November 18, 2010
Holiday Style: Beauty Tips to Rock the Holidays
The holidays are once again upon us here in the Northwest, and with them come the sparkle (and gray skies) this time of year brings. But the tinsel on trees and lights in the windows shouldn’t be the only things that are dazzling. This is a time for the girls to bring it with beauty and style. Before you rock around the Christmas tree, these beauty tips can help every woman rock the holidays.
Colors of the Season
The colors that everyone associates with holidays and the season will always work when striving for style. Fashionistas will never go wrong with reds for Christmas or blues for Hanukkah. Gold tends to match better with the warmth of red, and blue with the cool of silver. Deep colors, such as forest green and burgundy, are also a hit in the winter. So don’t be afraid to ditch the normal Portland dark gray sweater for something a little livelier.
When it comes to makeup, red lipstick is an eye-opener on special occasions. The effect helps teeth look whiter without breaking out a commercial bleaching product. For bolder looks, go for deeper shades of red. For sexy sizzle, match the lipstick with red fingernail polish.
Smokey Eye? Aye!
Mysterious and chic when done properly, the smokey eye will turn heads at holiday parties. A smokey eye with nude lips makes an even bolder statement. There are several “in” base colors for the winter smoky eye, including brown, gold, and blue. Remember to always complement the look with dark mascara. Several companies produce smokey eye makeup kits complete with instructions for those not sure how to achieve the effect.
Bold is Beautiful
This holiday season, big and chunky necklaces are the order of the day! Necklaces with multiple strands and bib-style necklaces are en vogue. Also, this is a special time of the year, so don’t be afraid to bring out that one special piece.
Pampering is Perfect
With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s enough to run a person down. Don’t be afraid to give yourself a gift to either look your best or relax during this busy time of year. Head to a good Portland hair salon to look for a stunning new ’do. Manicures or pedicures can bring some of the rough edges back to life or set the tone for a formal party. Or, take a relaxing break at a spa to help relax, or don’t stop your workout routine just because it’s the holidays. Relieving stress can help keep skin looking young and stop the onset of those 5 or 10 holiday pounds that come from stress nibbling.
Get the Right Lingerie
Having the most flattering, beautiful attire will mean nothing if a bra is running across your bare back or you spend half the evening fiddling with your panties. Most department stores have someone who can correctly measure you for the best bra for your proportions, and also give pointers on which style will match a dress.
Also, this is a great time of year to find a spicy set of undergarments. Buying one set of lacy undergarments that won’t leave the bedroom is a great present for your significant other to enjoy.
Keep the Sparkle in Check
The holidays are a time to experiment with the sparkly accessories on your vanity. Try a little glitter spray in the hair for going out on the town. A little glitter nail polish will make hands pop. Adding a silver or gold shimmer to regular foundation will also add luster.
However, this is one area where you can have too much of a good thing. Choose one or two areas to sparkle, such as a glitter eye shadow and a sequin clutch. Wearing shimmer makeup all over plus a sequined dress will make you look like a neon sign.
Leave the Kitsch in the Closet
Christmas trees are wonderful this time of year, but you don’t have to dress like one to be in the spirit. Unless your party invitation states that the hosts are having a contest for the gaudiest get-up, leave the cardigan with snowmen and dancing reindeer at home. Matching a red top with green slacks will put people in good cheer, but not for the reasons you hope. Wear the Santa Claus earrings your grandmother gave you to her house, but not out on the town. Dressing up for the holidays – or any time of year – is about wearing a style that flatters you. An outfit should not be a costume, and kitschy clothes can give off that notion.
Know Your Audience
Not everyone celebrates the holidays for religious reasons, but many people do. It’s also a time of year that people experience other’s religions and customs. Be respectful of your hosts’ customs and tastes. For example:
- In temperate climates, women may be able to wear a sleeveless dress in the winter, but cover shoulders if it’s an event or wedding in a church or synagogue.
- A smaller, family-run business may have different standards for an office holiday party than a large corporate setting. Jeans and a sweater may be perfect for the small office party, but formal attire is more appropriate for large companies. Look at the invitation, too, for a hint at how to dress.
- There’s a time and a place to rock a sexy look during the holidays, such as singles mixers, an evening out with friends, or a romantic dinner for two. Overdoing it at the office party could make for awkward situations when everyone’s back to work.
The holidays are a great time of year to bring out the best in your wardrobe. When in doubt, remember that simple, elegant fashions will never go out of style.