For beauty-lovers, the festive season offers ample opportunity to experiment with your makeup. From office parties to family get-togethers, and all of the dinners and nights out in between, there are plenty of occasions to get all dressed up during December – and figuring out how you’re going to do your makeup can be half the fun. In fact, if you’re truly beauty obsessed, your makeup is often the focus of the entire look, dictating what you’ll end up wearing and how you’ll end up doing your hair.

With all of these parties – and with twinkly, festive decorations lining every inch of every high street – this time of year is a great excuse to take your makeup up a notch, breaking out your sparkliest metallics, your richest jewel tones, and your iciest highlighter hues. Perhaps this is also an opportunity to dig out some of those shadow palettes sitting untouched at the back of your makeup drawer or to treat yourself to an early Christmas or Hanukkah present with one of the many new shadow palettes launching this season.

To help you get in the festive spirit, we looked back at some of our favorite celebrity makeup looks from the past year that are not only gorgeous and easy to recreate, but also feel very seasonally appropriate for Winter, whether that’s Sophie Turner’s emerald winged shadow, Nathalie Emmanuel’s classic crimson lipstick, or Gemma Chan’s frosty lilac lids. Keep reading to see these looks and more to get a head start on your festive season planning.

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