It’s that special time of year again! As the holidays approach, you may notice that your social calendar is starting to fill up with plenty of parties and dinners. If you don’t have time to purchase a whole new party wardrobe, just get a basic LBD and use hair and makeup to glam it up.

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Makeup

It’s time to bring out all of your favorite red lipsticks! Nothing screams the holidays like glamorous red pout. There are plenty of shades that can compliment any skin tone; if you’re more fair skinned look for a blue based red (which will make your teeth look super white), and if you’re a yellow-tone gal look for warmer shades of red to bring out your exotic complexion. Tip: To rock a bold lip be sure to keep the rest of your makeup minimal so your pout can be the focal point!

Nothing is more perfect for a holiday party like a classic smokey eye. Every eye color can be complimented with brown shadows. Just think lid, crease and V. Add a light “skin-tone” shade to your lid and brow bone, take a medium shade brown and add it to your crease. At the end take a black or dark brown (depending on your preference) and add it to your outer V (outer corner of the eye) and blend out all the harsh lines. Add some eyeliner, mascara and false lashes if needed.

This time of year is perfect for rosy cheeks! Look for a cream blush in a natural pink rosy color and add it to your apples. Apply your foundation/powder lightly over the cream blush to give the illusion of an inner glow. Add a highlight to your cheekbones to make them pop and brighten your complexion.

Hair Time

Curls are a great way to glam up your look. If your hair requires heat to curl, section off your hair and wrap 1-1.5 sections around your favorite curling wand. Half-do’s look great with straight or curly hair. Be sure to add a medium hold hairspray to ensure that your hair stays in place all day.

Another curl variation is a timeless 40s retro look. After blowdrying with a large round brush, set your hair in pin curls all over your head. Spray all over with a strong hold hairspray and then brush to create this beautiful sexy style.

An elegant chignon or side bun is easy and will never fail if you don’t have much time to do your hair. They are super simple, sleek, and look great with any outfit.

via Beautypress