This Dark & Sultry Festive Makeup Look is Perfect for a Holiday Party

Shonagh Scott
by Shonagh Scott
7 Materials
30 Minutes

Not everyone loves bright colors for Christmas. Just because it's the holidays, that doesn't mean you have to wear a Santa-red lip! In fact, this dark festive makeup look will give you the glamour you want for your holiday parties, with more of a sexy edge.

Follow this tutorial to learn how to do this sultry festive makeup from your eyes, to cheeks, to lips. The holiday makeup look is glittery and dramatic, so you are going to stand out at your party!

Tools and materials:

  • Multi-colored eyeshadow palette
  • Assorted makeup brushes
  • Glitter gel eyeshadow
  • Eyeliner
  • Mascara
  • False eyelashes
  • Lipstick
Eyeshadow palette

For this tutorial, I'm using this Gwen Stefani eyeshadow palette. Of course, you can use your own palette, but try to match similar shades to get the same look.

Sweeping eyeshadow above the crease

1. Eyeshadow

Starting with a deep-toned color, sweep the eyeshadow across your eyelid above the crease. Work it in using a fluffy eyeshadow brush in circular motions to distribute the shadow evenly. You may want two or three applications of this shade to get the intensity of color you want.

Applying a lighter eyeshadow below the brow

Use an angled eyeshadow brush to apply a blonde shade of shadow just under your eyebrow.

Applying a deep burgundy eyeshadow

Next is a deep burgundy shade. Apply this shade just above the crease line of your eye.

Blending and buffing eyeshadow with a brush

Use a blending brush to buff it in. Like with the initial shade you used, you can apply more than one layer of this to get a more intense crease.

Dark festive eye makeup

Now switch to a chocolate color and apply that to the crease line of your eye with a small eyeshadow brush.

Applying a cream eyeshadow to the mobile lid

With an ivory/cream shadow, use a small brush to apply it to the entire mobile eyelid (below the crease) and inner corners.

Blending brown and cream shades together

Apply the chocolate shadow to the outer edge of your eyelid. Use a blending brush to blend in some of the ivory/cream shade from before.

Applying glitter gel eyeshadow to the lids

2. Add glitter

Apply some glitter gel eyeshadow to your whole mobile eyelid. Keep your eyes looking down while the glitter dries so it doesn’t transfer to your upper eyelid.

Glittery festive eye makeup

3. Lining the eyes

Use the same brown shade that you used for your outer corners and apply it under your lower eyelashes, connecting the line to the eyeshadow on the outer corner of your eye.

Applying eyeliner to the waterline

Apply a dark eyeliner on the waterline of your lower lid.

Drawing winged eyeliner along the upper lid

Create a thin winged eye line in your upper lid using a black liner. Keep the line very thin on the inner corner and widen it as you approach the outer corner.

Drawing a point in the inner corners

Use your eyeliner to create a small point at the inner corners. 

Applying mascara to lower lashes

4. Eyelashes

Apply one coat of black mascara to your upper lashes, and two coats to your lower lashes.

Applying false eyelashes

Now apply false eyelashes to your upper lashes following the package directions.

Applying glitter to the inner corner

5. Finishing touches

Go back to that inner point you created, and add some glitter shadow, using a very small brush.

Applying blush to the cheekbones

6. Blush

Use your favorite powder blush and apply it to the hollows of your cheek and just above your cheekbone, using a large fluffy brush.

Applying blush to the apples of the cheeks

Next, apply a rosier cream blush to the apples of your cheeks, pulling it slightly up and back.

Dark lipstick for the festive makeup look

7. Lip color

Use your favorite lip color on your lips, but note that a nice deep shade will tie in very well with your eye makeup.

Dark festive makeup look

Dark festive makeup tutorial

If this doesn’t shout holiday glam, nothing does! You are definitely ready to party with this festive holiday makeup. Try it out and leave a comment to let me know what you liked best about this holiday makeup tutorial.

Products used

Suggested materials:
  • Multi-colored eyeshadow palette
  • Assorted makeup brushes
  • Glitter gel eyeshadow
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  • Jo Jo on Dec 24, 2021

    I love it, I'm gonna try it for our New Years Eve party.