Christmas makeup is trending on TikTok and these are the must-see looks

If you're looking for Christmas makeup ideas, you've come to the right place

woman applying makeup in front of Christmas tree
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It's the most wonderful time of the year (according to the song, anyway) and so it's no great surprise that Christmas makeup is currently trending on TikTok.

We've worn considerably less makeup recently than perhaps any other time since its invention, but nothing is going to stop us from getting our holiday glow-up on. And while a lot of us see Christmas as a chance to go big on our make-up looks and crack out the glitter, this is a whole other level of creativity.

As is the standard for TikTok (remember the Tiktok space girl makeup trend?), these trending Christmas looks are seriously creative and take inspiration from some of the world's favorite holiday movies and festive fairy tales.

Keep scrolling for some of our favorite looks, from the wonderful to the wacky, to inspire your holiday outfit inspiration. First up we have a very festive reindeer-inspired look...

TikTok's top Christmas makeup looks


Insta:robynsmakeupaccount🎄 #foryoupage #christmasmakeup #goviral #makeup #reinders

♬ original sound - ashley trinh

For the really brave ones out there, transforming into an adorable reindeer could be the perfect plan for Christmas day.


Grinch tut. This look was ✨uncomfy✨ #thegrinch #christmasmakeup #makeuptutorials

♬ original sound - SunriseMusic

Next up we have everyone's favorite grump, The Grinch who, somewhat paradoxically, is still a symbol of the holidays.


i’m a little rusty with the dance transitions:/ dc @laneyysgrig #2020Wrapped #christmasmakeup #makeupdance

♬ this is our dance give credit lol - kara

What's more festive than Christmas lights? Christmas lights all over your face, I guess. 

Next up, how cool is this candy cane inspired look? Nothing is more festive than a red and white colour scheme. 


Sweet like candy baby ❤️🤍 IB @jennseren @colecarrigan1 #christmasmakeup #workingxmas #makeup #makeupartist #candycane

♬ It's Tricky - RUN DMC

And last but not least, one of the most popular holiday fairytales/ballets, The Nutcracker. We won't lie, the talent is real but we find this one a little scary.


What should my next Xmas look be?! #christmasmakeup #makeuptransformation #nutcrackermakeup

♬ HOLIDAY - Lil Nas X

So, whether you're planning on attempting something similar for Christmas day, or you draw the line at a little glitter eyeshadow, either way, we're all feeling way more festive after watching these.

Lucy Abbersteen
Lucy Abbersteen

Lucy is a beauty journalist who has written for titles including Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, OK!, woman&home and Women's Health, as well as regularly contributing to My Imperfect Life. Her work covers everything from skin and haircare tips to trying and testing the latest beauty launches, and interviewing celebrities and experts. A certified dog person, her other interests include mental wellbeing, books, piña coladas and not getting caught in the rain.