Beauty Tricks for Your Seasonal Festivities
Holiday GlamourDecember 2015
By Melissa Gulden
The holiday season is here, and chances are your social calendar is filled with everything from after-work cocktails to family get-togethers. Ready to be the life of the party? We’ve got you covered with beauty tricks that are as unexpected as they are festive. Now all you have to do is prepare to make an entrance!
Gild your lids. Why settle for basic brown when you can really sparkle? Layer a shimmering gold on lids, accentuated with a smoky silver shadow at the edges of the eyes and on the bottom lash lines. The combination is party-ready and surprisingly flattering—on all skin tones. Metallic makeup can flatter anyone as long as it’s applied correctly.
Go for sexy lined eyes this party season. It’s the equivalent of wearing seven-inch heels—strong and powerful. Draw a line along your upper and lower lids by looking into a mirror so that both hands are free. Holding eye firm, draw dashes along lash lines with a felt-tip liner. Connect the dashes to create one precise line.
Need a reminder on how to create the perfect smoky eye? Follow these simple steps to ensure your shadow looks soft and sooty, but never slept in. How to do it: Trace the upper lid with a soft black pencil to add intensity to the lash line. Then gently smudge it with your fingertip to diffuse the line. Then, using a medium-size domed brush, apply inky powder to the crease of the eye. Then blend it downward for a wash of color over the entire lid. Now with a smaller brush with firm bristles, press a gunmetal shade into the lower lash line. Apply a silver powder to the inner corners to lighten the overall effect. Finally, pile on mascara—if there was ever a time and place for lashing out, it’s the holiday office party. Now you don’t have to go with grays and blacks for a smoky eye. Plums, greens and bronzes can all create a look that is festive and glamorous without coming on too strong.
Hit the matte. Take your high-impact red, berry, or wine lip color straight up—without a side of shine. Define your boundaries: Buy a liner in the same shade as your lipstick, and outline with it first. Or use a brush to apply color straight from the tube with the necessary precision. Chances are you’ve been cautioned not to pair a scarlet mouth with smoky eyes, but that’s a myth. As long as your shadow is soft, you won’t look overdone.
For party season you want hair that is rich, smooth and shiny—think Veronica Lake with a peekaboo bang. How to: Shampoo and blow-dry your locks, then create a deep side part by following the highest arch of your eyebrow. Next, set your hair in rollers for 15 minutes. They’re a foolproof way to achieve this style at home. Brush out the curls and finish with hairspray. Sound like too much? Don’t worry—the polished pony is always in style, or go with this season’s version of a ballerina bun.
Think of your nails as an accessory to complete your look. This season, stay on trend by asking your manicurist for longer, almond-shaped nails, which are best worn with nude, beige and red shades. If you prefer to keep your length squared off and short, platinum, silver and gold hues flatter all skin tones and look good day or night. Finish off a party outfit with a sexy scent. Make an intense scent easier to wear by spraying it into the air and walking through the mist. Follow these tips and you’ll most certainly be remembered fondly, long after the festivities have ended.