The Winter Makeup Starter Pack: 17 Easy Looks for Every Occasion

Whether your winter plans include hitting up the holiday party circuit or celebrating the season with fancy dinners with friends, there are endless opportunities to try new makeup trends. After all, it's the one time of year when gold, glitter, and intense shine are not only acceptable but encouraged. We don't know about you, but we just can't pass on an opportunity to test out all the most intriguing makeup looks we've been seeing on the internet all season.

With all the makeup artists, A-listers, and beauty influencers sharing their best winter glam on the daily, there's a never-ending supply of out-of-the-box ideas. That's why we delved into our saved folder on Instagram to pull out the winter makeup looks that will inspire our beauty aesthetic well into 2020.

From silver leafing to gold glitter and bold lips galore, here's our edit of the most impressive makeup looks we can't wait to try. Check out 17 winter makeup looks you'll want to re-create for yourself, and shop the must-haves to get the look.

This bold disco ball eye look is guaranteed to make you the life of the party.

Tightly pack this glitter balm onto your lids to replicate the silver foil look.

A chasmic black cat-eye is an easy way to create an entire mood with minimal effort. 

Line the eyes in layers, gradually building to your desired depth. Be sure you focus plenty of ink along the lash line for maximum drama.

This metallic rose eye can be perfected in 30 seconds flat.

Using an eye shadow brush, lightly swipe powder all over the lids. Finish with a coat of your favorite mascara.

All I want for Christmas is J.Lo's contour.

Following your natural bone structure, contour the hollows and highlight the high points of your face. Be sure to blend out any harsh lines for the most natural look.

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Even if you're committed to neutral eye shadow shades, a metallic finish is a perfect way to add just a touch of holiday flair.

Press the liquid formula onto the eyelids, using your ring finger to evenly distribute all over. Apply fewer coats for a more sheer finish, or build more product for a more opaque look.

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Who says Malibu Barbie pink is an exclusively summer shade?

Swipe lipstick over the lips, paying special attention to accentuate the Cupid's bow.

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Winter is the best time of year to bust out a monochrome crimson vibe. Up the ante with a metallic finish.

Using your fingers or a dense eye shadow brush, press the shadow into your eyelids for a full-coverage look.

This ice-blue eyeliner is giving us major frosted winter vibes.

Using a tapered eye shadow brush or an angled eyeliner brush, outline the eyes with blue shadow. Place a touch of champagne-colored shadow on the inner corners of the eyes to keep them looking bright and open.

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Sometimes all you need is the perfect red lip.

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A neutral mauve lip is an easy way to add a pop of color to an overall natural face beat.

Swipe lipstick all over the lips. Wait a bit in between coats to allow each layer to dry down.

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Bring a holiday tinsel look to your makeup with glittering gold eyeliner.

Using the included silicone detailer, fashion the glitter into a stark line along the upper lash line.

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Nothing says holiday season quite like a red lip-to-cheek moment.

Using your fingertips, press the product into the lips, then into the cheeks. Go over the lips as many times as necessary to achieve the desired coverage.

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This spearmint eye is fresh enough to wear to work and sultry enough to carry you into a nighttime look.

Using your finger or your favorite eye shadow brush, spread an even layer of pigment all over your lid. To add more drama, add a deep black cat eye on top.

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A deeper emerald-green eye shadow also reads merry and bright.

Swipe the shadow evenly over the lids, creating points at the inner and outer corners.

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The power of Old Hollywood glam is not to be underestimated. 

After placing a heavy line along your lash line, finish the eyes with individual lashes to seal in the glamour.

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The depth of this smoldering smoked out eyeshadow is enough to heat up the coldest winter night.

Bust out your best smoky-eye skills with this comprehensive palette.

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We love a multidimensional aqua eye, but the hero here is that highlight. No winter makeup look is complete without it.

Add some luminosity to any winter makeup look by lightly swiping this highlighter across the highest part of your cheekbones. 

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All that glitters isn't gold, but we're really into this bold golden liner.

Create an exaggerated gold line across your eyelid. If you want a little extra definition, tightly trace along your lash line with black liquid eyeliner.

Up next, five holiday gift set traps, according to a beauty editor who's tried them all.

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