Next-Level Holiday Beauty Inspiration, Straight From Instagram

Look at your calendar right now. Go ahead — I'll wait. It's packed with holiday parties, right? And you're starting to worry you don't have enough sparkly dresses or smoky-eye ideas, right? I mean, there are only so many times a person can do winged liner and red lips in a month without boring themselves to tears.

So we're offering up some makeup roads less traveled. Ahead, find a bevy of inspirational images, plucked straight from Instagram. From new spins on classics to totally out-of-the-box looks (we see you, gold lipstick), all paths lead to cool. Unless, of course, you mess things up completely, in which case, remember: There's booze where you're going.
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Photo: via @beautyisboring_.
Have zero time, but want to look extra? A huge swipe of gilded shadow from lashline to brow should do the trick.
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Photo: via @iamkareno.
If you're not a fan of the classic holiday colors (gold and red), a monochromatic pink palette is a gorgeous option.
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Photo: via @cedricjolivet.
Glitter lips are always out of the ordinary, but this magenta version is especially sassy.
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Photo: via @mllechamalow.
Blue lips are better than a blue Christmas, TBH.
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Photo: via @glamtwinkels1.
The holidays are the perfect time to pop some gold glitter on the inner corners of your eyes as a highlighter.
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Photo: via @balynbrittany.
A classic cat-eye is always a good idea — especially when it's not already your signature.
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Photo: via @yvonnetheartist.
Brown and bronze make an alluring party pair.
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Photo: via @patrickta.
Bright-pink lips and an out-to-there cat-eye always scream "party" to us.
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Photo: via @sirjohnofficial.
Trade in the typical gold shimmer for some molten silver shadow.
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Photo: via @beauty_by_elley.
But if it ain't broke, don't fix it — red lips and a cat-eye are always classic.
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Photo: via @katherinekrdz.
Gilded shadow looks gorgeous with a smudged-out flick and glossy lips.
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Photo: via @beautyisboring_.
Turn your classic red lip on its head by pairing it with burgundy shadow.
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Photo: via @kristinaxmakeup.
Amp up your everyday neutral look with some false lashes to take it from day to night.
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Photo: via @rebeccaseals.
What could be sweeter than a candy-cane cat-eye?
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Photo: via @meganmctaggart.
A silver smoky eye is a versatile look for just about any holiday party, but especially a New Year's bash.
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Photo: via @kaylahagey.
Green eyeshadow makes blue eyes pop.
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Photo: via @osennyaya_kate.
If you're really feeling glitzy, pop a few crystals on your glitter lip for bling that'll have the whole room talking.
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Photo: via @cosmobyhaley.
Not into a black smoky eye? Go with a glittering emerald green.
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Photo: via @nikkietutorials.
Nikkie Tutorials calls this look "salted-caramel glam," and we are here for it.
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Photo: via @mannymua733.
This look takes silver shadow to a whole new level.
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Photo: via @_jenniee.
No one will dare disagree with your political views if you wear black lipstick to the family holiday dinner.
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Photo: via @ssssamanthaa.
Give your eyeliner a retro twist by sketching the pigment up into your eye crease.
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Photo: via @jamescharles.
James Charles is killing it with aubergine shadow and lipstick, topped off with a sparkling rose-gold line.
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Photo: via @beautyisboring_.
It's definitely a look, but gold lips will ensure plenty of interesting conversations around the punch bowl.
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Photo: via @mariabruce.
Rainbow shadow says you showed up to get down.
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