We all know Christmas is going to feel a little different this year, but this just means we have to celebrate all the good things with a hundred times more festive cheer. So rather than getting down in the dumps that your office Christmas party has been demoted to Zoom (no free champagne, no snogging your work crush behind a plant pot), rejoice in the fact you don’t have to make small talk with Claire from HR, you can wear pajama bottoms, and that the distance from the ‘bar’ to your warm bed is about four feet. And just because you’re at home, it doesn’t mean you can’t go all out (that crush will still be on the call, remember!), so why not prep for the evening as you would have done normally, with all the festive glitter and sparkle of any other Christmas party? Here’s our favourite products for a fabulous Zoom Christmas party.
Inglot Eye Essentials Set
A bold cat-eye is a must for standing out from the crowd, and truly, a crowd is no different than 20+ thumbnail images. Wing it (literally) with the Inglot Eye Essentials Set, which includes everything you need for an effortless flick.
Makeup Revolution The Rock Star
Do they know it’s Christmas time at all? We can guarantee they will do when you rock up with jewel-coloured lids and a deep burgundy lip. The Makeup Revolution Rock Star Set has everything you need for a fabulously festive look – including eyeshadow palette, lipstick, brushes, eyeliner, bronzer and setting spray – and is an absolute steal at just £20 for the lot.
NYX Professional Makeup Diamonds & Ice Please Soft Matte Lip Vault
The ‘pause video’ button has one use and one use only: reapplying lipstick while bored on a work call. With NYX Professional Makeup’s Diamonds & Ice Please Soft Matte Lip Vault – which contains five bestselling shades of their classic liquid lip formula – no reapplication will be needed, so you can spend more time playing virtual drinking games (responsibly, obv).
Stila A Stellar Duo Huge™ Extreme Lash & Magnum XXX™ Mascaras
Every face of party makeup (even if you’re not leaving the house after applying it…) needs full, thick and fluttery lashes to set it off – but minus the smudging and flaking. Stila’s Stellar Duo Huge™ Extreme Lash & Magnum XXX™ Mascara Set is perfect for the job, including two bestselling mascaras, with one focused on extreme length, and the other on volume.
Linda Hallberg Interstellar Collision
Make your lips the star of the (online) show with the Linda Hallberg Interstellar Collision lip gloss – because nothing says ‘festive AF’ quite like gold, shimmery lip gloss.
Sample Beauty The Painter's Palette
If you can’t go for rainbow eyeshadow at the Christmas party, then truly, when can you? Go all out on your festive glam with Sample Beauty’s The Painter’s Palette, comprised of 30 neon – but actually super wearable – shades.
By BEAUTY BAY Powder Highlighter Flash
When you’re on webcam, everything looks a little blurry. This is great news for when you’ve got a huge zit, but bad news for your highlighter – what a waste of fab makeup! So, make sure you’re gleaming with By BEAUTY BAY’s buttery soft Powder Highlighter in Flash – one swipe and the group chat won’t know what’s hit them.
NYX Professional Makeup’s Face & Body Glitter
The year may have been a bit of a downer, but that means you need to apply glitter just about *everywhere* to make up for it – at any given opportunity. NYX Professional Makeup’s Face & Body Glitter in Gold can be applied just about anywhere, so why not spice up your life with a little shimmer?
Isle of Paradise Express Self-Tanning Mousse Ultra Dark
We may have said goodbye to a beautifully temperate August months ago, and long, balmy evenings in the sun with a glass of rose are truly a thing of the past, but even if December’s got you feeling pale and bleurgh, you don’t have to look that way. Isle of Paradise’s Express Self-Tanning Mousse Ultra Dark is here to save the day – in just 1-4 hours you can go from ‘meh’ to ‘did you just get back from holiday?’ Yup, the dream.
Doll Beauty Faux Mink Lash Mila
The perfect finishing touch to any special occasion makeup is, of course, a pair of fluttery falsies. Doll Beauty Faux Mink Lashes in the style Mila fit the bill beautifully, with their dramatic look but super lightweight feel.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dewy Set Setting Spray
Ensure your makeup is seamlessly blended (and set for the evening) with a finishing spritz of Anastasia Beverly Hills Dewy Set Setting Spray – it’s the perfect mix of ‘glowwy but not glittery’.
Dr Jart + Cicapair Tiger Grass Calming Mask
If you’re not feeling a face of full glam for a Zoom party (we don’t blame you, we haven’t worn fancy makeup in a year either!), take any redness out of your skin with a Dr Jart + Cicapair Tiger Grass Calming Sheet Mask, and go fresh-faced with a smooth and glowwy complexion. You won’t even have to remove your makeup after the party, win-win.
Moon Kendall Jenner Teeth Whitening Pen
Get your teeth gleaming white and ready for a cheesy grin when someone inevitably pulls their camera out to document ‘Zoom Xmas 2020!!!!” – Moon by Kendall Jenner Teeth Whitening Pen is a quick fix for pearly whites.
Nudestix Glowy Nude Kit
Winter may have sucked all the life from our skin and being inside for nine months might have left us pasty AF, but that’s not to say you can’t achieve that coveted beachy, just-bronzed glow. The Nudestix Glowy Nude Kit contains a matte peachy nude cream and a bronzey shimmer, both of which can be used wherever you’re craving a little bit of colour and glow.
Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray Bridal
You may not end up dancing until 4am dripping in sweat, but you still don’t want all your hard work to be going to waste! Set it and forget it with the Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray Bridal (cry, oil and sweat-proof – who knows how out of hand the Zoom call might get!)