6 Quick Holiday Makeup Tips


Be eye-catching Add shimmery metallic tones to your eyes. Try using beige just beneath the brow, add depth to the crease with purple and line the top and bottom with a pewter or gunmetal tone. Blend for a sexy, finished look. One perfect palette: Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad in Plum Seduction ($25; clinique.com).

Go for the faux Enhance volume or length to a ponytail with Hair U Wear's Layered Flip Pin-up ($22; bellahair.com), which clips to the base of a pony. Don't worry about a phony-looking tail; the piece is layered and multitonal to look natural. It's available in 12 shades.

Adorn your do Instead of wearing glitzy jewelry, try different hair accessories. For a modern look, secure a jeweled hairpin or flower just behind the top of the ear.

Look party perfect An at-home microdermabrasion treatment will do away with dull skin cells and reveal your fresh, glowing complexion. Use the treatment at least two days before the party. One good choice: Nu Skin Polishing Peel Skin Refinisher ($27; nuskin.com).

Shine brightly Light up the room with an illuminating skin product. We love Trish McEvoy's Even Skin Luminizer, which can be worn over or under makeup ($35; at Bloomingdale's stores). Apply to cheekbones, the bridge of the nose and a dab in the tear duct.

Smooth unruly strands A professional blow-dry can make you look (and feel!) like a million bucks-so hit the salon for a special night out or event (or just for a spirit lifter). But, for more permanent results, tame curls and frizz with EasyStraight at-home straightening treatment ($30; at mass retailers). This three-step kit delivers real results that last 12 weeks or more. Wary of trying an at-home straightening product solo? Invite a friend to help (make it a party)!

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