5 Holiday Makeup Tips for a Party-Perfect Look

‘Tis the season to look fabulous. You’ve chosen the perfect festive outfit and accessories. Now you need the right makeup to finish off your look. These holiday makeup tips will make sure your face is just as beautiful as your ensemble, so get ready to party the night away!

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1 – Choose a focal point - Before applying any makeup, decide which area of your face will be your focal point. Most women opt for either the eyes or the lips. You don’t want different parts competing for attention, so pick the facial area you like the best.

2 – Smoky eyes are where it’s at - If you’ve chosen to play your eyes up to maximum effect, a smoky eye look is always dramatic and sexy. You don’t have to go with basic black, either — deep violet, charcoal grey and even a rich, chocolate brown can all create a smoldering eye look that complements your eye color. Brown-eyed women may want to showcase their eyes with violet shades, while other women can create knockout baby blues with charcoal grey. Green and hazel eyes will pop with plenty of deep brown color.

3 – Play with lashes - Now is the time to pull out all the stops when it comes to eyelashes. Either use a mascara that promises thicker, longer lashes or go for fake ones. Today’s false lashes have come a long way, so application is a breeze. Place lashes only at the corners of your lids for a cat’s eye, come-hither look. You may also want to wear lashes with shiny gemstones embedded on them — you’ll have enviably full lashes and instant sparkle!

4 – Go metallic - If you avoid shine in your daily makeup, the holidays are the perfect time to shine and shine big. Metallic eye shadow, blush and lipstick can all add the right amount of glam; just don’t wear them all at once. Place an icy metallic shadow under your brow-bone as a highlight, or dab just a bit of metallic blush on the top of your cheekbones to make them stand out in a big way. Women with warm complexions will look fabulous in metallics that contain hints of peach, bronze and orange, while cool complexions will shine in silver, blue and lavender metallic makeup.

5 – Glossy lips rule - Create a gorgeous party-ready pout with glossy lip colors. Red, rose and pale pink are all great selections. Forget matte formulas; instead, go for moisturizing colors that last all night. Top with a coat of clear gloss and your lips will be irresistibly kissable.

Use these helpful hints the next time you’re headed to a holiday happening, and create a knockout look that’s the talk of the party!

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3 Holiday Parties and Tips to Enjoy Them

Have you been invited to your in-law’s house or your friend’s house to spend the holidays? Sure, the holiday season is filled with entertaining others, and visiting others. Sometimes, the thought of going to celebrate the holidays with your in-law makes you want to stay home and take care of your pooch. Even if you are a college student returning home for the holidays, there are certain etiquette tips that you should always remember. These tips will help you enjoy your holidays. Even if it isn’t the holiday season, here are some tips to be a great guest.

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1. Open House

Let’s say that you are invited to an open house. You aren’t sure how to dress, you don’t know who is really invited?make sure that you find out the details ahead of time. It is better to ask about it than being embarrassed at the party.

What to give: give the host some delicious fruits, or some baked holiday goods.

What to do: Tell your host that you will be going. You don’t want to surprise them with a last minute show up! Make sure that you mingle with the other guests?you want this to be a fun experience! Don’t wander around the host’s home?unless they take your on a tour.

How to Dress: Layer accordingly. It can get really hot in a crowded home.

When to arrive: Since this is an open house, you don’t have to get there right when it starts. You can leave whenever. Just make sure that you thank the guest.

2. Office Party

There are so many stories about office parties. You want to be on your best behavior here.

What to give: It isn’t necessary to bring anything to office parties (unless your are specifically asked to do so). If you are giving out gifts, make sure that you are giving it to everyone. If you aren’t, then give the gifts at different times.

What to do: Introduce yourself to the top dogs of the company?but don’t go too far. Let others talk. Don’t drink. Make sure that you stay sober during the company party. People will not easily forget the time when you were drunk. Get there within 10 minutes of the start time. You don’t have to wait until your boss leaves. No one is guarding the door.

How to dress: Dress a little better than you would at your office. A simple black dress (or suit) will always flatter and make you look nice.

3. In-laws

This can be a stressful time for your in-laws and you! You want to be the least stressed.

What to give: Bring your mother-in-law a floral arrangement. Give your father-in-law an old fashioned shave. Bring Christmas classics like, A Christmas Carol and “The Gift of the Magi”.

What to do: Ask the family about their tradition. You can share a recipe with them, but don’t be too imposing. Don’t disrupt your hosts schedule. Make sure that you would treat them as your own family. Thank your in-laws after by sending them with a thank you note with candy or baked goods.

Good luck with your holidays! Just don’t forget to enjoy other’s company and remember that the holidays are supposed to be joyous!


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4 Tips to Find The Perfect Holiday Party Dress

How To Find The Perfect Holiday Party Dress

The holiday season likely conjures up a lot of images in your mind; delicious food, family and traditional rituals may be a few of them. For all of this, you should have the perfect dress. But how do you find it?

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1. Think of the Setting and Situation Before you go out looking for your ideal dress, you need to think of the situation in which you will be wearing it. Is the party a gathering of your closest friends, or members of your family? If there will be a lot of children present, for example, you may not want to go for plunging necklines and mini-skirts; this may upset parents at the party, and this will only lead to trouble that you do not need.

2. When Shopping, Wear Shoes, Slip and Other Items That Will Be Worn With the Dress After you have thought about what kind of people will be at the party, you can then go out and shop for it. If it is at all possible, make sure that you bring along the pair of shoes that you have chosen to wear to the party. When you do this, you can get a better idea of how everything will look together. You should also wear, underneath the dress you are trying on, the bra and slip that you plan to wear. This will help prevent any unexpected surprises, and save you a trip back to the store to return the dress.

3. Ask Loved Ones If They Have Something You Can Borrow If you have a rather small budget and you do not think you can afford to find exactly what you are looking for, your dream holiday dress could be sitting in the house next door. Do not be afraid to ask your neighbors, a close friend or even a family member if they have a dress that you could borrow. You will have to be extra careful with the dress, and the giver may expect a favor in return, but it will be worth it. It may even be possible to get them to give it to you permanently.

4. Check Online Of course, the Internet is an option that a person would be crazy to completely dismiss. You can find just about anything online, and whether you want to socialize or shop, you will not be short on options. Finding your dream holiday dress online is very possible, so long as you have an idea of where you want to look. Some websites provide measurements, and you should measure your body before you purchase anything to stay on the safe side. Do not order to dress mere days before you will need it; shipping could be delayed, and you will be out of luck.

Holidays are one of the more anticipated events of the year. This is not so hard to believe, considering many of them call for eating special meals and giving away gifts to loved ones. For occasions such as these, you are going to want to look your best. Take the opportunity to wear something fresh and new, something that helps you feel good about yourself. By looking at the ideas above, you can find that perfect dress.

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