The Ultimate Holiday Drugstore Makeup Guide

The holidays are here and it’s time for holiday makeup looks this Christmas and New Year’s Eve! This is the ultimate drugstore makeup guide so that you can recreate looks from those festive eye makeup tutorials you’ve been watching. Get women’s Christmas makeup inspiration like the best drugstore red lipstick and discover other top beauty products for the holidays this year! There are some drugstore brands that are killing it right now and can seriously compete with high-end makeup. Who said you need to spend a fortune to look fancy this holiday season?

1. J. Cat Pris-Metal Chrome Eye Mousse

This cream eyeshadow in the shade Chrome Galaxy will pack the ultimate punch. It is so shiny you’ll be beaming from outer space. It’s is best applied with your finger and it will stay in place all day when it dries down. It is such an easy one-step way to add shine to any holiday or New Year’s eye look. While this color is an all-rounder champagne color that will match any look, can choose from the wide variety of colors they offer.

2. Maybelline New York Expert Wear Eyeshadow

Maybelline’s ‘The Glow Down’ is a eyeshadow drugstore classic. It is that perfect highly pigmented golden metallic eyeshadow that can be worn all over the lid and even as highlighter for a matching look.

3. Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick

What would the holiday be without a red lip? This is hands down the most long lasting liquid lipstick from the drugstore. It is budge-proof, mask-proof, kiss-proof, food-proof and any other proof you need at extremely affordable price. Get the color ‘Pioneer’ which is a perfect true medium red for the holiday season but quite frankly, it’ll be hard to resist buying the whole collection because of the great quality.

4. essence Shine Shine Shine Lipgloss

A glossy red lip is gorgeous for Christmas. This clear gloss is really one of the shiniest and most affordable drugstore options out there. It is the perfect topper to any lipstick color to create that ultra shiny lip look.

5. DE’LANCI Pressed Glitter Eyeshadow Palette

This palette is a glitter fan’s dream! You can create any holiday look you desire – whether it’s red or green for Christmas or purple or bronze for New Year’s Eve. The possibilities are endless! They stick without a glitter glue if applied by fingertip although a glitter glue will truly lock it in place.

6. Makeup Revolution SophX Highlighter Palette

This palette is a make up kit staple. You’ll find a color for any occasion and skin tone. Tip: Spray the brush with a setting spray if you want a truly blinding highlight for the holidays.

7. e.l.f. Bite-Size Eyeshadows

This e.l.f. bit-sized palette in Truffle complement your glitzy eye look. It’s the perfect set: a crease color, a highlight color for the inner corner and a dark brown and smokey black to deepen the look. These eyeshadows blend well, are pigmented and super affordable.


If you prefer to go for a holographic glitter eye look, try NYX’s glitter pots. This color is Style Start but you can find almost every color. You can go all the way with a cut-crease look or sprinkle a few of these on top of any eyeshadow to add sparkle. This pot will last you a lifetime.


The is one of the best drugstore glitter primers and a necessity for any glitter look to lock it in place. Those sparkles won’t go anywhere – no matter how long New Year’s Eve went.

10. Outuxed 5400pcs Hotfix Rhinestone Set 

The ultimate touch to any New Year’s Eve look are rhinestones. You can glue them on with a glitter glue (like NYX) or a lash glue. Add one each to the inner and/or outer corner of your eye or add them all over the lid for the most impact. The possibilities are endless.

11. Wet & Wild Photofocus Eyeshadow Primer

Of course, no matter what eyeshadow you decide to use, they will be the most intense and long-lasting with an eyeshadow primer. The Wet n’ Wild primer will keep your eyeshadow put.


A winged eyeliner is a party classic. You can combine it with a bold red lip for an elegant Christmas look or add it on top of a metallic/glitter eyeshadow look for New Year’s. A liquid eyeliner, like the NYX eyeliners, work great because once they dry down, they won’t budge.

13. DYSILK 10 Pairs of Dramatic Faux Mink Eyelashes

Finally, to top the look off add a thick set of faux mink eyelashes for the most drama. A set of 10 pairs like this is great since you’ll have a variety to choose from depending on the level of intensity. Tip: Thicker eyelashes look great with a dark smokey eye.

14. e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation

What is a New Year’s necessity? A full coverage, long-lasting foundation that is sweat-proof and oil-proof but doesn’t feel cakey. This foundation is a beauty guru favorite and you’ll find a shade for every skin tone.

15. e.l.f. 16HR Camo Concealer

This is another beauty community favorite. The e.l.f. Camo Concealer is the perfect full coverage concealer for heavy eye looks. It sets itself so you would need a minimal amount of powder to set it – if any. It has been referred to as a Tarte Shape Tape dupe and you can’t beat the price. Finally, if your under eyes tend to be dry, try the more hydrating e.l.f. version here.

16. JORDANA Sculpt N Go Creamy Contour Stick 

A bold makeup look calls for sharp cheekbones and a strong jawline. Contouring is a must to balance out the look. This Jordana contour stick is one of the few drugstore options that doesn’t lean too warm (which is a bronzer’s job). A contour is supposed to mimic the shadows on your face and add definition.

17. Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer

Once you remove color from your face with a full coverage foundation, you’ll have to add some back. That is when a bronzer comes into play. Physicians Formula is not one of the most popular drugstore bronzer for a good reason – it is super blendable and looks natural. Tip: You can use this as a neutral crease color to tie in the look.

18. Milani Baked Blush

The cherry on top of your look is a blush. Milani’s Luminoso is a bestseller but the whole line is gorgeous. Tip: Since this blush is luminous, add it to the tops of your cheek bones to accentuate them. You need to make sure that you avoid your T-zone which would make it look more oily.

19. Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder

Set your whole look with a long-lasting mattifying powder to lock everything in. Rimmel’s Stay Matte Powder is a great super budget-friendly option. Bonus: Add the powder to areas that are prone to oiliness with a sponge/beauty blender to lock it in instead of a brush which just lightly dusts the powder.


You may wonder if your New Year’s Eve look needs a setting spray. Let us just tell you – yes. This is the ‘sandwich’ technique in which you use a primer before your foundation and then set the look with a spray like NYX’s. This will ensure that your look lasts as long as possible. Also, it melds all of the makeup products nicely.

21. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

Balance out your dramatic New Year’s eye look with a neutral lip. NYX ‘s Soft Matte Lip Cream is an OG. It is still a very comfortable liquid lipstick. London is a very popular nude but you’ll find a variety of shades.

22. Maybelline Color Sensational Nude Lipstick

If you’re not a fan of liquid lipsticks, you’ll really enjoy this bullet lipstick option from Maybelline. It is very comfortable on the lips but still very long-wearing. Top the look off with a gloss if you want to match your shiny eye look!

23. Kiss Gold Finger Nails

Why not add an eye-catching metallic nails to top finish off your shiny New Year’s Eve or Christmas look? These nails will amp up any holiday look.

24. OPI Nail Lacquer

You can always opt for a classic holiday color like red to match your lips. It is fail-proof and universally flattering. Try a good quality nail polish like OPI or Essie for a more long-lasting look and to avoid early chipping.

Cover Photo Credits: Nojan Namdar

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