The festive holiday season creates the perfect atmosphere to make a few daring style choices. Carve out some time between gift-wrapping marathons and family celebrations to try out a chic
hairstyle or get those eyelash extensions you’ve been wanting. These smart beauty tips are your shortcut to a gorgeous yet practical holiday look.
1. Messy-Chic Updos
When you’re busy baking and furiously mailing out last-minute holiday cards, the last thing you want to do is worry about fixing your hair. Choose an updo that’s polished, but not perfect, for a look that is effortless and easily manageable. Try a loose topknot, a side bun or a messy French twist with a sideswept bang when you have limited time. Upgrade to a loose French braid crown or a retro rolled look for dressier occasions.
2. Eye-Catching Lip Color
Stand out in a room of red-lipped partygoers with a plum or blackberry lip shade. The deep color adds dark drama to your look and complements the natural undertones in many complexions. Apply lip gloss over your lip shade for an elegant polished finish that draws eyes to your perfect pout. If you prefer bright lip color, use a warm pink tone that downplays skin blemishes.
3. Pumped-Up Lashes
Let the professionals craft a custom eyelash look for you using extensions. Get flared lashes with a soft curl to beautifully frame your eyes and contrast their coloring. One application lasts a few weeks to carry you through peak holiday season, and you can always schedule a fill to keep your new look for the new year.
4. No-Makeup Glamour
If you want to capture an all-natural sunkissed look in the winter, use a neutral lipgloss that blends with your complexion. Subtly accent your eyes with a neutral metallic, such as bronze, champagne or gold, and use a touch of highlighter at the corners of your eyes to make them appear bright and lively.
5. Powder Touch-Up
Translucent powder is your secret weapon for reviving hair and makeup on busy nights. Use a dab of toner or concealer on oily eyelids, and apply powder to refresh the skin. When your hair starts to feel heavy or stringy, massage some powder into your roots to absorb excess oil and add instant volume.