Holiday Look Finder

You’ve got a pile of party invites and a closet full of fun frocks. Now it’s time to add the finishing touches. Grab your cosmetic brushes and get ready to make friends with your vanity table. There’s no time like the holidays to experiment — whether you’re rocking a body-con dress or your favorite pair of jeans.

The Little Black Dress

If your style icon is Audrey Hepburn, then there is only one acceptable party outfit: a fabulous LBD. Pair it with retro, Hollywood-inspired makeup. Since no starlet would be seen with larger than life pores, start by priming your face with Benefit’s POREfessional. Follow with a light dusting of skin-perfecting powder (we’re partial to Jouer’s Glisten Brightening Powder). Keep the focus on your eyes by shading your brows with a soft pencil like Anastasia’s Brow Wiz and sweeping a neutral shadow from lashline to brow. Trace your upper lashline with blinc’s eyeliner, extending the line just past the outer corners for a subtle winged effect. Using a dark brown pencil, softly define the lower lashline. Keep blush minimal but feel free to go all out on your lips: the redder, the better. Read our red lips guide to find your match.

Head To Toe Sparkle

Nothing says festive like a sparkly tunic or sequined miniskirt, but too much bling can be overkill. Keep your makeup luminous, not glittery. Start by mixing a drop or two of face oil (try Olie Biologique’s organic version) with your favorite foundation, which will give you a dewy complexion. Apply a rosy stain like Benefit’s bestselling Benetint on the apples of your cheeks and blend, blend, blend. Follow with two swipes of Benefit’s Girl Meets Pearl highlighter on your cheekbones to add a starlet-worthy sheen. A couple coats of mascara and your favorite neutral gloss and you’re out the door.

Jewel Tones

You’ve picked out the perfect emerald green frock. Now all that’s left to do is add some playful makeup. Just don’t get too matchy-matchy: think colorful accents in complementary shades. Jewel tones make eyes pop, so try a purple liner like Sue Devitt’s Eye Intensifier Pencil in Ava or swipe a deep sapphire shadow on your lids — stila’s Azure eyeshadow is our top pick. Go minimal on the rest of your face: a sweep of blush and a barely there pigment like Kissable Couture’s Lip Gloss in Chris. Do your best peacock strut as you head out the door.

Cable Knit Sweater And Jeans

You like to keep it casual, and we don’t blame you. But there’s nothing wrong with adding a little fun to your low-maintenance look. Brush a matte rosy blush on the apples of your cheeks and play up lashes with stila’s forever your curl mascara, which both curls and volumizes. Seal the deal with a swipe of shiny lip gloss. You can’t go wrong with Jouer’s Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Birchbox Pink. The bright fuchsia goes on sheer and can be layered for a bright pop of color. There, wasn’t that easy?

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