31 Days of Holiday Beauty
Swap out your everyday eyeshadow for a vibrant, jewel-toned shade like violet. For maximum impact, apply it around your lash line—top and bottom, says Sarah Lucero, celebrity makeup artist for Stila. Try it with Almay Intense i-Color Bold Nudes Kit for Browns ($6; drugstore.com), which includes two purple shades and a pale highlighter, perfect for the brow bone.
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It's all about full, fluffy curls right now. To get them: Work a volumizing mousse such as Nexxus Mousse Plus Volumizing Foam Styler ($12; ulta.com) onto damp hair and blow dry. Now bust out your hot rollers. Don't have any? Use a curling iron, but pin curls in place until they cool. Then brush out spirals to widen your waves.
Cuff Your Pony
Make a simple, low ponytail look party-ready by adding a bracelet-like cuff around the base. Try it with Goody Classics Cuff in black, gold, or silver ($3; walmart.com).
Lower Your Liner
"A fun but easy thing to try: Rim your lower lashes with a bright, metallic liner," says Kara Yoshimoto Bua, the Chanel celebrity makeup artist who recently did just that on Jessica Biel. Get the look with Chanel Stylo Yuex Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner in Jade ($30; chanel.com). Bonus: Because you can pair it with an otherwise neutral lid (and face), it's perfect for day-to-night makeup.
Lea Michele's hairstyle is a perfect party 'do: sleek, sexy, and best of all, so simple to do. Smooth damp hair straight back from the root with a shine-enhancing hair oil such as L'Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Multi-Restorative Dry Oil ($7; lorealparisusa.com). Then set with hairspray. Done!
Add Tinsel to Your Tips
Glam up a basic, nude mani by adding a few square crystals or metallic studs to one or two accent nails—like Jennifer Lopez did here. Try Nordstrom Studs 3D Nail Art ($7; nordstrom.com).
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Do a Dark Lip
Make a statement with a deep, vampy lip, like Jennifer Lawrence's wine-stained pout. Dark shades can be tricky to pull off if you're also dealing with dry, winter lips, so look for a hydrating formula to smooth the surface while providing saturated color. Two to try: Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick in Prune Daisy ($34; sephora.com) and Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm in Just Plum Good ($6; drugstore.com).
Part Your Bangs
"Right now, it's all about a softer, 70s-like bang that's split in the middle [like model Alexa Chung's fringe]," says Garnier Fructis celebrity stylist Tommy Buckett. Straight out of the shower, apply a smoothing product such as Garnier Fructis Sleek & Style Blow Dry Perfecter Straightening Balm ($3.50; walmart.com). Part bangs down the center. Then blow them dry using a paddle brush.
Bat Cat-Eye Lashes
Give eyes a sexy, lifted look without having to master winged eyeliner. Simply place a few individual clusters of lashes on the outer corners of your eyes, like Angelina Jolie did here. Try Ardell DuraLash Naturals ($3.50; drugstore.com). Using a tweezer to grip the cluster, dip the base into lash glue. Wait a few seconds, allowing glue to get tacky. Then position it right into the lash line. Once dry, sweep on a couple of coats of black mascara.
Wrap Strands in Ribbons
Brighten up drab hair—and skin—with "ribbons" of color, a new highlighting technique, says San Diego-based colorist Jet Rhys. What is it? Two hues—a lighter and darker shade—about the width of a ribbon are sandwiched together and placed around the hairline or throughout the top layer of hair, as seen on Kate Beckinsale, Rhys says. Bonus: The combo of depth and light makes limp hair look so much thicker.
Freshen Up Your Skin
The secret to showing up to a straight-from-the-office soirée with a glowing complexion: less—not more—foundation. Really. Look for a sheer, lightweight formula that has just enough coverage to even out your skin tone, but also allows your natural radiance to peek through. Our pick: Almay Smart Shade CC Cream Complexion Corrector ($10; drugstore.com).
Put a Twinkle in Your Eye
Skip your standby smokey eye and go for a little more glitz. Dust lids with a yellow-gold powder shadow such as BareMinerals Eyecolor in True Gold ($14; sephora.com). Then take a cue from Nicole Richie and add some sexy definition by lining lashes with a soft black pencil, winging the line up at the outer corner. Try Lancôme Le Kohl Smoky Eyeliner in Black Ebony ($26; sephora.com).
Break the Rules
It used to be one or the other: vibrant lips with a neutral eye or a strong eye and a pale pout. But giving each feature equal weight can totally work, as proved by Lupita Nyong'o's smokey violet lids and pink lips.
"The key is to pick shades that go together and are in the same color family," says celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose, who created the look. "Avoid colors that clash."
Rock and Roll
This rolled up updo, recently spotted on Taylor Swift, is actually inspired by a hairstyle from the 30s and 40s, Mark Townsend, celebrity hairstylist for Dove, says. "It's really easy for women to do themselves," he says. Divide your hair into two loose ponytails at the nape of the neck and secure with elastic bands. Next, twist the two ponies into each other and roll all the hair up toward the nape of the neck. Secure the shape with bobby pins.
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Pump Up Your Pony
Pair a low-slung pony with lots of sexy volume at the root and no one will think you've just come from the gym. Hairstylist Guido Palau, who created the 'do for the fall 2013 Loewe runway show, suggests boosting texture with a hair powder such as Redken Powder Grip 03 Mattifying Hair Powder ($14.50; redken.com for retailers). Sprinkle it on the hairline and crown area and blend with your fingers. Then backcomb with a boar-bristle brush. Finally, pull hair into a ponytail at the nape of your neck.
Put a Cool Twist on the French Mani
Blend It Up
It's a braid, it's bun—it's both, and it's totally chic. Mario Russo, stylist and owner of Salon Mario Russo in Boston created the "bun-braid blend" for his clients who hate choosing between the two party styles. To do it at home, part your hair to one side. On the side that has more hair, create a French braid that runs from the temple to just below the ear on the other side. Take the rest of your hair and twist it right above your ear. Now, gather the ends of the braid and the twisted hair and create a loose side bun. Fasten with bobby pins.
Elevate a Short Cut
To make a piece-y pixie (the cut du jour) look more elegant, sweep it straight back from the hairline like Miley Cyrus's slick look. Prep damp hair with a volumizing mousse or gel and blow dry back with a round brush, parting it ever so slightly to one side.
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Play a Dramatic Part
A low, side part like Amy Adams wears here makes you look dressy—instantly. For perfect placement, align the part with the arch of your eyebrow. Keep the look smooth and flyaway free with a shine serum such as Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smooth & Shine Hair Serum ($4; drugstore.com).
Make it Matte
Matte lipstick gets a bad rap for looking dry and dull, but new formulations have a creamy, velvety finish that makes even the boldest shades look highly sophisticated. Just check out Katy Perry's gorgeous red pout. Get the look with Girlactik Matte Lip Paint in Iconic ($23; girlactik.com), which goes on like a gloss, but dries matte in just 15 seconds.
Tie Hair into a Top Knot
No time for a pre-party blowout? No problem. Put second (or third) day hair into a chic topknot like Miranda Kerr's. Pull your hair into a ponytail at the crown. Tip: Tilt your chin down as you do it, Buckett suggests. It pulls hairs at the nape taut, so you don't get any of that behind-the-head bagginess. Then wrap hair around the base of the pony. Secure the shape with bobby pins.
Try Mod Makeup
Have a little fun with your lower lash line and try a 60s, mod-inspired look like Karlie Kloss wears on the Anna Sui fall 2013 runway. Simply dot on black liquid eyeliner to create the illusion of twiggy-like lashes. Do it with Dolce & Gabbana Glam Liner Intense Liquide Eyeliner in Black Intense ($34; sephora.com).
Holiday beauty doesn't have to mean lots of color or sparkle. You can make a strong statement with clean, glowing skin, nude lips, and defined but bare eyes—just check out Elizabeth Banks stunning but simple look. The trick to pulling it off without looking washed out: lots of black mascara and a strong brow. Try Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara ($28; sephora.com) and Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow ($22; benefitcosmetics.com).
Add a Sparkly Barrette
A glitzy hair accessory will instantly glam up any look—just check out how this crystal clip dresses up Minka Kelly's half-up 'do. For a similar look, try Tasha Feather Hair Clip ($38; nordstrom.com).
Get Side-Swept Away
You probably wore a side-pony to a holiday party—when you were six. But this one—with lots of texture and a deep side part—is far sexier. Use a dry shampoo to lift hair at the root and create roughed up texture. Then gather your hair to one side and loosely secure with an elastic band mid-neck. Try TIGI Bed Head Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo ($21; ulta.com).
Line Your Inner Rims
Need to transform your look from office to party—fast? Line the inside water line of your eyes with black pencil. For extra smolder, smudge it along the lash line too, like Claire Dane's did here. Try a thin-tipped pencil such as Tarte EmphasEYES High Definition Eye Pencil in Black ($18; sephora.com).
Get a Fresh Flush
When you need a quick pick-me-up, nothing works faster than a bright pink shade of blush. Proof: Check out how glow-y Cate Blanchett looks here. Use a sheer but vibrant shade and apply it to the apples of cheeks, where you normally flush. We like Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush in Pink ($44; giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com).
Make Eyes Pop
Want all eyes on you? Swipe your lids with an electric blue liner and keep the rest of your makeup fairly basic like Jennifer Hudson just did at the American Music Awards. Her makeup artist Shannon Pezzetta used Lancôme Artliner 24H in Sapphire ($30; lancome-usa.com).
Get Your Candy Crush Fix
It's all about candy canes this month—even on your nails. Paint your digits with KBShimmer Candy Cane Crush Nail Polish ($8.75; kbshimmer.com), red and white sparkly topcoat that can be layered over any shade. Sweet!
Decorate Your 'Do
Need a quick and easy way to make your strands look special? Adorn them with runway-inspired, metallic flower stickers. Yes, stickers. Peel off the adhesive, pop them into place, and remove when you're ready—they're reusable too. Get them: Mia Beauty Hair Stickers in Mini Silver Flowers ($10 for a 4-pack; miabeauty.com).