best christmas eye shadow ideas

Best Christmas Eye Shadow Ideas: Which Look Should You Choose?

There are many things you should look for in a Christmas eyeshadow look. First, you should know which palette to choose. You should also know the best Christmas eyeshadow looks. Any look with Christmas colors and sparkles will ensure your makeup look is in season.

I have to be honest, I’m not crazy about Christmas looks on myself. The closest thing I would get to Christmas eyeshadow is a red smoky eye. However, I love looking at Christmas eyeshadow looks on others!

Are you planning your makeup look for the holidays? Here are the best Christmas eyeshadow ideas I could find on Pinterest!

Bottom line up front:

Out of all of these looks, the first red and green sparkly look boasts amazing artistry. There is no color combination that screams “the holidays are here” more than red and green. Plus, the colors and the glitter make the eyes stand out.

The look is really cute but is more simple to do than you would expect. I also included a variety of other colors and looks here if the red and green color combination isn’t your go-to eyeshadow look.

How I Chose These Christmas Eyeshadow Ideas

In addition to choosing eyeshadow looks with sparkly Christmas colors, I also paid attention to artistry. I made sure the looks were a combination of different colors that blended flawlessly together. Since I’m a big fan of smoky eyeshadow, I looked for the perfect holiday smoky eye look.

Christmas eyeshadow can be very colorful and I understand that not everyone (including myself) likes that. This is why I also looked for neutral Christmas eyeshadow looks that are perfect for a family celebration or an office party. I also know that not everyone likes shimmer eyeshadow, so I also found matte Christmas shadow looks.

My Favorite Christmas Eyeshadow Ideas

Want to look festive with your eyeshadow? Here are some of the best Christmas eyeshadow looks I could find on Pinterest!

Sparkly Red and Green Eyeshadow

Sparkly Red and Green Eyeshadow
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This is the ultimate holiday eyeshadow look. Half of the lid is sparkly green and the other half is sparkly red. The model also puts a matte red in her crease for the ultimate Yuletide look.

Glittery Snowflake Christmas Eyeshadow

Glittery Snowflake Christmas Eyeshadow
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The Christmas season is the perfect excuse to get festive with your artistry skills. Take this look as an example. While the model has a very chic smoky glitter eyeshadow look, she accentuates her look with snowflake designs below her eye and above her eyebrow. While we don’t see the rest of her face, I can see a red lipstick looking amazing here. If you don’t want to do this intense of an eye, I suggest opting for nude eyeshadow.

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights
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There is nothing more holiday than Christmas lights. If you don’t want to string up lights on your roof, get creative and achieve this adorable look! Drawing Christmas lights the way the model did isn’t as difficult as it looks. Start by drawing a line in your crease with black eyeliner.

Take the same black eye pencil and draw small lines coming off the big line. Take various other eyeliner colors and draw little circles where the little lines end. Fill in the center with a white eyeliner pencil.

I also love how the model didn’t do an in-your-face shadow look. Her neutral eyeshadow with black eyeliner and lashes is pretty but doesn’t take away from the Christmas light design.

Christmas Artwork Eyeshadow

Christmas Artwork Eyeshadow
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This look is so cute yet is simple and shouldn’t take too long to do. Start by applying a line of white eyeliner (either liquid or pencil) to the crease. Take red eyeliner (either pencil or liquid) or dip a precision brush in your red liquid lipstick and apply little lines in the white line to create the candy cane.

For the Santa hat, start by outlining the hat above the brow. Fill in the hat with either red eyeliner, eyeshadow, or lipstick. Add a white circle with a pencil or liquid liner for the fluff.

The actual makeup part shouldn’t take too long, either. Wear a neutral shadow on the base and apply winged liquid liner to the lash line. Apply red eyeshadow to the lower lash line and finish with either fake lashes or mascara. You can also do a more intense eye makeup look if you want.

Gold Glitter Christmas Eyeshadow

Gold Glitter Christmas Eyeshadow
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If you truly want your eyes to stand out during the holidays, do a glitter gold look such as the one the model did. Apply the gold glitter eyeshadow to the lid and smoke out black shadow in the crease. Finish with winged eyeliner and either fake lashes or mascara. The model is wearing red lipstick but you can choose a nude lip for a more subtle look.

Red Smoky Christmas Eyeshadow

Red Smoky Christmas Eyeshadow
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This looks more like the Christmas eyeshadow look I would do! The model here has a sparkly red on the lid and fades to a darker matte red in the crease. The look is finished with a black winged liner and either fake lashes or mascara. I love how this look is festive but also romantic, perfect if you’re spending the holidays inside with your better half.

Snowflake Goddess Christmas Eyeshadow

Snowflake Goddess Christmas Eyeshadow
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Who says your Christmas eyeshadow needs to be red and green? This model proves that blue eyeshadow is extremely festive, especially when you add these snowflake designs on the corners of the eyelids! This look is more intricate than the others I listed, so I don’t recommend this look for beginners.

Glamorous Santa Hat Eyeshadow

Glamorous Santa Hat Eyeshadow
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I had to do a double-take to notice that the model drew a Santa hat on the lid! If I were to do this look, I would actually start with the green on the upper and lower lid. Then, I would draw the Santa hat with red liquid lipstick. Add the white fluff details with a white liquid liner. Finish the look with lashes or mascara.

Red Snowflake Christmas Eyeshadow

Red Snowflake Christmas Eyeshadow
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This is another snowflake holiday eyeshadow look, but with red tones. Start by applying neutral pink to your lids. Add the winged line of white glitter to your crease and fade a red shadow over it. Take a white liquid liner and draw in the snowflake design. Finish with black winged liner and either big fake lashes or mascara.

Green Glitter Christmas Eyeshadow

Green Glitter Christmas Eyeshadow
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A lot of the Christmas eyeshadow looks I’ve been mentioning are very intricate. If you’re looking for a look that even a beginner can pull off, this is the perfect example. Simply apply a green sparkly eyeshadow to your lids. If you don’t have a sparkly green eyeshadow, apply some glitter over the matte green shadow. Finish with black eyeliner and mascara. A red lip and glowing highlighter can pull this look together.

Santa Baby Eyeshadow

Santa Baby Eyeshadow
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Not only is the addition of the Santa hat adorable, but I love the model’s eyeshadow. Plus, the colors match the Santa hat perfectly! Add silver sparkles to the lid and apply red to the crease and lower lid. Apply a thick winged liner to the top lash line and a black liner to the waterline. Add the same silver sparkles to the inner corner. Finish with either fake lashes or mascara.

Second Snowflake Christmas Eyeshadow

Second Snowflake Christmas Eyeshadow
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The last blue snowflake Christmas shadow look I shared was more intricate, so I wanted to share another one that was more beginner-friendly. Start by applying a dark blue glittery eyeshadow to the lid and apply a teal-blue to the crease and lower lash line.

Finish the shadow with a white eyeshadow in the inner corner. Draw a snowflake on the outer corners of the eye with white eyeliner and accentuate them with a gem. Finish this look with either fake lashes or mascara and your favorite brow pomade.

One Red, One Green

One Red, One Green
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This look is so festive and easy enough for beginners. Apply red eyeshadow to one eye and green to the other. Make sure to apply the shadow to the top and bottom lids. Add some definition with black on the outer corner and white on the inner corner.

Finish the look with eyeliner and either mascara or fake lashes. I can see this look working perfectly at a Christmas dinner or party with friends. You can opt to keep the colors bright like the way the model has it or you can opt for a dark red or green for a smoky look.

Candy Cane Eyeliner

Candy Cane Eyeliner
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If Christmas sweets are your favorite part of the holidays, you’ll love this candy cane eyeliner! The shadow may be too intense for a beginner, so you can always opt to just do the liner.

For this look, I would start with a sparkly nude base and draw a wing on the crease with a green liquid liner. Add red eyeshadow over the green liner and fade it out. Then, add the same red shadow to your lower lash.

For the eyeliner, apply a thick line of white eyeliner and add a wing. Take a red liquid liner or dip a precision brush in red liquid lipstick to draw in the lines. Finish with fake lashes or mascara.

Red and Gold Christmas Eyeshadow

Red and Gold Christmas Eyeshadow
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The model did a very intense look here, but you can always customize it if you want an easier Christmas eyeshadow look. For example, instead of the red eyeliner, I would do a black winged liner but keep the gold liner. I would absolutely still keep the sparkly dark red liner on the lid, the brighter red in the crease, and how the colors fade out to black at the outer corner. Toss on false lashes or wear your favorite mascara and you’re done!

Christmas Color Eyeshadow

Christmas Color Eyeshadow
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Can’t decide which Christmas color eyeshadow you want for your holiday look? Wear all of the Christmas colors the way this model did! The model goes big with a smoky eye: green in the corner, gold in the middle, and red in the outer corner. If this were my look, I would use bright gold in the inner corner and green in the middle, but that’s just me. She finishes this look with lashes, amazing brows, and a deep purple lipstick that looks astounding.

Smoky Snowflake

Smoky Snowflake
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I think I like this Christmas snowflake eyeshadow the best! If you want to do this look but in an easier way, I would put the dark gray eyeshadow on the lid and do the snowflakes on the crease in white eyeliner. Making the snowflakes appear on the black shadow is a little difficult.

Classic Christmas Eyeshadow

Classic Christmas Eyeshadow
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This eyeshadow look is very bold but is simpler to do than you would think! Start by applying red eyeshadow to the lid and crease. Take a glitter green liquid eyeliner and draw a wing, starting in the inner corner of the crease and extending it outward. Apply black eyeliner and lashes. Finish with gold glitter in the inner corner.

I like this look because it’s versatile. It’s perfect for a Christmas party with friends and even when visiting family on Christmas morning.

Mistletoe Glam

Mistletoe Glam
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Do you want some smooches this holiday season? Try this look! Keep in mind that this tutorial is pretty difficult. There are easier ones out there. For the mistletoe above her eye, I’m sure you can find stickers to use instead of drawing them yourself.

For the holiday eyeshadow, start with green on the lid and outline it with gold glitter in the crease. Fade out red eyeshadow above the gold liner. Follow the same candy cane eyeliner tutorial I explained earlier.

The Grinch

The Grinch
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I was always a big fan of The Grinch! And I can see this eyeshadow look making The Grinch’s heart grow three sizes! Now, drawing The Grinch will take some serious artistry skills. But if you can find stickers to use instead then that will be ideal.

Fortunately, the eyeshadow is easy. Apply green shadow to the lid and crease. Draw winged liner in the crease with white liquid eyeliner and outline the outer corner with either red liquid liner or liquid lipstick. Follow with black liner and lashes or mascara.

FAQs

Question: What are the best eyeshadow color combinations?

Answer: Here are my favorites:
• Burnt orange and navy
• Gold and nude
• Cream and taupe
• Rose and champagne
• Coral and blue
• Beige and gray

Question: What are some do’s and don’ts for eyeshadow?

DO create dimension by combining multiple colors or different shades of the same color
DON’T over blend — in some looks, the stark contrast will make your eyes look more intense
DO wear an eyeshadow primer
DON’T use shimmer as a transition shade (or try not to)
DO wet your brush if you want the shimmer to stand out more
DON’T be afraid to experiment with different looks — understand there are no rules to eyeshadow

Question: I try different colors but my eyeshadow still doesn’t stand out. What do I do?

Answer: I struggled with the same thing at one point. Here’s some advice to make your eyeshadow more intense:
Always use an eyeshadow primer
Spray your eyeshadow brush with makeup setting spray (this will help the brush hold pigment better)
When applying, press the shadow brush into your lid and crease to build pigment
Layer your eyeshadow with different colors

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