The Prettiest Runway-Approved Makeup Looks for the Holidays

By Karie Frost for Modern Muse

Sparkling pastel eyelids. Rhinestones as eyeliner. Lips like rosebuds. Spring's prettiest makeup looks run the gamut, aiming to appeal to both adventurous and conservative types. The good news? Every single look is easily achievable and instantly wearable during the holidays — there's no need to wait for the warmer weather to unveil this beauty.

The Look: Neutral-Lined Eyes

Photo courtesy of Maybelline New York

Perhaps one of the most understated, blink-and-you'll-miss-it beauty looks of the SS18 season popped up on the Jonathan Simkhai runway. Maybelline New York makeup lead Erin Parsons brushed a wash of taupe eye shadow across the entire eyelid and then layered a thin line of beige highlighter (Maybelline New York Brow Precise Perfecting Highlighter) along the lash line — a minimalist touch that does wonders to open up the eye. Her tip: Forgo mascara to up the beige liner's intensity.

The Look: Prismatic Pastel Eyes

Photo courtesy of Stila Cosmetics

Eyes lit up at the Cinq à Sept presentation thanks to not one, but three hyper-reflective liquid eye shadows. Stila Global executive director of creative artistry Sarah Lucero coated the eyelid in Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Wanderlust (available spring 2018), swept Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Carefree (also available spring 2018) along the lower lash line and finished the prismatic pastel eye with a dot of Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Diamond Dust in the inner corner.

The Look: An Unexpected Pop of Color

Photo courtesy of Luca Cannornieri

Who would've thought such a small hint of tint could create such an impact? But at the Oscar de la Renta show, MAC makeup lead Tom Pecheux created an eye design that did just that by adding a tiny line of color — either Chartreuse, Lilac, Lavender, Pale Blue, Pale Pink or Peach MAC Chromacakes — along the flick of a black cat-eye.

The Look: Gilded Highlights

Photo courtesy of Inglot

The next-level glowing skin at the Michael Costello show exhibited an otherworldly golden sheen. Inglot makeup lead Michela Polaco explains that to achieve a dreamy gloss that doesn't overwhelm, you'll want to apply a mixture of liquid highlighter and skin primer as your makeup base "so that the skin radiates through the makeup and lasts throughout the night." To further play up highlights, Polaco suggests sweeping soft gold and frosted bronze pigment across the apples of the cheeks (she used Inglot Sparkling Dust Loose Powder in #02 and #03).

The Look: Gorgeous Orange

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Doubling down on orange has never looked as pretty as at the Delpozo show. NARS makeup lead Monica Marmo explains, "I wanted to create a look that celebrates life through light and brightness and that evokes happiness and joy." To accomplish this "joie de vivre" eye design, she applied a wash of fiery tangerine from the right side of NARS Dual-Intensity Blush in Frenzy and NARS Melrose Eyeshadow (available spring 2018), and followed with a mega-bright neon orange cat-eye using a electric orange theatrical paint.

The Look: Rosebud Lips

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This rosebud pout at the Naeem Khan show will have matte lipstick obsessives rethinking lip gloss. To build out the rose petal lip shape, Parsons over-lined pouts using Maybelline New York Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liner in Very Cherry — but only after layering two creamy matte lipsticks to fill in lips. To gloss the rosebud shape, Parsons added a thick layer of Color Sensational Vivid Hot Lacquer in Sassy to the entire lip, and then dotted Color Sensational Vivid Hot Lacquer in Classic smack-dab in the middle of the mouth for a plump 3D effect.

The Look: Stone-Studded Eyes

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Adventurous makeup lovers, take note: At the Jeremy Scott show, a simple arc of rhinestones dotted the lower lash line to dazzling effect. "It's sparkle without transforming the girls too much," explains MAC makeup lead Kabuki, who adds that plenty of thought went into the proper stone selection. "Crystal clear stones looked too showgirl, so I chose colors that matched up to the girls' skin tones," he explains, pointing to Swarovski rhinestones in Smoked Topaz as a top hue for darker skin tones and Crystal AB as a great match for more fair complexions.

The Look: Watercolor Beauty

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A painterly makeup application at the Self-Portrait show granted eyes a gallery-worthy design. Parsons suggests mixing product mediums — like balms, creams, and powders —to create imperfect smudges of color. She started with a swipe of Maybelline New York Baby Lips Color Balm Crayon in Playful Purple across the inner third of the eyelid, then combined a dab of moisturizer with the yellow shade from the FaceStudio Master Fairy Highlight Rainbow Highlighter in The Original Rainbow and blended the mixture into the crease for a melty watercolor finish.

The Look: '60s Glam Lashes

Photo courtesy of Trevor Owsley

To offset designer Christian Siriano's color-packed psychedelic greenhouse inspiration, e.l.f. makeup lead Polly Osmond says, "We've gone for a simple, petal-pink lip and a fresh face, and finished it off with a nod to the '60s, creating wispy lashes with loaded-up mascara." That mascara's application is key: Osmond applied e.l.f. Waterproof Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara using the tip of the mascara wand, dotting and painting the formula on top and bottom lashes to keep them separated and '60s spikey.

The Look: Bespoke Terracotta Pout

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At the Cynthia Rowley presentation, Lucero of Stila gave the terracotta lip a wearable makeover by stripping away the rust undertones that tend to cause pause. To achieve the more berry-balanced lip, Lucero blended a bespoke hue using Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Dolce (a nude cinnamon) and varying degrees of Rubino (a deep red) to custom-fit each model's skin tone. Her tip: De-flake lips first with an exfoliating scrub to provide a smooth canvas for seamless matte lipstick application.

The Look: Cherry Blossom Allure

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A full face of fuchsia and red certainly seems like a tough look to pull off, but the Japanese-inspired makeup at the Bibhu Mohapatra show is definitely worthy of your attention. Parsons says the color palette creates "a face that feels like a cherry blossom," and you can achieve the design by "draping" blush (she used Maybelline New York FaceStudio Master Blush Palette) in a downward motion on the cheeks, in the eyelid crease and on the brow bone, and up toward the temple. Finish with a dimensional red lip made bolder by pressing a metallic powder to the center of your mouth.