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Party Time Pretty

Q: The ubiquitous smoky-eye has been my go-to night out beauty look for so long. Any suggestions on new makeup trends I can try out this holiday season?

A: Ah yes, the beloved smoky-eye is the tried-and-true look for any party beauty routine but your packed schedule of holiday parties, cocktail hours and happy hours is an opportune time to experiment with a new eye shadow, lipstick color or up-do.

If you’ve already mastered the smoky-eye look, try swapping out your black eye shadow palette for a metallic shadow instead. A shimmering, silvery grey or bronze are universally flattering hues. To apply, use a shadow brush (not your finger) to lightly dust on your lid starting at the inner corner and drawing the line into a tail under the brow bone in one clean line. Swipe a very thin line of black eyeliner along your top and bottom lids and finish with mascara.

Just like the classic come-hither smoky-eye, the red lip is a fast and easy way to add some evening glamour to your everyday beauty routine. This year, opt for a girlie sweet pink shade for a total 180 on your look. We love the Satin Soft Pink lipstick by Make Up For Ever. A softer shade of lipstick gives you that perfect no-makeup-makeup glowing look so keep the rest of your makeup fresh-faced with clean eye-liner and two coats of mascara.

For a quick and easy up-do, try out this messy top-knot tutorial by The Beauty Department for a festive, quick and easy hairstyle. For a more polished look, pull your hair into low ponytail and wind it into a bun at the nape of your neck. To really get that elegant allure, wrap a hair net (don’t fret, these aren’t your cliché lunch lady hair nets but airy nets that no one will be able to see) around your bun to keep any fly-aways at bay and spritz with hairspray. This is particularly helpful if you have a layered haircut.

Whatever look you decide to try, be sure to let your hair down and enjoy the holiday party season!