In Fashion: The Beauty Buzz for Holiday Style

Use hair and makeup to dress up this season's holiday styles. Photo: Photography/First View and Post/shootdigital

Whether you’ve got a new little black dress or not, just putting on a new face and hairstyle is a great way to add some glamour to your holiday soirees. Let’s face it — a new red lipstick can do wonders for a great party pout!

Here are some tips from the pros at to get the party started with makeup and hair advice:

—Start by going bold. Bring out your favorite shade of red lipstick. There are plenty of shades that can compliment any skin tone; if you’re more fair skinned, look for a blue-based red (which will make your teeth look super white), and if your skin is more yellow in tone, look for warmer shades of red to bring out your exotic complexion.

—If you do choose to rock a red lip, be sure to keep the rest of your makeup minimal so your mouth will be the focal point. Too much bold color is not a good thing when it comes to makeup … even at holiday time. Save it for next Halloween.

—Fire up a smokey eye. Every eye color can be complemented with brown shadows. Just think lid, crease and V. Add a light “skin tone” shade to your lid and brow bone, take a medium shade brown, and add it to your crease. At the end, take a black or dark brown (depending on your preference) and add it to your outer V (the outer corner of the eye), and blend out all the harsh lines. Add some eyeliner, mascara and false lashes if needed.

—Glitter and go. For even more glamour, you may want to try a smudge of sparkly shadow smoothed across your eye lid. Peruse the cosmetic counters for the latest gold, silver and purple palettes this holiday season.

—Nail it with shine. The holidays are also the perfect time to add some glimmer to your nails. There are lots of variations on the glitter theme with nail polishes this year. Check them out at your favorite salon or do-it-yourself at home.

—Wing it. The cat-eye look is another way to achieve party “purr-fect” makeup. Just use a creamy liquid liner to make sure you get the smoothest look. Experiment with using a cobalt liquid liner on lower lids to get what makeup artists are calling the new “peacock” effect.

—Pinch your cheeks. Rosy cheeks are another way to brighten up your holiday makeup. Look for a cream blush in a natural pink rosy color and add it to the apples of your cheeks. Apply foundation and powder lightly over the cream blush to give the illusion of an inner glow. Add a highlight to your cheekbones to make them pop.

—Curl up with style. Curls are hot this year. The ’40s retro look is making a big statement. Get the look by blowdrying your hair with a large round brush and set your hair in pin curls all over your head. Spray all over with a strong hairspray and then brush to create this glamour style.

—Step to the side. Another major glamour ‘do is the elegant side ponytail or bun. This is a quick fix for party hair. Then you’ll definitely be ready to dance “Gangnam Style.”

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Chuck Briese, Oak Ridge Now

[avatar user="cbriese" size="thumbnail" align="left"] Chuck Briese has been a resident of South Montgomery County since 1988. He and his lovely and patient wife, Leslie, have six sons, with only one left to finish high school. Chuck has been a Cub Scout leader, a Little League baseball coach, a church youth leader, and a general troublemaker over the course of the past 25 years. He is obsessed with his lawn, and likes restaurants that serve food that fills up the plate. He has a tendency to tilt at windmills, which may explain why he started Oak Ridge Now.

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