It’s officially holiday season, which means the next few months will be filled with an insane amount of glittering parties, snazzy events, and, as always, a bunch of self-inflicted pressure to look as good as humanly possible at every single outing. Yes, it’s dumb and totally unnecessary, but you’re not alone—we, too, want some good party makeup to look hot as hell at our friend’s New Year’s Eve party, or to prove to Janice in accounting that we don’t always look like a tired, hungover mess.
But just because you want to do something awesome with your makeup for your next big party doesn’t mean you know what to do…or even where to start. And that’s where we come in. Because this season’s best party looks are all about the perfectly imperfect, which means glitter splashed anywhere you want it (thank you, ‘90s, for coming back into style), bright shadows smudged around your lash lines, and, of course, lots and lots of rich, pigmented lipsticks.
And as much as we wish we could come into each one of your homes and do your makeup for you for the next few weeks, we haven’t mastered teleportation or time travel, yet. So instead, we scoured through a few thousand (really) beauty looks to find the best, most-gorgeous holiday beauty ideas to give you major inspo for your next party. Scroll through to see our favorite looks, and then go show Janice in accounting who’s boss.