25 Celebrity Hair and Makeup Looks to Get You Through the Holiday Season
You can expect a few things at any holiday party you attend: spiked eggnog, sugar cookies, and you'll spot an ugly Christmas sweater or two. When it comes to the holiday beauty looks you'll see, there inevitability be a lot of matte red lips and sparkly hair accessories of all shapes and sizes.
There's nothing wrong with sticking to classic hair and makeup styles that are festive each and every year, which is why we've turned to the red carpet to round up how celebs do holiday beauty looks. If you have a handful of party invites and family events this year, consider this all of the hair and makeup inspiration you need to get through the season.
Here, 25 celebrity hair and makeup looks that will take the stress out of getting ready for any holiday party.
Camila Cabello's Low Braid
If you’re like us, you’ve never seen a braid you haven’t liked, including Camila Cabello’s low plait. Instead of pulling your hair back into a super sleek braid, curl your hair into loose waves to give the style extra body and texture before tying it up into a low ponytail and braiding it. Prep your hair by spritzing your damp roots with L’Oréal Paris' Advanced Hairstyle Air Dry It Wave Swept Spray ($6; walgreens.com) to for more volume and to enhance your natural waves.
Rita Ora's Red Lipstick
A red lipstick always works regardless of the season, but if you want to get into the holiday spirit with your lip color like Rita Ora, add a coat of a iridescent lip gloss over top your crimson shade to get a shimmery, metallic finish. As for your red, choose a high-pigment, matte shade that won't dry out your lips like Rimmel London's Moisture Renew Lipstick in Hot Lips ($7; walgreens.com).
Kate Bosworth's Ribbon-Tied Bun
We get it: A ballet bun can feel a little basic, which is why a simple, added detail like Kate Bosworth's ribbon makes the updo feel fresh. Once you've pulled your hair back into a bun, reach for a hair ribbon of any color like Wild Fable Metal Velvet Ribbon Bow Barrette ($10; target.com) and wrap it around its base.
Daisy Ridley's Smoky Eye
A smoky eye is the LBD of makeup. When all else fails, it's a look you can always rely on when figuring out what look will go well with your sequined NYE dress. To get a look similar to Daisy Ridley's gray smoky eye, reach for a palette like Charlotte Tilbury's Luxury Palette Colour-Coded Eyeshadow Palette in The Rock Chick ($53; nordstrom.com). Sweep the shadow across the entire lid, blended up into the brow bone, and also trace it along the lower lash line.
Demi Lovato's Glam Waves
Few hairstyles scream "glam" quite like Demi Lovato's loose, cascading waves. Spritz 2-inch sections of hair with a non-sticky hairspray like Dove Style+Care Flexible Hold Hairspray ($6; walgreens.com) before curling each section with a wand.
Selena Gomez's Messy Updo
Sworn off updos after looking back at your senior prom photos? Let Gomez's undone hairstyle convince you to give them another shot. After pulling your hair into a bun at the nape of your neck, use bobby pins to loosely pin back your bangs and shorter layers to give the style a textured finish. Before you start working on your updo, spritz your hair with a dry shampoo like Pantene Pro-V's Dry Shampoo Original Fresh ($6; walgreens.com) for volume and grit, which will help the updo hold up throughout the night.
Margot Robbie's Red Eyeshadow
A swipe of red eyeshadow on your eyelids will add a pop of on-theme color to your holiday party look. For a similar shade to the one Margot Robbie's wearing, try Tarte's Tarteist Metallic Shadow in Scarlet ($14; sephora.com).
Yara Shahidi's Silver Eyeshadow
'Tis the season to add a little sparkle to everything—including your makeup. Swipe a metallic shadow across your lids like Yara Shahidi's for a touch of glitter that will stand out at a dimly lit party. Get a look like the Black-ish star's, with the silver shade in Chanel's Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow ($61; nordstrom.com). Finish by applying your usual black liquid eyeliner in a subtle cat flick.
Diane Kruger's Wavy Bob
When you have a bob, it might seem like you don't have a lot of styling options, but Diane Kruger demonstrates that this is, in fact, untrue. Use a flat iron to create loose waves throughout, and flip your hair over to the opposite side of your usual part to transform your cut into an entirely different look. Spritz your finished style with a texturizing spray like R+Co's Trophy Shine Texture Spray ($30; nordstrom.com) to separate waves for a piece-y, lived-in finish.
Kaia Gerber's Bouncy Blowout
You don't have to hit up a salon to get a voluminous, bouncy blowout like Kaia Gerber's red carpet look. Before blow-drying your hair, run a blowout balm like IGK's Car Service Blowout Balm ($29; sephora.com) through damp hair to prevent flyaways and frizz. Use a large round brush like the one from Harry Josh's line of pro tools ($60; dermstore.com) and work down from your roots to your ends to get extra lift and body.
Tracee Ellis Ross's Colorblock Makeup
If you've mastered monochromatic makeup, try colorblocking next. And what better place to wear a new makeup trend than a holiday party? Instead of pairing with Tracee Ellis Ross's fuchsia lipstick with soft pink eyeshadow, her makeup artist Lisa Storey went with tangerine. She used Charlotte Tilbury's Eyes to Mesmerize Cream Eyeshadow in Bette ($32; nordstrom.com) as a base color and layered the brand's Hot Lips Lipstick in Tell Laura ($34; nordstrom.com) on top. Ross's perfect pink lipstick shade is a mix of Charlotte Tilbury's Hot Lips Lipstick in Carinas Love ($34; nordstrom.com) and Hollywood Lips in Screen Siren ($34; nordstrom.com).
Halle Berry's Voluminous Bun
There's the top knot you twist your hair into when you're hanging out at home on the weekend, and then there's Halle Berry's voluminous bun. Before styling your hair, blast your roots with dry shampoo for extra grit, and use a hair pick comb like the one in Revlon's Perfect Style Thick & Curly Comb Set ($5; ulta.com) to tease roots for more lift and volume.
Jessica Biel's Velvet Headband
Perhaps you're not a fan of sparkly hair accessories and that's ok. A velvet headband is glitter-free alternative that will make your usual hairstyles feel more festive. Not sure what color of the hair accessory to choose? Stick with a color that matches your outfit like Jessica Biel's pastel pink headband. Aerie's Velvet Headband ($9; ae.com), which comes in a handful of colors is a great option.
Zendaya's Bold Brows
Expertly groomed arches can make just as much of a statement as a bold lipstick. Case in point: Zendaya's signature full brows. Use a tinted brow mascara like COVERGIRL's Easy Breezy Brow Shape & Define Brow Mascara ($9; ulta.com) to make your brows look fuller, plus set them in place.
Gigi Hadid's Champagne Eyeshadow
Proof that there's nothing wrong with going back to basics every now and then: Gigi Hadid's champagne eyeshadow. The subtle shade doesn't just make eyes pop, it's also universally flattering. Sweep a champagne shadow like the one from Maybelline's Lemonade Crazy Eyeshadow Palette ($14; ulta.com) to get a similar look.
Chrissy Teigen's Wavy Lob
For effortless waves like Chrissy Teigen's, prep your hair with a wave spray that doesn't leave hair feeling crunchy like Ouai's ($26; sephora.com). Next, use a flat iron to create "S" bends throughout your hair to give the waves more definition.
Dakota Johnson's Berry Lipstick
If you're not a fan of red lipstick, a rich berry shade is your alternative. Dakote Johnson's lipstick is the happy medium between vampy and bright. Gucci's Lip Sensuous Deep-Matte Lipstick in Orchid Overdose ($40; saksfifthavenue.com) is a similar shade to the one seen on the star.
Kerry Washington's Sparkly Blue Cat Eye
When a cat eye is a regular part of your makeup routine, give your wings a little extra sparkle to make your holiday party makeup feel more special. Switch things up by using a glitter-infused or metallic colored eyeliner, and complete the look by swiping on a nude lipstick like Neutrogena's MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Classic Nude ($9; ulta.com).
Jasmine Tookes's Allover Glow
A healthy, glowing complexion is always in—no matter the season. Fake radiant skin by spiking your usual foundation with a few drops of dewy illuminator. Finish with a warm, golden lip gloss like Kevyn Aucoin's Molten Liquid Lipstick in Copper ($30; sephora.com).
Nicole Kidman's Romantic Ponytail
Another example that a ponytail can be fancy: Nicole Kidman's red carpet hairstyle. After styling your hair in loose waves, pull your hair up into a high ponytail. Leave two face-framing tendrils out and wrap a strand from the tail around the base of the pony and pin it place to give the ponytail a romantic vibe. To protect your hair from damaging hot tools, treat it with a weekly nourishing hair mask like Neutrogena's Triple Moisture Professional Deep Recovery Hair Mask ($7; walgreens.com).
Sophia Bush's Celestial Hair Pin
When it comes to holiday hairstyles, it doesn't get much more festive than a sparkly celestial-inspired hair pin. What's better, is that wearing the hair accessory is unbelievably easy. Once you've styled your hair in loose waves like Sophia Bush's, simply place the pin wherever you feel like it. We're fans of the rhinestones on Serefina's Galaxy of Stars Barrette ($58; anthropologie.com).
Jennifer Lawrence's Sleek Blowout
Channel the '90s by pairing a simple LBD with Jennifer Lawrence's sleek hair. Run a flat iron like ghd's Platinum+ Professional Styler ($249; nordstrom.com) over your hair for a smooth finish. This hot tool maintains the same temperature throughout your styling session to prevent hair from getting overheated and damaged.
Adwoa Aboah’s Glitter Eye Makeup
Glitter is unofficial patron saint of holiday makeup. Case in point: Adwoa Aboah's sparkly eyelids look like the life of the party. For a more practical take on the supermodel's glitter eye makeup, use any of Marc Jacobs Beauty's See-quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadow ($28; sephora.com). You'll get the same dramatic effect with less fallout.
Constance Wu's Half-Up High Ponytail
This is quite possibly the flirtiest half-up hairstyle we've seen. Pull the top half of your hair up into a high ponytail and leave the rest down. Whether you wear your hair super sleek or with tons of texture like Constance Wu, run a serum like L'Oréal Paris's Elvive Extraordinary Oil Treatment ($6; target.com) for extra shine.