Posted on: December 10, 2023 Posted by: Comments: 0

When you hear “party makeup,” you might fall into one of two camps: the ones who cannot wait to dig out the party glitter and the ones who shiver at the thought of glitter (not to mention the endless hoovering it will cause). If you’re in the latter camp, this article is for you.

Party makeup needn’t always involve a dramatic cut-crease and a bright lipstick combo. Sometimes, it’s the simplest makeup looks that work the best. The other plus is that the simpler the makeup, the easier—and quicker—it is to execute. Because not everyone has time for a full face of makeup, especially if your social calendar involves hopping from work to festive parties. 

Party makeup doesn’t always need to involve full glam, as makeup artist Nina Park demonstrates on HoYeon Jung.

So I’ve compiled some effortless and low-key makeup looks to try this party season, as seen on red carpets and the Instagrams of the world’s top celebrity makeup artists. Because this year has been the year of low-key glam and natural looks. Ahead, you’ll find 15 of the best effortless makeup looks to copy and the best products to re-create the looks.

Hailey Bieber is often spotted with a dewy glow, but this look in particular is a great choice for low-key makeup look—especially if you’re making a statement with earrings. Priming your skin is a must, and Hailey Bieber loves to use Weldeda’s Skin Food to make her skin extra glowy before makeup. 

Hailey Bieber revealed on TikTok that she applies this to the high points of her face to make her makeup dewy. And at £13, we’ll take two tubes, please.

Don’t underestimate the power of softly smudged kohl liner paired with a soft blusher. As Charithra Chandran shows, it gives soft definition to the eyes and cheeks. Opt for creamy formulas that will blend easily into the skin and can be applied quickly.

Charlotte Tilbury’s blushes blend beautifully, making them ideal if you want to create a monochromatic makeup look. 

Is there a more timeless party makeup look than a deep berry lipstick? Not quite as vibrant as red but still in keeping with the time of year, we’re matching our lipstick to the mulled wine we might be sipping on. Lip stains are a great way to side-step the hassle of cream lipstick applications, and it won’t end up transferring onto your teeth.

This gloss-to-stain formula will give you long-lasting colour with a dewy finish.

If you only have five minutes to spare to get ready, then a red lipstick will always make you look pulled together. Add a quick slick of mascara and earrings, and you’re ready to go.

Liquid lipsticks with a matte finish are your best bet for lip colour that will last all night long. It doesn’t get much chicer than this Chanel ink fusion that glides on weightlessly and doesn’t budge.

This makeup look on Laura Harrier lives in my mind rent-free. It’s glam without trying too hard but still looks really pretty. An eyeliner pencil and a couple of coats of mascara will give your eyes subtle definition without feeling OTT.

This long-lasting eyeliner pencil also comes with a smudging tool to give the ultimate smokey eye.

Winged eyeliner adds a little pizzazz to your party makeup, as Lily Aldridge’s low-key glam makeup proves. Go for long-wearing formulas that won’t budge or smudge throughout the evening.

This is genuinely one of the best liquid eyeliners that I’ve tried, which has a long-lasting finish and smooth delivery of eyeliner to the nib.

Bronze and brown shades are the perfect hues for a smokey eye, as they tend to be softer and more flattering. I love the balance of the eye shadow and neutral lipstick on Gemma Chan.

This cream bronze eye shadow is perfect for quickly swiping over the lids for instant party eye makeup.

If you’re planning to wear a slicked-back bun, then enhance your features with some subtle contouring like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s. Sweep bronzer upwards onto cheekbones to enhance your bone structure while giving your complexion a healthy glow.

Rose Inc’s cream bronzer buffs beautifully into the skin for a bronzed and sculpted look.

One for those who want to partake in a little bit of a glitter without going whole hog. The key to this look is all in the eye shadow. Many glitter eye shadows now have a transparency to them, which look incredible worn alone. They’ll delicately catch the light and twinkle without resembling a disco ball.

One of the sleekest palettes around, these colours work so beautifully together. 

Winged eyeliner and a brown lip are a match made in heaven, elevating your makeup for the evening without being overly complicated. I’m screenshotting this look of Tessa Thompson.

The perfect brown hue with a matte finish.

Playing up one feature is one of the easiest ways to take your makeup from daytime to evening, and Lydia West’s lashes are case in point. Look for mascaras that lift, volumise and lengthen for party-level flutter.

Everyone should own this iconic mascara; it lifts, volumises, curls and lengthens. False lashes, who?

HoYeon Jung always looks flawless, but this blusher placement shows is a big winter makeup trend and looks so pretty for the festive season.

This cream blush blends seamlessly into the skin for a glassy finish—it’s so chic.

Brows really do frame the face, and Zoë Kravitz’s bold brow look shows how they can be enhanced for the evening. If you haven’t got time to book in for brow lamination, then a good eyebrow gel will help you create that fluffy eyebrow effect in seconds.

This brow gel effortlessly lifts brows into a feathery finish with long-lasting hold.

Simply switching up the texture of your lipstick can bring your look into the evening. If you’re usually a satin lipstick kind of person, try a gloss. Nicola Coughlan shows us how it’s done.

When it comes to lip glosses, you can’t beat Fenty’s, which deliver a hint of colour and an ultra-glossy sheen.

I’m immediately saving this makeup look on Bruna Marquezine. A deep red lipstick is a classic party makeup look and takes mere moments to achieve. Be sure to line your lips before applying lipstick for a crisp finish.

This red is so expensive-looking.

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