With the holiday season comes the inevitable holiday soirée. These days, seasonal festivities come in a variety of themes — formal, glam, fun/casual — therefore calling for a variety of outfits. Every holiday ensemble needs equally fun and festive makeup to go with it, but unfortunately one face does not fit all -- outfits, that is. Not sure what makeup will match your holiday party outfit? Let us help you with some helpful tips!

best holiday beauty looks
For the LBD …

A sexy and sassy little black dress calls for sultry makeup. Go big with a smoky eye and crimson, oxblood lips (try Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy in Night Viper). If you’re really feeling daring, try an unexpected lip shade like blue or purple. Keep your hair simple yet sexy with a sleek pony or chignon and you’ll have heads turning all night!

For a Metallic Mini …

The holidays are the perfect time to pull out that glam gold mini skirt that’s been collecting dust in your closet. Pair your glitzy duds with a shimmery, jewel-toned shadow and a soft, neutral nude lip. Try a fun ’do like a messy high bun or a full, bouncy pony. Someone’s gonna shine bright like a diamond, and we’re pretty sure it’s gonna be you!

For a Retro Red Number …

Match that red-hot number with some old Hollywood glam (think Veronica Lake). Curl your hair into loose retro waves and a deep part. Don’t let your dress get all the stares! Make your eyes irresistible by creating a sassy cat eye (the thickness of the liner and length of the wing is up to you). Top it off with an equally fiery-red pout (try NYX Matte Lipstick in Pure Red).

For a Winter White Dream …

Some holiday gatherings call for a softer, more elegant look and a creamy, winter white outfit delivers. Pair your pretty ivory dress or pant suit with some seriously elegant makeup. Try shimmery (not glittery) bronze eye shadow and soft, matte pink lips. Add some shimmer to your cheeks and brow line to give your face a little holiday glow. Throw your hair into a messy chignon (and add a fun and festive headband for good measure!) and you’re one step closer to Cinderella status!

For a Tacky Holiday Sweater …

Just because you’re rocking a reindeer-printed sweater that lights up doesn’t mean you’re out of the running for holiday party Beauty Queen. Balance out the tackiness with a lovely dewy complexion, perfectly flushed cheeks and a touch of glitter on the eyes (trust us, you won’t look 12!). Top off the look with some pink gloss (à la Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lip Gloss in Liar) and you’ll be Santa’s prettiest helper!

Which of these holiday looks is your fave? Sound off in the comments below!

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