best holiday makeup

9 New Holiday Makeup Items Already In Our Carts

This year’s theme is red hot.

By: Valeriya Chupinina

I’m not really a holiday person. While friends of mine explode with warmth at the sight of corny holiday movies and pumpkin spice lattes, the one holiday tradition I can actually get down with is holiday makeup. ’Tis the season for larger-than-life eyeshadows, red lipstick, and glitter. And the parties are the perfect excuse to be creative with more than just the gifts you’re not sure your sister will even like.

The incoming holiday makeup sent to Coveteur HQ for review this year included a lot of pinks and reds—even for eye makeup. Not unlike 2017’s copper craze, a berry-tinted, ruby-hued palette is flattering and easy to pull off. Regardless of my apprehension for December, I’m choosing to see this holiday season through rose-colored glasses.


Urban Decay Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette: The Naked series continues after the untimely passing of its OG incarnation (R.I.P.), and this time we’re diving straight into cherry, burgundy, and pink tones. The minute I saw this palette, I immediately applied the shade “Young Love.” It’s neutral colors are perfect for a simple look or for blending, and its more powerful range is a must-have for the makeup lover. Bonus points for the cute cherry packaging.

Huda Beauty Ruby Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette: Huda Kattan can do no wrong in my eyes. Or on my eyes. She creates perfect, highly pigmented eyeshadows in her Obsessions collection. The Ruby palette screams holiday but is easily a year-round staple in every makeup lover’s collection. The shadows together can create a striking combination, but are also incredibly easy to wear solo.

CHANEL Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Rouge Noir: There’s something so elegant about a deep berry-colored manicure. I’ve noticed this shade on more than one woman I look up to. This iconic nail polish was recently reformulated to be longer-lasting and to have more shine—perfect to get you through ripping open presents!

Lancôme Le Monochromatique for Eyes, Cheeks, & Lips in Haute Couture: Lancôme’s new triple threat and one of our Coveteur Choice Awards’ nominees gives the most bang you’ll get for your buck. This cream-to-powder formula is also buildable, so you can keep it casual at Grandma’s annual Christmas Eve dinner, then pack it on for catch-up drinks with your friends back home.

Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Ginger Binge/Moscow Mule: This is a staple in my book. It’s weightless, it’s pigmented beyond belief, and it’s a duo! I personally sweep my highlighter brush across both shades and do the Rihanna/Priscilla Ono trick: a C-shape that goes all the way from your cheekbone to underneath your eyebrow.

NARS Powermatte Lip Luster in Shredded: This nude matte liquid lipstick has insane color payoff, does not budge, and is universally flattering. Part of NARS’ gorgeous holiday collection, this mauve pigment is inspired by the punk era of the 1970s. I found my lips stayed hydrated, so all you’ll have to worry about is whether or not you got a wine stain from that glass of Merlot.

Pat McGrath Labs Lip Fetish Lip Balm in Wild Cherry: Of course we all want a bright holiday red. This Pat McGrath lip balm is more of a glossy stain than a lipstick—a little twist on the classic this year. Antioxidants and vitamins protect from free radicals (i.e., keep your lips looking younger), and ingredients like shea butter keep your lips soft through all your mistletoe encounters.

Rituel de Fille Celestial Sphere Eye Soot in Andromeda: Loose pigment is dominating the world of makeup these days, but Rituel de Fille’s Eye Soot has always been number one for me. Around the entire office we love the bold shades and mesmerizing iridescence. My favorite thing to do is grab an eyeliner brush and create a sorbet-colored cat eye, but they can be used any way you like.

Glossier Generation G Sheer Matte Lipstick in Jam: This reformulated matte lipstick works with your skin tone and looks different on everybody—even this deep berry tone. It’s supposed to appear as if you just blotted your lips with a napkin, giving you an effortless, diffused look. But expect enough power to pair with just mascara or any of the eyeshadows mentioned previously.

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