colored makeup on Indya Moore is almost better than a cup of warm hot cocoa.
When you’re getting ready for a holiday party, a deep oxblood lip color will make all the difference to your beauty look. Celebrity makeup artist Alex Babsky used Serge Lutens Matte Lipstick in M3 on the stunning Taylor Russel.
We’re not gonna lie — we’ve already started tucking away our vivid pastel colors from summer, but this lavender liner Babsky did on Ruth Negga is proof that pastel is still in.
Ditch your red lipstick for a vampy onyx color, like Vincent Oquendo did on Lily Collins. Bonus points if you have a champagne-colored shadow to pair with your look.
Trade your black and silver smoky eye for grape-colored tones and a lilac inner corner. Pair it with a milky nude lipstick like Moore did to keep all the attention on your eyes.
You don’t have to follow a complicated YouTube tutorial to make your makeup stand out — just dust off that fresh blue liner that’s been sitting in your makeup bag and follow this look Moore did on Marsai Martin.
Keep a brick-colored lipstick (similar to this one Cheng used on Yara Shahidi for the 2018 SAG Awards) in your purse or desk for when you need to quickly vamp up your look before a date.
Unlike how we look coming off a red-eye flight, this crimson-colored lid is one we actually want to be seen everywhere with.
Gunmetal shadow is instantly more interesting when paired with a copper-colored liner like Jackie Aina’s.
Shimmer doesn’t have to be plastered all over your face to make a statement. Avendaño tightly focused it along Joey King’s top and bottom lash lines to make her eyes sparkle.
If you’ve been on the fence about color-blocked makeup, this yellow and red combo on Tracee Ellis Ross is enough to convince us to cross over.
Not every gorgeous makeup look requires using vibrant colors and bold textures. Utilize the matte browns and taupes in your collection to create a natural look that works for day or night, like this look modeled by Tamera Mowry.
We’re still undecided on what we love more: Hailee Steinfeld’s feathery brows or her merlot-colored lipstick.
Neon pink might feel off-season when it comes to our closets, but Lily Aldridge is proof that it works for our eyelids, especially when smudged with champagne-colored shadow.
When all else fails, you can never go wrong with a classic smoky eye, chiseled cheekbones, and pearlescent lip gloss like this glowy look done by pro artist Mali Magic.
Depending on how extra you’re feeling, we recommend taking a page from Ono’s book and mimicking this matte chocolate eye she created on Megan Thee Stallion with single rhinestones along the bottom lash.

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