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How to Create a Perfect Holiday Party Look

How to Create a Perfect Holiday Party Look

The holidays are a perfect time of year to let the charm, colors and sparkle of the season spill over into your makeup, hair and personal style. Holiday parties and family gatherings are a great way to transform your look from the same old routine to festive. Here are a few suggestions.

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Christmas trees shouldn’t be the only things sparkling during the holidays. Add a little glamorous sparkle to your makeup. Dress up your eyes with a product that has subtle shimmer in it. The key is subtle. Avoid using products that are too glittery or shiny or you’ll run the risk of looking like a Halloween costume. Choose either an eye shadow or liquid eyeliner with sparkle to add a little glitz to your look. Complete the look with several coats of non-clumping mascara for thick, lush lashes.

A bold, red lip creates an instant sophisticated holiday party look. Red lips attract instant attention, so make sure to apply red lipstick to exfoliated and moisturized lips. Use a perfectly matching lip pencil to ensure a clean, crisp line and to avoid feathering. The general rule when using a bold lip is to keep the rest of your makeup soft and neutral. Apply eye shadow in neutral tones or simply line the eyes with eyeliner. For an old Hollywood look, apply false lashes to balance the drama of the bold lips.

A simple way to add luster to your face during the holidays is to apply a highlighter. Highlighters come in powder or liquid form. Apply highlighter as a final step along the cheek bones, brow bones and temples. For fair skin use a highlighter with pink tones. For olive or darker skin, use a highlighter in golden tones.


Make your hair the “mane” attraction at any holiday party with a fabulous hairstyle. If you normally wear your hair long and loose, try a classy updo, a sleek ponytail or messy bun. For a festive touch, add a sparkly hair accessory.

Similarly, if you have pin straight hair, set your hair in hot rollers or use a wide barrel curling iron to create loose waves. Whatever style you create, use a shine serum to tame flyaways and add glossy shine.


Put away the snowman sweater and pull out an outfit that will impress. The holidays give you a great reason to amp up your style. Now is the time to incorporate color, shimmery pieces and bold pieces of jewelry. While wearing a little black dress is always a classic choice, add some glitz to this iconic look by slipping on some sparkling heels. While the colors red and green are synonymous with the holidays, go for a sophisticated look by wearing an outfit in gold, silver or winter white. For a more casual look, pair dressy black pants with a sequin top. Whatever you decide to wear, the most important part of any outfit are the accessories. From a bold cocktail ring, to long, layered necklaces, accessories transform any look into drab to fab in no time.

Need to do some shopping? Shop for great holiday dresses and fabulous holiday makeup collections at Nordstrom.

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