Holiday Beauty: How to Look Festive Without Looking Flashy

Friday, December 16, 2011

Wrap the presents. Trim the tree. Bake the cookies. Baste the turkey.

There are so many tasks we are busy crossing off our mental "to do" lists that we end up forgetting one important thing. Ourselves!

Well, yes, and to enjoy the holidays too. I'd like to think that once all these things are accomplished, we are able to sit back and enjoy time with our family and friends.

Do you convince yourself that your guests will be too busy oohing and ahhing over the homemade sugar cookies to notice that you threw yourself together? Fear not. I have a few quick tips for you that will make you truly feel like a million bucks for your upcoming holiday gathering.

1) Add a Red Lip
No matter what you're wearing, you can instantly add some holiday pizzazz to your outfit by throwing on some red lip stick. If this is your first time trying this look, be sure to get some help picking out a shade from someone at the makeup counter.

If you're fair skinned, anything in the coral family will look great on you. If you're medium skinned, pick something that compliments your golden undertones like cranberry. If you have dark skin, stick with dark reds or warm brick tones.
2) Skin All Aglow!
Pop a peachy cream blush on your cheeks and you'll instantly look beautiful and refreshed. My personal favorite is NARS Illuminator.

3) Switch Up Your Polish
No matter how much you love your go-to nail polish, ditch it and try something new. I'm loving anything mint right now. Especially this Mint Candy Apple by Essie. Is a trip to the salon out of the question? You can pick this up at almost any drugstore and apply it yourself.
4) Add Some Sparkle to Your Manicure
Holidays and glitter are like peanut butter and jelly. It's just wrong to have one without the other. Think glitter on all 10 fingers is overkill? Add it to each ring finger for a more subtle look. If you love this look, maybe try it with a red polish and gold glitter.
From my Instagram Feed: @LsFashionDish

5) Try Some Falsies
False eyelashes may sound scary but I promise you they aren't. You can pick up a pair of Revlon Fantasy Length lashes for around $5 at most drugstores. They already have the adhesive attached to the lash so there is no messy glue to worry about. These make your eyes look fabulous without everyone knowing your secret!

What are some of your holiday beauty tips? I love hearing what you have to say!

Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. love your nails! they're so cool xxxx

  2. I'm wearing my Essie polish now and hopefully popping on some falsies tonight! Great holiday tips :) I'm a new follower, you have a cute blog!

  3. I also use red lipstick & add something sparkly to my nails! :)

  4. I think a red lip is perfect for the winter holidays.xx


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