Subtle Glam Holiday Makeup Tutorial

Shonagh Scott
by Shonagh Scott
17 Materials
30 Minutes

Today's look is a subtle glam makeup tutorial, perfect for those of you that want something glittery and eye-catching but not over the top!

It's the ultimate Christmas Day makeup look, the perfect date night makeup, and it would suit everyone! It's so simple to recreate that it's ideal for beginners as well as pros.

Tools and materials:

  • Foundation in a light and a dark shade 
  • Makeup sponge
  • Brow pen
  • Clear brow gel
  • Eyeshadow palette (see specific shades in the tutorial)
  • Tapered blending brush
  • Pencil brush 
  • Liquid gold glitter eyeshadow
  • Small blending brush (crease brush)
  • Gel eyeliner
  • Mascara
  • False eyelashes
  • Concealer
  • Finishing powder
  • Bronzer
  • Blush (2 shades)
  • Matte lipstick
Applying foundation

1. Apply foundation

Using a makeup sponge, apply foundation evenly on your skin.

Off-camera, I’ve filled in my eyebrows using an eyebrow pen. Then I set them in place with a clear, brow gel.

Feel free to do the same if that’s part of your routine.

Applying eyeshadow

2. Apply warm pink eyeshadow

Use your tapered blending brush to buff on a warm pink color onto the eye socket and around the outer edge. This will give a warm glow around the eyes.

No need to try to create a specific shape for this holiday makeup because the goal is to keep it simple, yet glam.

Eyeshadow on the lids

3. Apply pale pink eyeshadow

Use your pencil brush to apply a pale pink eyeshadow to the arch of the eyebrow bone. This will make it more prominent.

Applying eyeshadow

4. Go back to the warm pink

Using a clean pencil brush, apply the warm pink underneath the lower lashes.

Applying eyeshadow

5. Apply a metallic rose eyeshadow

Next, using your finger, apply the metallic rose color to the main part of your eyelids. (If you use a brush, you end up losing some of the metallic pigment.)

Applying eyeshadow

6. Apply a champagne gold glitter shadow

Now take a gold, champagne glitter shadow and apply it on top of the rose.

Applying eyeshadow

7. Intensify the crease

Then, using that warm pink shade, intensify the crease with a small, crease brush. This will make the gold pop.

Applying eyeshadow

8. Apply eyeliner

For a more subtle eyeliner, choose a muddy brown shade of liquid eyeliner, rather than a black.

Take the liner all the way across the lid and thicken the wing on the outer edge, elongating it upwards.

Applying eyeliner

Then apply the eyeliner along the waterline to give it more of a sultry, evening finish.

Alternatively, you can apply a cream eyeliner there to make the eyes appear bigger.

Applying eyeliner

9. Apply mascara

Apply your favorite mascara to your upper lashes. 

Applying mascara

After this, I applied false lashes off-camera.

False eyelashes

10. Brighten

Using concealer, brighten under the eyes as well as the central panels of the face. First apply a few spots as I’ve done below.

Applying concealer

Then use a damp, makeup sponge to press them into the skin.


11. Apply a deep-toned foundation

Use a deeper, warmer shade as a bronzer around the forehead, on the ridges of the nose and on the upper cheekbones to sculpt the face.

Press it into the skin at the cheeks and forehead with your sponge.

Blending bronzer

Then use a small brush to blend the bronzer on the ridges of the nose.


12. Apply finishing powder

Using your sponge, press finishing powder through the center of your face, then use what’s left of the sponge around the rest of the face.

Applying finishing powder

13. Apply a powder bronzer

Apply powdered bronzer in the areas where you applied the deep-toned foundation.

This step is optional, but I’ve applied the powdered bronzer since the finishing powder weakened the warmth and definition from step 11.

Applying blush

14. Apply blush

Apply blush to your cheeks. Mine includes a two-toned pink as well as a champagne shade.

This adds a highlight and a pop of color at the same time.

Applying blush

15. Apply lipstick

Use a matte lipstick that matches the same tones as the rest of the makeup. 

Applying lipstick

Here’s my subtle glam makeup look:

Glam holiday makeup

Glam holiday makeup

So that completes my subtle, festive, glam holiday makeup.

I hope you love it. It’s fairly simple to recreate and it is suitable for everybody if you make adjustments to match your skin tone.

If you try this makeup for Christmas, show me in the comments below. And, for more glam beauty content, check out my Glitter Green Eye Makeup Tutorial.

Suggested materials:
  • Foundation in a light and a dark shade
  • Makeup sponge
  • Brow pen
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Join the conversation
  • Christine Cajigas Christine Cajigas on Dec 15, 2022

    I have the same skin tone as you. I am 62 and I'm looking forward to using my new Luminous application kit. Do you feel this type of result's would look good on me? Or am I pushing it to far trying to look young? If you can't get back to me before Christmas. I wish you and all reader's, as well as the behind the scenes worker's a very Merry Christmas!

    • Shonagh Scott Shonagh Scott on Dec 16, 2022

      Hi Christine,

      Makeup is all personal preference but my advice would be to try it on a day when you have no plans to venture out and see how you feel in, how it wears and maybe ask some family members for their honest opinion. You can always adapt it in a way that becomes more age appropriate, using lighter layers, changing up the eye makeup from dark liner along the waterline to a cream colour for a softer look, mascara rather than lashes, etc… lots of ways to adapt it IF you feel it’s too much for you.

      Have a wonderful Christmas!