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6 Beauty Tips for Holiday Party Hair, Nails, and Makeup

Switch To White Eye Shadow

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Do the opposite of a black smoky eye for a change. Sweep a shimmery white eye shadow in the inner corner of your eyes and across your lids for an ethereal glow (here, makeup artist Sarah Lucero used the white powder in the Stila Eyes Are the Window Body Palette ($49, sephora.com).

Photo: Stila Cosmetics

Add Metallic Accessories To Your Hair

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Gold barrettes, bobby pins or a headband will instantly dress up your regular hairstyle. To copy this look, spritz a texturizing spray (hairstylist Guido used Redken Fashion Waves 07 Sea Salt Spray (redken.com) through damp hair, scrunch, then let dry. (If you want more wave, wrap a few small sections around a curling iron.) Twist the front sections of your hair back, securing with bobby pins. Then nestle your accessory into the hair, pinning it down if needed.

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Try a Wine-Colored Lip

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A red lip is a classic holiday party look. For a new take on the color this season, try a deep wine or plum lipstick — here, makeup artist Pat McGrath applied Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Ultra and Amethyst ($33, Nordstrom.com). For a bold, long-lasting finish, swipe on a coat of lipstick straight from the tube, blot, then swipe on a second coat.

Photo: Dolce & Gabbana

Metallic Liner

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Putting bright metallic stickers on your lids might not be something you’d do on a regular basis, but for a holiday party? Why not! It’s the perfect chance to wear something glitzy—and the easiest way to master a perfectly drawn eyeliner swipe. Dior Mirror Eyes ($61 for four sets, dior.com) were made especially for the spring 2015 runway show, but they were so loved that the brand decided to produce and sell them (they’re going fast!).

Photo: Dior

Give Yourself an Easy Updo

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Often the prettiest, most romantic updos are the ones that look the least fussy—this messy twisted bun is a perfect example. Gather your hair into a ponytail with your fingers instead of a brush, then twist it around itself and secure with bobby pins. Let short, wispy layers fall. To up the glitz factor, add a vintage-y hair comb or two.

Photo: Bottega Veneta

Up Your Nail Art Game

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No matter how conservative your holiday party is, you can have always go bold on your nails. Here, shiny black nails get glam with gold “moons” (the half-circle at the bottom of each nail)—it’s a chic design that would work with any party outfit. The perfect gold lacquer: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Nars Nail Polish in Gold Viper ($20, narscosmetics.com).

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