Holiday Hair Styles & Makeup Tips

By Erin Donnelly

Bridgette Bardot Sultry Up-DoWell, aren’t you the little social butterfly? Your in-box is drowning in holiday party invitations. You, meanwhile, need a fabulous look for those fabulous parties. Our low-fuss hair and makeup tips will help you look like a million bucks on the big night. Think of it as playing Cinderella for the night—minus the midnight curfew.

Top 5 Holiday Hair Styles & Makeup Tips to Try

The Sultry Up-Do

Trade a stiff bun in for a sexy, bedhead-ish bouffant a la Bridgette Bardot. Let a few tendrils hang loose in the front so that they frame your face, and secure with a glitzy brooch or jeweled hair clip. Oh, and don’t forget totease, tease, tease!

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‘Tis the season to sparkle and shine. Look for gold-flecked or shimmering silver shadows to give your face a 24k glow. A dash of sparkling powder on your décolleté will also be a hit.

Holiday Hair Clear Colored Headbands with Gemstones

Head Gear

Headbands—whether resting on the crown or around the forehead—are a trend to be reckoned with right now. Look for a beaded, gem-studded, or ornate feathered version to add a theatrical flourish to your ‘do.

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Smokey Eyes

It’s time to bring out the big guns: big black shadow, big liner, and big lashes. A sultry dark eye is a diva-worthy no-brainer for a big night out, so layer on the shadow, blend in your favorite liner, and don’t be afraid to dabble with dramatic false lashes. You only live once!

Holiday Hair Styles curlsCurls, Girls

Forget straightening your locks to death with a flat iron. For instant glam, use a curling iron—the smaller the barrel, the tighter the curl—to create romantic waves.

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