Whether they’re IRL or over Zoom, you’re likely facing a ton of holiday invites this season. And that means one thing: having fun with your makeup, obviously. We’ve rounded up five inspo-worthy looks, plus some ideas about how you can recreate them at home.

Shay Mitchell’s Cherry-Chocolate Brown


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This bold-lip monochromatic look from Canadian fave Shay Mitchell will look good on the holiday-party circuit or for a dressed up night home alone with Netflix.

Get the look: 

Start up top with a smooth, sleek hairdo. The Inkey List’s new Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Hair Treatment uses the all-star skincare ingredient to de-frizz and boost shine, for a style that will glisten under twinkling festive lights.

Use NARS’s limited-edition blush, highlighter and contour palette on your cheeks for a seasonally-appropriate pop of colour. The pressed-powder formula is easily buildable and leaves behind a subtle shimmer.

Move on to your lids with M.A.C Cosmetics’ Dusky Rose Times Nine eyeshadow palette. The pocked-sized compact is equipped with hues with matte, satin and frosty finishes so you can create the perfect day or night look depending on your mood.

This look, of course, wouldn’t be complete with a daring dark lip. Opt for Gucci’s Rouge à Lèvres Mat Matte Lipstick in Mona Leslie Cameo, which imparts an intense, irresistible chocolatey shade that feels smooth and velvety.


Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Hair Treatment, The Inkey List

Price: $12


High Profile Cheek Palette, NARS

Price: $78


Eye Shadow x 9: Dusty Rose Times Nine, M.A.C Cosmetics

Price: $42


Hailey Bieber’s Glittery VMAs Look 

The VMAs may have happened in September, but Hailey Bieber’s showed real foresight with her glossy look, which is sparkly enough to rival any tinsel in sight.

Get the look: 

On the apples of your cheeks, dab on some of Merit’s Flush Balm Cream Blush in shade Cheeky. The lightweight formula blends effortlessly into your skin for an almost transparent but still radiant finish.

Add a bit of volume to your eyebrows by brushing them in an upward motion, then use NYX’s The Brow Glue Instant Brow Styler to hold them in place. The product dries transparent and promises a 16-hour hold, so you won’t have to think twice about your brows.

Find your eye-popping shimmer in Milk Makeup’s Color Chalk Multi-Use Powder Pigment in Hula Hoop. The powder pigment glides on smooth and, if you’re after a quicker look, can be used on your cheeks and lips too.

To round out your shine, swipe on some of Charlotte Tilbury’s glossy Magic Lip Oil Crystal Elixir. This product also functions as a nourishing lip mask, and is formulated with hydrating hyaluronic acid, soothing aloe vera and smoothing alpine rose extract.


Flush Balm Cream Blush in Cheeky, Merit

Price: $36


The Brow-Glue Instant Brow Styler, NYX

Price: $10


Color Chalk Multi-Use Powder Pigment in Hula Hoop, Milk Makeup

Price: $24


Lizzo’s Understated Glam


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Lizzo rocked a recent Gucci event with this striking red carpet-worthy look of warm winter hues that’s easily achievable from your own bathroom. Add your own hair clips for some extra fun.

Get the look:

To get a soft, natural-looking raspberry tint on your cheeks, apply Rare Beauty’s Stay Vulnerable Melting Cream Blush in Nearly Berry. The formula is water-resistant, non-greasy and melts into a satin finish upon contact with your skin for a fuss-free blending process.

Match your lids to your cheeks using the long-wear pigments in Fenty Beauty’s Snap Shadows Mix & Match Eyeshadow Palette. They’re easy to blend, so start with a matte hue before adding sparkle with one of the shimmering options.

Add just a touch of drama with a set of falsies. Ardell’s new Aqua Lashes are water activated — meaning you don’t need glue to stick them on. Just dip the band into water before applying and you’re ready for a night out.

To achieve the chocolatey burgundy hue on Lizzo’s lips, makeup artist Alexx Mayo reportedly used Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in So 90s. For a full look, use a liner first.


Stay Vulnerable Melting Cream Blush in Nearly Berry, Rare Beauty

Price: $27


Snap Shadows Mix & Match Eyeshadow Palette in 9 Wine, Fenty Beauty

Price: $33


Aqua Lashes 344, Ardell

Price: $15


Zendaya’s Fresh-Faced Awards Look


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If it’s good enough for Zendaya — to pick up an award at this year’s Critics Choice Awards, no less — it’s definitely good enough for our upcoming festivities. Makeup artist Sheika Daley opted for a minimal nude lip but used a smoke winged eyeliner to elevate the vibe.

Get the look:

Prep your skin with Ilia’s new-to-Canada Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation. The oil-free formula provides lightweight, dewy coverage and is packed with active skincare ingredients (like hydrating plant-based squalene and pore-minimizing niacinamide) so your face is really cared for.

Escape winter blues with a sun-kissed glow courtesy of Tower 28’s BeachPlease Lip and Cheek Cream Blush in Rush Hour. Tap the creamy balm on with your fingers, or apply with a brush for a more diffused effect.

Add a cool smoky effect to your winged eyeliner with the Nudestix Magnetic Eye Color. The long-lasting eyeshadow pencil can prime lids, draw precise lines and leave bold pigment, even when you smudge it out. Oh — and it’s waterproof, too.

Finish off with a swipe of volumizing mascara. The wand on Cheekbone Beauty’s Sustain Lengthening Mascara is designed to separate and extend your lashes, while the castor oil-infused formula encourages natural growth.


Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation, Ilia

Price: $62


Beach Please Lip and Cheek Cream Blush in Rush Hour, Tower 28

Price: $26


Magnetic Eye Color in Night, Nudestix

Price: $32


Dua Lipa’s Statement Eyes


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No one has perfected a party look like Dua Lipa, and this sparkly look is no exception — sequined outfit not included, though it is highly encouraged.

Get the look:

The “Levitating” singer knows the value of enviable brows. Fill in yours by drawing short, upward strokes with Benefit’s Precisely, My Brow ultra-fine-tip pencil, which is available in 12 shades so you can find your ideal match.

The mineral shadows in this limited-edition bareMinerals Mineralist Treasured Eyeshadow Palette offer an array of rich jewel-tones made for the holidays. The creamy formulas also contain sea buckthorn and rosehip oils to nourish and smooth skin.

Add purple sparkle to your lids with Lise Watier’s Stardust Glitter Liner and Shadow. It’s smudge-proof and long-wearing, so it will last during a long night of holiday party hopping — whatever that may look like this year.

Bring it all together with a layer of gloss. Buxom’s Full-On Plumping Lip Cream Gloss in the on-theme shade Hot Toddy imparts a toasty nude hue and creates the appearance of fuller lips.


Precisely My Brow Pencil, Benefit

Price: $32


Mineralist Treasured Eyeshadow Palette, bareMinerals

Price: $59


Stardust Glitter Liner and Shadow in Vega, Lise Watier

Price: $27


Although the items featured in this round up were selected by our editors based on product effectiveness, we may get paid commissions on editorially chosen products purchased through our links to retailer sites.

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