Ah, holiday parties. The gifts. The cheer. The awkward. (Ok, maybe that last one is just me). But really it all boils down to one thing: Glam! You’re already set on the fashion front. Here is what you need to make sure your beauty routine is on point as you navigate the holiday circuit.
Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup SPF 15, $48, sephora.com
A slightly dewy look is perfect for the season. I like Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer, but if you’re looking for a bit more coverage Nars’ Radiant Cream Foundation and Dior Skin-Glowing foundation are both good options. Cover any blemishes with your favorite concealer.
If you’re hitting up the office party, go for a subdued smoky eye, using a jewel tone like purple or navy. You’ll look festive, but not in a I-shook-the-tinsel-off-the-tree kind of way. Try Maybelline’s MasterSmoky Longwearing Shadow-Pencil in smouldering violet. Play it down slightly if you’re going for a bolder lip — opt for a medium brown shade or a warm taupe shadow. I like MAC’s Club, a brown shadow with golden green flecks
If you’re getting together with friends, you can be a bit more daring. Try gold on your lids (I’m a fan of this Stila trio) or spice things up with faux lashes.
Make sure you curl your lashes (if you think it won’t make a difference, visit this amazing tutorial from The Beauty Department.) Then, apply a volumizing mascara like Chanel’s Le Volume.
Stila Eyeshadow Trio, $28, sephora.com
A look this glam deserves a bold brow, so put down the tweezers go over yours with a brow powder or gel like Benefit’s Gimme Brow. Dab a light metallic shadow or your favorite illuminator on your brow bone to highlight your face.
No need to go crazy here. Apply bronzer in a 3-shaped motion — start at your temples, swipe over your cheekbones and then graze your jawline to achieve a more contoured effect. MAC bronzing powder is always a good bet. If you’re partial to blush, try this rose gold shade from Sephora.
Josie Moran Argan Love Your Lips Hydrating Lipstick, $22, sephora.com
As with your eyes, what you do to your lips depends on the type of party you’re attending. Office soiree? Stick to a tinted balm or light gloss — I like Laura Mercier’s lip balm because it gives just a hint of color. Josie Maran’s argan oil-infused lipsticks are also great for an understated pop of color.
If you’re headed to a non-work related fete, this is the perfect time to use a bold color on your lips. Try a lively cranberry shade like this one from Bite Beauty. Or opt for a rich garnet like Nars’ satin lip pencil in Majella. If you’re a red(ish) lipstick newbie, check out these tips from expert Sunnie Brook.
The holidays offer the perfect time to experiment with your hair. Whether you embrace natural curls or opt for a sleeker look, you want to make sure your hairstyle complements your holiday makeup. Play it sweet and accentuate your hair with a headband, which works for both short and long hair. I’m coveting this star-themed one from Dauphines of New York. If you want a sexier look, go with a sultry low ponytail.
Bethonie, S&P Beauty Contributor
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