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Beauty Products That Won't Budge for the Holidays - Black Body Suit and David Yurman Jewelry with Deep Berry Lips //

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I‘ve spoken so much about your wardrobe options when it comes to holiday party dressing; however, I haven’t shared much tips on makeup! The thing about party makeup is you want it to be flattering and festive yet long-lasting. And I don’t know any girl that doesn’t want her makeup to stay put throughout the night regardless of how many cocktails they have or appetizers they eat. I’m definitely one of them!

So no matter how you like your makeup (vampy or natural), I’m going to be sharing with you my holy grail makeup products that won’t budge at your next party!


Everyone knows by now that primer is essential for long-lasting makeup whether that’s foundation primer or eyeshadow primer. I recommend you use both. If you have dry skin, I think you’ll love Marc Jacobs Coconut Primer or Becca’s Backlight Priming Filter, but if you lean oily, you’ll probably want to try Smashbox’s Photo Finish Primer. For eyeshadow, Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is amazing – and it’s clear! If your eyelids are extra oily, you’ll love Bare Minerals Eyelid Primer, which combats the grease forcefully.


Eyeliner is the battle for most Asians – it’s either running down your eyes or traveling up the lids. Anyone else have this issue? If eyeshadow primer and powder isn’t helping you, it’s probably a sign to switch up your eyeliner. Tarte’s Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner is my top favorite – it’s dual ended with pencil on one side and liquid on the other. Both formulas are waterproof so they definitely do not budge. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner is another great option. For an affordable pick, you can’t go wrong with Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner.


I don’t know about you, but I always love adding color to my lips around the holidays. It makes my complexion brighter and cheerful – and goes right along with the holiday spirit! So, what’s my secret to achieving a lip color that stays put? Liquid lipstick! I’ve become obsessed with liquid lipsticks because they glide on like a dream and don’t budge! My favorites are those that don’t dry out my lips and yet are as pigmented as a lipstick. I’ve already raved so highly about the Bite Beauty one, but check out a few of my other picks below like Bare Minerals Statement Matte Liquid Lip Colorย or the liquid lipsticks from Tarte.

Setting Spray

If your primer, eyeliner, and lipstick are good, the only thing remaining is a great setting spray. I’ve mentioned a few favorite spritz in the past, but those were more of refreshers. But, I’m talking about setting sprays that actually help keep your makeup in place. For that purpose, everyone needs to try Milani’s Make it Last Setting Spray – and it’s only $10! The only downside is, it can be hard to find. Otherwise, I love Smashbox’s Primer Waterย and Cover FX’s Mattifying Spray.

How do you keep your makeup budge-proof for the holidays?

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  • I love lipsticks! Definitely my favorite make up look is a bold lip

    • I agree. Love a bold lipstick color too!

  • Thank you for sharing these amazing products! I really wanted to try the Marc Jacobs primer!!

    Jessica || Cubicle Chic

    • You should. I would highly recommend that one ๐Ÿ™‚

  • christine

    These are great makeup tips! I don’t usually wear much makeup but for the holiday parties, I would like my makeup to stay put. I totally have greasy lids and my eyeliner always smudges so I am thankful for these recs! Also just started using setting spray so glad to hear some of your favs. You look gorgeous in all these shots! xoxo, Christine

    • Wow thank you so much for the compliment, Christine. xx

  • These are really great products, I have the Stila eyeliner and love it. Great setting sprays!

    • Good to know you use that. Thanks Laura ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Looove all these picks for the holidays babe!! Those lip colors are so pretty ๐Ÿ™‚

    XO, Jessi

  • Your makeup seriously always slayss, so ya bet I am taking notes from this post!

    Enclothed Cognition

    • Thank you Keri! So glad to inspire ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Natali

    Tons of great products! For sure you will be holidays ready with those!

    • Yes indeed. Thanks Natali ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Always love your makeup! x

  • Good picks, Mia. Thank you!!

  • Got some new ideas…Thank-you!

  • I think primers are key—funny because I just blogged about them in the last couple of weeks!!
    I’ve also been using a lip primer around the outside of my lips to fend off the bleeding problem (you’re too young for that yet, but it’s nice to know for the future!!!)
    Have a fabulous weekend, Jessica!!

    • Glad you feel the same way. Thanks Jodie! XO

  • Courtney Hardy

    These are good products for sure. Lipstick is always my go-to for a new holiday look.

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    I ran out of my setting spray, I need to look at yours to see if I want to try something different. I also need a better eyeliner, thanks for all of these great tips!


    • Thanks Carrie. Good luck on finding one ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Your makeup always looks beautiful! I love wearing bold lip colors around the holidays, and agree that primers make such a difference! So many great products!

  • I always forget about primer and I’ve never tried setting spray–I bet taking those extra steps makes a difference though, I should try that. Thanks for the recommendations!

    • It does make a difference in extending the life of your makeup!

  • Thanks for the tips, Jess! I’m into natural make-up looks but I want to try some of those liquid lipsticks. The shades are so pretty!

    • Thanks Cristina. You would look great in those ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kate Amar

    How is it that you get more gorgeous with each post?? LOVE the makeup and hair in your first pic. I’m excited to try some of your suggested products!

    XO, Kate

    • Awww Kate you are the sweetest!!

  • Missy May

    You’re such a beauty Jess!! I owe everything you mentioned here but, honestly don’t use them. Probably its because I’m not too keen on makeup. But with Christmas here, gotta spruce up for dem parteyyyyyyyyyyyys. Lol!!!

  • Ah, I need to get a primer. I’ve noticed my makeup fades and I never knew why. And with the eyeliner, yes, that happens to my Asian eyes as well! Grrr.

    • You should get one. It really helps to extend the life of your makeup.

  • Flawless as always! I don’t know how I ever lived without primer, and love love love the Marc Jacobs primer <3
    Green Fashionista

    • Hahaha yes definitely a must!

  • Love these! Primer & Setting sprays are definitely my must-haves ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Fantastic photos and so many nice products! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you Monika ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I am a big believer in primer and makeup setting sprays! Thanks for sharing all these amazing products.

    • Amen to that! It saves you time from re-touching too often.

  • Rach

    Great tips! I totally agree with you on using primer and setting spray! Makes all the difference!

    • Thank you Rach! Hope you’re having a great weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I tried using the NYX Matte Setting Spray and it works well enough for a low intensity day, but I also have Urban Decay All Nighter (love the travel size) for days I want my makeup to absolutely last!
    Nicolette |

    • Good picks, Nicolette ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ellese Launer

    Okay, totally going to look into these primers you mentioned for dry skin. You always look so gorgeous, I trust what you recommend. The Marc Jacob’s will be the first to try! I also really want to look into Milani’s setting spray. Thanks babe for all these suggestions! Xo, Ellese


    • Thanks Ellese <3 That is nice of you to say!

  • Doreen’s Style Diary

    Your makeup is always flawless so these products must have amazing.

  • your makeup always look flawless, Jess!

  • I still need to get myself a primer and a setting spray, but I am never sure which one to choose. Wishing you a great weekend! xx


    • Good luck finding one that’s right for you ๐Ÿ™‚ They are truly lifesavers!

  • The Gold Lipstick

    Absolutely love it!!

    Mireia from TGL

  • Daiana Abagnale

    You are always so perfect! Wish to be like you, one day โ™ฅ

    xx Dasynka

    • Wow that is such a huge compliment. <3

  • Andrea

    omg amazing photos!!

  • Awesome products!! I use the Maybelline gel eyeliner and I love it!!


    Seize your Style

  • Such great suggestions! Hope you are having a lovely weekend. Gemma x

    • You’re welcome Gemma! You too, have a great week ahead!

  • Annette

    Looking flawless ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Sunday

  • Just what I needed, some makeup inpsiration! I’m almost out of all of my makeup products. I really want to buy the Marc Jacobs Coconut Primer but I can’t buy it here in Holland, so sad! You look gorgeous as always girl <3

    Love, Layla Rosita |

  • Thank you so much for these great recommendations! <3 ๐Ÿ™‚ I've been loving the Bare Minerals eyelid primer lately because it really keeps my eyeshadow on all day!

    XO, Elizabeth

    • Good for you! You’re welcome, Elizabeth ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Izabiela

    Great post! You’re blog is awesome ๐Ÿ™‚ and you are such an inspirational!

    Best –

  • Oh I love how budget friendly your fave setting spray is! I need to look into that a little further. While I don’t wear makeup often, when I do wear it to the office in summer I need something like that to stop it melting off my face in the heat, haha! My current one is starting to get near the end and I’ll need to replace it.

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend and your Christmas preparation is going well. We’d planned to attend a few Christmas events but thanks to getting sick we spent the weekend at home. I got to wrap some pressies though! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • I agree. A good setting spray is such an essential.

  • Dominique

    Thank you so much for sharing these products! There’s so many products I need to try! xx

    • You’re welcome Dominique. Which are you most keen on trying? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Love these products Jess, especially the Urban Decay Allnighter setting spray!
    x Rubi
    Pose & Repeat

    • Thank you Rubi. That is one of my faves too!!

  • I love how you did your makeup and hair! Everything is on point and those eyebrows are 100%!!!! I don’t really use that much makeup but I can totally relate to the sprays. I’ve been using them lately on top of my regular moisturizer and felt like it made a refreshing difference. Thanks for sharing some of your tips!

    • Wow thank you Nancy ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Love it!! The Fenty Beauty liquid lipstick is next on my list to try. To keep my makeup budge proof, I swear by the Urban Decay Setting Spray. ๐Ÿ™‚

    x, Deepti (

    • Good picks. Thanks for stopping by! xx

  • The lip colors are gorgeous! I love all your looks!

  • I love NARS eyeshadow primer. Definitely the best out there. Also love their illuminating primer. Goes on so gorgeously.


    • Thank you Sonia ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jane Fitfabfun

    Your makeup is always perfect! Love your lip colors!
    xo, Jane

  • Carmen Jny (carmitive)

    Some great tips babe! Your makeup is always so flawlessly on point. I will definitely try out one of these primers ๐Ÿ™‚
    xx, Carmen –

    • Wow thank you Carmen! Hope you would love my recommendations ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Love your amazing post, love your blog as well, thank you for sharing and the tips!!!


    • You’re welcome. And thanks for stopping by Nora! xx

  • I always love your tips ๐Ÿ™‚ Plus that first picture is just amazing !!

  • Great tips again Jessica! Love your makeup, it’s so flawless! Vivian x

  • LOVE so many of these picks! The Smashbox Primer Water is one of my favorites too! Also those red lippies you picked are GORGEOUS!

    Rosy Outlook

    • Thanks Kelly. So happy you loved my picks! xx

  • Almost everything that comes from NARS is a win for me!! xx

    • Yes I definitely agree ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Len Dela Peรฑa Parent

    I love everything about this post! Those red lippies are BEAUTIFUL, Jess! You’re so flawless!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Much love, Len

    • Aww thanks Len. Have a wonderful day to you too!

  • Shauna C

    Setting sprays are my favorite to use! And you look just gorgeous, Jess! Hope you had a great weekend XO


    • Me too. Can’t live without them! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Essential tips, your make-up is always perfect. Liquid lipstick is great idea, I have never tried any.


    • You should. You’ll love it, guaranteed ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I’ve never tried a Bare Minerals lip color but the packaging and color looks SO PRETTY I’ve added it to my basket ๐Ÿ™‚
    xo, Allie

    • It IS pretty. Thanks Allie! xx

  • Great post! So many amazing products!

    • Thank you Samantha ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love smashbox’s primer and MAC Fix spray, total essentials! Thank you for sharing what you love!

    pumps and push-ups

    • Good picks, Brooke. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Yvonne

    I’ve never used a primer of any kind but I feel I should try one out! Thanks for sharing this great info!
    xo Yvonne

    • I would recommend it. Great for making your makeup last. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Shivi Frnz

    I haven’t used a setting spray so far and may be now is the time to get one. Apt list sweety. Xoxo

    • Yes, it’s worth a try! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Nicolette

    These are great tips! Thank you for sharing! You put so much work into your posts and content I love it!


    • You’re welcome Nicolette. So glad you found them useful! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • You look gorgeous! I’ve been loving liquid lipsticks lately, they are so much easier to apply than “traditional” ones! Thanks for sharing these great tips and selection!

    Have an amazing week!


    Claire from Dresscape

    • Thanks for stopping by Claire <3

  • love these picks!!! thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • You’re welcome, Lena. Thanks for stopping by too!!

  • A good eyeliner and a fierce lipstick is everything if you ask me! Love to go for the bold combination, especially in December. Have a lovely week babe, Xx

    • You too. May you have a lovely week! xx

  • I love all of these picks! My favorite primer is the one from YSL. It’s So good!


    • Thanks Lizzie. Have a fab day! <3

  • I’ve always wanted to try a setting spray! Thanks for these recs!

    District of Chic

    • You should check them out. I guarantee you’ll love using it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jess!! You are everything goals! Your make up always looks flawless!! How good are the primer selections babe!!



    • Awww Ashley! You are too kind. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jessica Broyles

    Such great products!

  • so many great products here!! need to try out your recommendations!

    cute & little

  • Ophelia Tang

    Definitely loving all these items!

    XOXO //
    SINCERELY OPHELIA | NYC Petite Fashion Blogger

  • You have some of my favourites in here, I have to try that BareMinerals shadow primer though, sounds good. Their products are always good!
    xx Jenelle

    • It is so good. Thanks Jenelle!

  • LOVE! where is that blue top from in your Primer image, i’m obsessed with it!!!

  • I’ve never tried a setting spray! I think I need to get some!
    Jeans and a Teacup

    • You should Jessica. It’s such a great element to your beauty look ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I agree, primer is a very important essential. To me its always fixing my brows and my lips that I cannot live without. I think you are more than ready to see holidays with a beautiful look.

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

  • Beautiful lipstick on your main photo! What is it?

  • Your hair is seriously goals!

  • You are one of the most stylish women on the net:) I really like your last top, the color and style is so chic. I’ve been looking for a good primer for a while now, so thank you for recommending a few of them.

  • This is such a beautiful post. I have never really used primer because I always thought it would dry out my skin, but these recommendations for primers look great – coconut, yes please! Love the last outfit, that colour looks great on you.

    Holly from The Art of Being Holly xo