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5 Classic Holiday Beauty Looks to Try This Year

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As the holiday season shifts into high gear, so begins the prime time of year for family dinners and themed parties. With so many events to attend, now is the perfect time to try out a bold – but classic – new beauty look that’ll be sure to turn heads.

Even though these looks require a little extra effort, we know all our readers can pull off these bold beauty moves with ease. Read on for 5 gorgeous beauty looks to try this holiday season.

Braided Updo


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For an unexpected and effortlessly chic look, a braided updo is a perfect choice. It’s pretty and polished, yet still young and fun.

To get this look, start with second day hair or spritz on some dry shampoo for texture. Next, part your hair down the middle, separate into low pigtails, and braid both sections of hair, securing each one with a clear elastic. Then, wrap each strand over the top of your head and secure with bobby pins. Finish by misting with a medium hold hairspray.

Jewel Toned Eyes

Jewel toned eyes
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Jewel-toned eyeshadow is always a fall favorite, and has been an especially popular beauty trend for fall 2012. There are so many ways to wear these purples, deep blues, and emeralds, from a jewel-toned smokey eye, to a less intense look using a jewel-toned eyeliner.

For a more intense look, layer colors over a matte black shadow. Or, for a more funky spin on this look, try a blue or purple mascara! This style is perfect for a night out catching up with friends.

Bold Lips

Bold lips
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There’s nothing more sophisticated or timeless than a red lip, making it the perfect choice for holiday parties.

As you probably know, there are a million shades of red out there to choose from – if you’re not sure which one to try, consider your coloring: Warm-toned reds look best on golden skin tones, and blue-toned reds look best on cooler skin. It also helps to hit the drugstore and simply experiment!

In addition to the wide range of shades available, there are also many finishes to choose from — matte, sheer, or creamy lipstick, glosses, and stains are all popular choices. For a color that will last through dinner and drinks, try a matte formula layered over a lip stain like Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain in Gothic. If you’re new to bold red shades, start with a red gloss or sheer lipstick, like Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Candy Apple.

Glittery Eyes

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While glittery makeup may seem over-the-top for most occasions, this dazzling look is perfect for a holiday soirée. Rather than packing your entire lid with glitter, which can come off as garish, try dabbing glitter over a smokey eye or a dark eyeshadow for a small pop of sparkle.

If the thought of adding glitter to your makeup routine intimidates you, try using an eyeliner with very fine glitter already in it. I swear by e.l.f liquid eyeliner in Copper ($1.00) for a subtle, yet flirty pop of glitter.

Old Hollywood Curls


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A hint of old Hollywood glamour adds a romantic and elegant touch to any holiday ensemble, making retro-styled waves perfect for formal holiday get-togethers.

To get the look, start by creating a deep side part. Then, take a 1-inch curling iron and curl all of your hair inward, wrapping sections around the barrel towards your face. Once you’re done curling all of your hair, mist with a medium hold hairspray and let your curls cool. After the hair has cooled, brush through your hair with a paddle brush, making sure to brush away from your face. Finish with a final veil of hairspray.

For a more detailed tutorial, check out this post on retro waves by Lauren Conrad and The Beauty Department.

What do you think?

How do you plan on doing your hair and makeup this holiday season? Are you going to try any of these looks? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on on November 27, 2012 / Filed Under: Beauty & Hair / Tags: , , , , ,

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10 Responses to “5 Classic Holiday Beauty Looks to Try This Year”

  1. 1
    November 27th, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    LOVE this post so much! The jewel-toned eyes are beyond stunning, and Hollywood curls always look incredible. I’ve never been able to pull off bold lips though…I need to find the right shade! Maybe you guys could do a post on red lipsticks for different skin tones! =)

  2. 2
    November 27th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Can you do a post on Christmas dresses/skirts for a family party? I need something pretty/girly but not overly fancy :)

  3. 3
    November 27th, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I literally want to try everything in this post. The glittery and jewel tone eyes in particular look so beautiful and are perfect for the holiday season!

  4. 4
    November 27th, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Wow I love this! I’m not much of a beauty person so once I saw the title I was skeptical I would find any I’d actually want to try but… I love almost all of them! I will definitely be doing a jewl toned eye shadow and red lip, I also really want to try glitter in my eye shadow and I’ve always wanted to do retro curls but have never been successful. Great post!

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    November 28th, 2012 at 9:44 am

    The glittery eye has wrong color foundation. Love the jewel tone eye. I have purple eyeliner that I love using

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    December 5th, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I personaly hate glittery eyes, whatever the colors…It looks like too much as if I was doing some Las Vegas show ! Big fan of the old Hollywood curls. Whish I was blond with long hairs !!

  7. 7
    October 23rd, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Love the Old Hollywood Curls – it is so polished and romantic. I bet we will see that again for the Holiday 2013 list of ideas.

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