Classic Holiday Makeup

The holidays usually mean parties, dinners, and lots of social gatherings with the people we love. With all the hustle, bustle, and preparation going on, the last thing that should be on your mind is how you’re going to pull yourself together for these festive occasions. We have you covered with a classic holiday makeup look that’s not only appropriate for any affair, but it couldn’t be easier to achieve. Read on to see exactly how to get the look, plus tips & tricks to make the process a breeze so you can focus your time on the things that really matter.

For this classic holiday makeup look, we’re taking it back to the basics. No halo smokey eyes or cut crease eyeshadow in this tutorial, we’re talking simple with winged eyeliner and a red lip. If you’re new to make up, or just don’t typically wear any, we’re walking you step-by-step how to get perfect winged liner and a perfect red lip, every single time.

Aside from this being a classically beautiful look, it’s flattering on everyone. It can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion, making it the perfect go-to look this holiday season.

How to do perfect Winged Eyeliner

For the perfect winged eyeliner look, you’ll need a few things:


We’ve used tons of eyeliner products: pencils, cream liners, pens, liquids, you name it. We’ve come to find that none are easier to apply than the Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner with a small flat angled brush, and here’s why:

  • The liner is easy to work with. It’s creamy enough that it glides on easily, but not so liquidy that you need to worry about it dripping when or feathering out.
  • The pigment is perfect, giving you the perfect black wing that isn’t too matte or too shiny.
  • It lasts. You don’t have to worry about fading or creasing.

While the Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner comes with a detail brush, we highly recommend using a small, flat angled brush to apply a winged eyeliner. A flat angled brush will allow you to “stamp” your line on, making it so much easier to apply, especially if you aren’t going to use a guide. We’ll elaborate on that in a bit. Look for something like the Morphe Angle Eyeliner brush— the bristles are short and not too flexible, giving you the most control and precision, which is key to a good winged eyeliner.


We’re only half-way joking on this one! Winged eyeliner is like an animal; it can smell fear. Give yourself a quick pep talk, then go in there with your fierce self and show it who’s boss. You got this! Also, refer to the steps below to set yourself up for complete success.

How to get a perfect wing

1. map out your shape

Your wing should follow the natural curve of your eyelashes, as if it were an extension of your lower lash line. If you aren’t sure you have a steady hand, there are two tried and true methods to getting even and symmetrical wings every time–

Tape: Run a piece of tape over your hand to get it less sticky — you don’t want to pull your delicate skin near your eyes too hard. You can then stick the tape from the corner of your eye up to the end of your eyebrow. Make the angles even on both eyes by adjusting the tape until they are both even. Follow the tape as a guide with your liner to create your wing. Pull away the tape and you’ll be left with a crisp and perfect line!

Loose powder: Apply loose powder from the corner of your eye up to the end of your eyebrow. To make this process even easier, use a flat beauty sponge like the EcoTools Foam Sponge so you know you’re getting a straight line. When you’ve applied powder on both sides, at the angles you want, you can begin applying your eyeliner. When your liner is finished, brush away the powder.

2. Create your wing

Dip your brush into your eyeliner, then gently wipe it between paper or a paper towel to smash the brush into a straight line, removing excess product. From the corner of your eye to the end of your eyebrow, follow your guide (the tape or powder) to create a straight line. How long you make your line will determine how dramatic your wing will be: for a more understated look, try a short line. For more drama, try a longer line. Once you have a line, take your brush from the tip of the line and drag it straight toward your upper lash line. This will create the perfect wing shape.

3. Define your inner corner

To define the inner corner of your eyes, stamp your brush along your lash line and give it a little wiggle to ensure a smooth line. Be sure to connect it to your wing by dragging your brush up to meet the wing.

4. Fill in the gaps

Regardless of how dramatic you make your wing, there will be a triangle shape that needs filling in on the outer corner. The detail brush that came with the Maybelline Gel Liner is the perfect brush for this job because you want to go in with something small and precise.

5. Refine & Clean up

If you made any wobbles along the way, you can smooth them out with your brush. For any big uh oh’s that happen, you can take a bit of makeup remover on your brush and gently erase your mistake. If you want to sharpen up your wing edge, go in with a bit concealer or foundation next to your line to make it pop.

How to get Perfect Red Lips

The first step to a perfect bold pout is prepping your lips so they are soft and smooth. Exfoliate your lips with a DIY lip scrub — coconut or olive oil + brown sugar is the perfect mix. Gently press the scrub into your lips to slough off old skin and reveal your fresh, smooth lips. The oil will act as a moisturizer, which is also key to great looking lipstick, especially if you are using a matte lipstick which can sometimes be drying. 


When your lips are prepped, it’s time to prime. Use your foundation or concealer to cover up the color of your lips. This is going to give you the truest color of the lipstick in the tube. The Starlooks Matte Lip Paint in the shade “Doll” (pictured below) is the perfect true red lip color for the holidays and looks flattering on many skin tones. You can then line your lips with a color similar to that of the lipstick you want to wear. Whether it’s a pencil or cream liner, the application is going to be more precise and controlled than if you were to just apply your lipstick straight from the tube.


Once they’re lined, you can then go in with the lipstick and fill in your lips without having to worry about getting a perfectly straight edge. Liquid lipsticks come with wands or doe foot applicators, but if you’re using a stick form of lipstick you can also use a lip brush if you aren’t quite comfortable applying the lipstick straight out of the tube. If you make a mistake, you can clean up the edges with concealer or makeup remover and a small brush.

4. Lock in your color

Pressing a tissue over your lips will pick up any excess color while still keeping your lips “stained” the color of your lipstick. While the tissue is still on your lips, apply translucent powder with a brush. The tissue will act as a barrier, giving a finer coverage of powder while still setting it in place. You can then leave it as-is for a long wearing, more matte color, or apply one more layer of lipstick to finish off your look. 

The winged eyeliner paired with a red lip is a look that has stood the test of time. It not only looks beautiful on everyone, but it’s festive and versatile, making it the ultimate go-to makeup look for the holidays.

Photo Credits: Kristen Love

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Kristen Love

Kristen Love resides in the Chicago area with her husband & two kiddos– an energetic toddler who will do anything to make his sweet, baby sister giggle (which doesn’t take much). She is the author behind The Love Notes Blog, a YouTube beauty vlogger, an extreme DIY’er, obsessive chick flick watcher, lover of all things pretty & her spirit animal is Li’l Sebastian. Connect with her! Blog: | Instagram: @thelovenotes | Facebook: The Love Notes Blog | Twitter: @lovenotesblog | Snapchat: @thelovenotes | YouTube:

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