It’s official: the holidays are in full swing and that means a calendar full of holiday parties. With those fabulous fetes come a handful of opportunities to kick your day-to-day look up a notch and try something new, so today I wanted to share some holiday makeup inspiration along with some do’s and don’t for each look. Most of these can easily take you from day to night and focus on playing up one feature. What’s your go-to look for the holidays?

Red Lips & Liquid Liner – nothing makes a statement quite like the glamour of this retro look!
Do:  Take the time to line your entire lip before (see our tutorial on the perfect red lip).
Don’t: Overdo the eye makeup, let your lips be the center of attention.

Go Purple – from wine-stained lips to grape eye shadow, purple is everywhere this season, and really brings out blue eyes.
Do:  Choose one feature to play up
Don’t:  Be afraid to mix shades… do a lighter shade on your eyes with a deep merlot on your lips!

Bronze Yourself – a sun kissed complexion isn’t just for the summertime. Get that faux glow to add the perfect hint of goddess to your holiday look
Do: Try a bronzer as your blush for the ultimate in contouring.
Don’t: Overdo it… you don’t want to come off costumey.

Play up your cheeks – when it gets cold outside we can start to loose color on our face, so play up fair skin with peachy cheeks!
Do: Try a cheek stain, which stays on longer than blush.
Don’t: Forget to blend!

Pretty in Hot Pink – I am absolutely obsessed with hot pink lips, and even better if they are super shiny!
Do: Pair this look with solid black.
Don’t: Forget to reapply throughout the night.

Go Glittery – whether going over the top glitter or just a hint, I love shimmer on eyes during the holidays!
Do:  Layer a light shimmer on top of a favorite shadow.
Don’t: Apply it all the way to the brow line! Focus it from the crease down, especially if it’s a dramatic shade.

tips by Martha Lynn Kale

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    Desiree {CHIC COASTAL LIVING} | December 12, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Love that purple eye shadow! I actually have some in the quad I got from Lancome so I will be trying it out! Thanks for the ideas to try something new!

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    The Yuppie Files | December 12, 2012 at 8:12 am

    I’m going to be stealing Taylor Swift’s look for this weekend- I have a formal wedding to go to & wasn’t sure what to do. Perfect timing!

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    Layne | December 12, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I love Taylor Swift’s look, but I always look so weird with bright red lips since I’m very pale! Any recommendations on a lighter red that isn’t too bold. I tried MAC Red, but that was way too bright.

    • Martha Lynn | December 12, 2012 at 11:47 am

      I would try something more crimson it will give you that bold look without feeling like a stop sign 🙂

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    Ashley @ Yeah. We Bake. | December 12, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Gorgeous looks! As much as I would love to pull off a Taylor or an Emma look, I always end up a Kylie. Suppose that’s not a terrible thing though, right?


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    Heather @ Beyond the Aisle | December 15, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I love all of these – especially Emma Stone’s lipstick!

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