The ultimate holiday party beauty guide

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The ultimate holiday party beauty guide

Merlot Lips

A poppy red lip for the holidays? Always a winner, but a bit expected. Mix up your pout palette by adding a hint of purple; give burgundies and merlots their moment in the, er, winter sun. These dark-ruby shades are the perfect accents to neutral or smoky shadow.

Tip: Layer your lip colors to land on the ideal shade. A cool blue-red, even over a warmer red tone, will help make your teeth look whiter. 

Braids

From beginner, ready-in-minutes styles -- like a twist-wrapped topknot -- to more expert creations -- like French-braided crowns -- you can’t go wrong with a plait to make your hairstyle feel extra special.

Tip: Spritz your bobby pins with hairspray to give them extra grip. They’ll keep your style in place all night long.

Glowing Skin

Even if you’re steering clear of glitter for the season, you definitely want your skin to be radiant. Use a glow illuminator to create a fresh, dewy complexion that won’t quit.

Tip: Remember to exfoliate weekly to shed dry skin.

Winged Liner

Styles from the 1960s and ’70s dominated the runways this season, meaning one of our favorite beauty looks is in again (though some could argue it never really left). Swipe on a thick line of liquid black liner and top it off with sky-high lashes for a truly classic holiday vibe.

Tip: If you’re new to the liquid liner game, draw a pencil outline first.

Bejeweled Hair

This season, give your statement necklaces a break and instead pull the attention to your hair. Finish any hairstyle with a jeweled headband, clip or tiara (that’s right, they’re not just for royalty anymore) to add a touch of glitz and glamour to your look.

Tip: Back-combing, or teasing, the hair just behind the headband will help keep it from sliding out of place. 

Shimmery Lids

Glittery shadow sometimes gets a bad rap, as it can sometimes come off a bit juvenile. But when done right -- paired with nude lips, an effortless hairstyle and buff nails -- the result is sultry and sophisticated.

Tip: Apply a wash of silvery shadow over almost any daytime eye look to give it evening-ready appeal.

Monochrome Palettes

Mix barely-there hues -- think peach blush, light-gold eye shadow, an almost-nude lip color -- with one darker element, like black liner, and you’re sure to stand out at any holiday party.

Tip: For a simple, neutral eye, start with a lighter tone like beige or champagne across your entire lid. Then, smudge a darker brown or mocha color into your lid crease for a subtler twist on a smoky eye.

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By The Beauty Experts at L'Oréal Paris​

The holidays are the perfect time to refresh your look with party-ready trends that make sense for humdrum office parties, festive galas and every event in between. And we've cut through the clutter to round up seven must-try looks that are guaranteed to wow.

Click through the above slideshow for a glimpse at the hottest looks of the season.​
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